Over the past two(ish) months, I’ve become accustomed to the lighter schedule of the multi-camera show.
Monday, we come in around 2 pm, and work until about 8. We hang lights – enough to ‘rough in’ the look so when they do the rehearsal with the cast the next morning, they have a good idea what the sets look like and what we need to change or add.
Ditto Tuesday and Wednesday.
Our long days are Thursday (block and pre-shoot) and Friday (audience), but neither of those days usually go over 12 hours.
Friday, the director does a ‘block and refresh’ with the cast before lunch, and then the audience load in and we shoot the live show.
Most directors finish with the refresh well before lunch, leaving us with a two-hour lunch.
This is a good thing and a bad thing.
I can go to the bank or the gym or just nap for those two hours, but I’m also on the Sony lot which means there’s a deeply discounted electronics store within walking distance, and I really don’t need to blow a paycheck on three TVs and a sound system.
But next week is our last week, and we’ve got three new sets plus an extra shoot day (to re-do the opening sequence), so we’re going to have more hours than usual.
We’ll have a nice check right when we’re unemployed, but the fact that we’re all dreading working a 60 hour week is some indication as to how spoiled we’ve gotten and what a shock it’s going to be to return to the real world of production, where every day will be 12 hours. Or more.
I have to say I really thought I was going to hate being stuck on a multi camera, but it’s been fun – largely because of the wonderful folks I’m working with, who I’ll miss when we’re done (but will see out in single camera world on a semi-regular basis).
I’ve also discovered that copious amounts of free time on a regular basis make me get less stuff done, not more.
Although I have binge-watched several Netflix series on the one new TV I bought (just one, although the salesperson really tried to get me into two).
My new hobby is watching movies from the 70s and 80s and pausing to really get a good look at the backgrounds.
I can really see the tape and spit holding the sets together. It’s hilarious.