Happy Tuesday friends old and new. How are you? Did you have a good weekend? I watched Thor: Ragnorok, AMAZING! I went to a wrap party. It was ok, food was great but my plus one vanished for a while so a bit lame. I did get a fare amount of sleep which is always nice. Did you rest up for another fun filled week of film making? Or I guess it’s more like are you ready for another week of moments of rushed insanity mixed with a ton of standing around, eating and wondering what we will eat next? That’s a somewhat accurate description of this business right? I did work today (Monday) but the amazing people on the show I was on sent me packing early today so I could enjoy the football game. Unfortunately we lost but it was still an awesome gesture. There’s many terrible people in this industry but they only stay employed because people work for them. Everyone has control of their work circle so always make sure to fill yours with people that treat you well and let you get out in time to watch your favorite team play, HA! Let’s get into this shall we?
It’s been a while since I shared a story on here and so I thought I’d do just that today. I’ve noticed that over the years I’ve worked on more stuff than I watch. There is so many shows that I’ve day played on that I have never even seen an episode of that I couldn’t even count if I tried and I watch A LOT of shows. I watch about 20-30 shows throughout the year. They aren’t all on at the same time of course. So to say that it’s rare to work on stuff that you watch is an understatement. Although those times do come around every now and then and a few years back I had the pleasure of work on the last season of one of my favorite shows “Weeds”. If you’ve never heard of it you should do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s from the same creator of “Orange is the New Black”. I didn’t work on the show full-time. I worked on the show several days throughout the season but did get the chance to jump in for my friend that was already working on the show but had to take off the last 2 weeks of the gig.
I had already been a big fan of the show so I immediately accepted when he offered me the job. It was amazing to watch Mary-Louise Parker and Jenji Kohan at work. I had watched all of these characters create this amazing world for 7 years and here I was to watch it all end. It was a bit strange in that aspect because even though I had never worked on the prior seasons I knew so much about the show that it almost felt like I had. I had also worked with the crew on other gigs and so it was a very welcoming atmosphere. I’ve spoken before about the overall feeling of relief and accomplishment that wash over a crew in the last days of production. I always tell everyone that it just feels like at that point we are all just going through the motions. If you work on a show that eventually finds its groove those last days before wrap till the next season are occasionally very smooth and lots of fun. However on this felt different because it was the last season of the show. They weren’t cancelled, the show had just reached it’s end. The crazy insane story of Nancy Botwin had to come to come to a conclusion and this was it. While the entire crew hadn’t been there for all 8 seasons there were plenty of people who called “Weeds” home for several seasons and it was great to hear their may tales during those last couple of days.
My fondest memory of working on this job came on the day that they filmed the very last scene of the show. I won’t go into details because I’d hate to ruin it for anyone that hasn’t watched the show. Although you really should have already watched this one. You can’t expect people to never talk about this as to save you from any spoilers. Anyhow so the last scene was a stable shot of the main characters. Before we rolled camera on the scene they invited the entire crew to come to stage to watch the last scene be shot. I had never seen this happen before. There must have been about 200 people all crammed on a stage trying to hold back their tears as they watched the scene play out and that little red rec word on the top of video playback monitors go from red to green for the last time when the director yelled CUT! As soon as he did and they called a wrap everyone broke out into tears of joy. Everyone started hugging and champagne glasses started to pour in from nowhere. It was truly one of the most memorable moments that I’ve had in this business. Those connections and stories that you make while working on a show for that long are truly special and sort of exclusive to this business. I’m guessing the music industry might also be similar but being that the film industry is all I know that’s the only one I can really speak honestly about.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Please if you have any stories, rants, tips or anything that you would like to share on here get in contact with me. Have a great week and make sure to stop by tomorrow for another Wednesdays at The Corner post and then again on Friday to close out your week with my usual Friday Post.