There’s Always An Asshole…

Happy Tuesday!! I filmed nights all week last week and just couldn’t find the time to write. It wasn’t insane hours type of nights. We started at 1PM everyday and we were done by midnight. Monday was the only day we started at 8 but the other 4 days were all nights starting at 1. However they were all 12 hours or less so that overtly exhausted feeling that one feels after doing 5 14-15 hour days was non existent…at least to me. I got out at midnight on Friday and still felt like I would be able to go get a drink if I wasn’t filming in the middle of nowhere and the bars didn’t start shutting down at 1AM which is about when I got back home. People on the crew though definitely acted the same way they would if they had put in a 60 plus hour week. Which is odd and got me thinking if people are really tired or just so use to saying they are tired that they mindlessly every day go on and on about how tired they are. I do believe that most people just constantly complain about work and being tired because it’s just what most people do at work. Everyone can relate to being tired or unhappy at work and those are easy conversation starters and I think some people just say the shit at times as part of their daily routine. I use to do it too. I remember years ago there was a day when someone asked me how I was and I said “Exhausted”. We spoke for a few minutes after that and as soon as they walked away I though to myself “I’m not exhausted at all. Why’d I say that?”. This is the type of shit that goes on in my head all day long. Welcome. Lets get into this shall we?

It’s been a while since I told a story on here but I got one today! Alright so a few weeks ago I worked on a Non Union show. I haven’t worked on one of these in quite some time as the last 3-4 years of my life have all been taken up by Union TV shows and the occasional regular to big budget movie that’s filming in town. I quickly learned or I should say was reminded that the lower the budget the more unhappy assholes there typically tends to be on the crew. I’m talking about those people who walk around and you know you’ve never seen them smile. They just have RBF from the moment they step out of their car. They say shit like “Do you know how long I’ve been doing this?” a lot and use it as a reason for why they know it all and shall not be questioned. These assholes come in all ages, genders and races too. The unhappiness gets to many in our business and honestly while it’s sad it also pisses me off that most people let these people get away with this nonsense.

Alright so back to what I was saying…This crew that I was working with was actually pretty asshole free given its scale and that’s always a good thing. People that are unhappy assholes on set make everything that much more unpleasant and that is a terrible thing. Because if you are working full-time and in a position that requires you to deal with these assholes you know that you are going to have to do that for the duration of the project and that can at times be enough to make you question all of your career choices. I had only been on this show for 2 days before I met what I’m starting to suspect was the only asshole on that show because everyone else was great. This person is a prop master and while our incident was short it was the perfect example of these unhappy assholes that continue to work in our business because they know someone that’ll hire them. I was actually happy that this happen because as many of you know one of the reasons I started this blog was to discuss people and when they act in these ridiculous ways. People that clearly want to believe that we are curing cancer instead of making a movie.

SO…we were filming at a department store and one of the prop guys showed me where he had put the cast chairs. I always show the cast to their chairs as this is part of my job. I then realized that there was better seating placement for the chairs and asked him if he could move them. Then I thought “Shit, I’m an asshole. Let me just offer to move them.” You know, I wanted to “help”. Why in the Fuck did I think of doing that? I asked him if he wanted me to move them so he could continue working on whatever else he had to do because I mean after all it’s JUST A FUCKING CHAIR…and he said “Sure”. I then pick up the chairs and as I turn the corner The Prop Nazi…I mean Prop Master comes up and says…I’ll write this out in dialog form:

Prop Master: Drop the chairs. Why are you moving the chairs?

Me: I found a better spot for them and asked your assistant if I could help moving them.

Prop Master: Props moves the chairs.

Me: I know and I would not move anything without asking and that’s what I did.

Prop Master: Props moves the chairs. You wouldn’t move a ballast.

At this moment I realized that this person ignored everything I said and like a fucking cyborg repeated “Props moves the chairs.” twice now. I can spot an asshole instantly and my radar went off as soon as this lunatic said “Put down the chairs.” like he was a cop and I was holding a weapon. I walked away immediately and after calming down and gathering my thoughts I went to the UPM to let them know what had happen and that if it happen again I would kindly just go home. I’ve said this multiple times and will continue to as long as I shall live. I don’t need any job where I feel disrespected. There’s too many great and wonderful people to work with to even consider putting up with these assholes for a few hours. Sure he still worked there but I did see the UPM address it right after I brought it up. More people should do that. NO one out there is above anyone. It’s a title given to them by their boss who was given their title by their boss and so on and so forth. Some bosses worked for their position and some were given it. Bottom line, we are all employees of someone and no one has the right to disrespect anyone else and when this type of shit happens it’s your right and responsibility to speak up and if it costs you your job then you speak up even louder.

Shortly after telling the UPM I of course did what I feel most of us do and I IMDBed this special person to see what he had worked on. As soon as I saw the list of people he had worked with his assholeness made so much more sense. Assholes for the most part like to travel in groups and after some light searching on this persons name I found him linked to Joe Ptyka. A notorious commercial director and renowned asshole. Everyone knows he’s an asshole and yet they continue to give him work. Sadly rewarding bad behavior is a specialty in our industry and one we will soon get into here on the site at another time because this post is now over!

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-PEACE

Experience Over Money…

Happy Tuesday! How was everyones long weekend? I apologize to those that had to work yesterday. I had BBQ all 3 days. Which is one of my favorite food groups….Yes…I consider BBQ a food group in my life. HA! I don’t believe I have ever had anything off a grill that I did not enjoy. Veggies, Fruit, Crab, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Bacon, Pizza…mmmmmm! It’s all simply amazing. I think I may gill some chicken breast today as a mater of fact. I mean I’ve already gone 3 days might as well keep the streak going. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

I realized the other day when a friend of mine hooked me up with a job that I have never written about some of the rules that I set for myself when I began working in this business. These rules that I slowly built on over the years have helped me keep a sane mind about this business. The reason my rules even popped up in my head was because this gig was breaking one of them however it also brought another one of my rules into the same argument so I thought I’d write about it. Shortly after accepting the gig I asked my buddy about the payroll company and he let me know that it takes this company a month to pay out. This was a deal breaker for me. One of my rules is that I don’t work for companies that take more than the customary in every other FUCKING business in this country 2 weeks to pay me. If some of you are wondering how long that rule has been working for me in the 12 years I’ve been in this business I will say that have not worked on show that did not pay me weekly in the last 5 years. WEEKLY! How a company gets away with taking a month to pay its employees is beyond me. However one of my other rules that came into play during this current situation was that I don’t back out of job. Once I agree to work on something I am committed. I don’t jump off shows. Now if a gigantic opportunity arises say I’m working on a 3 day show and I get called for a 3 month show I would first ask if I can miss the 3 days on the 3 month show and if not then I would talk to my boss on the 3 day gig and see what they say. If they say they need me those 3 days then I’m there because like I said, I don’t back out of gigs. If that costs me the 3 month gig then so be it. I’ve been doing this a long time and I now another show will pop up. I won’t sit there and whine about losing the 3 month gig like so many do. It’s work, get the Fuck over it. Some people miss out on jobs and complain like they lost a puppy if they don’t get it. I will say this though, I don’t work for anyone who would advise me not to take that 3 month gig and if I ever did then I would never work for that person again after that because if they are willing to hold me back from a potential better opportunity for myself, in this example the 3 month gig then I don’t want to work for that person. I like working for people who want everyone to succeed not just themselves. I think if more people had rules of their own they wouldn’t have such a sour taste about this industry in their mouth but unfortunately many chase the money in this business before chasing the experience, which is the rule I want to elaborate on.

I don’t chase money. I don’t know why that is such a far-fetched concept to everyone in my life but to date every time I tell this to someone this they look at me like I’m from Mars. I get the allure of money. It fills our life up with nice stuff, vacations, shelter…everything really. One definitely needs money to live which is very unfortunate because there are many that will never have money and millions that die because of it around the world. Money is the root of all evil may be one of the truest sayings ever. I have first hand witnessed people change once they started making better money. I’ve seen good people morph into shallow terrible representations of their formal selves once they stopped having to constantly check on their bank account to see if they can make that impulse buy. It sucks. I don’t like what it does to some people and I think that’s why I have always been reluctant to let money be a driving force in my life, like most do. This is odd for me because money is always one topic that most people can relate to when talking to one another. There’s many sayings like “As long as you’re getting paid” and “I’m just here to collect a check” that I could never relate to. Sure I’ve done it from time to time but over the years I’ve slowly stopped having to rely on jobs that made me feel like I was just there to get paid and instead were jobs that I enjoyed the simple experience of being there. So when I realized years ago that I would rather have a better experience on a gig than worry about the money I was getting paid this made my decision on which shows to take a bit easier. This rule also helped me avoid working with people who I did not enjoy working alongside which I find many people do. There are hundreds if not thousands of people in this business right now working for bosses that they absolutely hate but that continue to hire them and so they feel they can’t say no. FUCK THAT! Say no! I’m just saying there is no amount of money that is going to buy back your sanity if you let this business destroy it.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate you spending some time here reading some of my madness. I hope you all have a fantastic week and make sure to stop by on Friday for an all NEW “Fuck It Friday” post that may but will probably have nothing to do with the industry as I’m trying to venture out into new territory by blogging about broader topics. Alright everyone be good and till next time…

-PEACE

Dress The Part

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are you? Things in my world are alright. I’m still enjoying the freedom of not having a weekly job. I have worked a few days..TWO…here and there but besides that I’ve just been basking in me time. I wake up and go to sleep at all ridiculous hours. I have no set eating schedule and rarely make plans that fill up my entire day. It’s what I hope my life could always be. Unfortunately money is the one factor that always fucks that up because just existing costs money. So I’m sure sometime soon I’ll find a more consistent level of employment…we’ll see. Anyhow, let’s get into this shall we?

I remember when they introduced uniforms at my elementary school. I was NOT happy with that decision. I fucking hated wearing a uniform. At the time I wasn’t thinking about the benefits of school uniforms. It actually wasn’t till I was an adult that I even noticed all the good they can do in a school environment. I’m not going to get into the details here but this is a good topic for the podcast that I will address next Monday. Alfredo will be joining me again for those that listen to the show. Yes, I just plugged my podcast midway through my blog post. It’s my website I do what I want to. HA! Back to the uniforms, I just hated that they were so formal looking. I’ve never been a fan of formal wear and not because I’m a slob. Don’t get me wrong when it’s getting dressed up time, I will happily dress up for the part. I enjoy looking so fresh and so clean clean in a bad ass tux or suit for formal gatherings as much as anyone. However I’m generally not a fan of it all the time because it’s not comfortable. If I have to choose between Sandals and Kicks I will always go with the Sandals. I like shorts and I fucking LOVE t-shirts. I own so many t-shirts that I once worked on a 3 month show where I never wore the same shirt twice. I’ve never counted but just off this little experiment one can gauge that I have at least 90 shirts. I actually had to cut myself off from buying them because I was buying 2-3 shirts a week at one point. The point of all this is that if I had a job that enforced a dress code that required me to be in a button up and slacks all the time I would probably end my life. I remember when I was a kid I had a job at Sears where I had to wear a button shirt, slacks and a fucking tie all the time. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t want to just hang myself every time that blasted thing went around my neck.

There is no dress code in the Film Industry and it’s one of my favorite aspects about this crazy world. Sure there are some exceptions like many live shows that require you to wear black so you can just blend into the darkness and not be seen by the crowd but for the most part one can wear anything they want. If there was an over all outfit that I would say most the people I work alongside wear all the time it would probably be a shirt and cargo shorts or pants. I think that is the goto film crew look. That would be followed by shirt and jeans. Then of course there’s everything else that I’ve seen people wear on set over the years. I’ve seen people wear kilts, chaps, dusters, tuxedos, formal dresses, all types of hats. Just all types of clothing options that one would never think they would see in a “working” environment. I’ve seen wardrobe stylist and dressers wear some of the coolest outfits I have ever seen in person on set.

I will say this though, there is definitely a “look” that most people adopt once they get into certain departments that once you’ve been in the business for a while are very easy to identify. For example, there is what I like to call the Producer/Higher Up look. Which entails a nice suit jacket, button shirt and jeans. It’s the, I want to be formal but also look cool at the same time look. Grips, Electrics and Production all usually embrace the Shirt/Cargo look because those pockets come in handy for all the shit we carry. However as far as Production there is some variations amongst them. There is for example those 1st A.Ds that like to dress up. They’ll come to set rocking a button down, long sleeve shirt, jeans and boots like they’re about to hit the bar for the night. This is usually the DP’s look and honestly I think some 1st are just jealous and want to show that they too can dress up. 2nd AD’s usually follow whatever their 1st does and in most instances where I’ve worked with a nice dressing 1st their go to 2nd is like their mini version. Since I work in Production I’ve seen a few PA’s become A.D’s, Camera Assistants, Producers Assistants and I must say I do enjoy watching peoples transformations. I’ve seen many go from they’re comfy cloths to what I call the stuffy look. I enjoy watching people do this because it’s something that I know I could never do. I have never changed my wardrobe for anyone or anything. It’s just not in me. I actually don’t think I could ever work in an environment that would try to control what I wore. I’m not saying there is anyone telling these people they need to change their style. I think some people just feel it’s something they need to do because everyone does it. It’s that dress for that job you want not the job you have way of thinking. That saying doesn’t really work in this business because the higher up you are doesn’t nessesarily  mean that they want to dress up and don’t. I would love to Direct some day and if I was to dress up like a Director one could argue that I already do. Casual as Fuck.

 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I hope you have a fantastic week and make sure to come back again to check out New and Older post soon.

-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. Continue reading “Army Of One…”

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. Continue reading “Pointless Tasks…”

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…”

I’m Not Doing That…

Friday everyone. It’s finally Friday. Another week of film making in the books that most likely ran about 10 hours over because we’re stubborn and won’t settle for less than 12 hours of work. That’s the normality we choose to continue to embrace. Why? Continue reading “I’m Not Doing That…”

Little Boxes…

Happy Tuesday friends old and new. How are you? Did you have a good weekend? I watched Thor: Ragnorok, AMAZING! I went to a wrap party. It was ok, food was great but my plus one vanished for a while so a bit lame. I did get a fare amount of sleep which is always nice. Did you rest up for another fun filled week of film making? Continue reading “Little Boxes…”

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!!…”

Working In The Elements…

Happy Friday! How is everyone on this fine day? I’m fucking pumped that it’s Friday because I worked all week. I know you may just be like “So?” but I haven’t been working 5 days a week lately and when I do I realize that I don’t miss it and that it’s not how I want the rest of my life to go. I’m not a fan of routine for too long and I think I’ve grown tired of the “Usual” 5 day work week. Continue reading “Working In The Elements…”