Happy Friday!! The weekend is finally here for all of you hard-working folks out there. Plus it’s 4th of July weekend! I’m sure some of you lucky folks out there probably have a nice 4 day weekend coming up. I’m off again so it’s back to vacation mode. I don’t have any plans for the 4th yet but I’m sure something will materialize. I keep going on about going camping but taking no action so maybe that is what I’ll do. However I’m sure allocating a spot with this short notice will be close to impossible. I really just want to go camp on the beach somewhere for the night. UHHH!! I don’t know..whatever let’s get into this shall we?
I often compare the production department to that of the parents on the set. They go around making sure everyone is behaving and being safe. When the crew starts to have fun and get a little out of hand, it is the production department whose duty it is to step in and stop the fun…control the kids if you will. The no fun department will go around and tell everyone to be quiet when they are loud and spend their time shouting instructions at everyone. The NFD…you know like the NFL…I’ll let you figure it out, always likes to be in control of everything going on and tend to get a little hurt when someone tries to take their reigns. You know, like parents with their kids when they are contested. This is by far my least favorite part about working in this department and honestly I don’t fit or practice the format. While I do enjoy controlling most parts of my life at work I don’t want that responsibility. I just want to get there, do my thing and get out. I don’t want to be the guy telling people who are working 14 hours a day and hardly see their families that they can’t have a laugh at crafty when someone cracks a joke because they are doing a marking rehearsal with 2nd team. I’m not saying I don’t do any of these things, I do, I just do them in my own way…not the “production department” way. Which I have no other way to explain other than being kind of douche baggy.
Yeah you know what I’m talking about, I’m talking about all those A.D’s and P.A’s that think if they were not in this business there would be no entertainment. The television would just be black with nothing to watch. I’m talking about the one’s that draw out color coded maps of BG crossings and then publicly ridicule them when they miss their cue so they can feel like the big man/woman on campus. I’m PRODUCTION! FEEL MY WRATH!! ROLLING!!!
If this were school the production department would be like the teachers while the rest of the crew would be the kids. I want to be with the kids! I don’t want to be the adult telling adults how to adult. If they can’t figure it out by now there is no hope. This is a perfect example of why there are sayings like ‘You can’t teach a old dog new tricks.’
A great exemplar of this acting as the adults while the rest of the crew gets to have fun is the picture-taking rules we get at times. I’ve been on multiple projects where the production department gets a briefing before we film where we’re told that as the production department we need to be professional and that absolutely no pictures will be allowed. Meanwhile the rest of the crew gets to geek out with whatever talent we are working with and take pictures that will make their memories of their time in this business unforgettable. Why? Why do we need to hold ourselves to different standards? I mean who do we think we are fooling? Whenever there is someone famous around everyone knows how fucking cool it feels. We all want to be around them. Look I’m not saying we should go geek out crazy and do a photo shoot with every single actor/actress we work with but I don’t think we should hold ourselves to different set of standards just because we want to seem all superior and shit. If the person we are working with specifically mentions that they don’t want to be bothered by pictures, fine. I get that and I think everyone should respect their wishes but if they don’t say anything why ruin our time in this business. I think most of us that work here are here because we love entertainment. The people in front of the camera may seem like they are in a totally different world but they are essentially our co-workers. We may not hang out on the weekends or meet up at the company picnic but for 12 hours a day, 5 days a week we work alongside one another.
I’ve actually brought this up to several thespians that I’ve worked with and all of them have said that they never mind doing anything for someone in the crew. I think what happens is that some of us assume that actresses and actors look at us like fans that are clawing at them as they try to get a coffee at starbucks and that’s far from the truth. Almost every person that I have worked with has been nothing but respectful of the crew and the process. I know it’s crazy to think about but these people can’t film themselves and we need people to film. We need one another. I will be honest, I’ve only had 2-3 instances where I was told not to take pictures and I did because I just could not pass up the chance at capturing the memory. I’m not an idiot, I’m not going to post it or share anything like this. These moments were not moments that I wanted to capture to share with others but just to share with my old self when I’m losing my mind in my old age. So in conclusion production department people, if you feel like you are a member of the NFD try to relax a little bit on the next show and enjoy yourself. It’s film making not surgery.
Thank you for reading another entry here at We’re Not Rolling everyone. I hope you all have a fantastic holiday weekend. I’m just saying this now if there’s no post on Tue I probably chose to celebrate instead of writing but I’m sure that a post will pop up on Wed. I think I’ll be alright, I might try to write it over the weekend by the pool since I haven’t written out there in a while. Be good to one another, talk to y’all next week!