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.


Some Type of Chicken, Beef, Rice and a Salad…

Happy Friday! It’s OVER everybody!!! My 2016 work days are done as soon as we wrap today. Sure we won’t wrap till 2AM because we had to start at 4PM to be able to film inside a department store after it closes at 8PM but honestly I don’t give a shit because again..LAST DAY!!! I go on a 3 week Hiatus (Vacation) now and if you know me or read this blog regularly you know that I love time off. I believe this might be the last week for a few folks in our industry. The L.A film world dies down every year around this time for those that don’t work in this circus. It’s another one of my favorite perks. You know that you will always have a few weeks off for Christmas & New Years and that’s just awesome. I go back home to Miami and I’m always surprised at how many of my friends still work on New Years. I don’t think I could ever do that. I think it should be a holiday and if you’re working you should be allowed to be drunk. That might be tough for pilots though…hahaha..I’m a fucking moron..let’s get into this, shall we?

I got into this conversation on set with someone the other day and thought I’d talk about it on here because well..why not? We wrapped extremely early the other day, before lunch to be exact and we got into talking about why people stay to eat lunch when they’re wrapped. Look no offense to the caterers out there but the food is NEVER so good that I’m willing to stay at work longer than I have to. Actually here I got one better, the caterers food is NEVER going to be better than anything in the outside world that you can now go to because you are off early. Now some of you might argue that this food is free and that’s why you stay but seriously you’re so tight on money that you need this $10 meal?

I myself am not a caterer fan in general. So I guess it’s easier for me to be like “Fuck catering”. It’s not because the food is bad. It’s because usually if we have a caterer that means we’re on location and that means that there probably is a bunch of places to eat around that location that I may never have been to. So I use this opportunity to get out and explore new places to eat instead of eating from the caterer. I. Love. Food. I love it and any chance that I get to eat somewhere new I do.

However, I’m not talking about whether the person likes catering or not. I’m perplexed by the fact that we wrap and a person willingly decides that they want to sit down at the caterer and eat. Instead of getting the Fuck out of there, beating traffic and going to eat somewhere better. Certain people decide to stay there, let traffic get worse and get their free meal. WHY? I guess I can attribute a few people who just don’t want to go home because then they need to deal with the family. Which many people at work complain about at times. I get it, family is awesome but at times after working for 14 hours I too would probably dread a screaming baby. Even if it was my baby. Hahaha…that’s such a horrible thing to say. It’s easy for me to say because I don’t have kids. I always want to be in my house but I definitely have worked with some people who purposely stay at work longer so they don’t have to deal with the family. Hey we’re all human alright?

I just can’t do it. Once we wrap, I don’t give a shit about food or anything else other than getting to my car and heading out into the world. They can have a lobster and steak feast and I guarantee if they tell me to go home I won’t even glance at that feast. I don’t know. I also was a caterer for 5 years back in Miami. I didn’t work on film sets. I catered private parties and corporate events and I will tell you this, if you think that people call up caterers and say shit like “I need to feed 100 people, 5 days a week for 3 months..I don’t care how much it costs.” You are dead fucking wrong my friend. Everyone wants it as cheap as they can get it and the cheaper per person the production company wants to pay the cheaper the actual food is going to be. Sure it might sound fancy and look nice but they might’ve bought the cheapest supplies to make it. Caterers are going to be spitting in all my food if they ever read this. Hahaha..I’m not bagging on them. I love the caterers. I get a bacon, egg, cheese,onion and avocado quesadilla every morning and I fucking love it. It actually took me a while to get those ingredients just right. There was a lot of trial and error but I highly recommend it next time you order breakfast. I’m not telling anyone to d anything different. I’m actually a firm believer in everyone doing what they want. I’m just tossing the question out there into the online world as to why a person CHOSES to stay at work just to eat catering. Wouldn’t you rather go to some amazing restaurant and have a meal you’ve never had before along with a beer or a glass of wine instead of Chicken Marsala, rice and a plastic cup of powdered fruit punch? I mean seriously, we all deserve to treat ourselves at times.

Thanks for reading everybody! Please make sure to check out my podcast “The Monday Morning Toke Talking Podcast” every Monday on iTunes, SoundCloud, here at We’re Not Rolling and on my other website TheFilmCan.Com (Epic Shameless Plugs) and please SUBSCRIBE where you can. I’ll talk to you all next Tuesday, have a fantastic weekend everyone.