Politically Hired…

Happy Wednesday! Or late Tuesday…depends when I post this damn thing. I didn’t record my podcast till late last night and I definitely could not stay up to write this post as well or I would’ve been a tired mess this morning. I know I got a different excuse every week for my tardiness but hey these things take time and some planning. I wish this was my job! I’d write posts all day. Anyhow, this job wraps up in 5 days so hopefully I will find some more time to write these up. I always think I’m going to stock up on posts during my time off so that I always have a post ready to go but then I get a break from work and all I want to do is live life outside of the Fucking studio I’m constantly at. Sure they’re different studios but after you’ve been in one for several months, they’re all the same. Anyhow let’s get into this shall we?

Today I want to talk about what we call political hires. I may or may not have written about this before but regardless I have some shit to say and so here we are. If you don’t know what a political hire is let me explain. It’s a person that is not qualified for the position they are in and only get hired because of someone they know. I don’t know if this is a common used term in other industries but I know I only became familiar with it when I started working in this industry. Now more often than not I feel we make these people seem like the absolute worse and that’s not at all correct. Some people basically sound like they want to throw up when they even utter the words “Political Hire” and that’s not fair. Personally over the years I’ve worked with several very good political hires. I’ve worked with people who were very humble and happy to be given the opportunity and went above and beyond what was expected of them. They came blindly into a position and by the end had a very good understanding of what that job required. Most the time that was their last job in the business because it can be a lot for someone not aware of the process but they do stick it out for the run of the show. Which is all one can ask. I would defintely say I’ve worked with more good than I have bad. However the bad…the bad are typically just fucking awful. At the very least it’s a mix of awful traits though so you don’t always get the same type of person. This keeps it entertaining and educational…hey working 13 hours a day one learns to look for the good in everything. Typically when one thinks of someone who gets hired because of someone they know we usually think about the snotty asshole portrayed in movies. You know the guy that knows he’s in with the person in charge and is basically untouchable..un-fire-able…(I doubt that’s a word but I like it). They are clearly terrible at their job but don’t give a shit because again..untouchable. These type of people are very rare and I can honestly say I’ve never worked with one. Cocky, yeah but never to the level that we see in films. These asshole characters may just be a little exaggerated for the audience. I would say that of the bad politicals  I’ve worked with my major complaints were A. They were plain idiots or B. They were plain lazy. These two are horrible traits because all they do is make more work for everyone else. If I had to choose I would go with the idiot characteristic because then at least it’s still a body that can work. They can do simple tasks but when you have a plain lazy political hire on your hands it’s basically like not having anyone at all. That sucks because if the job required 3-4 people to do it and one is constantly just coasting through the job not working those other people need to work that much harder. They can’t really complain because this is someone’s referral. No one is going to tell a producer or cast member that their nephew or cousin is worthless.

I know political hires are going to happen and that’s fine but all that I ask is that the people bringing these folks in take a little responsibility for their decisions. If you bring someone in and you know they are fucking up don’t just turn a blind eye, let them know. If you’re in a position of power you know very well that if you bring in someone to work no one is going to be totally honest with you and tell you they’re bad. That is on you to take a gander at what their doing and make sure they are being helpful. I know this is a far-fetched idea because I doubt anyone will read this and think “Let me listen to this random asshole and his blog and change the way I’ve been living my life” but as is the case I just write this thing to put the thoughts out there in the world. Everyone is and will always do whatever they want.

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Useless…

Happy Tuesday!! How was your 3 day weekend?…Well if you had a 3 day weekend. Do lots of places close on good Friday? I don’t remember. I could just google that but honestly I really don’t give a shit to know. Why take up space in the old noggin with such trivial crap. I had a fantastic weekend. Probably one of the best weekends I’ve had in quite a few years. It was one of those that I’ll never forget for several reasons. I would continue to go on about that but that’s not what this blog is about. However one of the best parts was that I sort of disconnected from the world Thur night about 10PM and didn’t reenter the social world till about 4PM Sunday. It was fucking sweet. Don’t get me wrong I love my phone and know damn well that I have an addiction to that blasted thing BUT when I have weekends like this I remember that I can disconnect and that there is a lot more important shit in this world and I don’t feel like such a phone fiend. Anyhow, I hope you all had a great weekend..let’s get into this shall we?

Today I want to talk about people in this business that are just plain Fucking useless. Sorry if that’s a bit blunt. I can only imagine that everyone in the world can relate to this topic. One would think that these unhelpful people would get fired but in this business as long as you don’t upset the untouchables like Actresses, Actors, Producers, Executives, Directors and other ridiculously paid people, a person that is absolutely useless can slip right under everyone’s radar and make a living. For example, take my department, Production. I’ve worked with numerous production assistants that are as useless as a bag of old dicks but they put up a good show for their bosses (A.Ds, Producers) and have them think that they are good at their job when in deed they are just Fucking off. It’s exceptionally easy at times for PAs to fake their worth because while our bosses are constantly running the set they rarely have a chance to see what we are doing first hand or check our work to make sure it’s getting done. Instead they assume we are doing our job because we are constantly saying “Copy” to requests on the radio. Now if it’s something like “Bring in first team” and someone copies and doesn’t follow through then the ADs will definitely find out. However when someone requests say a timecard to be given to someone and someone one on the radio says copy. There is no way for sure that AD will know if it happen for sure or who really did it. Sure they can follow-up and some AD’s do but most the time they just assume it’s getting done. The person that copied can easily ignore the request knowing damn well someone else that heard the transmission and is already aware of this persons laziness will end up getting the timecard. They’ll cover for them because no one really wants to piss off the A.D’s or their bosses in general. It’s especially troublesome when one works with bosses that like to speak to everyone as a group as a way of not signaling out anyone in particular because the fucking off of that employee will usually continue. The thing about this business is that there is so much going on at the top that it demands most the attention and focus. So others not really around all the important stuff and just on the outskirts doing the day-to-day tasks and following the daily routines at times skip out on those responsibilities and let it fall on someone else’s plate because at the end of the day we all just want to get in, shoot out the day and get the Fuck back home. Sadly in this business at times that means just get back home with enough time to get the required 7 hours of sleep..IF THAT!! because we can’t seem to figure out how in the Fuck to film a TV show or movie within regular normal working hours. Sorry, you all know that 12 hour thing is really getting to me. It truly does bug me more and more every day. Alright getting back to what I was saying, the task eventually gets handled by another person and the bosses never even know that the person that was supposed to take care of it did not do it because it was taken care of. It’s on the other people in the department to bring this type of behavior up to the bosses and say something but most the time people won’t. Often people will say shit like “I don’t throw people under the bus”. It reminds me of school when the kids that did all the bad shit would tell you “Not to snitch” or “No one likes a snitch” and then they’d do some dumb crap in  class and everyone would get in trouble because no one wanted to snitch. Do you know how ridiculous that line of thinking is? Same thing at work. If someone is faking that their working and really just pawing off their responsibilities on to someone else then eventually they are just causing more work for everyone. People that are useless need to called out in my opinion and dealt with because if not what happens is that they just stay in this business jumping from set t set just making everything that much tougher on people around them. I doubt that things will change over night because there’s useless people at all levels in this business at this point and they are constantly hiring other useless people both related and not to take their place but at least if we talk about it maybe things can begin to change and people stop hiring these folks.

Thanks for reading another one of my rants here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate you all stopping by and reading my madness. I hope you all have a great week and make sure to stop by Friday for an all new post.

-PEACE

How many Salts in your Coffee?…

Happy Tuesday!! How is everyone doing? I know, I suck. I missed out on all of last week. I did not post a single thing besides my podcast. In my defense we had a pretty late schedule and long days all week. Longer than usual on this particular show which was strange.  I had to make a choice between sleeping and writing these posts. I guess from my absence one can assume I chose sleeping. 9 times out of 10 I will choose sleeping. I enjoy writing these posts but I refuse to be tired in the sake of them getting written. I did however begin 2 different posts on Tue and Fri so those should be on here in the coming weeks once I finish them as they are already half way done. However today I thought up a new topic so let’s get into this shall we?

“Next time they ask you to get them a coffee or anything, just make it wrong…maybe add some salt to it or forget something.” This was the advice given to me by one of the coolest ADs I ever worked for one day years ago when they overheard a hair department employee that was just sitting in their chair ask me for a latte. I laughed at his suggestion at the moment and made the coffee correctly that day but I did not forget their lesson and knew I would use this amazing piece of wisdom later on because not only did it sound genius but they reassured me that they had done it multiple times with great results. They told me that when they had started out as a P.A when they were given food or drink orders from people who they felt could very well go get the stuff themselves but chose to be lazy instead they would purposely do something wrong. If it was a personally ordered coffee with say milk and 3 sugars they’d forget the milk. If it was a scramble with mushrooms, onions and bacon on the side, they’d forget the bacon. They told me that it would usually take 2-3 wrong orders before the person just stopped asking and started getting it themselves but that the technique had never failed them. You know what? They were absolutely correct! I tried this a few months down the line and it worked like a charm.

Now let me be straightforward here and let you know that I don’t believe that there is anyone on any crew anywhere that is never in a position to go get their own snacks or beverage because I know for a fact that all these people have to go to the bathroom at some point hence they have to leave set. People will try very hard to defend against this way of thinking. Especially people in departments like Camera that continuously claim “We can’t get away.” If you can leave set to poop then you can go make a Fucking latte. That funny enough will probably be the cause of your needing to poop again later on. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind getting someone stuff. I definitely know that while everyone does have a moment to get away from time to time they may miss their window to go get say the daily snack that is put out every 3 hours. However if you’re just asking for a coffee or some fucking gum from crafty I’ve been in this business for a while so I know how to tell the difference between someone who is really not free to get away and needs some assistance and just the person that doesn’t want to go and is just asking to be lazy. Also, now that I’m thinking about it I actually will say that there is indeed a position in this industry in which a person can’t go get their own snacks and beverages for long stints of time. There is one position that people are put in where they need constant snack support. I would never want to do this task on a show because I think I would one, probably pass out because I get extremely sleepy when I’m alone and sitting (I’m old) and two I have to go to the bathroom regularly. The position I’m talking about is the unlucky person that has to go up in cranes to man lights for a couple of hours. These people are Fucking soldiers! Because not only do they go up in these cranes and hang out up there in all types of crap weather and terrible conditions with just snacks and themselves to get them through the time. They also have to take a bottle or can with them so they can pee. Can you imagine going to a 30 dollar an hour job and then having to pee in a bottle? As they say “Living the Dream.”  One would think we would have devised a better way to do this but no. I have no idea what they do if they need to go 10-2 and quite honestly I don’t want to know. However besides these unfortunate people personally I feel everyone has a few minutes here and there to get whatever they want without the assistance of someone else. Bottom line is don’t be a lazy turd, if you have time to go get whatever it is you want don’t try to get some else to do it for you. Move your ass!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate you spending some time here reading my madness. I wish you all a great week. Don’t forget to check out my weekly Podcast every Monday right here on the site and make sure to stop by on Friday for another post before the weekend.

-PEACE

Trainee Pledges…

Happy Muthafuckin’ FRI-DAY!! I hope you had a great week at life and at work but mostly life. Life should always come before work I always say. I know it sounds tough because well..you need money to live that life but it’s really more of a way of thinking. I feel that most people put their job above everything else mentally and I think that kind of fucks with your priorities in life. If you take a shot for every time I just wrote “life” you’re probably drunk. ANYHOW, film folk you’ll be happy to know that today will not be a “Fuck It Friday” post. I will indeed be talking about a film industry related topic. So if that’s what you were hoping for today, you’re in luck! Alright let’s get into this shall we?

DGA Trainees. Let me explain to anyone out there not in the business. DGA Trainees are people in training to join the DGA. The DGA stands for the Directors Guild of America. Now I know that may sound like they going to be Directors as this is also the Union that Directors like Steven Spielberg and James Cameron are a part of however, DGA Trainees are training to be Assistant Directors. I won’t go into detail of what exactly an Assistant Director does because there are millions of places to look that type of shit up but let’s just say, it’s not really “Directing” as we all think about it when we hear the word. There are 2 ways to get into the DGA. There’s the long way that requires you to work 600 days as a P.A and then put together these gigantic binders of proof that you worked those days. Why can’t we do this in some type of online form already? I mean it’s 2018 and here we are claiming to be green and killing trees to make binders of paper. Then you need to send it off to New York because even though there’s an office here they…I don’t know to be honest. I have no idea why they just cant accept them here where one would assume most people would want to. Or there’s the Training Program route that is about half the time I believe.

The reason I’m writing this post is that because I think that at times A.D’s (Assistant Directors) treat the trainees like pledges in a fraternity or sorority. That is the type of vibe I get from this A.D to Trainee dynamic at times and I just had to talk about it. I use to work a lot of non-union shows and the way some of those NU (Non Union) A.D’s treat the P.A’s is how the Union A.D’s treat the Trainees. It’s really a bizarre relationship at times. I’ve also worked with A.D’s that had this way of thinking that because they had a tough and shitty time as a Trainee that others should be dealt the same treatment as a way to “Toughen up”. I’ve heard stories of Trainees being verbally abused by being called names or being made to feel inferior to their superiors. I feel at times A.D’s will make the trainees do pointless tasks like pledges do when they’re trying to get into the fraternity/sorority. It can’t just be me that notices this. I think if you asked most they would see the similarities. I’m not saying this happens on every show either. There is definitely a ton of A.D’s out there that do fantastic jobs training these people and do try to give them a better experience than they had prior but I just don’t understand why all of them aren’t like this. I mean I do, it’s because some people just suck. But just from a trying to be a good person stand point, if you had a bad experience doing something because those in charge made it tough for you why would you want to replicate that experience for someone else? Why would you purposely make it as tough for them as it was for you instead of the opposite?

I wanted to write about this because quite honestly I don’t think anyone has. I mean as a Trainee I’m not even certain what ramifications they would face if they had a blog like this and the DGA found out because at times Trainees seem so terrified of their Teachers and the DGA gods that you would think it was some type of cult. Look, I understand being proud of whatever group you are a part of but when that title starts making you an asshole towards people not in your group then it’s a problem. Sadly it’s one of the problems with most types of organized groups. Besides the ego boost it gives some folks that are handed a title there’s also the few that think they are also supposed to also change themselves as to fit some type of persona that the position is known for. In this case A.D’s (Assistant Directors) are generally known for being a no joke by the book perfectionist. I’m being nice with that description as I’m sure many crew members have much more colorful words to describe the position. I often refer to them (A.D’s) as the parents on a film crew. I’m not talking shit about any of these fine people because as the ones in charge of everyone’s safety on set they do need to have some sort of leadership quality and can’t be messing around like most people do on set. Anytime a set gets rowdy, it’s up to the A.D’s and the Production staff to regain control. So one can understand how others may see A.D’s as assholes. The problem is many don’t have this leadership quality or lack social skills and instead of coming off as a leader they just seem like pushy assholes. They’re request to get stuff done sounds more like commands and that immediately would irritate most people. No one likes to feel like they are beneath anyone else and I feel at times Trainees get this type of treatment from the people training them. I know I would definitely say something to A.D’s if I was a Trainee and they made me feel this way because well…I honestly don’t give a shit about titles. Especially when I know that person is using that title as leverage against me. I would quit the training program before I’m disrespected by my bosses just like I would in my position as a P.A now if I was done the same. There is no place at work for disrespecting people and that is something that I will always believe in and stand for.

Oooo I got all proud there at the end with my “believe in and stand for” comment. My apologies if this post didn’t really make you laugh much. I try to keep it funny and light most times but as you know at times these fingers get going as my mind rambles and I just go with it. I try to capture as many of my real and genuine thoughts as I can and then I go back and try to make it all make sense. Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate you all and I hope you have a fantastic Saint Patty’s Day weekend!! Yes it’s tomorrow in case you forget so go get all your green gear ready.

-PEACE

STEPAGE!!…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are you? How was your weekend? I had a rather uneventful one myself. It rained almost all weekend and that was reason enough for me to stay dry and indoors. I did go out for a few hours on Sat to help a friend with a photo shoot for a clothing line he’s releasing but other than that I spent a lot of quality time with my dog, my cat, my bed and my couch…I might’ve also visited the fridge a couple times…alright maybe a lot of times. Anyhow let’s get into this shall we?!

Today I want to talk about people who step on other people’s transmissions because it’s seriously Fucking annoying and honestly I don’t understand why anyone thinks it’s ok. If you don’t work in the business when we are talking on the radio and someone tries to simultaneously say something we call it “Stepage”. It’s easily one of my biggest pet peeves in the industry because it’s totally avoidable. When someone is talking on the radio and you immediately go for your mic to talk or to answer that question you know damn well that you are going to step on them. Not only that but you do know that the first couple of words you say are total shit right? Why do you do this knowing the nuisance it is to everyone listening. It just causes so many other problems. For example if someone is asking you a yes or no question and you respond to them with a one word answer while they are finishing their sentence they may never hear it. Which means that once they are done speaking now they are going to have to ask you to please repeat what you said because your answer was not clear. Then this constant repeating at times will agitate the person stepping on people to give them answers and will begin a cycle of walkie transmission problems because you simply don’t understand that you have to let someone finish talking before hitting your button. I don’t give a flying Fuck who it is doing the stepping..1st AD, Producer…they need to calm the Fuck down and let people finish their transmission before they speak or they’re going to have a bad time. Willingly stepping on someone who is talking is the equivalent of yelling barely comprehensible jargon over someone that’s already speaking. I understand that at times you may have something that is of more urgency than what is being said but you must know by now that you will probably need to repeat yourself and if you know that then why do it? I just really don’t understand how a person can hear someone talking and then pretty much say “Fuck what you’re saying, listen to me!” And press their walkie button and start talking. One of my favorite “Fuck what you’re saying” moments is when the person speaking is giving out helpful information that requires more than a standard 5 words or less rule for transmissions and then someone chimes in with another transmission that is just as long and we all just have to sit there and listen to a bunch of radio white noise mixed in with some comprehensible words and then have to try to decider what was said. It’s really a simple rule to follow. If you hear someone talking on the radio show the respect we should all show each other and let them finish. The funny thing about the stoppage though is that the only 2 people who don’t hear the white noise are the 2 people arguing. It’s only annoying to everyone else.

Personally I don’t even understand why stepage is still a thing. I would’ve thought with all the advancements in tech that our equipment has gone through that someone would’ve already made a walkie in which one can’t transmit if someone else is speaking. I hope someone who makes these blasted things is reading this and gets going on this being a reality. I mean how hard would that be to make? It seriously makes me insane and I listen to people do it ALL. THE. TIME.

I’ve mentioned it before that I feel everyone should carry 2 walkies for a week or so just so they can really get an idea of what they sound like and their walkie etiquette. I think when you listen to yourself for a few days you get a better understanding of how to properly use a radio. See what happens is that people think they automatically have good walkie skills because they’ve “Been doing it forever”. Let me tell you right now that someone can do something everyday of their life and still do it wrong. Just because you do something for a set amount of time doesn’t mean you’re good at it. Look at bad drivers. We all have that one friend that is a terrible driver and have been driving all their lives. Some people just suck at stuff but it’s their responsibility to acknowledge that and try to make it better. Ok, I’m done! HA!

That’s it, that’s all I got for today’s post. I know it was a bit shorter than usual but the rants usually tend to be a bit shorter as I can only go off on something for so many words before it’s a boring read. This is something that just recently happen on a few shows I had been working on and I just had to write about it. I hope you all have a fantastic week and make sure to stop by on Friday for an all NEW post.

-PEACE

Do You See The Lines…

Happy Saturday everyone! I tried to post this yesterday when I got home and knocked out about 10PM. I hope you’ve had a spectacular week so far. We had 7AM call times all week and that always makes me happy. Although it does make me extremely tired at times by the end of the week as that theory was proved yet again last night when I fell asleep on the couch, 15 minutes after sitting on it. I know most people hate waking up in the morning but I’m actually a fan of waking up early. Particularly when I’m working because the earlier one starts the earlier they’ll be out. If we start at 7AM then there’s a good chance that we will be out by 7-8PM. I know to the normal world that works 8-9 hours that sounds like insanity and I’m here to tell you as I do so often, IT IS! It’s total insanity but our dumb business just continues to make it the norm. However, today I’m not here to go on about the industry. As I mentioned on Tuesday I’m going to start writing about some other topics. This is not a totally new feature here on the site as I’ve written quite a few “Fuck It Friday” posts but I’m going to be doing it more often. So let’s get into this shall we?

Today I want to talk about the shit parking that some people are doing out there. Yes, it’s gotten so bad lately that I had to write an entire post about this just hoping that some of you nitwits will read it and work on your fucked up parking skills. The reason this upsets me so much is because I made a conscious decision one day to never park on or over the line a few years ago. Since I made that tiny change in my life I have parked and stepped out of my car on multiple times only to notice I was on or over the line and then got back in my car and corrected the problem. Why would I do this? Why do I care so much? Because honestly this is such a simple rule to follow and other than being a complete asshole that just doesn’t care about taking 2 spots and making some stranger curse your existence (I’ve said some crazy shit) as they try to squeeze out their driver side door there is no reason in the world to park like this. If I can correct my bad parking when I do it then so can everyone else. If we all did it then the world would just be that much better. I’m not saying that parking within the lines is going to bring world peace but it is a step forward in just acting like a decent human being. Which I’m sad to say doesn’t seem to be a priority in many people’s lives. People would rather be assholes or idiots. I mean and it’s not surprising we are in a time where assholes and idiots are defending themselves by showing pride in these flaws. We can all be assholes and idiots but the point is not to be.

I will say though that there is definitely some idiots out there that just CAN’T park. I call them idiots because this is a correctable problem as I said before. Practice makes perfect. However the problem is that some people will say shit like, “I’m terrible at parking” every time they park and so they don’t work on it anymore. I think saying shit like that kind of makes your brain give up. You just accept that you don’t know how to park and so give up learning. Which is terrible because that just makes you lazy and it’s only a matter of time before your mind starts giving up on a bunch of other crap. You’ll find yourself saying “I’m terrible at this…I can’t do that…I never learned how to do this…”. Learning is a constant part of life. A person should NEVER stop learning. Alright back to the parking…sorry the Mary took me into a slight ramble there.I remember driving through a parking lot once where one person had parked over the line and at an angle even though it was straight head in parking and all the cars parked next to him continued to park just like him instead of parking the right way. Idiots. It’s a very basic skill folks and it only takes repetition to perfect it.

Now besides the idiots that don’t understand the logistics of parking because they refuse to learn them and the assholes that just don’t care, I do know there’s some people out there…we’ll call them dim wits that do this purposely because they have a fancy car that they don’t want someone to Fuck up their paint job but I’m just going to let you know that all that does is make your car a target for people who are assholes. I don’t do this anymore but in my younger more asshole-ly years I use to park in those extremely close parking spots that people like this would create as a result of their parking and then would fling open my door with no regard for that car. I may have caused many little dings to many nitwits cars out there and at the time it made sense in my asshole thinking. I figured I was teaching this person a lesson. In my insane teenage mind I thought since I dinged this persons car next time they’ll take sometime to park right. I don’t act like this anymore because I’m no longer a child but I just wanted to share that because even though I’m not out there doing this anymore there will always be some kids growing up to be assholes and they may spot your car.

 

I would also like to point out that prior to the small Jetta I drive now which is much easier to get into spots I drove an Explorer for years and still managed to park between the lines. So I don’t want to hear this bullshit excuse that the your car is too big. However I do understand at times that some parking spots are too tight for their car. There’s certainly a couple of parking lots I’ve been in which one would think they were built exclusively for mini coop but those are far and few in between. I would say I see more SUV type cars than I see smaller vehicles so I know all the parking lots aren’t to blame. I know this sounds like some dumb trivial shit to bitch about but I just need to vent about this and this is my outlet. Plus I thought it would be funny which is always my number one priority on here. Seriously though, I literally lose my shit internally every time I see someone that’s parked on or over the line. All it takes is 30 seconds to get back in that car and correct the problem. If you don’t have 30 seconds to fix a problem then you may have some serious time managing problems that need addressing as well. I’m just trying to get us all on the same page here. Together we can achieve great stuff but when we choose to act like an ass and do stuff like this we achieve nothing.

Thanks for reading another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I’ll be back on Tuesday with an all NEW post.

-PEACE

Army Of One…

Happy Tuesday and Happy Muthafuckin Anniversary to We’re Not Rolling!! So…me basically because I am the only one that runs this website. Two years I’ve been writing this crazy thing. I know this year has been a bit slow. I have been seriously lacking in the blogging this year but I promise to do better. I slowed down towards the end of the year and for whatever reason I just haven’t been able to time it out well. I definitely had some later than normal days last week and when I got home I had no time to write but that never stopped me before. I use to write these things at work on my phone before I had a computer and now I’ve become so accustomed to sitting down in front of the screen for and hour or two and writing at my leisure that I forgot my roots. It’s also at times been a battle with when I get ideas I don’t have time to write and forget to jot down what I want to talk about and when I have time I just haven’t felt like writing. I talk about so much shit on my podcast now that at times I feel I’m being repetitious. I know it really doesn’t matter if I am because they are 2 different platforms and only someone who listened and read all the madness I put out would even notice but still it bothers me to an extent. The Blog has been around longer and there’s way more posts than I have Podcast episodes so I do constantly struggle with the thought of repeating the same shit over and over. When this year began I had this idea to broaden the topics I discuss on here. I had already been doing that on Fridays with my “Fuck It Friday” posts but I think that rule is now going to extend itself over to Tuesdays because quite honestly I love writing and ranting on here and after 2 years of going on about the film industry here at We’re Not Rolling I think I need to look for a wider range of topics because there’s more shit I want to talk about. So buckle up everyone and come along as I change it up around here. If this doesn’t sound like a good plan to you because you were hoping for a post about the industry don’t worry, I do have one today BUT I can’t promise that it will be like that next Tuesday. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

Today I want to take sometime to thank all the one man army departments in this industry that I feel most times are very underestimated. These badass people are usually found in the Craft Service, Set Dec, Greens, Locations, Special FX and Production department. Personally I don’t feel any department should only have one person because as I’ve stated on here before, I feel the mind starts to go into cruise control right around the 10 hour mark and since we continue to allow 12 hours to be the norm in this industry that means that person is now putting themselves and those around him in danger for those 2 hours. Which we all know it usually is more like 13…14-15 if you include the commute. If there is 2 people in the department they can stagger their call times and one person will be well rested. So ultimately one can say that I feel there should always be at least 2 people in a department for safety concerns. However this is a greedy as Fuck business (as are most) and they will never see it that way. They just see another body soaking up money. Safety comes second to money in these cases. So instead these poor people at times are left with doing all types of crazy tasks alone.

The one I find the strangest is the On Set person because they are literally in charge of moving all the furniture on Set. Sure they are helped by other departments because that’s what normal people do, is help others. I mean I still don’t understand how someone can watch someone moving a couch or something heavy and not offer help or at least offer them the 30 seconds to notice it’s happening instead of standing in front of it, which happens ALL. THE. TIME. I just don’t get it. Why is someone whose job it is to not only move the furniture but also move around the entire set to accommodate the crew all alone? I want to know when in the history of cinema this was decided. I mean the grips at minimum have 3-4 people. It’s usually more like 5-6 of them. How did the Set Dec department settle on a one man crew. It just makes such little sense to me. I mean a ton of shit in this business does not but this really is just nonsense. I don’t understand why the art department hasn’t made a fuss about this and demanded a second-hand.

Craft Services is the other pretty odd one out of the group I mentioned. This one is really crazy because the craft service person is in charge of keeping us all fed with his amazing snacks. There is much more to their job but this is what I always consider their job to be. It’s an important job because if you keep people fed they generally remain happy. On top of that the Craft Service person is also are in charge of all the waste those snacks make. A typical crew is about 60-70 people SO one person to clean up after that many people just sounds like torture. I haven’t been on many shows that only have one person in this department but I have been on enough which made me want to acknowledge in this post that it does happen. There’s some cheap ass people out there.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate every one of you out there that continues to read my material. I promise to get back to my regular routine and I look forward to bringing you all a new chapter in this crazy little world I created. Have a fantastic week and I’ll talk to you all on Friday.

-PEACE

No Brand Names…

Happy Tuesday!! I know I’ve been missing in the blogging action but honestly I just haven’t felt compelled to write about anything. The reason I started this thing was to explore some of the craziness in our industry and since I haven’t really been working all that much I think my momentum for writing has slowed down. However I’m trying to change that and get back to writing because I do miss it. I start a new gig tomorrow (Tuesday) so I’m sure I will in no time have some new fresh material to go on about. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

Today as I was making breakfast I asked my roommate about the job he had worked on last night. He got home past midnight and I had already gone to bed so I was just curios what it was. I don’t typically bring up work unless the person I’m talking to does because 12 hours a day is enough time to dedicate to work so why talk about it as well. However anytime something takes all night to film something I want to know what it was so I can make my own assessment of whether all that time was actually needed or if it was just exaggerated. As I assumed he told me the show was a mess and went over schedule. It was a commercial for a well-known brand. What got me all worked up and in the mood to write this post was that he told me that they had everyone on the crew greek out and brand names they had on the clothes they were wearing because it would upset the client. Which for those of you not in the industry means that for example if your working on a Nike commercial they ask you to place tape on your reebok shirt. I know. Fucking stupid but it happens. Now as is normally the case with anything this ridiculous I immediately felt compelled to rant about because it’s a perfect example of some of the dumb shit this industry does and continues to do. We can all acknowledge that this is dumb childish behavior but continue to support it because….I don’t know. I wish I knew but I honestly just don’t understand.

If a person that is representing a brand name cannot stand the site of another brand name tag on the cloth someone else is wearing then that person probably shouldn’t have that job because if that is not irrationally unnatural behavior that needs professional help, I don’t know what is. This person should not have this job. They should be doing therapy for this issue of brand names burning their retinas. I did however tell my roommate that I don’t always buy into these dumb rules without questioning where they originated from. While I’m sure that some of these outlandish request we get at times like not looking a particular person in the eye or mentioning some of their past work may have come from the person themselves I have found that sometimes these stupid request come from some third-party. Like an over achieving manager, an assistant directly connected to the person or at times it can also come from another source with no direct connection to the person but that feels compelled to set up these dumb rules as a way to comfort the person. For example I’ve been on jobs wear the coordinator of the show will make up this stuff because they assume everyone is going to be bothering the person. Which is bullshit because everyone that works in this business knows how to act and how to be professional. They don’t need to be told lies like “This person doesn’t like for you to look them in the eye”. This too is a serious issue that should be treated. If a person cannot stand to be looked in the eyes then a film set probably should not be the field that they work in. I mean there’s literally people all over the place anywhere you go in your day-to-day life let alone on a stage where there’s about 60 of us all pied in there. I’d like to know how this person interacts in the real world. Do they hire someone to constantly walk in front of them and when a stranger in passing casts their gaze upon their master they immediately yell “DON’T LOOK AT THEIR EYES!!” I’m not saying this is not a thing because I definitely have heard and witnessed crazier things in this business but still we need to realize that this is not helpful to anyone and extremely irrational to ask of anyone. I just think we need to talk about this stuff in the open more and maybe that will help us see the error in our ways and pop off some sort of change.

Thanks for stopping by and to those that are returning after these last few dry weeks of writing a special thank you. I think I may have gotten my groove back and this post did feel great writing up so hopefully I can keep them coming. Have a great rest of your week and I’ll be back Friday with an all NEW post.

-PEACE

 

 

Right Job, Wrong Place…

Happy muthafuckin Thursday!! How was your weekend? I’ve been busy the last 2 days but I’m at work today and finally found some time to write this thing up. I know it’s been a bit of a low post month here at We’re Not Rolling but don’t worry I promise to make up for lost weeks sometime in 2018. It’s also been a slow month of work which I’ve learned fuels my posts. When I’m not working, I find that I don’t think about work at all. However writing these posts forces me to think about the job which to be honest I’m not a fan of. So in the coming weeks I’m going to open up the topics I go on about here because that’ll keep me sane and I can try something new here on the site. I have a ton of other shit that I would love to go about here and haven’t. This year that changes. I promise it’ll be just as entertaining.  Alright let’s get into this shall we?

It’s happen to all of us and it’s occurrence is so common that it border lines creepy. It’s almost as if unforeseen forces of the world constantly chose to interfere in this matter. Why in the Fuck is every job I or anyone in this business get hired on 20-30 miles away from my/their house instead of the studio I/they live down the street from? It’s seriously a pretty strange phenomenon. I’ve lived 2-3 miles from 2 studios, Sony and Culver Studios for the past 6 years and have only worked at Culver once in that time. I have worked at Sony but that was prior to living close to it. The last time I worked at Sony I lived 25 miles from it. It’s happen to me so many times over the years that if I wanted to count it would be impossible. I’ve done multiple seasons of shows that were based 40 miles away. That’s insanity. I don’t know how people drive that far and further to work over several years. It’s bad enough driving that distance over 4-5 months on a show. I just can’t mentally deal with all that time that I’m wasting driving. The older I get the more I worry about time. I want to waste as little of that time on driving as I can but this industry is making that a bit tough.

I thought it was just me that this would happen to when I started working in this business. I remember getting phone calls and thinking “What the Fuck is going on?” I thought it was just my shit luck. Then I noticed that it was happening to my roommate as well and he was doing different jobs than I was but nothing was ever at the local studio. I’ve moved 4 times in 12 years and still would get jobs on the opposite side of town. If I was living in the Valley I would get work in Culver City. When I lived in Hollywood I got a job in Santa Clarita. It’s bizarre I tell you. Then I began to ask people at work where they lived and started to see a pattern. Now after 10 plus years in I know that it happens to almost everyone. Sure there is always those lucky few that have had years of employment close to them but if you ask around set where people live I think you’ll find that the majority of folks always tend to live a good distance from the studio that the show is based from. A great example is the Teamsters, they mostly all live out in Santa Clarita and work in all the studios down here Fox, Sony, Paramount. Think about that for a minute if you’re not a fan of doing like myself, most teamsters not only drive 30 plus miles everyday to and from work but then drive all day as well. I would die. I could never drive that long.

I thought this was only a California thing but I’ve had friends that work all over the country and have experienced the same thing multiple times. A few months ago I made the meme you see here…

And to my surprise I started getting comments on this post from people in parts of Europe that experienced the same Fucking thing. That’s weird right? I mentioned “unforeseen forces” above as the reason this happens so often however I really don’t believe that so what else can it be? If you don’t believe me, next time you work on a show start asking everyone you can where they live and conduct your own small study. Then you can come back here and we can compare notes. I bet more than half the people on your crew live 20 plus miles from the stage you’re working on. I was actually having a conversation with someone the other day about this very topic and we came up with a silly way to take care of this problem. We decided that there should be a website called “CrewSwap” in which a person could look up who of their referenced people lives and has a job in which they would want to swap locations on. Everyone has people they reference to others so these people will be your equal swap buddies. No? Maybe it needs some work but I think I’m on to something here. Who knows how to make an app? Shoot me an email we can go half on this idea. Hahaha! Ok I’m done, drop the curtain!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Make sure to stop by on Friday for a New post before you start your Super Bowl weekend and don’t forget to check out The Toke Talking Podcast every Monday right here or on iTunes and Soundcloud. Have a great rest of your week everyone!

-PEACE

That’s Fucked Up…

Happy Tuesday!! I know, I know. I’ve been seriously missing in action the last few weeks. I attempted to write this up last week and then I ended up working all week and I just could not find enough time to balance work, writing and sleeping. Sleeping is the most important of those because I refuse to be tired when the hours of rest are available to me. My last post was about 3 and half weeks ago on Dec 27th of 2017. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I’m just now reeling from it all and ready to get back to it. 2018 may have started out pretty awesome but after 9 days in, that son of bitch went a little haywire. Then last week life got way better and so is the balance of life. There’s good, there’s bad, we take the all in, learn and keep moving forward. I’m hoping to be back on the normal schedule by next week so please bare with me. Alright enough rambling let’s get into this shall we?

I’ve not seen many people fired in my time in this business. Definitely not as many as SHOULD be fired in my opinion. I feel there is a overwelhming amount of people who are terrible at their job but continue to work because people keep employing them. I wrote a post titled “Failing Upwards” all about it. This business loves to strut itself around like it’s only for the very best and that those that are weak will never make it but after years of running in the circus you realize anyone can work in this business and that even people who suck at their job will eventually befriend some producer or higher up that will continue to give them work. Now of the firings I’ve witnessed not one was reasonable in my opinion. I mean I will never know the personal details that went into any of these decisions only what I heard from both parties after the deed was done. I’ve seen people lose their jobs for all types of stupid shit. I’ve seen several people lose their jobs simply because someone didn’t like them. I’ve seen someone fired because they gave someone the wrong time to be at work because you know it should be someone elses responsibility to tell YOU when you need to come to YOUR job. Why does that not seem to bug anyone as much as it does me? I’ve seen someone fired for not having the same opinion on a major decision in which they both shared a duo job title. There was no display of trying to reach an agreement. There was just clearly one person with more power that was not happy with the other. It wasn’t because they did their job wrong. It wasn’t because they made some grave mistake that ruined someones life. Instead it was for dumb trivial shit that in any other business would just have been addressed and fixed. I’ve seen people miss entire days of work and not get fired in this business but heard stories on other shows of people getting fired for forgetting to give someone a callsheet. These extremes make the work atmosphere very tense at times. I don’t really care as much as I use to because I’m already use to all the cray cray but people still wonder around supporting this type of behavior and living in fear of it. However I believe that since we film dramatic shit all the time we have this odd need to also bring that drama into our work and over dramatize everything. We take very simple problems and make them seem that they will bring on the end of all film making as we know it. I use to work with a producer who on day one of a shoot the first words out of his mouth were “The shits hitting the fan..”. He went to this extreme because someone had parked in some elses parking. He was sweating and really stressing out about a car occupying a space he needed for someone else. Space. He was flipping out about a spot marked by 2 lines. What in the actual Fuck is wrong with people in this business? It’s really this crazy at times I shit you not. There was no firing on this show but on any other day in the same situation but different show, producer and this could have easily been pinned on someone and they could have been fired for not saving the spot. That’s how insane it is at times on some of the shows out there. Luckily, I’ve steered clear of most of those.

I think most people in this industry get fired because of someones personal problems with them. That can never be the reason because it’s illegal to fire someone just because they don’t like them so instead they wait till they commit some dumb mistake that really does no harm and then use that as a means for termination. These firings typically stem from the chosen few above the line, producers, actors and actresses so even though the firing may have been personal and the person that lost their job could have a case in court, they would never be able to match up financially. Not to mention the fear of the saying “You’ll never work in this town again” that plagues our business like the muthafuckin bogey man. So instead the person loses their job that they desperately need because unless someone is well off, losing a job is never a good thing and the person making 5,6,7 figures continues to live the worry free life judging and fucking up peoples lives as they see fit. I’ve witnessed first hand someone who did not like someone else slowly turn everyone else against the person they disliked to the point that they are fired. It’s really fucked up to watch happen. It’s something we all saw happen in school. Remember when the popular kids would deem some other kid uncool or a nerd and all the other kids would follow? This is the same shit but the grown up version of it. It happens in all businesses to tell you the truth and it’s a real ugly side of us as people. We should never try to get anyone fired for any reason if we are not in charge of the job they are doing. If we feel they are doing something to merit losing their job we should address it with our immediate boss not gang up on them. Lastly and quite possibly the worst part of someone getting fired is the shit talking that  most people openly do the next day. I’m just going to say that’s some dirty shit to do. I’ve talked shit in the past but as I got older I learned to not say anything about anyone that I would not or have not said to them personally.  It’s just not a kind thing to do. These are all real basic lessons that as we get older take advantage of and think we don’t need to abide by them anymore. Alright I’m done. That felt great, DAMN I miss writing this thing. Haha!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the first post of the New Year. I’m sorry it took 23 days but you know how it goes around here. Please make sure to check out The Toke Talking Podcast every Monday morning. I’ll be back here with a new post on Friday but till then I hope you all have a great week.

-PEACE