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…”

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…”

Acting Normal…

Happy Friday everyone! How are you on this after Thanksgiving Food Coma Friday? Did you roll out of bed yet because I sure have not and ┬ádon’t plan to till about noon. I’m still in bed as I type away next to my snoring dog Munchie Bear…yes, his last name is Bear. Continue reading “Acting Normal…”

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

Walkie Check…

Happy Tuesday everyone!! How are you doing on this fabulous day? It’s currently Monday in my world and I’m filming down at Zuma beach again today. That’s now twice in the span of a month where I film down here and get to spend the day at the beach. I have to say it’s official, this is definitely one of my favorite places to film. I mean what is there not to love, you got the ocean breeze, the sound of the crashing waves and people everywhere hanging out enjoying the sun. Everyone is happy. It’s not often that you see some unhappy Fuck at the beach. Think about it…I’ve spent the day just relaxing on the sand watching this family of dolphins go back and forth in the water. Alright enough about my lovely working conditions let’s get into this shall we?

The Walkie or Walkie Talkie as most folks may know it is a crucial part of our business because its our main source of communication. When I tell that to people who don’t work in the business or “Bogies” as I like to call them they always seem surprised. I guess when people think walkies they think only people like the police or fireman would use those. Well we use them too because there’s way too many of us to be calling each other on the phone all day, it would be extremely inefficient. We already do inefficient pretty well, no need to add another challenge. I do hear from the folks that have been in the business for a while that before walkies they just use to yell at each other. Hahaha! Can you imagine? I’m Cuban, I always sound like I’m yelling. So every department has their own channel and when used right the Walkie can be a great tool in film making. However there really is no Walkie training one just learns the lingo and how to use it along the way. This is a mistake because people for the most part are Fucking idiots. All it takes is one idiot to show the new idiot how to wrongly use the Walkie and from then on they will form that dumb habit that will go on to annoy people all over the industry. Some people might bring it up and help him get over the habit but most will just live with it. So I wanted to write this post in hopes of pointing out some of the annoying, moronic and just plain stupid shit that some people do on Walkie.

Now I work in production so I can only go on about the recurring problems that we have on channel 1. I’m sure the other departments have their own stories of stupidity but these are strictly based on working in the production department. First off there’s the person that chooses to immediately press the Walkie button and start speaking no matter what is happening on the radio. This is usually the 1st AD. No matter what is going on over the radio if they need something they will usually step all over the person talking to make their needs known. Now I get it, I know the 1st AD is on a schedule and trying to move things along and that we are their to help him with that mission. That means that whenever he asks for something we get it. The problem with knowingly stepping on people is that at times either the beginning of your transmission won’t come through or none of it will. This is a problem because if you need something we may not have heard it. I know that the 1st always has to be able to chime in but I think it would help a bit if instead of just pushing the Walkie button and Talking they said something like “Breaker Breaker!” I know a few 1st that use that technique. That way it gives a buffer to the beginning of your transmission and gives everyone a second to stop talking and listen.

Next there is the what I like to call “M.C-A.D”. This is the person that does not clip their walkie mic to their shirt and therefore palms the thing, brings it way to close to their mouth like an M.C in a rap battle EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. they speak. I wish I could say that the amount of people who have this habit is small but I just can’t lie. There is a lot of mic mouthing going on in the business. This is why I always recommend that everyone at least once in their film industry career carry a second walkie or like we call it “A side arm” and listen to yourself for a day. I guarantee that you will never bring the mic that close to your mouth again. There is definitely people out there that don’t clip and have learned the range of where the mic has to be but those people are far and few in between.

Lastly there are the people who come to ask you to do something that they can do just as easy on the walkie but ask you for a reason that is still beyond me. SO, here’s an example the other day I had the 2nd A.D come up to me and ask me where the Wardrobe person was. I looked at him for a moment to try to see if there was something more to the task but when there wasn’t I jumped on the radio and asked for them. They answered and I told them to go to channel 2 for the 2nd AD he thanked me as he walked away and switched to channel 2 to speak with them. Now why he couldn’t just do that all himself, I have no idea. I do have that shit happen often enough that I had to write about it. I guess one can argue that it’s a power trip thing but some of the people who have done this are certainly not power-hungry people. It’s just weird right? Anyhow there is seriously several more I can go on about but I’ll save them for another day.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate you spending sometime here and hope I brought you with a laugh or two. As I mentioned last week beginning tomorrow and every Wednesday there will be a NEW writer and NEW section here on the site. It’ll be called “The Corner” and will be lead by my long time friend Alfredo. Have a great week everyone.

-PEACE

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….”

MEDIC! Non Emergency…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? Do you remember it or is it a distant foggy drunk memory? I actually did get out to a bar this weekend for a few beers. I don’t drink much anymore so a “few” is usually only 2 but they were delicious. Beer, the drink of the gods. HAHAHA! Well it looks like my summer vacay is about to come to an end. I work all this week and plan to start working at least 4 days a week from here till December when the town goes dark for the holidays. That is unless I get on a gig at which point I’ll be working 5 days a week. I’ve never tried to maintain a 4 day work week and being that I’m not committed to a show yet I thought this would be the perfect time to try it. I like the concept of it because it’s almost an even split between days off and working. We’ll see how it works out and I’ll keep you all posted because I know it sounds super interesting right? HA! Let’s get into this shall we?

Alright off the bat let me bring all those that may not have the luxury (Hahaha) of working in our beloved industry up to speed. On every set…mostly every set (I’m looking at you Non Union world) there is always a Medic. This person is who we go to if there’s an emergency like someone falling off of something OR for something as small as paper cut from a Call Sheet. They are trained medical professionals that keep us safe and healthy on set. Pretty great right? They come equipped with band aids, all the over counter drugs you can think of and a great attitude. I’ve not worked with an angry Medic yet. I guess that says something about the profession and about just helping people in general.

So the reason I wanted to talk about Medics is because I had a story to share with you all today. I know, please try to contain your excitement. So a few years back I was on a show where this Grip that was in a scissor lift came down, made his way to the office and started going on about being dehydrated. We immediately called the Medic who rushed to the office to help this dude out. As the Medic checked all his vitals and we got him some water he started to cool down. The guy then told the medic that he started feeling dizzy and dehydrated. He also said that he had some discomfort in his chest. When the Medic heard this he told the guy that he should go to the hospital. The guy as many people do became a bit apprehensive and clearly did not want to go to the emergency room. The Medic though was very persistent and eventually talked him into it. He explained that anytime there’s any chest pain one should go check it out. That makes sense, there’s a lot of important organs in that area.

Now when anyone from set is sent to the hospital they usually send someone from production with them just in case they need anything and let’s be honest, who wants to go to the hospital alone? I’m not sure why but during my time in this business I’ve accompanied many people who have been sent to the hospital from set. Is that strange that I’m always the hospital side kick? Hmmm…Moving on! So this guy and I jump in a van and head over to the closest hospital. We get there about five minutes later, get this dude all checked in and I hang in the waiting room. Thirty-Forty minutes later the nurse comes out and tells me that I can go back to talk to him. I go in the room and he looks great. He’s up and talking and he tells me that he was good. I didn’t want to ask too much because well, I’m just a co-worker. He told me his wife was on the way and that I should head back to set. I really wish I could’ve just gone home and called it a day at that point but I went back to set. I jumped in the van and put in my usual request of going to Vegas with the driver but as is always the case he just laughed and drove us back to set.

The moment that I jump out of the Van one of the other Grips comes up and asks me how long ago I had left the hospital. I tell him about 10 minutes ago and what he told me next was till this day one of those shocking surreal moments where everything just stops. He tells me that the guy had a minor heart attack, died and then resuscitated. I was shocked but relieved to find out that he was ok now and in stable condition but I must’ve literally missed this heart attack by mere minutes. I don’t know what I would’ve done. I mean honestly he was in the best place to have a heart attack, the hospital and I doubt I would’ve done anything to help his not having it but after that day I promised myself that I would never leave anyone at the hospital alone again. I’ll never forget that day.

I also learned that day that NO ONE should ever be stubborn about your health. I use to be a very stubborn person and always insisting that I was ok. However we must let that go and think clearly in these types of situations. Especially when anyone with any type of medical background makes a suggestion. I’ve seen many people get hurt on set and just try to shake it off. It’s never been anything serious but this particular situation was a perfect example of how something small can turn out to be something bigger. This guy just thought that he was dehydrated and when we finally got word about what happen we found out that he had blood clot that had clogged one of his arteries and shut down his heart. The doctor said that if he had not been at the hospital he would’ve died on set. That’s some pretty terrifying shit everyone. Look I love this business but this is definitely not the place I want to die. I would rather pass away in my sleep or surrounded by family and friends not surrounded by Sky Lights and C-Stands.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. This may have just been another story here but I really do hope that some of you out there read this and try to think twice about your health and well-being before the pay check. I feel that a lot of people I work with put way more than they should into this business and it’ll catch up to you eventually if you don’t take care of yourselves. I just want you all to be safe out there, I’m just a concerned fellow crew guy. Have a great week and don’t forget to stop by on Friday for an all new post.

-PEACE

Can I Take Your Order…

I almost started off with Happy Friday, I was ready to start the weekend all over again. That just goes to show you where my heads at. I’m actually about to go on a mini vaca down to Miami for my Abuelas 90th Birthday. 90!! How amazing is that? Continue reading “Can I Take Your Order…”

The Love/Hate Continues…

Happy Friday! How did the week treat you? Did anything exciting happen? Did anyone lose their shit for absolutely no reason at all on set? I did work today (Thursday), it was very…very hot. Continue reading “The Love/Hate Continues…”

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…”