Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

When it rains, it pours.

This week, I’ve been bouncing around between shows, which is good because it’s work, but bad because rules about turnaround (the time between when you’re released for the night and when you have to report back the next day) don’t apply when you’re on a different show the next day.

So I’ve been coming home, faceplanting in the bed and fighting like hell for the six hours of sleep that I’m lucky to get before the alarm goes off.

Please enjoy a photo:

Neon ballasts

These are ballasts for neon signs. Neon can’t be plugged straight into regular power as it uses very high voltage. These are basically transformers that increase the normal power (line voltage) to something the sign can use.  They come in all sizes (small sign, small ballast), and these particular ones are for a very large sign so they’re heavy as hell.

When you rent neon signs for a movie or TV show, the signs are shipped separately from the ballasts, and must be connected on site.

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2 Responses

  1. JCW says:

    Awfully glad you’ve been getting work, but can relate to the hard hours.

    If one wants to work with semi regularity in the bay area, it often means a night shoot with a wrap at 5:00 am, followed by an audition at 11:00 am, and a call time for the current job at 5:00 pm.

    Personally, I avoid as much of that as possible, but I cannot begin to count the amount of actors I know who endure that schedule. Suspect I’m getting a little over age and grade for it.

    There’s no denying it’s a hard business… the cushy jobs with semi regular hours are few and far between, and hard to score.

    On Moneyball, the majority of crew was there an hour before us, and an hour after we were wrapped – production cut it close with the turnaround time as the majority of shoots ran 13 hours plus.

  2. A.J. says:

    I definitely feel you on the messed up turnaround times as I’m kind of in the same situation myself. But I thought there were certain rules against that in the Union? Like, if you take two jobs too close together, you’re “double dipping” which I thought was a big no-no in the IA.

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