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

Pointless Tasks…

Happy late as hell Wednesday folks! I know that this was supposed to post yesterday but a really early call time, some errands and my indecisiveness about what to write about had different plans. SO how are you doing? Are you all working this week? I believe my last day of work till the new year was yesterday. Most the shows I work on go on vacation now for 2-3 weeks. It use to only be 2 weeks but I feel many more shows now are adopting the 3 week option. Which I’m all up for because I always want people to have time off to catch up to life and I feel most people don’t take that time off willingly  so this gives them little option. I’m in no means praising that anyone that needs the money will be out of work. I hope you do find employment elsewhere in the meantime. I know those that love to work will no doubt find work in between those 3 weeks to get them through but to those taking the time off, CHEERS! Now let’s get into this shall we?

I feel there is an abundance of tasks that we do in this industry that are outdated, really unnecessary or just dumb and no one seems to want to address them so like usual I thought I’d write about them. First one on deck is assigning someone to load vans. This is usually a production Assistant (PA) like myself or as of late I’ve seem many Transpo people doing it. I work on 2 shows where one of the Transpo Captains…Lieutenant…Capo..I forget what his rank…job title is but they load the vans every morning. This makes no difference because I still find the job a bit ridiculous. Before I get into why let me tell you that there are exceptions to this argument. I’m not saying that the task is always pointless only that I feel since it has been used in these moments that it was necessary and it has since become entwined in our daily duties and it’s just fucking silly as hell. So lets say that production needs a listed account of people getting into vans because of scattered call times, long distance travel or picking up and sending to and from multiple locations then yes I know a person needs to be assigned to coordinate this. However if the company is traveling to the backlot from stage or 2 blocks from the studio I don’t understand why someone would be given this job. I’ve asked AD’s about this and most times they’ll tell me it’s to make sure that all the vans go full. Which is really one of the STRANGEST reasons behind the task of loading because I just don’t understand why we cant just tell the van drivers that. I mean is there a history of people getting in vans by themselves and holding the van driver hostage holding a gun to their head and making them drive without filling up the van? Not to mention that as a PA basically everyone holds a higher title than you so if the scenario came up in which someone got in a van, say the wardrobe stylist, key grip, writer and said they need to go NOW and jumps in the van and demands the driver to drive what is the PA suppose to do? Jump in front of the van? I think we all just need to do a better job of assessing the situation and putting into play these minor tasks when needed and stop incorporating them into our every day routine.

Next! This is for all the Background Actors and Actresses out there. While I’m typically on your side and constantly trying to change the crews shit view of all of you this is one that always gets me. It bugs me because it’s a pretty well-known unsaid rule and with the exception of it being someones first day, they should know. When we break for lunch if there is not a separate line for the Background then please just wait till the crew goes through before you start serving yourself. At the very least ask if you are uncertain if the crew has gone through or not but don’t just jump in there because as fucked up as it sounds in this business there is seniority when it comes to who can eat what and when. It’s sort of very third world country of us when you think about it because if there is anything that most sets are rarely short on its food but still, it’s the industry and culture that we have built and people get all bent out of shape about Background eating before the crew. This is yet another job that at times is given to a PA, food nazi. They basically have to send someone to the lunch area to patrol and kick out Background that attempts to eat before the crew. Doesn’t that sound insane? But it’s a task nevertheless everyone. We currently work in a business where people have priority to eat and are taken out of line when then try to break that hierarchy. I really wish everyone would just acknowledge that it’s just food and how fortunate we are to work in a business that supplies it daily instead of being assholes about who is eating and when. I hate that this is an issue because in no way does say anything good about a person that can become upset about someone else feeding themselves. That type of sentiment would be terrible in a situation where we had no food let alone somewhere we have an entire fucking truck full of snacks, a sandwich stations, a coffee machine, ice cream  and every drink you can possibly imagine. Thanks Crafty!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I’ll be back here on Friday with another post before the weekend and then I may take off next week for the holidays but I’m still deciding on that. I’ll let you all know on Friday. Have a great rest of your week and be good to one another.

-PEACE

 

That’s LUNCH…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are you doing? Surprisingly so I’m typing this at work on Monday just like I use to do all the time when I started this blog a little over a year and half ago. I really should do this every time I work during post days so I’m not rushing home to write the up every night but I say I’m going to do a lot of things that I never do. Continue reading “That’s LUNCH…”

Crew Stuff…

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to another entry here at We’re Not Rolling. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving if you celebrate the holiday and a great restful weekend to start your week off right yesterday. I went back to work yesterday after the week and half vaca and I must say, I still don’t miss it. Continue reading “Crew Stuff…”

Happy Halloween!!…

Again because it’s awesome HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! How are you fellow We’re Not Rolling Ghouls, Goblins and Witches? Although sadly I doubt you will see many of those classics anymore. I mean when’s the last time you saw someone at work dress up as a ghoul? Continue reading “Happy Halloween!!…”

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

Is It A Power Thing…

Happy Tuesday!! How is everyone on this fabulous day? It’s currently Monday in my world and I’m working over at Warner Brothers today in Burbank. It’s a little warm out here for October and I’m not a fan….I actually would love a fan…Hmmm. Tomorrow however I’m working in Simi Valley and I have a 530am calltime. If you have never been to Simi Valley consider yourself a very lucky human being and carry on with your happy no Simi Valley life. No, I’m joking..maybe. It’s just way too much desert and heat for my liking out there. I like the dark and cold. Much like what this business is doing to my heart the longer I hang around. FUNNY! Anyhow, it’s (Simi Valley) a 4o minute drive so that means that I will be up at 4 tomorrow and out the door by 430am. The only bright side of that is that I will be up at 4:20 and we should be done early-ish. It’s 6:30PM right now. That means that I will have to be back at work within the next 10 hours. Doesn’t that sound like total insanity? You too can live the dream like all of us if you join the film industry today! Moving on, I will say that I’m working on 2 different shows and that’s why this is happening. I’m on a different show tomorrow than the one I am working on today. Usually I would avoid this type of situation because I value my health and therefore rarely overwork myself but I only have 4 days this week so I know, I’ll be alright. I know I’m such a baby. Whatever, it’s my life everyone, stop judging and go live yours how you want. Enough of this shit, let’s get into this shall we?

“So it’s a power thing?” was a question I overheard a Background performer ask a Production Assistant the other day. The PA was giving them shit for not doing something they asked on Set and was pretty bent out of shape over it. I know I’m never really bent out of shape at work and therefore it always looks like everyone is in a pissy mood to me but this persons anger was definitely boiling. The question stayed in my head because I know the answer, it’s “Fuck yes it’s a power thing!” Most ADs and PAs always have this illusionary power over the BG. Actually wait I stand corrected if we’re going to talk about people who think they have this extreme seniority over the BG it’s the whole crew. I written about it many times but let’s get back to the Production Department. At times some do think that they are like these fucking kings and queens playing human chess and that all the BG is there to do their bidding and not question or have a say in the matter. I’m not by any way trying to insinuate that they have them do anything that is not pertaining to work. I’m saying that how they speak to the BG at times to ask them to do something makes the AD/PA at times come off as he is trying to throw his power around. It’s like watching a drill sargent with his recruits, a parent with their underaged child, or that asshat 😉 boss that we’ve all had and hated. Think about that last one. We’ve all had that boss. Even the asshats had that asshat boss before they became an asshat. How can anyone let themselves become that boss?

I’m not a power-hungry person. I mean I don’t have problem with it but I’m just not the type of person that is on this endless chase of power & money. I’ve managed many people in my lifetime in a few different industries and not once have I ever spoken down to anyone. I’ve never tried to strut my position in someones face as a threat. I’m a realistic person. I know that whatever title was given to me was just that “given to me”. Someone gave me that title. Sure I may have earned it by working my ass to get it but being a shit to people isn’t a requirement. It’s a title, it has no real power. This isn’t like the medieval ages where you had titles attached to your name because of the countries you conquered or training you acquired. You knew someone, worked with someone or interviewed with someone who gave you the job. It amazes me the amount of people who get a title and totally change their attitude on set at times. It’s like the Jekyll and Hyde effect. I’m not the only one who notices this either. The crew is always quick to acknowledge someones attitude change when given a promotion. I find that so fucking strange. While I can say that I’m a bit more held back at work than in my personal life I don’t think I could ever do a full 360 at work because I’m placed in a different position. I mean I would obviously change my work habits for the new job but my attitude? The way I act and interact with everyone around me. I can’t change that for anyone let alone a job.

I’m just saying I feel that some people need to take a step back at times when they are bossing people around and think about how to go about it. Some people out there just need to work on their technique a bit. No one should ever just bark out orders and expect people to respond positively. Instead of trying to show off your title why not try to make it better and really understand it. I can tell you right now there’s not one job out there that being a power-hungry asshole is a requirement…at least not one that I know of.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post. Before I wrap this up I want to say that I’ve been promising you guys some new content on here for a while and next Wednesday we will finally be featuring an all new section here at We’re Not Rolling. It will be written by one of my best friends & business partners. I can’t wait to bring you all some of this mans stuff. He’s got a great, creative mind and I know he will add that much more to this little home that’s been built online. Have a great rest of your week and make sure to stop by on Friday for an all New post.

-PEACE

 

 

Always Late Never On Time…

Happy Muthafuckin Friday all! How in the hell is everyone doing on this first Friday of October? You can tell that I’m in a good mood because I’m already cursing up a storm. Did you have a nice, easy week on set? Or are you contemplating quitting and literally doing anything else that doesn’t require you to be at work for 14 hours? I had a rather easy week at work. I only worked 4 days, 3 down and one more to go tomorrow (Friday). Unfortunately I believe that they will have a late call. I predict a noon call. Which will suck balls because that might mean we’ll be there till at least midnight. I don’t have any plans this Friday but I certainly don’t like working late. I’m not a bartender. I actually don’t want to be at work so I can hang out with bartenders or lets be honest here, budtenders. Let’s get into this shall we?

As I was driving to work today I noticed that according my waze app I was going to be at work 17 minutes before my call. Then I thought, I’m really good with my scheduling of when I need to be at work. I’m always early or on time to work. I have definitely been late but I’d say in my entire working career and I mean everything since I had my first job at Toys’R’us when I was 15 that lasted for a day till now I think I’ve been late probably about 30-40 times. That’s a month and half in 22 years. I mean even if I said 60 times I think that’s pretty good right? I’m basing this on the subtle observance of my family, friends and coworkers that I’ve worked with who beat my 60 over-estimate just in the time I’ve worked, knew or known them. I have friends that are late to work ALL THE TIME!! At least they use to be. However I’m not a medical professional so this can be a total bullshit thought but I think that there is definitely people who just live there life being late. They are always just 10-15 minutes behind where they need to be. I can’t stand not having control over the certain parts of my life that I can control. One of those being how early I leave to go to work. This is very controllable so I don’t understand how people continue to do it.

In the film industry they worry about being time more than they do anything else and the part I enjoy about that little tidbit is that their estimates are more often than not fucking terrible. I’m not just talking about the on set estimates either. I can’t be the only one that notices that everything going on a film crew always just seems to just be getting done or figured out just as we’re getting to it. I’ve worked on shows where the crew is moving over to a set that the set dressers just finished dressing. I’ve worked on gigs where they had no schedule a day before they had to film.  There is an insane amount of examples of shitty time scheduling in our business and we worry about it about as much as we do money. Because after all time is money, right?

I remember when I was going to film school they told us that the film industry has a simple rule about being on time. That rule went like this, if you’re fifteen minutes before your calletime you’re on time, if you’re there at your calltime you’re late and if you’re 15 minutes late you should look for a new job. I don’t know where they heard this nonsense but people are on time all the time. No one gets there 15 minutes early because they will want to get paid for it. I myself do this as well. While I may get to set 15-20 minutes early there is no way I’m walking into set at that time. I always take a little relaxed 5 minutes to myself in the car, get myself together and stroll onto set 5 or so minutes before call. It’s worked out great for me this far.

I’m not sure where this post is going but I’m rather enjoying writing it. I think one of the most intriguing parts about people being late is that there is always a story. I remember back when I was a teenager I came up with a couple of lies when I was late. Then a funny thing happen. I got old and realized that at times shit happens and people are late. I came to the decision that if I ever worked with someone who gave me shit for being late I just wouldn’t work with that person. Problem solved. I like to work with sensible people. If an employee is on time and does a great job all the time they should not be treated like they are the opposite if they are late once. I have never been told anything about being late or felt disrespected but I will tell you this, I’ve seen a Fuck load of AD’s and PA’s give shit to the BG for being late. It’s truly one of the strangest acts from people I work with because I just don’t understand why you think that is your right or why you even give a flying Fuck. The AD’s and PA’s don’t pay the BG. Sure they tell them what to do on set but that doesn’t constitute a reason to give them a hard time for being late. Shit does happen at times. No one gives the actors/actresses or any of the higher-ups shit when they are late so I’m just saying, let’s be fair here. Call central if you’re really that bothered by it and move the Fuck on. Let their EMPLOYER take care of it and go chart out your blurry crosses instead which is your job. Getting back to excuses though, I love people who use excuses. I love them because I just don’t understand if they are lying to make themselves feel better or they honestly believe that the person they’re telling this to believes them. Living out in LA one of my favorite excuses is “Traffic”. I think that if you live in Los Angeles you are NEVER allowed to use the Traffic card because THERE’S ALWAYS FUCKING TRAFFIC. Plan for it like all the other adults do. Do you realize that if everyone just agreed to at the minimum put forth their best effort to get to work 10 minutes early traffic would probably be the smoothest it’s ever been. Because if you think about it, people rushing and weaving in and out of traffic because they are running late cause others to brake and shift lanes causing other cars to break and shift lanes which then causes all these little intervals of time to everyones commute. So get your shit together tardy people of the world and take control of time!! It can be yours! HAHAHA!

Thanks for reading everyone! Luckily I was totally wrong with my estimate..FIGURES and I actually have an early call tomorrow. YAY! Have an excellent weekend everyone, I appreciate you all stopping by and having a laugh with me. Please come back next week and the week after that and the week after that. Tell your friends and family! And if you have not yet bought your “10-2 Happens” shirt, you can right HERE now!

-PEACE

I’m Part of The Crew…

Happy Muthafucking Friday everyone! How in the hell is everyone doing? How was your week? Personally with the exception of Sunday nights insanity and Monday’s aftershock it was an excellent week. I worked a few days, had a day off in the middle, the Packers whooped ass and the weekend is but a few hours away. Continue reading “I’m Part of The Crew…”

Yo Ho, Yo Ho A Day Players Life For Me…

Happy Thursday!??? I know you must be wondering what the hell is going on? First the Podcast is late and now the blog post. Well everyone since Sunday night around 9-930 I’ve had a very interesting couple of hours. Interesting may not be the only or best word to explain it but it’s all I got at the moment. I won’t get into too much detail here because I will be writing about it this Friday or at least I plan to. Continue reading “Yo Ho, Yo Ho A Day Players Life For Me…”