Only In The Movies…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How is the week treating you thus far? I was off yesterday and spent most the day decorating for the Christmas holiday. I played loud Christmas music for about 3 hours and started laying the ground work. I still have plenty more to do but I had to write this thing,  Monday night football, Mary Jane and hunger all demanded my immediate attention. I’ll have some days this week, the weekend and I may be off all next week, so plenty of time to finish decorating. I’m guessing like most in this business this may be the last week of work for your respected show or film. I know most film industry gigs start shutting down for the holidays. It usually is pretty quiet around here for about 2 weeks. I’m looking forward to it. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

Last week I watched the movie “Rough Night”. It’s not very good but that’s not why I’m writing. If you’ve not watched the film it’s about a bachelorette trip that a group of woman take to Miami, which also happens to be my home town. In the movie shortly after boarding their plane they show an establishing shot of a plane flying over what seems like a replica of the famous Hollywood sign here in Los Angeles that sits on the Hollywood Hills. I’ve also seen this similar sign in the “Bad Boys” movies since they too take place in Miami. My problem with this, THERE IS NO FUCKING SIGN! That sign is a prop that these films have rented out in order to get this shot for their film and I just really don’t understand why. As an aspiring film maker myself I honestly just find it extremely lazy. Miami is an entire city with so many land marks and instead of doing some actual research you choose to just make up a sign like the one they have in Hollywood. I don’t understand the thinking behind it and that’s what drives me insane. As the film maker are you just trying to tell your audience that every city is just like hollywood and has giant sign to represent itself. I can only imagine the amount of tourist that get in Lyfts, Ubers and Taxis and asked them if they could stop by the giant Miami sign near the airport.

I mean I get it, it’s all movie making and imaginative but I just don’t see the sense in shit decisions like this. As a Floridian another misconception that the films has brought my crazy ass state is this thought that it never rains in Miami. I can understand someones misunderstanding when they first visit Miami and experience hourly thunderous downpours interrupted by almost faint inducing heat waves instead of the beautiful days of sunshine that movies have established is the norm in the sunshine state. I mean I don’t blame them, even the nickname “The Sunshine State” is a bit misleading.

I hear people all the time complaining about their cities and countries are being misrepresented in the entertainment business. I would like to think that they do it because it helps the show or film better story wise but I just don’t understand how faking a landmark helps the story. At the very least if they would have had a fight scene at the sign and blown it up but just to use it as an establishing shot is weird ok. I know this may be bothering me more than it should but it does. I guess what bugs me is that I know people do shit like this just because they are lazy. They are lazy and they don’t do the research about it and so they make up shit instead. I’ve worked on quite a few shows out here in LA that are supposed to take place in Miami. In those shows we would often have cars driving around and I always find myself telling the prop department that is in charge of placing fake license plates on the cars that in Florida we don’t have double tags on the vehicles. We only have one tag in the rear of the car and that’s it. Still till this date you’ll watch a show that takes place in Florida but filmed elsewhere and look at the cars driving around you’ll see double plates. Do some research everyone or at the very least just ask someone who lives there is all I’m trying to say. Some of the people I work with get so bent out of shape over the smallest of details but big noticeable crap like this is ok? Consistency everyone, let’s just try and have some consistency.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Please make sure to check out The Toke Talking Podcast that aired yesterday and every Monday. It’s not exclusively aimed at the Film Industry but I do touch on the subject often plus it’s always guaranteed to bring you a laugh or two. Have a great week and don’t forget to stop by on Friday for my Post before the weekend.

-PEACE

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Lunchtime Nap Scout…

Happy Muthafuckin Wednesday….that definitely does not work. It doesn’t have the same ring to it as Friday. I thought I’d give it a try. I’m a little a behind this week and I apologize. This post is usually already up but the delay of my  Podcast (The Toke Talking Podcast) along with some needed sleep, derailed everything else. Continue reading “Lunchtime Nap Scout…”

Stuck In This Cave

I been stuck in this cave,

trying to find my way out

see a light at the far end,

but it keeps moving further out

I hear monsters around me,

growling and breathing

the clouds are weeping,

the sins are reaping

the smell of pain and regret,

is overflowing and seeping

into the fabric of the dirt,

my only weapon is the hurt

I use it like a chisel,

scraping against the rocks

trapped from within,

blood filling up in my socks

blisters forming,

been here for a thousand mornings

I’m screaming loud,

outside I hear a crowd

but nobody hears me,

the beast is closing in

its right behind me,

I can feel it’s tongue on my skin

I’m clawing my way out,

fingernails crack and snap

the agony’s unbearable,

but I can never look back

everything is pitch black,

I can feel it’s almost over

but then I look up,

and the lights gettin closer

gotta find what I got left,

and fight through it

when they all say you can’t,

that’s when you gotta fuckin do it

finally I reach the end,

exhausted and almost dead

because this is what it’s like,

getting depression out of your head

Is It A Power Thing…

Happy Tuesday!! How is everyone on this fabulous day? It’s currently Monday in my world and I’m working over at Warner Brothers today in Burbank. It’s a little warm out here for October and I’m not a fan….I actually would love a fan…Hmmm. Tomorrow however I’m working in Simi Valley and I have a 530am calltime. If you have never been to Simi Valley consider yourself a very lucky human being and carry on with your happy no Simi Valley life. No, I’m joking..maybe. It’s just way too much desert and heat for my liking out there. I like the dark and cold. Much like what this business is doing to my heart the longer I hang around. FUNNY! Anyhow, it’s (Simi Valley) a 4o minute drive so that means that I will be up at 4 tomorrow and out the door by 430am. The only bright side of that is that I will be up at 4:20 and we should be done early-ish. It’s 6:30PM right now. That means that I will have to be back at work within the next 10 hours. Doesn’t that sound like total insanity? You too can live the dream like all of us if you join the film industry today! Moving on, I will say that I’m working on 2 different shows and that’s why this is happening. I’m on a different show tomorrow than the one I am working on today. Usually I would avoid this type of situation because I value my health and therefore rarely overwork myself but I only have 4 days this week so I know, I’ll be alright. I know I’m such a baby. Whatever, it’s my life everyone, stop judging and go live yours how you want. Enough of this shit, let’s get into this shall we?

“So it’s a power thing?” was a question I overheard a Background performer ask a Production Assistant the other day. The PA was giving them shit for not doing something they asked on Set and was pretty bent out of shape over it. I know I’m never really bent out of shape at work and therefore it always looks like everyone is in a pissy mood to me but this persons anger was definitely boiling. The question stayed in my head because I know the answer, it’s “Fuck yes it’s a power thing!” Most ADs and PAs always have this illusionary power over the BG. Actually wait I stand corrected if we’re going to talk about people who think they have this extreme seniority over the BG it’s the whole crew. I written about it many times but let’s get back to the Production Department. At times some do think that they are like these fucking kings and queens playing human chess and that all the BG is there to do their bidding and not question or have a say in the matter. I’m not by any way trying to insinuate that they have them do anything that is not pertaining to work. I’m saying that how they speak to the BG at times to ask them to do something makes the AD/PA at times come off as he is trying to throw his power around. It’s like watching a drill sargent with his recruits, a parent with their underaged child, or that asshat 😉 boss that we’ve all had and hated. Think about that last one. We’ve all had that boss. Even the asshats had that asshat boss before they became an asshat. How can anyone let themselves become that boss?

I’m not a power-hungry person. I mean I don’t have problem with it but I’m just not the type of person that is on this endless chase of power & money. I’ve managed many people in my lifetime in a few different industries and not once have I ever spoken down to anyone. I’ve never tried to strut my position in someones face as a threat. I’m a realistic person. I know that whatever title was given to me was just that “given to me”. Someone gave me that title. Sure I may have earned it by working my ass to get it but being a shit to people isn’t a requirement. It’s a title, it has no real power. This isn’t like the medieval ages where you had titles attached to your name because of the countries you conquered or training you acquired. You knew someone, worked with someone or interviewed with someone who gave you the job. It amazes me the amount of people who get a title and totally change their attitude on set at times. It’s like the Jekyll and Hyde effect. I’m not the only one who notices this either. The crew is always quick to acknowledge someones attitude change when given a promotion. I find that so fucking strange. While I can say that I’m a bit more held back at work than in my personal life I don’t think I could ever do a full 360 at work because I’m placed in a different position. I mean I would obviously change my work habits for the new job but my attitude? The way I act and interact with everyone around me. I can’t change that for anyone let alone a job.

I’m just saying I feel that some people need to take a step back at times when they are bossing people around and think about how to go about it. Some people out there just need to work on their technique a bit. No one should ever just bark out orders and expect people to respond positively. Instead of trying to show off your title why not try to make it better and really understand it. I can tell you right now there’s not one job out there that being a power-hungry asshole is a requirement…at least not one that I know of.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post. Before I wrap this up I want to say that I’ve been promising you guys some new content on here for a while and next Wednesday we will finally be featuring an all new section here at We’re Not Rolling. It will be written by one of my best friends & business partners. I can’t wait to bring you all some of this mans stuff. He’s got a great, creative mind and I know he will add that much more to this little home that’s been built online. Have a great rest of your week and make sure to stop by on Friday for an all New post.

-PEACE

 

 

To Drink or Not To Drink

 

Happy Friday! I know this is extremely late..a day late. It’s been a while since I miss a post and I apologize everyone but I was off yesterday and slept in during the morning. Then I hung out with a friend of mine that came into town for the weekend. How was everyone’s work week? Did you have decent hours or are you once again contemplating leaving this crazy business and getting a normal 9-5 job? I’ve actually become amused at how some of us start to look at normal day-to-day jobs in a different light after working in the industry for a while. I was chatting with an A.D the other day that was talking about possibly just becoming a car salesman. I think he should do it. I’ve always said that you should follow your happiness wherever it takes you. It’s good friday today…that means nothing to me really but I’m sure it does to some people out there. My plan was to write this up Thursday night but then towards the end of the night word spread on set that we were all going to a bar after work for some drinks and shenanigans. This is actually what this entire post is about so let’s get into this shall we?

After work drinks. It’s a tradition that I know most businesses engage in but one that I don’t feel is as common in the film industry. Now it’s not that we don’t do it but I think a lot of people in our business always claim to be too tired to go out after work and with good reason. We do work crazy fucking hours at times. I know those that have family will most likely not come out for after work drinks but if you’re not married and don’t have kids..I mean why not right? Unless you don’t like going to bars or you don’t like the people you work with are all also valid excuses. I think it is good for people who work together to have social gatherings outside of the work place. I feel it makes for better relationships once you get to know someone out of work. Especially since I have found that many people I work with are very different people once they call wrap.

 There’s a lot of people who put on this work front everyday for 12-13 hours. They pretend to be these focused, edgy almost rude person that seem to only care about getting the job done and getting back home. Then you go out with them for drinks and it’s all smiles, jokes and laughter. They seem outgoing and happy and just the total polar opposite of the person that you sat with at lunch that just looked at their food the entire time, didn’t talk to anyone and then just got up and went to take a nap before they called the company back in. I actually find it quite astounding that people can pull off being these 2 different people all the time. I mean I’m not the same exact person that I am in the outside world as I am at work but the differences are not as drastic as some people who I have hung out with. I’ve worked with people that I thought wouldn’t even dare have a drink only to find out outside of work that they not only love drinking but they’re also stoners. Point is you really don’t know someone till you’ve kicked it with them out side of the work atmosphere. I think a lot of us would work better alongside one another if we all shared a drink every now and then.

I’ve had several amazing nights out with crew members over the years. I have to say there really is nothing like it because just like we do when we go out on location we typically tend to take places over and shut them down. It really depends on the size of the group but if you get 15-20 crew members together in a bar and it’s sure to get a bit rowdy. I’m not going to lie at times I do think that we are being that annoying bunch of fucks that just can’t seem to keep it down at the bar but then I realize that we are not hurting anyone and everyone’s just having a good time. People get loud at times and if you go to a bar you should expect it. I’ve had nights out where we had actresses dancing on top of bars and pouring shots in peoples mouths, producers ordering 2 of every appetizer on the menu and smoking bud out of vape pens while we all sat in the middle of a semi full restaurant like it was legal. I’ve never had a night out after work with crew members that was a bad time and I just wish it would happen more. I constantly hear stories about the older days when that was more of the norm. I’ve only been in the game for 10 or so years but apparently back in the days at wrap everyone would drink while they wrapped out and would then go to a bar or something afterward. Apparently for insurance reasons drinking at wrap became frowned upon and so people stopped doing it as often. Granted I understand why it’s a safety hazard but this is my blog and I just want to bitch about it alright? HA! I’m just saying everyone, let’s try and have a little more fun out there. I know we work insane hours at times but if we don’t enjoy life every now and then what the hell are we working for so much?

Thanks for reading everyone! I’m sorry for the day delay on the post but I think you can understand and if you don’t well….I don’t know what to tell you. Please have an excellent long weekend for those of you that were off yesterday. Make sure to come back and check out my Toke Talking Podcast this and every Monday morning. Talk to you all next week!

-PEACE

Fraturdays and Vampires…

WHATUP!!! Happy Friday everyone. Another week of film making magic in the can. That would’ve been a better pun if we still used film cans. I could go back and change it but that would require deleting everything, thinking of a new joke and in turn ruining the raw and rugged style of writing which I can only classify as the words of a lunatic asshole that doesn’t know how to write. Hmmm, New Tag Line for the website? Maybe… I actually never wanted to write. I wouldn’t consider myself a “writer”. Although after writing this thing now for a while I have kind of grown a little love for it. I can see how this could be entertaining for a living. Although the sitting at the desk all day would not be as fun. I can’t sit still for that long. Alright, let’s get into this shall we?

This week my roommates that also work in the industry like almost everyone else I know because this job consumes your life and doesn’t allow as much time to meet normal people were working nights. Yes, 4 days of night filming to be exact. Real quick, for those of you not in the circus at times we need to film certain scenes outside at nighttime and to accomplish this feat means that we shift our work hours. SO, we go to work about noon or 2PM, 4PM and then work our usual 12-13 hours. Which means that we end up getting home sometime in the early ass morning, sleep through the day and then wake up in the afternoon to go to work again. It is really a fucking insane toll on the mind and the more days you do the crazier it gets. My roommates call time today was the time that I wrapped on my show. We wrapped at 730PM. That means that these dudes won’t get home till 8-9 in the morning tomorrow. It’s really a surreal experience that jars your body every single time. It’s not only the sleep switch either. It’s also the times that we eat that Fuck with our bodies. Having dinner at 2-3 in the morning messes with my system every time so a lot of times I just won’t eat anything heavy which also is not good but I feel a little better.

Filming over nights is the reason that I do not understand how people work on shows like True Blood without going completely mad. I love the show. I was a die-hard fan of the entire series. Even towards the end where it got a little out of hand but I was there for the entire ride. However I don’t think I could ever work on a show like that. I can’t function waking up late like that for some reason. I have trouble with call times past 11PM let alone a 7PM call time. Don’t get me wrong I have done the all nighters. I’ve done a Fuck load of them, including that 23 hour music video that I talked about on here called “A Day and Night of Work...”. I remember someone I worked with once told me “You never take anything with Werewolves, Vampires or any monster that only lurks in the dark unless you want to forget what day is like.” Hahahaha. I’m not really a fan of the daytime, I like the nighttime better but I prefer to work in the morning hours.

It is fun though. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I haven’t enjoyed working over night on some craziness before because Fuck yeah I have. I might bitch a lot on here but I always try to remind you all that I do love this business. I don’t think I’d ever want to do anything else. However I am all up for changing the hours a bit to match that of a regular job. But overnight jobs can be fun depending on one important factor, the crew. If you have a fun crew that likes to have a good time then overnights are never that bad because you enjoy each others company. The mix of delirious-ness and exhaustion can get a bit silly at times which brings on the giggles. Who doesn’t like the giggles?

I haven’t done many over nights in the last few years. Many of the shows I work on lately film very quickly and for the most part keep a 7-9am call time all week. Which is perfect. I think we all wish that would be the norm across the board. The most over night action I see now a day is the occasional Fraturday here or there. A Fraturday is the name we use when we know that we are going to be filming late on Friday causing it to slip into Saturday. In case you read this website and have zero idea about what I’m talking about. Is that an Industry term? I never remember hearing it before I got in the business. Anyone else have? There I go again asking questions to which I may never get an answer to. Alright enough ramble for me for today.

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend full of shenanigans and fun. Please make sure to come back Monday Morning and check out The Toke Talking Podcast. It’s not all industry based but I do go on about work at times on there so you should check it out. I can’t write and talk about work all the time or I’d lose my fucking marbles people. Honestly today I almost finally wrote my first “Fuck It Friday” post that I keep saying I’m going to add-on here and never. I keep contemplating getting rid of the Friday industry post and going for a broader range of topics instead. Then I think I should just post them on their own day instead. Hmmmm..What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments. Take care all, talk to you next week!

-PEACE