The No Fun Department…

 

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!

-PEACE

Hardly a Nation…

Happy Tuesday!! How is everyone doing? If you read my post on Friday you know that I finally worked on Thur and Friday and I’m working today (Monday) and Tuesday so this was actually a weekend for me. Until this weekend I had been on a permanent weekend since March and I’m happy to say that I will be back on one come Wednesday. At least for 2 weeks then I’ll either day play again somewhere or continue waiting till my next full-time gig comes around in Aug. I really want to go to DisneyLand, I might just do that. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

P.A Nation, a term I’ve always disliked since the first time I heard it. I’ve never been a fan of it because well first we are hardly a “Nation” on set so it just sounds silly to me when I hear it said out loud. As most of you know I mostly work in the TV show world and we usually have 2-3 PAs, if they feel like splurging maybe 4 but that’s really rare. I mean everyone obviously knows that we are the big money makers on set and that’s why some producers put up a fuss at times for another day player. That was sarcasm in case you missed it there. I never understood the not “Okaying” of an extra P.A every time a A.D asks. On most shows we make less than the Background people, I mean do you really think you’re saving anything, just give them the extra hand.

SORRY..Let me hop back on the rails here. We’ll get back to the prior veer off topic in another segment because I do want to explore that further. So as I was saying most shows I work on have 2-3 PAs. As a matter of fact I did several shows where I was the ONLY PA. Yes you read that right, it was just little ole me. It was mostly a stage based show and we did hire 1 additional person when we went out but other than that it was just me. So anytime I hear the phrase “PA Nation” I always think…uhhh, not so much. I think 5-6 people in a department may qualify it as a Nation but even then I just dislike the term. Now before I go any further I will like to point out how ridiculous of a personal topic this is but we all have our little ticks that make us crazy and this is one of mine. Plus, it’s my blog and I blog about whatever I want to, whatever I want to. Yes I did mean that to go along with the melody and that’s why it needed to repeat there. If you don’t get the joke, don’t worry about it..march ahead!

Alright for those of you still with me let me continue…While I had always had a problem with this term before after working on 2 different commercial crews over the last few days I stand corrected. Both of these crews had 10 PLUS PAs on them. WHAT THE HELL?!? That’s craziness! However I also think I might’ve just smoked away the memory of commercials having this many PAs on them because I sure don’t remember there being so many when I was working on these. I can honestly say I remember 4 maybe 5 but holy shit everyone, there was literally a PA in every area on set at all times. You couldn’t throw a stick without hitting one…hahaha!! You know that your department is big when you’ve only heard someones voice all day on the radio and you don’t meet them till after lunch sometime. So in the commercial world I can see how the term does make sense and I think I might be ok with it as of now. Yes believe it of not I too can change to make this world a better place. HA!

I will say this through, I still can’t and won’t ever say it. I know I’m an idiot but it just still sounds weird to me when I say it. I feel like I’m summoning souls getting on the radio and yelling “PA Nation!” I might as well say “PA Nation ASSEMBLE!!” What are we the fucking Avengers? And all for what? To take down a tent, 10 chairs..some small insignificant shit that 1-2 people could’ve handled and now you have 7 people all wanting to lead. I don’t know what bugs me about it so much. I think I just always think of a nation as people who want to be somewhere together and I’ve found that when you do work in big groups like that you actually feel less like a group because there’s just so many and most don’t want to be there. Look I can’t help the small weird shit like this that bugs me, I’m human just like all of you. I know that all of you out there have something that just irks you for some strange reason that makes absolutely zero logical sense. If you don’t think you have any you just don’t know what it is yet. Go figure it out, it will make life a whole lot easier. Trust me. I’ve said it before this blog is also part therapy for. I’m able to write about ridiculousness like this and laugh at myself which is always good for anyone. You should try that too!!

Thanks for stopping by once again and reading another entry here at We’re Not Rolling everyone. If I haven’t said it lately, I appreciate each and every one of you. I’m not saying that because you come to read this blog every week either. I’m appreciative of you if this is your first time and last time reading too. Have a great week at work. If you haven’t checked out Episode 32 of The Toke Talking Podcast make sure you do. I finally had some film industry talk on there since I went back to work. However if podcasts aren’t you’re thing I will hopefully be back Friday with another fun-filled post. Be excellent to one another people!

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 32

Everyone needs a laugh to start off their week come check out The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 32 NOW! This week I go on about going back to work for a couple of days, I whine about being old, I share some stories of when I was a cook in Miami, kids that aren’t assholes and much more! Have a good week folks..Hahaha! Folks…

-Peace

Just Checking On My Check…

Happy Friday! How are you all? Guess who’s back to the grind, the rat race, the ole 9-5 (Only we would be more like 9-9) This guy! Well…at least for 4 days, I’m working today (Thursday), tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday. I think I might have set a record with this last break. I was off for a whopping of 83 days!! How fucking sweet is that? And you know what? I did not miss work or become bored at all!! I’ve said it before that I’m able to keep myself entertained and busy more than most people. I’m sure people who just read how long I was off probably thought “I would be SOOO bored!!”NOT THIS GUY! I’m seriously going to aim to do that every year from here on out to be honest. So far 2017 is shaping out to be one of the best work years I’ve ever had. I don’t mean that I’ve been non stop busy, I mean that I like the way it’s been scheduled, it’s been just right. Alright enough jargon, let’s get into this shall we?

As has been the case the last few weeks I keep getting ideas for my post from conversations that I’ve had in meeting with friends who ARE working since I had not been. However today I was able to muster a bunch of new ideas for post and I can only imagine that more will come to me over the next few days. Although I will say after being off for that length of a run I sort of feel disconnected from the business right now being here today. I mean I haven’t forgotten anything like that, I just have a slight disconnected feeling. HMMMM.. I started writing this post on Tue so this is not from my new stock of ideas that I shall unleash over the next few weeks. Alright SO, someone I know was talking about a paycheck that they were still waiting for. He mentioned that it was now going on 3 weeks since they had worked the gig. 3 WEEKS?! I’m sorry, no, what I meant was WHAT IN THE FLYING FUCKING FUCK, 3 WEEKS?! I’m going to be straight forward before I go any further and say that if you’re the person in charge of paying the crew be it a producer, studio exec, PM, PC…whatever the title, if it takes you more than 2 weeks to pay out people who worked for you, you’re a piece of shit in my book. Sorry if that sounds harsh but I can’t sugar coat it. I feel how I feel and if the person in charge should aim everyone paid in a timely fashion. Which as is usually customary in many businesses is 2 weeks. IF that person knows that they are going to take longer than that to pay out then I feel it would be good to let everyone know that. This would be the only way to defend against this ridiculous business practice that I think happens way too much in my opinion. At least once you’re warned about it then the responsibility falls on you on whether you want or can even afford to work on the gig. Hell 3 weeks might be too long to wait if one is living check to check. I’m guessing they don’t warn people because then they figure that it’ll be tough to find people to work on the job but I think just the opposite. There’s always someone willing to take the job. I have people come up to me all the time when we’re on location that offer to work for free just to get in. These folks would happily come work for your late paying ass. Hahaha!!

Luckily I haven’t had to deal with this in quite some time and even when I did it was not an insane amount of time. I’ve predominantly only worked on Union shows and they all pay weekly, on Thursday…or as I refer to it ‘Employee Appreciation Day’. Weekly paid people don’t Fuck around. I’ve been on sets where checks got head up till Friday because of a computer glitch and people were losing their shit. Thinking back though I think the longest I ever waited for a check was 2 and a half weeks. I’m pretty sure that after the 3 weeks mark I would show up at the production company and not left till I got paid. I’m not a money driven person but when I do a job for someone I expect to get paid. I’m also not someone who lives in fear of someone or some company harnessing this made up power of being able to make sure someone no longer works in this town. I will show up at their office no matter who they are and demand my money and I will gladly like to see someone try to stop me from working in this town. I’ve had someone tell me before that they did not want to call to follow-up on a check because they didn’t want to seem like a nuisance. I don’t share any type of feelings like this. 2 weeks are the most I give someone to pay me before I lose my shit. Then I will gladly and proudly turn into the biggest nuisance of that persons/companies life.

I mean honestly the thing is that the type of person that I am is one that if a company takes 3 weeks to pay me I would never work for them again. I can literally be starving after not working for months and if this company called me for work after I had written them off, I still would not work for them. I know very well that they are just going to turn around and hire someone else and I will still be starving but at the end of it all I will feel better about myself because I actually stood for something that I believe in. I’m attempting to make a statement that would hopefully cause change. I would think that after enough people stop working for people like this they would start to wonder why that is and hopefully one day realize “Oh it’s because I’m a terrible person and paying people 3 weeks after I make them work for me” and then hopefully they change their ways. I know that the likelihood of this happening is slim to none but shit, I feel I need to start somewhere right? I’m also well aware that this person may also NEVER get it because like I stated before one can always find someone to take the job no matter how terrible it may seem.

The one other situation in this realm that I never have had happen to me is a company not paying at all. I’ve had several people I’ve worked with who did a job and then ended up getting stiffed on the paycheck. Some took legal measures which is something I would definitely do if it came down to it. The others just chalked it up to a loss and kept trucking ahead. Let me just say that if you’re able to do this you’re a way better person than I am because I would never EVER chalk it up to a loss. I remember one person in particular told me that it was out of their hands because they had worked on the show in another city. To which I replied I would in all seriousness get on a plane, go get my money, ask them to compensate me for the flight and then if they refused take them to court. HA!! I don’t work for free.

Ok enough about this nonsense already. I think I’ve ranted enough about this topic. Pay your employees in a timely fashion everyone that’s it. It’s not that hard. Thanks for popping in and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Have an excellent weekend and make sure to stop by Monday morning for The Toke Talking Podcast to start your week off with a laugh.

-PEACE

Booked Vs. Hold

Happy Tuesday! How are you? How have you been? Did you start off with a good Monday or one that is already making you count down to Friday? I’m still enjoying the luxury of being unemployed. My days and nights have been filled with poolside lounging, bar hopping, photography sessions and lots and lots of naps. HA! It’s really been mentally relieving to just catch up to life and not have to work about reporting anywhere for work for a while. I can get use to this type of work year, work 9 months and take off 3. Doesn’t that sound fantastic? I’m getting close to accomplishing that this year. Hmmmmm. Let’s get into this shall we?

Alright everyone, so today I wanted to talk about the difference between being placed on hold and actually being booked on a job AND how I try to maintain some sort of loyalty. I thought of this topic because a good friend of mine was telling me that this A.D had gotten upset with him because he had backed out of a job. My first question as is always anytime anyone falls into this particular situation is “Were you booked or on hold?” As one can assume this happens a lot from my stating that I always ask this in response. I ask because for those of you not in the business at times someone will call you and tell you to hold particular days for them because they may have work for you but are waiting to hear if the job is official. Sometimes that doesn’t work out and they release you or other times you get called for something that is certain and wants to BOOK you as oppose to hold you. In many of these cases it’s always safe to say you should take the work that’s guaranteed because well..one needs to make a living. That I can recall I’ve never heard of anyone getting upset with someone backing out of a hold but I can see someone getting upset by it but we do work with quite a few unreasonable egotistical lunatics. I don’t agree with this because we are all freelancers and we all need to understand that guaranteed work will most likely always supersede possible work. It would be selfish for that person to expect you to wait in uncertainty instead of taking a job that’s guaranteed.

Now what I don’t find ok is when someone backs out of a job that you were booked on already and in this situation I can understand someones anger. This is exactly what my friend did. He was booked on a gig and got called for a better gig and jumped off. I wrote a post on here about loyalty in this business and while I feel that most people are only loyal to themselves I still like to believe that there are some people out there that actually have some type of rules that they abide by as to at least try to be loyal in some sense of the word. Look I get it, I know that when one is grinding and one gets booked on a gig for 3 days and then gets a call for a gig that’s 5 days that extra money is very tempting. However I will argue this, if you burn that bridge you might also in turn burn any other bridges that this person would’ve helped you build. SO thinking of how this situation may play out in the future the extra money that you just burned a bridge for would’ve probably easily been made up by another job from this person or someone who they referred you to. Make sense?

When I first started working I remember running into this problem and also hearing about it all the time. I mean if you freelance its bound to happen at some point or another. When I learned about this I decided that I was going to make a rule so that I would never have to deal with this stressful moment. I don’t want people to get agree at me and I don’t want to disappoint anyone that I respect and like working for. So what I decided was that if I booked a job, that was the job I was going to do. If I got a call after I booked that gig that for a gig that ran a few days longer I would try to jump on for the extra days they had but I would otherwise pass on the job. Anytime I tell this to most people their argument is always that I’m losing money but I know that’s not the case. I’ve been doing this for a long time everyone. If you miss out on some days here and there more often than not you will make up those days somewhere else on another gig. I know it’s tough to think that way and it’s scary because one always thinks how about if no work comes at all but come on everyone, we know that’s not the case. Work always comes along. If you’re new in the business you definitely should take all the work you can till you have a good size circle of people who can keep you employed. By no means should you be turning down work when you’re just getting your feet wet. I mean don’t go or do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing but at the beginning it’s key to work with as many people and as many styles of projects be it tv, film commercials..whatever. I’ve worked on work out videos, army recruitment videos, make a wish projects. It’s really a gigantic world out there.

I will be honest till this day I have to meet anyone who has such a rule like this. Everyone I know for the most part will deal with the stressful angry person or burning of the bridge to get out of the job over losing money. I’ve told you all before my feelings about money so maybe that’s why it’s easy for me to say no and abide by this rule. I’ve just never been someone to praise money. It’s great and can make things easy but like I’ve said many a times, I prefer my sanity over money. I will rather work on something where I’m going to learn and enjoy my time there as oppose to somewhere where I’m going to be stressed out the entire time and getting paid twice as much. I don’t know what to tell you, that’s just how I work.

Thanks for reading fellow reader and Hey here’s some awesome news everyone We’re Not Rolling now has its own Facebook Page that you can check out, like and follow HERE. Yep from here on out one can just jump on the new FB page and check out not only my blog post every TUE and FRI but also some exclusive content that I will feature solely on the Page. Have a great week folks and I’ll be back to ramble again with ya’ll on Friday.

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 31

Hey! Episode 31 of The Toke Talking Podcast is up NOW! Come listen to me go off about summer time, The Season Finale of American Gods, the stress that everything about driving causes me and my first time going to Jury Duty. This and many more laughs to start your week off smiling.

-PEACE

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I Don’t Watch Myself…

Happy Friday! How is everyone? I had another fantastic week of hanging with my dog, cat and working on some of my projects. I actually made my first Cinemagraph this week. If you’re asking yourself what that may be, it’s basically a still image that only has one or two moving components in it. Here’s an example:

Pretty sweet huh? This is my current obsession as of late. I’m considering looking for some day playing days coming up though. I enjoy the time off but I think I need a little change of scenery, nothing crazy just a few days here and there. I mean don’t get me wrong I’m definitely not tired of being off. It’s been about a month and a half and I’m still enjoying every moment of it. I’m not one of those people who gets stir crazy or someone who gets bored with not having the job responsibility. I’m very capable of entertaining myself for months at a time. I know the work will soon strike again though. HA! Alright, let’s get into this shall we?

I’m not sure what made me think about this topic but I did so here we are. It dawned on me the other day that I’ve worked with a few, not many actors/actresses that claim not to ever watch any of their work. Really? Why? Honestly, I don’t know if I believe these people. They have to watch it at least once. I mean if one doesn’t watch themselves how does one know where to improve or what they did right for that matter. While I think that people s critique is important I don’t feel it’s as important as a persons own self-evaluation. Sadly people lie. I think we have all at another point or another had someone in our lives that we’re into something that they clearly were not good at but as a good friend or even a stranger one must encourage not stand in the way of. The saying is true, anyone can really do anything that they want to do. However that does not mean that they will be good at it. I just find it to be so strange to not watch yourself…and I find it even stranger that I’m sure there are people out there that claim this but do indeed watch. I had such a person turn up before. Now I’ve only worked with one thespian that said they did not watch and then recanted and said they do watch themselves but by only when they are by themselves in a dark room hiding away from the world. Hahaha! I mean that I kind of understand. I’ve worked with quite a few actors and actresses that were surprisingly shy when the camera wasn’t on them so I can see them wanting to watch themselves in solitude. I know what you’re thinking, a shy actor? Yep, they’re out there people. I feel some of us forget at times that they are in fact “Acting” when those cameras go on. They’re performing.

I think the ones that claim not to watch themselves and just say that maybe do it involuntarily. You know like when you’re hanging out with someone watching TV, knock out for a second and then have the other person call you out on your snooze and you instantly say some shit like “I didn’t fall asleep! I was resting my eyes.” Does that make sense? It’s just one of those programmed involuntary lies or fib if you will, that we all say at times. I think these people just involuntarily just always say they don’t watch themselves. Or maybe they say it as to not get questions about it? I don’t know. Are there music artist like this? Are there people out there that make music and have never listened to any of it? How would that even work? Are there any artist out there that have never seen one of their paintings? I’m not talking about a person who is blind either alright everyone so don’t get all smart ass-y on me and I’m well aware that’s also not a word but I like it so let’s go with it. I would argue that at times some of them might not watch everything that they do because they’re busy but I just don’t buy the I NEVER watch myself story. It smells fishy to me. How about if you have a weird eye twitch that no one has ever told you about? Wouldn’t you want to know?

Alright, alright…That might be the shortest blog post I have ever written about here at We’re Not Rolling but the topic wasn’t really one of too many avenues. This was just a simple one, go with it. It was just a small strange observation that I made and wanted to put it out in the world in hopes that someone reads it and realizes that maybe they should just watch themselves or admit that they do. Hahaha! AND NOW ON TO THE WEEKEND!!!

Thanks for reading everybody. I’ll be back Monday with an all NEW episode of The Toke Talking Podcast here on the site and if Podcasts aren’t your thing come back on Tuesday for an all New blog post. Have an excellent weekend everyone!

-PEACE

That Time I Died…

Hello and welcome to We’re Not Rolling. If you’re new here your visit comes complete with a posts some good, some great, some bad (I’m sure), some sad but the one constant I try to maintain is to keep you (The Reader) laughing. I think it’s a crazy business (Film Industry) and needed a place to share the madness and so this blog was born. Those of you that are reoccurring visitors here, thanks for coming back! How was everyone’s weekend? Loud and Crazy or Quiet and Peaceful? I’m a fan of both and try to get a healthy dose of each every weekend. Although I must say there hasn’t been much crazy lately. I can’t control the ‘loud’ part, I’m always loud, I’m Cuban. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

As you know is the routine here I always try to come up with a funny, witty title. You know sort of like the news does ALTHOUGH I really feel they should not. I don’t think news outlets or newspapers should try to come up with clever titles when the matter is serious because I think it fucks with some people. Whatever, I’m not going to get into that here point is I have never died in real life but I did play a dead guy on camera and that’s the story I’m here to share. I might have shared some stories from my time on the show ‘The Bridge’ for FX on here but honestly I don’t remember. This was the only show that I was there from the pilot till Season 2 when they got cancelled. Not only that but I was also 1 of 4 crew member wise (Not including above the line folks) that made it from the pilot to the actual crew on Season 1 so that was pretty cool too. I know that may sound strange to people out there that might not work in this world. One would think that the crew that works on the pilot would automatically work on the show as well but most the time this is not the case because the time in between when the Pilot is filmed in relation to the beginning of Season 1 at times is months even years in between and people who worked on the pilot can’t just hang around waiting. The reason I bring this up is because I think it’s the reason I was considered to be the dead guy.

I built a really good relationship with the Producers and Creators on this show after being together so long and I actually popped up on the show 2 other times as well. Definitely didn’t get as much Camera time as my car, that sucker was in that show a bunch of times. Hahaha! I’m not an Actor and if it was anything where I was going to have to speak I probably would’ve passed but I was all game when they asked me if I wanted to play a dead person. The scene took place in an underground cave in Mexico in a hidden chamber sort of place. We weren’t in Mexico obviously, this was all built on a sound stage. In the scene one of the lead actors sneaks in and discovers 3 bodies at a table that seem to have been involved in either a poker game gone wrong or some type of Russian Roulette. I was playing Body 1!

As you can see from the pictures, I was laid out on the table, brain spattered everywhere with a golden gun still in my hand. The actor would come in and take the gun out of my hand and continue on his way.

This was so fucking cool to do. I loved every fucking minute of it. I’ve always been a fan of FX makeup and it was awesome to see them apply all that stuff on me. I loved it so much that I actually kept it on for most the day and went around every where playing dead as you can tell from the second set of photos. I contemplated going home like that and playing dead in my living room when my roommate came home but I thought I might give her a heart attack so I decided against it. I’m still torn about that decision just because it also would’ve been very, very funny and you know damn well I would’ve recorded it. Hahaha!

The question I get all the time is if I was nervous and I can honestly say I really wasn’t…I mean I was playing dead on a table. Who hasn’t played dead before? I will however say that I was worried about breathing too much. I think if I was nervous I probably would’ve shook or something. I know the first time we did it I was definitely breathing too much because I had no reference to the timing of when the camera would land on me so I fucked it up. After the first take I knew exactly what the actors actions and the cameras were so I was able to time my slow breathing when the camera was on me. Damn! Now in hindsight, I’m so happy I wrote this story because it just reminded me about how much fun that was. As I said before I’m not an actor and never dreamt of being one but you can’t help but geek out a little when you see yourself on television. I’ve been put in a couple of scenes on a couple shows while I’ve been working in the business but this was by far the most personal. I mean as you can tell from the pictures the camera got right in my face and that was the shot they used. A lot of times you do these little cameos and they get scrapped in the editing room but this one made it in and I will forever be thankful for the memory.

Thanks for popping by and reading another post here at We’re Not Rolling ladies and gents. I appreciate all of you! Please make sure to Subscribe and if you have any Stories, Rants, Tips or anything Film Industry related that you would like to share on here please let me know in the comments or email me directly. Have a great week and I’ll be back to ramble again on Friday.

-PEACE

The Toke Talking Podcast Episode 30

What Up? Come listen to Episode 30 of The Toke Talking Podcast NOW. This week I go on about parking within the lines, a Munchie adventure, Flirting with my beard..Huh?..And much more. Start your week off with a laugh and please don’t forget to subscribe.

-PEACE

I Got Someone…


Happy Friday friends! How was work? I’ve lost 3 lbs while I’ve been off and I’m not saying it’s because I’m not around crafty all day BUT it might be because I’m not around crafty all the time. I mean I wish there was crafty in my kitchen all the time, that would be so dope. I could go by every 3 hours and see what snack my roommates put out. Hahahaha. Crafty is, in most cases the happiest place on any set I think. If you ever get upset at anyone or anything on set you should always immediately report to crafty for snacks. It tough to stay angry around a bowl of full size candy bars, cocktail wieners and a popcorn machine. Go ahead, try it. Let’s get into this shall we?

Lets talk about references. It’s true what they say, it’s all about who you know in this business. Well..that or you have money to invest in the project itself. In which case you can depending on how much mula you have just go right into producing maybe. I thought this saying was total bullshit but I literally got my first job through a friend WHO moved out here with me. He found the job on Mandy.com worked on it for a few days and when the producer needed someone else he responded with the usual “I got someone”. He hadn’t known the producer before this show so really there was no reason for him to take his suggestion to bring me on but it really is that simple. The longer I worked in the industry the more I learned that this is how it works. So naturally I still till this date try to greet and meet as many people as possible any time I’m in any environment involving this industry. You don’t have to know the boss or the person doing the hiring directly, one just needs to know someone on the gig that knows the person who has that power and that means it can be anyone. Stop being such a sour puss and say hello to that person you see every day but don’t know their name yet.

Now every single person in this business has a plethora of people that they can call if the boss ever needs a extra person (Day Player) for the day and I think that’s a problem..HAHAHA! Hear me out. I’m not saying that referring people is bad I’m saying that some people have too many and refer people that for a lack of a better word, suck at their job. In most cases they don’t do maliciously, they don’t want to continue pushing this person that stinks at their job onto other people but they feel bad. Look it’s rare that a person sucks at their job and is a horrible person personally. These types usually get ran out of the business. Typically a person will be terrible at their job but are truly amazing and awesome people or vice versa. This makes it tough because you want them to work and succeed and while some do there’s always those few that just don’t get it. I know it’s tough to understand that in the grand scheme of things. It’s tough as a person who’s able to learn to understand how another cannot but some just can’t be taught.

This also isn’t something that is exclusive to the Film crew either, I’ll go as far as saying that I believe this way of hiring also applies to actors and actresses in some instances. I work with thespians at times that seem to believe that there is a certain look in Hollywood that all Directors look for and nothing is further from the truth. If you just sit and watch a channel for a few hours you will see that actors come in all shapes and forms. NOW I will say this, there are certain looks that they look for as it pertains to certain role. For example if I was an actor I doubt I would be a casting directors first option for a story about an athletic cuban runner because well..there is nothing about my presence that says I’m a runner. I’m speaking about people who have this false idea that to make it in hollywood as an actor or actress they have to look like models. They are 2 very different worlds…alright maybe not so different but definitely different in that aspect. There certain are directors and hire ups that clearly only work with beautiful drop dead people but I do feel that by no means is there an over all blanket on a certain “look” that hollywood looks for. If you don’t believe me just look at the films and shows that these actors and actresses work on. If you start to dig far enough one will notice that they tend to work with the same director or people who know that director and hang in that circle. Again, it’s all about who you know.

Personally I only have about 10 people who I refer blindly. I have other people whose number I have and can go to if those 10 aren’t available but for the most part I stick to those 10. I know that might sound strange to some but I have good reason. I believe that when I refer a person that person is then a representation of me. I work with many people who I respect highly but whose work ethic I’m not a fan of and I don’t refer those people. Alright I won’t say I don’t refer them because like I said at times my got to 10 are busy so I would refer them but I’ probably just let the person I’m referring them to know about my problems with them. I guess I’m just old school that way. I really do believe that a person’s name should be important to them and I value mine. I don’t want to refer someone who is going to go and make work for other people. I’m a simple man ladies and gents. While many claim to not like any drama I feel very few people practice staying away from it. I’ve become an expert.

Thanks for stopping by and reading another entry here at We’re Not Rolling. Please make sure and have a fantastic weekend. You worked your fucking ass off and deserve that shit! HA! Make sure to pop by on Monday for Episode 30 of The Toke Talking Podcast. It’s a show I host every Monday morning and while it’s not exclusive talk about the film industry like my blog but I do go on about it at times and besides that, who wants to talk about work all the time? Check it out, you might like it.

-PEACE