Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

These aren’t the doors you’re looking for

Doors, meet lights.

The problem with taking the barn doors off of the lights for the run of an entire movie is that at some point, said doors must be returned to their respective lights.

This isn’t as easy as you might think – due to it being so busy, about half of the lamps are sub-rentals (rental house doesn’t have enough of something, so gets it from another rental house), and must be returned with the doors and scrims (metal mesh circles that are used to reduce the intensity of the light) that they came with.

Since some rental houses are better about marking their stuff than others, this can be a bit of an adventure.

Also, one particular manufacturer (coughcoughArricough) makes lights that are just barely a different size than any of the other manufacturers. Which means that doors from another lamp won’t fit them, but they’re so close it’s tempting to just hit them and make them fit.

Stupid Germans.

After sorting out five different rental houses and three different manufacturers, everything worked out fine.

Plus, I barely tore out any hair.

Between two shows, I’ve gotten four days this week. The way the taxes are structured, I don’t really lose all that much money working four days as opposed to five.

Tonight’s Blogger Prom, which last year was a complete blast.

Last year, though, I was still on disability and didn’t have to worry about getting up and going to work the morning after.

This year, I have a 6 am call tomorrow, so I won’t be able to stay late.  It’ll still be lots of fun, though.

Filed under: crack of dawn, Work

One Response

  1. Ah yes, the odious task of matching up a forty-footer full of sub-rentals. One more reason not to work as a best boy anymore…

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