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. I slowed down towards the end of the year and for whatever reason I just haven’t been able to time it out well. I definitely had some later than normal days last week and when I got home I had no time to write but that never stopped me before. I use to write these things at work on my phone before I had a computer and now I’ve become so accustomed to sitting down in front of the screen for and hour or two and writing at my leisure that I forgot my roots. It’s also at times been a battle with when I get ideas I don’t have time to write and forget to jot down what I want to talk about and when I have time I just haven’t felt like writing. I talk about so much shit on my podcast now that at times I feel I’m being repetitious. I know it really doesn’t matter if I am because they are 2 different platforms and only someone who listened and read all the madness I put out would even notice but still it bothers me to an extent. The Blog has been around longer and there’s way more posts than I have Podcast episodes so I do constantly struggle with the thought of repeating the same shit over and over. When this year began I had this idea to broaden the topics I discuss on here. I had already been doing that on Fridays with my “Fuck It Friday” posts but I think that rule is now going to extend itself over to Tuesdays because quite honestly I love writing and ranting on here and after 2 years of going on about the film industry here at We’re Not Rolling I think I need to look for a wider range of topics because there’s more shit I want to talk about. So buckle up everyone and come along as I change it up around here. If this doesn’t sound like a good plan to you because you were hoping for a post about the industry don’t worry, I do have one today BUT I can’t promise that it will be like that next Tuesday. Alright let’s get into this shall we?
Today I want to take sometime to thank all the one man army departments in this industry that I feel most times are very underestimated. These badass people are usually found in the Craft Service, Set Dec, Greens, Locations, Special FX and Production department. Personally I don’t feel any department should only have one person because as I’ve stated on here before, I feel the mind starts to go into cruise control right around the 10 hour mark and since we continue to allow 12 hours to be the norm in this industry that means that person is now putting themselves and those around him in danger for those 2 hours. Which we all know it usually is more like 13…14-15 if you include the commute. If there is 2 people in the department they can stagger their call times and one person will be well rested. So ultimately one can say that I feel there should always be at least 2 people in a department for safety concerns. However this is a greedy as Fuck business (as are most) and they will never see it that way. They just see another body soaking up money. Safety comes second to money in these cases. So instead these poor people at times are left with doing all types of crazy tasks alone.
The one I find the strangest is the On Set person because they are literally in charge of moving all the furniture on Set. Sure they are helped by other departments because that’s what normal people do, is help others. I mean I still don’t understand how someone can watch someone moving a couch or something heavy and not offer help or at least offer them the 30 seconds to notice it’s happening instead of standing in front of it, which happens ALL. THE. TIME. I just don’t get it. Why is someone whose job it is to not only move the furniture but also move around the entire set to accommodate the crew all alone? I want to know when in the history of cinema this was decided. I mean the grips at minimum have 3-4 people. It’s usually more like 5-6 of them. How did the Set Dec department settle on a one man crew. It just makes such little sense to me. I mean a ton of shit in this business does not but this really is just nonsense. I don’t understand why the art department hasn’t made a fuss about this and demanded a second-hand.
Craft Services is the other pretty odd one out of the group I mentioned. This one is really crazy because the craft service person is in charge of keeping us all fed with his amazing snacks. There is much more to their job but this is what I always consider their job to be. It’s an important job because if you keep people fed they generally remain happy. On top of that the Craft Service person is also are in charge of all the waste those snacks make. A typical crew is about 60-70 people SO one person to clean up after that many people just sounds like torture. I haven’t been on many shows that only have one person in this department but I have been on enough which made me want to acknowledge in this post that it does happen. There’s some cheap ass people out there.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. I appreciate every one of you out there that continues to read my material. I promise to get back to my regular routine and I look forward to bringing you all a new chapter in this crazy little world I created. Have a fantastic week and I’ll talk to you all on Friday.
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.
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…”
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…”
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…”
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!!…”
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…”
Happy Tuesday everyone! How ya doing? How was your weekend? Personally I had a great day on Saturday. I spent the day with a friend I hadn’t hung out with in a while down at the beach and we just laughed and talked up a storm for quite a few hours. Continue reading “Union Vs Non Union…FIGHT….”
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.
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!