Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

A very tight fit.

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.

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6 Responses

  1. snarkolepsy says:

    It is completely crazy what those metal thieves will steal.

    Up in Oakland they were actually taking segments of a freeway railing. Huge 25 feet lengths.

    In one city – I read in the paper they were taking lamp posts. How the f they were getting past the electricity thing I will never know.. but they are some really motivated people. If they only put that energy towards working…

  2. Dan says:

    Hey, where are the photos of the world’s largest free standing structure and your tiny space?!

  3. Charli says:

    I did a web search, the Tusten Blimp Hangers in OC. Well, not sure why anyone would want to leave a blimp hanger behind. Can’t understand that, but I’m sure they make for purty backdrop.

    Peggy sez: We’re shooting at the old Hughes aircraft hangar in Playa Vista. According to the site rep, it’s the largest wooden structure in the world. This is what I get for not double-checking online. D’oh.

  4. nezza says:

    People have been stealing lead off house-roofs over here. The homeowner innocently goes to bed and when he wakes up in the morning his roof is gone. And they don’t hear a thing…!

  5. james fulton says:

    Yeah, me too. I’d like to know more about the “world’s largest free-standing wooden structure.” Why not always state the locations when you’re working at different studios’ sound stages?

    Peggy sez: I do sometimes state locations – this one was mentioned in a previous blog post as being the former Hughes Aircraft site in Playa Vista. It’s the hangar where they built the Spruce Goose.

  6. Charli says:

    I personally like it better when it’s stated, “world’s largest” – I want to work for the knowledge. Keep the mystery, girl.

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