Happy Tuesday…Wednesday! A late as hell Wednesday post at that. It’s that holidays…well not really…it’s currently that time in between Christmas and New Years that no one can explain. I mean I guess there’s many people that went back to work already but in our line of work the town is still quiet. Everything will usually get back up and going after the New Year. I love this time off because my life abides by no time. I wake up at all crazy hours and sleep as much as I want. I’ll wake up at 4AM to walk the dog and then start watching a movie till I knock out. Wake up again at maybe 8AM, walk the dog, eat breakfast and then knock out again and wake up sometime around noon and start my day. I just find that time is just not important in my life when work isn’t part of it. So because of this time schedule I got going on I ended up posting late…a day late. Hahaha! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Alright now that I’ve gone on about my lazy ass time off schedule let’s get into this shall we?
The one thing that I continually find astonishing in this business is that someone can be a complete fool and be the absolute worse at doing their job but still maintain a steady job with no demotions or repercussions. We work in an industry where someone can completely fail upwards. While there is MANY people who work their asses off to get their job titles I believe that there is equal if not more people in positions that were just handed to them. Political hires are what we call them. Jobs that are given to someone because they know someone or they have money and bought they position which is also quite common in our business. I mean honestly if you are wealthy becoming a film producer only requires you to find a film/show to finance and boom, you’re a producer. This can be awesome because it can lead to new and innovative ways to look at film making if the person has good ideas that our film making minds hadn’t thought about. I do feel that sometimes our techniques could use a little polishing and a person that has never worked on a film may be able to see some holes in our process. Like why in the hell 12 hours is still the daily standard. However it can also go the opposite way and the person can just be a fucking monkey wrench in the entire process with their crazy unreasonable requests or suggestions. And the way it works in this business unfortunately is that those people in those positions that are terrible at their job are still smart enough to hire people under them that are way better at not only their job but also the job of said Boss and end up covering up and taking care of all their mistakes. So what happens is that the person that is in charge (We’ll call them Boss X) ends up looking like they are doing a fantastic job and a fucking all-star to person that hired them (We’ll call them Head Hancho) because of the people who Boss X hired (We’ll call them Crew). Boss X then just continues their career for years being praised by his Head Hanchos but still being absolute shit at their jobs. The Crew will never out them because most fear that they will lose their job or be black listed for going up against Boss X.
I’ve written about people being given their positions before but what brought on this particular post was that I always find it very amusing when these people who clearly were handed their job and can’t do it pull out the “I’ve been doing this a long time” excuse for why they assume they are right about something. I’m positively sure that there are people in this business right now that have been in a position of power for 20-30 years and are absolute shit at their job but have surrounded themselves with people who cover for them. Because of this reason when people in these positions say shit like “I’ve been doing this a long time” it means absolutely nothing at all to anyone that knows and has been in this business for a while. This circus does not require any type of time-table that I know of to hold these positions that are handed to people. I’ve seen this happen several times and in many different departments. I’ve been on crews where someone below Boss X offered up a suggestion for how to do something more efficiently and Boss X went against it just because he insisted that his way was the way it’s always been done and no need to fix what isn’t broken. This was Boss X first job with that title and it was a clear decision based on their ego. Because what kind of dumbass logic is that? While it makes sense that something that is working should not be tampered with ignoring a better and more efficient way to get the same or more work done is just fucking stubborn and stupid. I think that a good Boss or just a good person in general never resorts to such lame excuses as “I’ve been doing this a long time” as a reason why others should believe or follow what you’re saying. Trust me if you’ve been doing it as long you say everyone around you already knows so there’s no need to bring it up. However the real problem I have with this statement is that it seems to insinuate that since you’ve been doing this for a long time you know everything there is to know about it which is total bullshit. We can spend our entire lives dedicated to something and NEVER fully understand it because time is ever-changing and usually brings change to everything around us. I think that we need to continue learning everyday and never assume that we know everything about anything because of a timetable that we decided was long enough to make us the all-knowing about a particular subject.
Alright I’m done. Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling everyone. If you’ve not checked out this weeks Toke Talking Podcast make sure you do. It’s a little change from the constant rambling of film industry topics that I do on here. Instead you can listen to me go on about a ton of other subjects instead. Have a great rest of your week and make sure to stop by on Friday for my last post before 2018!
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…”
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 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.
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.
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…”
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…”
Happy Friday! I just worked a full week for the first time in 4 months. That’s crazy…I mean I wasn’t planning on it working out that way. If you read the blog weekly you would know that I thought I was going back on a show that well…I didn’t. So here I am in the world of the unknown, jumping from show to show. It gets so crazy at times that I forget exactly what it is that I’m on. Continue reading “Caring Doesn’t Pay…”
Hello, welcome to We’re Not Rolling Old and New visitors. How was your weekend? I had both a good and bad weekend. Let’s get to the bad first because well..it always sucks. It was bad because I have lots of family and friends in Florida that stayed there for Irma. This fucking Hurricane gave me the most stressful 10 days I believe I’ve ever had. I was really worried about everyone. Continue reading “Right Place, Right Time….”