Are They Listening, Do They Care…

Happy Friday! I’m going to be straight up with you now, this will be a rant. I’ll try and keep some comedy in there because honestly laughter will get you through almost anything. I love laughing and as of the last 7-8 years I love to smile too. I know that sounds odd, you might be thinking.. doesn’t everyone smile? They do but for most people a smile is not their go to face. It definitely wasn’t mine. My go to face was the usual ‘meh’, ‘whatever’ face that would occasionally slip into RBF. If you don’t know what that is look it up. These Scientist Abbe Macbeth and Jason Rogers from Noldus Information Technology actually conducted a study using some of their face render software and found that it’s (RBF) actually real. They also discovered that both Male and Female can have RBF. Look at me, tossing out names and helpful information and shit, WHO AM I? Enough crap, let’s get into this shall we?

SAG-AFTRA Sending Team To ‘Riverdale’ Set After K.J Apa Crash reads the headline on a Breaking News article on Deadline that I read earlier today (Sep. 21, 2017). First and foremost my thoughts go out to Mr. Apa, I’m happy that this didn’t end in another life lost because of greed. I’ll be honest my first thought when I read this headline was, where have you been for the last however many fucking years that this has been going on? I don’t know why someone has to get into an accident for us to start to question whether or not it’s good on the body to work for 13 plus hours 5 days a week. When I started working in this business I was working 7 days a week with the same hours. I was young, hungry and just trying to meet as many people as I could. I worked commercials, music videos, shows, movies, everything that called. I worked one music video that ran 23 hours…22 hours..some crazy shit like that. I actually wrote about it on here. Let me be clear here NO ONE ever should have to work more than 10 hours anywhere. There’s 24 hours in a day, more than half of that should not go to work. That’s fucking bullshit and extremely dangerous. Our bodies are not machines, once you hit that 10 hour mark some of your systems start to fail. When someone is overworked they make mistakes and not only because of exhaustion but also because of the bitterness that it causes. People don’t work well angry. People don’t work well tired.

Getting back to the article I just don’t understand what they are going to Vancouver to investigate. There’s no investigation needed. Everyone that works in this business knows that an average day on a film set is 12 hours. That is the issue. That is the only issue there is, the only issue there has been and the only issue that there will continue to be till we address it. This is not the first time this happens either. It happens all the time. If you do a little googling you’ll find numerous accounts of people getting into accidents and most not being as lucky to walk away from it like K.J. And to think these are just the accidents we hear about, I’m sure that some pretty terrible shit has happen on sets and been kept under wraps by people with the money and power to do so. This business is ruthless. A lot of people think it’s all sunshine and good times because we’re making movies but some people in this business are terrible human beings. They do not care about anyone but themselves or anyone that can get them more money or power.

We know what the problem is. What we need to do is find out how to solve the problem and to solve a problem one must start at the base of the problem. If you’re a “Producer” “EP” “Director” “UPM”..pretty much anyone with power that works a crew 14, 15, 16 hours a day without doing or saying anything about it, you are part of the problem. I know that your argument might be that the studio controls how much money you get and how it’s distributed over the course of the production but in the end you took the job. You agreed to be their bitch instead of trying to be different and change the game for the betterment of all of us. The change has to start at the top and if the studios won’t do it then it’s up to the ones that report to the studio to stand up for all of us. The craziest part about all this is that there’s already a very simple solution. If all productions just added a few more days to their schedule they’d be fine. However due to the fact that overtime will most times cost them less than adding days to the schedule they rather do that because sadly at the end of the day it really is all about the money to most people. Greed is a very ugly thing and deeply ingrained in our business.  Some of these higher-ups don’t give a flying Fuck about our health or well-being and so that’s why they don’t change any of these “industry standards”. I remember I once asked a producer why 12 hours was the norm and he said “It’s just always been that way.” What the hell kind of logic is that? We are constantly evolving and changing. Everyday everything gets faster and more accessible yet the film industry just can’t figure out how to efficiently film within a 10 hour day.

I don’t know what it’s going to take everyone but this really has to be addressed. We need to start taking more care of ourselves and stop losing more than half of our lives to this business. This is not Rock and Roll, it should not be a way of life. We shouldn’t have to resort to only seeing our family Mon-Fri over FaceTime to say goodnight. I don’t even have a family and every time I see a mother or father telling their kids they won’t be there to tuck them in because their stuck on set working on hour 15 it breaks my heart. It’s so unfair. I know it’s all our choices to work in this business. We could just do something else that would offer us the hours that we are looking for but we shouldn’t have to. This is a multibillion dollar industry that we are talking about that are penny-pinching in exchange for people’s health. They can all give a little more, plan a little more and care a little more. That’s literally all it takes.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. That actually wasn’t as bad as I thought. I was pretty heated when I started this thing and I have to say, writing definitely diffused my anger a bit. I’m telling you folks, forget therapy just start a blog. HA! I will say that while this article mostly made my blood boil I was happy to read about Haskell Wexler in this article. I don’t know much about him but I do like what he was fighting for and will be looking into his history. I hope you all have an excellent weekend and remember to be good to one another.

-PEACE

 

 

To Watch or Not To Watch…

Happy Tuesday! How is everyone doing this week so far? I was off yesterday and today fortunately but I got some work coming up the next 2 days…or it may only be 1 day as I just noticed that one of the jobs never called me back yesterday. This probably means I won’t be on it but either way it’s cool. I remember being a bit upset back in the day when a job would place me on hold then not book me. Now I can honestly care less, I actually welcome the time off. I always have a set goal of money that I need to make each month and once that goal is met I rather take the days off and work on my own material. Anyhow let’s get into this shall we?

Today’s topic is about this moral dilemma that I’ve been going through recently about working in this business. Actually to be more specific it’s about working alongside certain people in this business than the gig itself. In a few weeks there’s a show starting up on FOX called The Gifted. The show is helmed by Bryan Singer. Singer directed such hollywood hits as The Usual Suspects, some of the X-Men films and Superman Returns amongst many others. His resume as a Producer is even more extensive, with producing credits on the movies/shows he directed and also on shows such as House and more currently the FX hit Legion. The guy has been around and making money for hollywood for years. His first 2 X-Men films grossed $700 million worldwide, that’s big time money. Money and power go hand in hand. Singer is a power house in the film industry. Now back to my dilemma, if one knows about Singer’s history one knows that the guy doesn’t exactly sound like the good person we all wished he was. It’s tough to hear that people like this that are responsible for some our favorite movies aren’t the cool, good-hearted people we all imagine. However if you look into Singer’s life outside of the film world he actually sounds like quite the piece of shit to humanity. The guy has a history of sexual abuse allegations with underage boys that is troubling to say the least. I don’t usually directly source material on here but there’s a first time for everything and this important to the topic at hand so here’s Singer’s troubles summed up on Wikipedia.

 

SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS (Source: Wikipedia)

In 1997, a 14-year-old extra accused Singer of asking him and other minors to film a shower scene in the nude for the film Apt Pupil. A lawsuit was filed but dismissed for insufficient evidence.[31][32]

In April 2014, Singer was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual assault of a minor. According to the suit filed by attorney Jeff Herman, Singer is alleged to have drugged and raped actor and model Michael Egan in Hawaii and Los Angeles in the late 1990s.[33] Singer’s attorney called the allegations “completely fabricated” and said Singer planned to countersue.[34] Singer denied the allegations in a statement calling them “outrageous, vicious, and completely false.”[35] On May 22, 2014, Singer’s attorney presented evidence to Federal District Judge Susan Oki Mollway stating that neither Singer nor Egan were in Hawaii at the time.[36] In early August 2014, Egan sought to withdraw his lawsuit via a Request for Court Order of Dismissal, and asked that it be granted “without prejudice or an award of costs or fees, in the interest of justice.”

In May 2014, another lawsuit was filed by attorney Jeff Herman on behalf of an anonymous British man. Both Singer and producer Gary Goddard (who was also named separately in the first case) were accused of sexually assaulting “John Doe No. 117.” According to the lawsuit, Goddard and Singer met the man for sex when he was a minor and engaged in acts of “gender violence” against him while in London for the premiere of Superman Returns.[37] The charge against Singer in this case was dismissed, at the accuser’s request, in July 2014.[38] The case against Goddard remained active.[citation needed]

Singer is cited in the 2014 documentary film on child sexual abuse in Hollywood, An Open Secret, though the film makes no specific allegations against him.[39]

 

Pretty grim right? This fucking guy is STILL making films and shows like all is good. If any average person was accused of any of the above they’d probably already be locked up. This documentary “An Open Secret” is on Youtube and I have to say may be what made me want to write this post. When you have time you should definitely check it out. Even though the film makes no specific allegations towards Singer it was truly troubling to listen to some of the stories of the shit that occurred in that house in Encino at which Singer was said to visit from time to time. The more research you do on all these cases the more one starts to notice that this is clearly a case of one side having all the power and therefore basically paying for their freedom by making deals with victims behind closed doors. These are all very powerful rich men that are being accused by less fortunate people who literally can’t afford to take on them. Here’s an article written back in 2014 titled Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Case: The Troubling History Behind the Accusations. In it The Hollywood Reported (THR) goes a little more into depth about all these accusations and all the men attached to the story. I won’t go through the whole article but here’s a part I found interesting:

Singer long has been known to have an affinity for a certain type of man. “Bryan’s always had a reputation of being with guys that look young,” says a high-level studio executive who oversaw one of the director’s big comic-book movies. “Whether they were underage or not, I have no idea. [But] for 20 years he’s had young guys around him, whether they’re assistants or friends. However they were described to you, they were always around.”

While I have never worked for Singer and I don’t ever plan to, people talk and this is definitely something that I’ve heard from crew people who have worked with him. They claim that he always has young men around him and that there is always a young assistant at his side. This is fucked up and I really am starting to have a problem with the fact that all of us that are around these types of people aren’t doing enough to stop them. Yes, I’m talking about the crew. A perfect example of this is this person quoted above, I’m not sure who the “high-level” studio executive is but you’re an Executive! How can you just stand there and turn a blind eye when the director in charge of the film/show that you’re producing may be a pedophile. I won’t do it, I can’t do it. This show that I mentioned earlier The Gifted, if I was called to work on it I have to say that I would have to pass on the gig. I know that as crew we are merely pawns in this film industry. I know that many will argue that they need to make a living and that hollywood is ALL corrupted. I know some believe that if you dig deep enough on any hollywood project one can find some illegal or moral wrong doing but shouldn’t we take some responsibility for acknowledging the Fuck up ness and not doing anything about it? While this guy (Singer) hasn’t been convicted we can’t all just stand on the sidelines and continue to work and support people like this. We all know very well that the only reason he hasn’t been found guilty and locked up is because he has money, power and has friends with the same attributes. So you can call it a protest if you’d like but I won’t be watching this show. I actually am going to make it a point to try to not watch anything that Singer directs from here on out. I know I’m just one person and that millions will still tune in, the show looks like it will be successful but after all I’ve learned I just cannot continue to support people like this or the projects they are attached to. There are millions of people out there that dream of directing and making movies. Why are we denying them their chance by continuing to give shits like this work?

Thanks for stopping by and reading another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I apologize that this wasn’t one of my uplifting funny post but this is something that I have been meaning to write about. I love this business but its dark side that hides topics like this really continue to go on with no real repercussions for any of it’s accused is something that has to be discussed and addressed. While I’m just one voice on a blog amongst millions I will share my thoughts on it and do what I can. It’s all we can do as individuals in hopes that the information spreads. Have a fantastic week at work, make sure to check out The Toke Talking Podcast every Monday and NEW blog posts every Tuesday and Friday.

-PEACE

 

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 46

Stoners, Hippies, Hip Hop Heads lend me your ears as I welcome my guest Big Kush Jay. Author of the book and documentary “Married To Marijuana” to The Toke Talking Podcast. We go on about his book, life in the Hip Hop game, a great story with GhostFaced Killa and much more. Come have a listen and make sure to check out his book and documentary, both linked above for easy access.

-PEACE

Caring Doesn’t Pay…

Happy Friday! I just worked a full week for the first time in 4 months. That’s crazy…I mean I wasn’t planning on it working out that way. If you read the blog weekly you would know that I thought I was going back on a show that well…I didn’t. So here I am in the world of the unknown, jumping from show to show. It gets so crazy at times that I forget exactly what it is that I’m on. Continue reading “Caring Doesn’t Pay…”

Right Place, Right Time….

Hello, welcome to We’re Not Rolling Old and New visitors. How was your weekend? I had both a good and bad weekend. Let’s get to the bad first because well..it always sucks. It was bad because I have lots of family and friends in Florida that stayed there for Irma. This fucking Hurricane gave me the most stressful 10 days I believe I’ve ever had. I was really worried about everyone. Continue reading “Right Place, Right Time….”

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 45

FOOTBALL IS BACK!!! And I talked about it a lot in this weeks Episode…sorry but FOOTBALL IS BACK!! I also talk about “It”, American Horror Story, that bitch ass hurricane Irma and much more. Come listen to my madness and have a laugh NOW!

-PEACE

My Social Space…

Hello everybody! Welcome to We’re Not Rolling. I’m your want to be, trying to be…writer. I was wondering the other day does anyone ever come up to you and declare you a writer? Do you just declare yourself one? Or is it only official once you get paid for your stuff? Fuck if I know. HA! Continue reading “My Social Space…”

Mine, Mine, Mine….

Hello! Welcome to We’re Not Rolling and an all New post because that’s what happens here on Tuesdays…except for last Tuesday but you guys know the story behind that. How is everyone doing? Did you have a nice long Labor Day weekend? I had a pretty epic time, I would go on about it but I already did on yesterdays Podcast. Wink wink, go check it out! HA! Continue reading “Mine, Mine, Mine….”

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 44

It’s Monday and I think you should come get your daily laugh in and listen to an all NEW Episode of The Toke Talking Podcast. This week I go on about our run in with the law at our man-made beach fire birthday party, the recent California heat wave, my problem with team bars and much more. Check it out NOW!

-PEACE

You’re The Teacher?!…

Happy Friday!! First off let me say I’m sorry for the absence of the Tuesday post but it was my Birthday and honestly I totally forgot to write it up Monday even though I was off. I don’t know what the hell happen. I honestly thought all day Monday that it was still Sunday and when I finally realized that it was Monday it was way too late to write-up a post because I had a 530Am Calltime on Tue. Continue reading “You’re The Teacher?!…”