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A side of the film industry most people never see.


When one works on the same set often, one has to think less about navigation and where things are.  If the gaffer calls for something, it’s a huge advantage to know exactly where it is and how to get it into the set as quickly as possible.

In yesterday’s set, I normally knew exactly where to find the secret stash of stingers, various power drops, and the route around the congestion caused by video village (very, very important).

Except that some smart ass decided to save money by turning this particular set into something else instead of building something completely new, which meant that yesterday there were walls where there hadn’t been walls before, and all the equipment had been moved around meaning that it took extra time to find anything.

This wasn’t an emergency in and of itself, but the gaffer gets used to things taking a certain amount of time and when that amount of time suddenly gets a lot longer due to our having to hunt around for bits that we need it can lead to random testiness since no gaffer ever wants to have his (or her) guys be the ones that are holding up the shot.

Luckily, due to our director being very slow meticulous, we managed to make everything work smoothly and we managed to avoid cranky gaffer syndrome.

Also, we worked a 13 hour day, which will be a nice check.

Filed under: Work

5 Responses

  1. Dave2 says:

    A nice paycheck covers a multitude of sins. :-)

  2. Nathan says:

    One of the things I hate about DAT sound recording is that you can no longer count on the Mixer to be the last guy holding up the shot. That always took the pressure off a bit.

  3. the A.D. says:

    Y’know what’s interesting…no one wants it to be their department that’s last….hey somebody’s got to be last. Lighting has one advantage……the time spent lighting is called lighting. the time spent in H/MU/WD is called WAITING. Hardly fair. its always better for the actors to wait for lighting than a lit ready set to wait for actors. Slow down…it’ll be OK

    • Peggy Archer says:

      I must respectfully disagree that it’s okay to wait on lighting. Waiting on lighting too often results in the lighting crew getting fired and replaced with a faster lighting crew.

  4. Alexis says:

    There’s a workaround for that when you’re working on location. My favorite gaffer always tries to decide to set up his stuff where the sound man is set-up. You never tire of poking sound people…

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