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…”

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…”

Union Vs Non Union…FIGHT….

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….”

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

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

 

 

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…”

Caring Doesn’t Pay…

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…”

Right Place, Right Time….

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….”

No One Reads the Callsheet…

Happy Tuesday humans!! And any other living organisms that might be able to read this and doing so in hiding from the human race because you’re secretly planning a global take over, you too, Happy Tuesday! How was everyone’s weekend? I didn’t do much. Actually with the exception of my Friday adventure to Redondo in search of Pictures moments and Cinemagraph inspirations I stayed home the rest of the time. I worked on some of my projects and Sunday was the Game of Thrones Premiere which was just fantastic. So overall still an excellent weekend. I seldom have terrible weekends, I always try to enjoy myself. Alright let’s get into this shall we?!

Although you’ll hear this phrase (title) often I don’t think it’s only the call sheet that Crew doesn’t read, I just don’t think people enjoy reading shit from work period. I mean when I think about it, I never really thoroughly read anything in any job that I’ve ever had. I’ll skim through it and get an understanding of what it entails but other than that..

Six words that will live on forever after this came out. Hahaha! Now I’m not an idiot, I don’t go through my life not reading anything at work. I actually learned that lesson in school when they passed out that surprise timed test that clearly states in the instructions at the top that all one must do on test is to fill in your name and everyone blew past the instructions and started doing the test. Remember that? Well I was one of the ones that read it first and didn’t start the test…or maybe I did..I forget but point is, this was a life lesson early on. So while I may not read jargon if it’s some legal document or something of actual importance I definitely read and digest all of it. However now getting back to the Call sheet, this paper is one of these non important papers that I’m speaking about and that’s why I think no one reads it or cares to. I know that as a 2nd AD that spends 10-13 hours all day talking to every department and trying to type up every little detail that’s a bit of a shit thought but you need to understand that the call sheet is not for everyone. Those that do need to read it, read it and use the information but again it’s not for everyone. Should they know how to read one, sure but some people just don’t and don’t care to learn. So instead they will ask dumb fucking questions all day instead of just reading it. People are also fucking lazy everyone. I mean I know I’m definitely guilty of this. I can be a lazy bastard sometimes but the laziness that it takes to say “I don’t want to read this. Can you just tell me?” when the information is right in your hand or could be if you just asked for a Call sheet is really an extraordinary accomplishment in all that has been lazy throughout the years. I think the greatest of the lazies would agree that this is JUST. ANOTHER. LEVEL!

You know what’s great? Is that I enjoy watching A.D’s and P.A’s get all up in arms when someone asked them something and they respond “Did you read the call sheet?” with a snarky tone. I get a kick because I don’t ever respond this way. Honestly I don’t give a shit, if you ask me for info I will not only tell you but also hand you a call sheet and show you everything else as well. I got nothing else to do..HAHAHA. But getting back to these people who get so bothered by these questions I think that little smugness that some production people give off at times tends to rub people the wrong way and then after that they do it purposely just to get under their skin for a laugh. I know that the A.D staff (NOT ALL) are usually very serious on set. I’ve mentioned it several times on here that I find them to be like the parents of the set. They are in charge of maintaining order on set and keeping that camera rolling. As some of you may know from reading my blog although that sounds like an easy enough task it’s not. Because if the Production department are the parents then they’re obviously going to need kids, i.e. the crew. All the other departments love to mess around and play pranks on each other. They give each other shit all day and treat each other pretty much how you would a good friend or a family member. The A.D staff is supposed to set the tone which obviously cannot be mayhem and since most are always so serious it’s easy to mess with them for a laugh. Asking one of these no funny bone at all production people for information that’s on the call sheet is one of the easiest pranks to play. So this is another reason why I think some people “Claim” not to read it but know exactly what’s on there.

I do read the call sheet eventually the day of but I will probably never ever read one thoroughly the day before work because I can guarantee that my job is going to be the absolute same. I know that’s not the case for every department. I know that costumes has different outfits for the actors in every scene. I know the Grips and Electrics have to light every time we move that camera. Hell I know that crafty is going to continuously surprise me with new snacks but one thing that I doubt will ever change as long as I’m a P.A is what I will do throughout the day and that’s why I find it useless to read the call sheet before I get to work. I get that information is power but this is literally just temporary info that I don’t want clogging up my head longer than it has to. I go to work, I read the call sheet, I tell people who ask me what it says and as soon as I get in my car and drive off I smoke that information right out the window with my misses M.J. I might give the CS a glance the night before just to try to figure out how long the days going to be but other than that there’s just nothing there for me.

Thank you for visiting me here at We’re Not Rolling. Where we’re NEVER rolling. I’m such an idiot sometimes but as long as it makes someone out there laugh I will keep writing it. I will like to point out that the “someone” may very well only be me but I can’t help if I make myself laugh. I think this is something that everyone should be able to do. Alright let me stop here before I go off on another one. Have an excellent week at work everyone! I’ll see you back here on Friday for a new post. Be good to each other.

-PEACE