Happy Tuesday!! How in the hell is everyone? Did you all have a good weekend that continued into Monday or were you very disappointed to wake up yesterday when that alarm went off? I set 4 alarms every time I work. I do that purposely so I can snooze the first 3. I’m actually doing pretty good so far. I had a great weekend, the Packers won, I drank, I smoked and I went and had lunch with a great friend and coworker who is recovering from a very serious accident they suffered from a few months ago. It was really great to see that she was doing good and getting better everyday. Alright so let’s get into the topic of the day, shall we?
The AD that I’m working with the other day brought me one of her/his goldfold-ers that he/she doesn’t use anymore. It’s still in great condition and they said they were going to toss it but figured they’d try to give it to someone and asked me if I wanted it. I didn’t want to be rude so I said yes. I rarely say no to anything free by the way. Free stuff Is awesome! Now for those of you that don’t know what a goldfold-er is you can check them out HERE. It’s basically a giant leather wallet folder for full size sheets of paper. I never wanted one and never really questioned them till I got one and I need to be honest, I just don’t get it. Granted I’ve only been using it for 2 days now but I’m not sure these things have any real use. I mean right off the bat, it’s definitely not the fastest way to access a call sheet. I watch most AD’s who carry these with call sheets in there. If someone asks you for a call sheet it takes a good 20-30 seconds to open the thing and unclip a call sheet as oppose to the 2-5 seconds it takes to pull a folded one out of your pocket. Same goes for any other papers that you look at or distribute on set. Sides, one liners, shot list..all of that is much easier and faster to look at or hand off if someone asks if you just had them folded neatly in your back pocket as oppose to having them clipped in this extra-large wallet. So as far as efficiency I think it fails.
Next I thought maybe people use it because it helps you keep everything in order. It does do this because everything you have in there is on the clip but if you folded the and put them in your pocket I think you’d have the same result. I’ve been doing this so long that I involuntarily sort out call sheets, sides and anything else I might need to carry that day in the same order every time. I always carry the same stuff as well 2 small sides, 1 big set of sides and 4 call sheets. I fold them the same and put them in that same order everyday in my pocket without even thinking about it and I’m able to keep that order all day. SO..as far as goldfolds helping ME with organization, it does but I was just as organized without it.
Lastly there’s the fact of its size. Now it does fit right in your pocket but it’s definitely going to take more room and weigh you down that much more. Instead of a few folded sheets of paper you have this thick leather folder in your pocket. If you’re a 2nd 2nd or a PA, you also have a water bottle, pens (of every fucking color), sharpies (of every fucking color), a flashlight, a lighter, probably a paper clip or a binder clip that you mistakenly stuck in your pocket and just all this other shit and now to add onto all that you have this giant leather wallet. I just don’t understand it. If that’s all you carry, like most 1st ADs do..I kind of understand sporting one but if your goal is to simplify the shit you carry nothing beats just a few sheets of paper and a pen in your pocket.
That brings me to the only conclusion I can make that makes sense in my head about why people carry these things and it’s just a fashion statement. They look cool sticking out of your pocket because the leather just gives it that important feel. You look cool when you take it out to look at something. It’s like when a cop flips you his badge, it’s the same kind of action. It says “Hey look at what’s inside this extra-large leather wallet, isn’t it cool?”. It also shows that you’re in the production department because only PA’s and AD’s carry these fucking things. You probably won’t see many props guys with goldfolds. You won’t see anyone in the wardrobe department whip out a goldfold to look at what scene is next. It’s mostly a production department tool. I mean did you look at the website THE OFFICIAL AD WALLET. HAHAHA! The guy that made this thing is a fucking genius because not only is it kind of useless but he also had to make a killing on these things. They run $150 on that website..ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS for a folder to hold papers in your pocket. It’s not even like a pocket protector that will save your cloth if ink spills. Oh I almost forgot the pen holder..what the Fuck? What if you sit on the thing, snap the pen and ink spills into it? There goes your cool looking wallet and your pants. Whatever..it’s just not for me. However now I don’t know what to do because I don’t want to seem like an asshole and not carry it after it was handed down to me but Fuck these things are useless to me. I don’t know maybe I’m just talking shit but I really don’t think so. You can even get these things engraved. I would never pay for that. Actually anyone reading this, if you ever see me with a personalized goldfold just punch me in the face. HAHA..I’m just fucking around everyone. If you like goldfolds then you stick with it. It’s really just about what make you comfortable so if you like opening that fucking thing every time someone asks you at what time your filming a scene then go for it. I think I’m going to stick to my naked ways and let my papers roam freely in my pocket instead of being draped in fancy leather.
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