Blurry Atmosphere…

Happy FRIDAY!! My 3 day weekend is on it’s way…well I have work but it’s personal work. Which I’ve learned is the only true way for me to feel like work is not work. I love what I do, I love working on all these shows and films but at the end of the day it’s still work that I’m putting in for someone else’s vision. Continue reading “Blurry Atmosphere…”

Failing Upwards…

Happy Tuesday! How are you doing? I apologize for not posting on Friday but Mother Nature brought 6 feet of snow to Mammoth Mountain here in sunny California and I had to take a mini trip up to enjoy the fluffy white stuff…I’m talking about snow not cocaine alright. I contemplated writing it once I got back but then sleep, football, the Podcast and everything else happen and I just thought I’d wait. Continue reading “Failing Upwards…”

I Hear Something…

Happy Friday!! Whoop Whoop! The weekend is almost here and I for one can’t wait. It’s surprisingly hot for October out here in La La so I’m going to the beach this weekend. I might as well get another day on the sand while I can get it. I’ve actually been fortunate enough to have had 2 days filming out at the beach this year. It wasn’t like we were filming at the beach in a car or at a location either. We were right on the sand all day for 10-12 hours, it was probably the 2 of the 3 best days I’ve had on set so far. Yesterday was the best day I’ve had because it was the first day of filming on the first show I’m helping Co-Create and Produce. WHAT?! I’ll have more on that later but for now lets get into this shall we?

The other day when we were filming the 1st AD asked to go find out what the racket was that was happening outside of the stage. We were gearing up to start rolling and due to the fact that sound stages are a lot of things but sound proof not being one of them we can hear everything that happens outside if it’s close or loud enough. When we got outside we realized that the noise was a full construction crew that was hard at work building…wait for it…another sound stage. HA! Isn’t it ironic? So here I went on a mission to find the foreman to ask him if his guys could keep it down. Now let me say that as a person that usually has to talk to people about being quiet because we’re filming I can usually guess what people we are going to be able to get cooperation from and those that we won’t. I know very well that any construction going on is seldom going to stop working so we can film our little movie or show. I don’t mean little as in budget either. I mean little in terms of importance to what’s happening in the rest of the world when we are on location. Construction people usually don’t give a shit and just like we do they have a schedule to keep. That building, house or whatever they are constructing has a deadline that they have to meet. I actually find it odd that we even attempt to ask them to be quiet or if they could stop working when we roll camera. I mean really, who do we think we are? They always tell locations to offer them Crafty and or Lunch. That’s always the first way we try to buy off people who are not happy that we are filming in their location. We try to blind them with snacks and food. It’s just funny to me because at times I find that some people we work alongside really do think that our job supersedes every business out there and when we are in your neighborhood its your job to work with us and we need silence. It’s just silly to me. So I knew that as soon as I found the foreman he was going to tell me there was little he could do. Sure enough my assumption was true and he actually said that this was the least amount of noise they make. I shared that information with the 2nd AD and we just worked with it. That’s all we always end up doing yet we always go through the motions of trying to control it. Every now and then we get the construction crew that will work with us when we roll and cut but those are rare.

As I mentioned earlier and this may come to a surprise to anyone that doesn’t work in the business but sound stages really aren’t all that sound proof. They look like they would be but honestly I think at times there’s more silence from the outside world ambiance in my bathroom. I don’t even live in a house, it’s an apartment! I’m sure that there is real sound proof stages out there somewhere but every single one that I have worked on are shit. If you have a conversation leaning up against the wall of the stage people can hear all about your weekend inside just on the other side. I think that the stages at some point were sound proof. However I feel that was years ago when they were first built when the world was a bit quieter than it is now. I mean if you look at the insulation of some of the stages one can see that they haven’t really re-padded the sound proofing walls. It makes total sense that they wouldn’t replace this padding because we all know that film studios are pretty broke. That is me being a sarcastic asshole. Come on everyone step your game up and start spending some money on bringing these stages to the 21st Century. Why in the hell aren’t there any studios making their stages “Smart”? These stages should all come equipped with top of the line Wifi, Sound Proof walls and rooms within the stage, built-in light systems, USB and power sockets everywhere, built-in adjustable light grids hanging from the perms, elevators to the perms. I’m just saying some of the wall padding on these stages I’m sure has been around since the 60’s. The wood is old and worn in almost every stage that I’ve worked on. There’s typically also animals that live in these stages. The featured picture was taken just the other day, hello raccoon friends.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend. Get out and explore the world. I’ll be back next week with an all New Toke Talking Podcast Episode on Monday followed by the Tue post, make sure and check out THE CORNER an all new section here every Wednesday and then closing out the week with the Friday post. Be good to each other folks.

-PEACE

Are They Listening, Do They Care…

Happy Friday! I’m going to be straight up with you now, this will be a rant. I’ll try and keep some comedy in there because honestly laughter will get you through almost anything. I love laughing and as of the last 7-8 years I love to smile too. I know that sounds odd, you might be thinking.. doesn’t everyone smile? Continue reading “Are They Listening, Do They Care…”

Mine, Mine, Mine….

Hello! Welcome to We’re Not Rolling and an all New post because that’s what happens here on Tuesdays…except for last Tuesday but you guys know the story behind that. How is everyone doing? Did you have a nice long Labor Day weekend? I had a pretty epic time, I would go on about it but I already did on yesterdays Podcast. Wink wink, go check it out! HA! Continue reading “Mine, Mine, Mine….”

Do You Hear What I Hear? No…

Haaappy Friday, Haaaappy Friday! Make sure you sing those, that’s why there’s extra ‘A’s in there. Anyhow, how is everyone on this fine day ┬ábefore the weekend shenanigans and the fight of lifetime..our time…this month…I don’t know. I’ll be honest, I don’t give a shit. I can watch it on tv or I can see the highlights on YouTube. Continue reading “Do You Hear What I Hear? No…”

Living The Dream…

Happy FriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiDAY!!! We made it! Another small life repetitive triumph. You know every Friday that I write that on all my social media platforms “Happy Friday” “Cheers to Friday” some corny crap like that before I take a break from it all on the weekend, I think…”People that work on the weekend must really, REALLY hate that phrase. Continue reading “Living The Dream…”

No One Reads the Callsheet…

Happy Tuesday humans!! And any other living organisms that might be able to read this and doing so in hiding from the human race because you’re secretly planning a global take over, you too, Happy Tuesday! How was everyone’s weekend? I didn’t do much. Actually with the exception of my Friday adventure to Redondo in search of Pictures moments and Cinemagraph inspirations I stayed home the rest of the time. I worked on some of my projects and Sunday was the Game of Thrones Premiere which was just fantastic. So overall still an excellent weekend. I seldom have terrible weekends, I always try to enjoy myself. Alright let’s get into this shall we?!

Although you’ll hear this phrase (title) often I don’t think it’s only the call sheet that Crew doesn’t read, I just don’t think people enjoy reading shit from work period. I mean when I think about it, I never really thoroughly read anything in any job that I’ve ever had. I’ll skim through it and get an understanding of what it entails but other than that..

Six words that will live on forever after this came out. Hahaha! Now I’m not an idiot, I don’t go through my life not reading anything at work. I actually learned that lesson in school when they passed out that surprise timed test that clearly states in the instructions at the top that all one must do on test is to fill in your name and everyone blew past the instructions and started doing the test. Remember that? Well I was one of the ones that read it first and didn’t start the test…or maybe I did..I forget but point is, this was a life lesson early on. So while I may not read jargon if it’s some legal document or something of actual importance I definitely read and digest all of it. However now getting back to the Call sheet, this paper is one of these non important papers that I’m speaking about and that’s why I think no one reads it or cares to. I know that as a 2nd AD that spends 10-13 hours all day talking to every department and trying to type up every little detail that’s a bit of a shit thought but you need to understand that the call sheet is not for everyone. Those that do need to read it, read it and use the information but again it’s not for everyone. Should they know how to read one, sure but some people just don’t and don’t care to learn. So instead they will ask dumb fucking questions all day instead of just reading it. People are also fucking lazy everyone. I mean I know I’m definitely guilty of this. I can be a lazy bastard sometimes but the laziness that it takes to say “I don’t want to read this. Can you just tell me?” when the information is right in your hand or could be if you just asked for a Call sheet is really an extraordinary accomplishment in all that has been lazy throughout the years. I think the greatest of the lazies would agree that this is JUST. ANOTHER. LEVEL!

You know what’s great? Is that I enjoy watching A.D’s and P.A’s get all up in arms when someone asked them something and they respond “Did you read the call sheet?” with a snarky tone. I get a kick because I don’t ever respond this way. Honestly I don’t give a shit, if you ask me for info I will not only tell you but also hand you a call sheet and show you everything else as well. I got nothing else to do..HAHAHA. But getting back to these people who get so bothered by these questions I think that little smugness that some production people give off at times tends to rub people the wrong way and then after that they do it purposely just to get under their skin for a laugh. I know that the A.D staff (NOT ALL) are usually very serious on set. I’ve mentioned it several times on here that I find them to be like the parents of the set. They are in charge of maintaining order on set and keeping that camera rolling. As some of you may know from reading my blog although that sounds like an easy enough task it’s not. Because if the Production department are the parents then they’re obviously going to need kids, i.e. the crew. All the other departments love to mess around and play pranks on each other. They give each other shit all day and treat each other pretty much how you would a good friend or a family member. The A.D staff is supposed to set the tone which obviously cannot be mayhem and since most are always so serious it’s easy to mess with them for a laugh. Asking one of these no funny bone at all production people for information that’s on the call sheet is one of the easiest pranks to play. So this is another reason why I think some people “Claim” not to read it but know exactly what’s on there.

I do read the call sheet eventually the day of but I will probably never ever read one thoroughly the day before work because I can guarantee that my job is going to be the absolute same. I know that’s not the case for every department. I know that costumes has different outfits for the actors in every scene. I know the Grips and Electrics have to light every time we move that camera. Hell I know that crafty is going to continuously surprise me with new snacks but one thing that I doubt will ever change as long as I’m a P.A is what I will do throughout the day and that’s why I find it useless to read the call sheet before I get to work. I get that information is power but this is literally just temporary info that I don’t want clogging up my head longer than it has to. I go to work, I read the call sheet, I tell people who ask me what it says and as soon as I get in my car and drive off I smoke that information right out the window with my misses M.J. I might give the CS a glance the night before just to try to figure out how long the days going to be but other than that there’s just nothing there for me.

Thank you for visiting me here at We’re Not Rolling. Where we’re NEVER rolling. I’m such an idiot sometimes but as long as it makes someone out there laugh I will keep writing it. I will like to point out that the “someone” may very well only be me but I can’t help if I make myself laugh. I think this is something that everyone should be able to do. Alright let me stop here before I go off on another one. Have an excellent week at work everyone! I’ll see you back here on Friday for a new post. Be good to each other.

-PEACE

Hardly a Nation…

Happy Tuesday!! How is everyone doing? If you read my post on Friday you know that I finally worked on Thur and Friday and I’m working today (Monday) and Tuesday so this was actually a weekend for me. Until this weekend I had been on a permanent weekend since March and I’m happy to say that I will be back on one come Wednesday. At least for 2 weeks then I’ll either day play again somewhere or continue waiting till my next full-time gig comes around in Aug. I really want to go to DisneyLand, I might just do that. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

P.A Nation, a term I’ve always disliked since the first time I heard it. I’ve never been a fan of it because well first we are hardly a “Nation” on set so it just sounds silly to me when I hear it said out loud. As most of you know I mostly work in the TV show world and we usually have 2-3 PAs, if they feel like splurging maybe 4 but that’s really rare. I mean everyone obviously knows that we are the big money makers on set and that’s why some producers put up a fuss at times for another day player. That was sarcasm in case you missed it there. I never understood the not “Okaying” of an extra P.A every time a A.D asks. On most shows we make less than the Background people, I mean do you really think you’re saving anything, just give them the extra hand.

SORRY..Let me hop back on the rails here. We’ll get back to the prior veer off topic in another segment because I do want to explore that further. So as I was saying most shows I work on have 2-3 PAs. As a matter of fact I did several shows where I was the ONLY PA. Yes you read that right, it was just little ole me. It was mostly a stage based show and we did hire 1 additional person when we went out but other than that it was just me. So anytime I hear the phrase “PA Nation” I always think…uhhh, not so much. I think 5-6 people in a department may qualify it as a Nation but even then I just dislike the term. Now before I go any further I will like to point out how ridiculous of a personal topic this is but we all have our little ticks that make us crazy and this is one of mine. Plus, it’s my blog and I blog about whatever I want to, whatever I want to. Yes I did mean that to go along with the melody and that’s why it needed to repeat there. If you don’t get the joke, don’t worry about it..march ahead!

Alright for those of you still with me let me continue…While I had always had a problem with this term before after working on 2 different commercial crews over the last few days I stand corrected. Both of these crews had 10 PLUS PAs on them. WHAT THE HELL?!? That’s craziness! However I also think I might’ve just smoked away the memory of commercials having this many PAs on them because I sure don’t remember there being so many when I was working on these. I can honestly say I remember 4 maybe 5 but holy shit everyone, there was literally a PA in every area on set at all times. You couldn’t throw a stick without hitting one…hahaha!! You know that your department is big when you’ve only heard someones voice all day on the radio and you don’t meet them till after lunch sometime. So in the commercial world I can see how the term does make sense and I think I might be ok with it as of now. Yes believe it of not I too can change to make this world a better place. HA!

I will say this through, I still can’t and won’t ever say it. I know I’m an idiot but it just still sounds weird to me when I say it. I feel like I’m summoning souls getting on the radio and yelling “PA Nation!” I might as well say “PA Nation ASSEMBLE!!” What are we the fucking Avengers? And all for what? To take down a tent, 10 chairs..some small insignificant shit that 1-2 people could’ve handled and now you have 7 people all wanting to lead. I don’t know what bugs me about it so much. I think I just always think of a nation as people who want to be somewhere together and I’ve found that when you do work in big groups like that you actually feel less like a group because there’s just so many and most don’t want to be there. Look I can’t help the small weird shit like this that bugs me, I’m human just like all of you. I know that all of you out there have something that just irks you for some strange reason that makes absolutely zero logical sense. If you don’t think you have any you just don’t know what it is yet. Go figure it out, it will make life a whole lot easier. Trust me. I’ve said it before this blog is also part therapy for. I’m able to write about ridiculousness like this and laugh at myself which is always good for anyone. You should try that too!!

Thanks for stopping by once again and reading another entry here at We’re Not Rolling everyone. If I haven’t said it lately, I appreciate each and every one of you. I’m not saying that because you come to read this blog every week either. I’m appreciative of you if this is your first time and last time reading too. Have a great week at work. If you haven’t checked out Episode 32 of The Toke Talking Podcast make sure you do. I finally had some film industry talk on there since I went back to work. However if podcasts aren’t you’re thing I will hopefully be back Friday with another fun-filled post. Be excellent to one another people!

-PEACE

Just Checking On My Check…

Happy Friday! How are you all? Guess who’s back to the grind, the rat race, the ole 9-5 (Only we would be more like 9-9) This guy! Well…at least for 4 days, I’m working today (Thursday), tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday. I think I might have┬áset a record with this last break. I was off for a whopping of 83 days!! How fucking sweet is that? And you know what? I did not miss work or become bored at all!! I’ve said it before that I’m able to keep myself entertained and busy more than most people. I’m sure people who just read how long I was off probably thought “I would be SOOO bored!!”NOT THIS GUY! I’m seriously going to aim to do that every year from here on out to be honest. So far 2017 is shaping out to be one of the best work years I’ve ever had. I don’t mean that I’ve been non stop busy, I mean that I like the way it’s been scheduled, it’s been just right. Alright enough jargon, let’s get into this shall we?

As has been the case the last few weeks I keep getting ideas for my post from conversations that I’ve had in meeting with friends who ARE working since I had not been. However today I was able to muster a bunch of new ideas for post and I can only imagine that more will come to me over the next few days. Although I will say after being off for that length of a run I sort of feel disconnected from the business right now being here today. I mean I haven’t forgotten anything like that, I just have a slight disconnected feeling. HMMMM.. I started writing this post on Tue so this is not from my new stock of ideas that I shall unleash over the next few weeks. Alright SO, someone I know was talking about a paycheck that they were still waiting for. He mentioned that it was now going on 3 weeks since they had worked the gig. 3 WEEKS?! I’m sorry, no, what I meant was WHAT IN THE FLYING FUCKING FUCK, 3 WEEKS?! I’m going to be straight forward before I go any further and say that if you’re the person in charge of paying the crew be it a producer, studio exec, PM, PC…whatever the title, if it takes you more than 2 weeks to pay out people who worked for you, you’re a piece of shit in my book. Sorry if that sounds harsh but I can’t sugar coat it. I feel how I feel and if the person in charge should aim everyone paid in a timely fashion. Which as is usually customary in many businesses is 2 weeks. IF that person knows that they are going to take longer than that to pay out then I feel it would be good to let everyone know that. This would be the only way to defend against this ridiculous business practice that I think happens way too much in my opinion. At least once you’re warned about it then the responsibility falls on you on whether you want or can even afford to work on the gig. Hell 3 weeks might be too long to wait if one is living check to check. I’m guessing they don’t warn people because then they figure that it’ll be tough to find people to work on the job but I think just the opposite. There’s always someone willing to take the job. I have people come up to me all the time when we’re on location that offer to work for free just to get in. These folks would happily come work for your late paying ass. Hahaha!!

Luckily I haven’t had to deal with this in quite some time and even when I did it was not an insane amount of time. I’ve predominantly only worked on Union shows and they all pay weekly, on Thursday…or as I refer to it ‘Employee Appreciation Day’. Weekly paid people don’t Fuck around. I’ve been on sets where checks got head up till Friday because of a computer glitch and people were losing their shit. Thinking back though I think the longest I ever waited for a check was 2 and a half weeks. I’m pretty sure that after the 3 weeks mark I would show up at the production company and not left till I got paid. I’m not a money driven person but when I do a job for someone I expect to get paid. I’m also not someone who lives in fear of someone or some company harnessing this made up power of being able to make sure someone no longer works in this town. I will show up at their office no matter who they are and demand my money and I will gladly like to see someone try to stop me from working in this town. I’ve had someone tell me before that they did not want to call to follow-up on a check because they didn’t want to seem like a nuisance. I don’t share any type of feelings like this. 2 weeks are the most I give someone to pay me before I lose my shit. Then I will gladly and proudly turn into the biggest nuisance of that persons/companies life.

I mean honestly the thing is that the type of person that I am is one that if a company takes 3 weeks to pay me I would never work for them again. I can literally be starving after not working for months and if this company called me for work after I had written them off, I still would not work for them. I know very well that they are just going to turn around and hire someone else and I will still be starving but at the end of it all I will feel better about myself because I actually stood for something that I believe in. I’m attempting to make a statement that would hopefully cause change. I would think that after enough people stop working for people like this they would start to wonder why that is and hopefully one day realize “Oh it’s because I’m a terrible person and paying people 3 weeks after I make them work for me” and then hopefully they change their ways. I know that the likelihood of this happening is slim to none but shit, I feel I need to start somewhere right? I’m also well aware that this person may also NEVER get it because like I stated before one can always find someone to take the job no matter how terrible it may seem.

The one other situation in this realm that I never have had happen to me is a company not paying at all. I’ve had several people I’ve worked with who did a job and then ended up getting stiffed on the paycheck. Some took legal measures which is something I would definitely do if it came down to it. The others just chalked it up to a loss and kept trucking ahead. Let me just say that if you’re able to do this you’re a way better person than I am because I would never EVER chalk it up to a loss. I remember one person in particular told me that it was out of their hands because they had worked on the show in another city. To which I replied I would in all seriousness get on a plane, go get my money, ask them to compensate me for the flight and then if they refused take them to court. HA!! I don’t work for free.

Ok enough about this nonsense already. I think I’ve ranted enough about this topic. Pay your employees in a timely fashion everyone that’s it. It’s not that hard. Thanks for popping in and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Have an excellent weekend and make sure to stop by Monday morning for The Toke Talking Podcast to start your week off with a laugh.

-PEACE