Totally Unauthorized

A side of the film industry most people never see.

Time and space

As the show goes on and more stuff gets put into the sets, the stage itself starts to get harder and harder to navigate.

On shows running longer than three months, the boxes, cases, oddly shaped bits of wood, unused couches, etc..  would be tucked away somewhere not the stage (sometimes an office but many times a shipping container).

Since a lot of the stuff we have will only be on camera for one episode and no one has any real estate large enough for storage, everything just gets stacked where ever there happens to be space.

In hallways, behind backdrops, against set walls, in the bathrooms, around our carts, under the audience bleachers.

Which I understand, as there’s just not any room on the stage to store anything, but it’s getting difficult to navigate lifts through the monumental piles of crap.

Add in the copious amount of fake trees in the fake yard and it’s damn near impossible to reach some of the lights.

Of course, the lights that are the biggest pains in the ass to reach are the ones that need the most attention.

So we bushwhack our way back to a point at which we can almost reach the light and then have someone act as a counterweight while we lean out over the debris to change a globe or refocus.

We’ll do a set changeover in a couple of weeks, so at least it’ll be different junk, hopefully in different places.

 

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2 Responses

  1. k4kafka says:

    Sounds like an “unsafe workplace” and potential fire hazard. Be a trouble-maker and ask your gaffer to have a chat with the D.P…and then the UPM. And when all this fails…talk to your union rep.

  2. Oh jesus, don’t get me started on those fucking fake trees, which are always — ALWAYS — right in our way when the OCDP demands last-second adjustments to the lighting. I’ve crushed my share of those goddamned things with man-lifts over the years, and always with a giddy sense of justice served…

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