We’re getting ready to start rigging another huge set (the only kind of set on this movie, it seems), so today was unloading, sorting and counting equipment that the rental house was delivering to the stage – much of it was the same stuff that we sorted, counted and loaded in Long Beach over the previous three days (except for the stuff that got stolen*, but that’s a story on it’s own).
Since damn near every square foot of the stages are now packed with sets and floor space is at a premium, we had to find the construction guys and beg them to make some room for us (since they were set up in one of the only remaining open areas that’s anywhere near this next set) to lay out the cable we’ll be using next to the set we’re going to rig starting tomorrow.
Since we didn’t have very much space, of course we offloaded three (or four, I can’t remember) trucks full of cable and distro and packed our little area to the max, much to the dismay of the construction guys who are trying to work in a now very cramped space.
I find it funny as hell that we’re shooting in the largest free-standing wooden structure in the world, and yet we’re scrambling for 100 square feet to lay out cable.
*Cable thefts are a lamentably common occurrence on urban location shoots – especially when the price of copper’s up. Guards aren’t usually stationed near the cable runs (they’re stationed near the “big-ticket” items like the trucks), so it’s a bit of an easy target, even if it is heavy.