Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

A long way off.

After a while, one gets a feel for how long any particular call sheet will take to shoot – look at call sheet, factor in all the wild cards (stunts, babies, temper-tantrums, animals, weather, etc..) and guess how long the day’s going to be with some accuracy.

Sometimes, of course, said estimation is completely and utterly wrong. Usually, there’s a reason. Today, however, we came in, looked at the day’s work (five scenes, all featuring two actors standing still around some item of plot-point and talking. “Walk and talks”, scenes with multiple actors and scenes where actors move a lot take longer to shoot), and figured it to be an 11 hour day (or so).

For reasons no one can really figure out, the day ended up being 14 hours. Call time was 7 am, and wrap time was 10 pm.

Tomorrow’s call sheet looks like a 14 hour day, but we’re working with animals, which means there’s no telling how long it’s actually going to run.

Which is good for my bank account. What’s also good is that LA’s early fall heat wave has broken and it’s nice outside, since we have day exteriors tomorrow.

Except that it’s almost 11 and I have to be back at work at 9 am, so I’m off to bed.

Filed under: Work

3 Responses

  1. boskolives says:

    You forgot to mention the difference certain actors can make, for example just add Gary Busey (well, maybe you meant to with “babies, temper-tantrums”) to the cast list and you’re into a whole different world of time calibration.
    Jerry

    http://boskolives.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/for-the-image-conscious/

  2. Anonymous says:

    what was the page count?

  3. geekhiker says:

    I still remember working on some Levi’s internal-promo years ago up in the Bay Area. Day exterior in a park in Marin involving… four kids and a dog. I was expecting hell.

    Instead, it was overcast all day, the kids were perfect, the dog was perfect, and we were done by mid-afternoon.

    I still don’t know how that happened.

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