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A side of the film industry most people never see.

No crafty for you!

I guess Craft Service isn’t well understood. There’s food out for us not because we’re fat lazy fucks, but in order to circumvent OSHA regulations about break periods – which are too frequent for film crews (if we took the OSHA breaks, we’d never get anything done), so we have a craft service table with food out so we can nosh if we get hungry, and we only have to take meal breaks every six hours and dispense with the coffee break altogether (note: this only applies to production crews. Rigging crews take breaks).

Unless some smartass producer ‘forgets’ to read the OSHA rules and decides the gross tool belt people need to lose some weight and declines to put out any craft service at all.

Luckily, we were able to walk across the lot and raid the other unit’s crafty.

In other news, I learned today that if one’s swim goggle is leaking the solution is not to keep cranking it down tighter and tighter. Not only did this not stop it from leaking, but I now have a black eye. Awesome.

It’s probably best I only worked one day this week – I can just imagine the hilarity had I shown up to work with a black eye.

UPDATE: Of course, I just got a work call for tomorrow. Am now testing out this truly vile-smelling glop (neem oil and turmeric powder made into a paste and applied to the discolored area) which the Sweater Queen promised would remove the bruising overnight. It better. Something that stinks like this better work.

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6 Responses

  1. Annika says:

    Aww, but imagine the fun you could have had making up a totally awesome way that you got the black eye.

  2. JCW says:

    Working next week on the Trauma set. What’s funny is that on location shoots their craft service is great, but on the soundstage it’s paltry. You’d think it would be the opposite.

    In agreement with poster Annika – a black eye is too good a story introduction to let pass.

  3. boskolives says:

    Much like exactly how long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on, craft service has a variable in time spent depending on your on-set job.
    I’ve worked as a DP and as a Sound Mixer on a lot of feature films, when I was shooting I never saw the craft service set up, when mixing I spent long hours debating with myself about having that 2nd doughnut.
    The worst situation for me is working on a day interior scene with (no offense now, I read about your boxing history) a really slow G+E crew and a weak DP. After a while those goodies on the table learn your name and call you in a voice only you can hear. They will not be denied!

  4. geekhiker says:

    Definitely with Annika on the story idea. Maybe tell the rest of crew it was the result of the fight you got in regarding not having crafty? You lost, sure, but you put up a good fight!

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