Such a Waste…

Hello, hello! Welcome to We’re Not Rolling readers of old and new. How you be? How’s life? Wife, Husband, kids, pets, family, friends? I hope all is well and that life is treating you…fair..we’ll go with fair. Life is a balance of good and bad so I think one should always aim for it just to be fair. Well that just felt like I was about to start a seminar of some sort right? Weird. I don’t know everyone, I just let my fingers start typing as my brain projects these thoughts and I try to get them all written down before my mind is on to the next thing. I’ve actually found myself stopping alongside the road much more often lately because my mind comes up with some crazy idea for the Podcast or Blog that I need to jot down before it vanishes into the deep, smoked-filled, dark wrinkles of my cerebellum. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

Today when I went to Burger King for what has become my routine breakfast spot the last week or so because of the BK coupon sheet I got in the mail. I know some of you fast food haters out there right now may be making yourselves feel sick thinking about BK but I think it’s delicious. This is not a habit that I will continue because I know I can’t eat BK breakfast everyday without gaining 800 pounds. Anyhow today when I went in there the guy asked me what I had planned for the day to which I responded “Nothing, I’m on vacation.” He then asked me how long and I said something along the lines of I’m not sure. We talked a bit more and he started telling me about a few commercials that had filmed at his restaurant. He was amazed at how many people and how long the process took for such little turnout. A good observation that I feel most people not in the industry don’t ever consider till they see a production in full shooting mode and a good topic that I will revisit. Before I left he told me that he was really amazed at all the food that was wasted on the show. He went on to tell me that everyday he would see tons of food from the caterer just tossed out. I wanted to continue the colloquy but he had a customer, my food was getting cold and I liked the topic so much that I thought I’d write about it.

I remember asking caterers before about the wasting of food because you would think with all the hungry people in the streets that we could put this food to better use and one of the responses I got was that it was a legal thing. I’m not sure if this is true but it’s a story I’ve heard from a few people on set and it’s that a catering company was sued for giving out leftovers after a film shoot and getting the homeless person sick. I can see this being an issue but seriously is this the only thing holding everyone back? If it is can’t we maybe figure out a way to do it so the catering company won’t be held accountable. I’m just saying there has to be something we can do because it really is a ridiculous amount of food at times. I’ve worked on shows where we wrapped before lunch and watched 10-20 people go through a lunch line that was intended for 100. That’s 80 people who one show could have fed and instead it all just gets tossed in garbage bins. This is not shit food either, these are 15 dollar plates of food just going right into the trash. Chicken Marsala, Tri Tip, Cookie pie…all right in the trash. It’s a fucking tragedy I tell you. It’s truly heart breaking to have that image in your mind when you drive home, stop at the corner 7-11 and see a mother with her 2 kids hiding alongside the Redbox machine asking for food.

I’ve actually on many instances taken home boxes of food that I intended to munch on later or the next day only to give it away at the first stop light where I see a someone asking for some help. We waste an incredible amount of food in our business and it’s just another one of those things that I don’t understand why. I’m not sure if there is but if there’s any companies or individuals that maybe offer to pick up food that’s getting tossed like this and then delivering it to shelters but maybe there should be. Does anyone out there know of any service of this type and if so why don’t more studios use it. I mean in all honesty I feel that all the big studios like Fox and Universal should have their own type of delivery service that goes around all the shows and collects the food they are intending on tossing and then taking it to a shelter somewhere. I’m actually going to find out about this next time I work at a studio. I mean am I missing something? Is there a legal reason that something like this would not be allowed. I’m just saying together we can all make this world a little better. Our industry loves to pride itself on being innovative and world-changing but we I feel we drop the ball on a lot of simple shit like this and don’t get me started on all the paper we waste…oh wait I already wrote about that wasteful aspect of our business as well. HA!

Thanks for reading everyone! If you haven’t listen to the The Toke Talking Podcast yesterday make sure to check out Episode 33 &34 NOW! I did a few minutes on both about the film industry for those of you that just visit We’re Not Rolling for film talk. Have a fantastic 4th of July, don’t blow your finger off and an even better week everyone and make sure to stop on by Friday for a NEW post and another laugh before you head into the weekend.


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