Those That Do, Should Not Teach…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? This guy here is on vaca for at least this week and enjoying every moment of it. I’ve gone swimming 3 day in a roll and been rather productive in the creating aspect of my life. Which nowadays is a lot of Plotagraphs, Photoshops, Cinemagraphs, Podcasts, Blogs…I think I want to try to paint something. I’ve never been a fan of oil painting but then again I’ve never done it outside of school but something lately just keeps telling me I should try to paint something. What? I don’t know..but something. I think I just have this pent-up energy to make something with my hands lately. I need some type of physical art expression to take up some of my time. I also have this old-looking chest that I bought at a garage sale because I have a strange attraction to old-looking chest and it reminded me of the chest that Gizmo the Mogwai in Gremlins came in that I wanted to try to make some Gremlin arms coming out of it. I know, I’m weird. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

I think there is this misconception amongst bosses/managers in every industry to be honest that your employees also make good trainers for positions in your company and I just want to tell you that this is an absolute bullshit assumption. Someone should not just be given the responsibility of being someones “Trainer” or “Teacher” because they’ve done the job. There are reasons that there are jobs for teachers and trainers. Just because someone has done a job for years on end does not mean that they are able to train someone else how to do that job. The reason I’m bringing this up is because in my line of work I very often watch people who should not be teaching a fucking thing try to pass on their stupid to others because they are “training” them supposedly. A particular troublesome dynamic that I can speak about personally is the one held between the A.D (Assistant Director) and the DGA Trainee or PA.

DGA Trainees and most PA’s eventually become A.D’s so essentially the (A.D’s) are in charge of training them. There is multiple problems with this, too many to mention or possibly dissect in one post here but we need to start somewhere so let me write about the Trainee/A.D relationship. I’ve worked and seen many A.D’s try and teach terrible lessons and habits to Trainees. Which is tough in a Trainees position because as a PA if you think what your being taught is shit you just don’t pay it any mind and keep trucking. However the Trainee is in a tougher spot because even if what the A.D is trying to teach them is complete garbage they need to at least make that A.D think that they are going along with it because that A.D will eventually have to evaluate that Trainee and they don’t want to make the A.D think that they are not listening. One would think “Well why doesn’t the Trainee just explain to the A.D that what they’re saying is incorrect?” but that’s highly unlikely. Don’t be offended if you’re an A.D because I’m not speaking about all of them obviously. I don’t know every single Assistant Director out there. However I find that almost always have this smug attitude towards the Trainee. I know that they see themselves as these people’s teachers..mentors…keepers..or whatever the Fuck they think and much like a Parent and their Child, the parent is NEVER wrong. The problem with this way of thinking is that EVERYONE is wrong from time to time. Parents at times are wrong and are reluctant to admit it out of some odd…pride…I don’t know what causes them to do this but all I know is that I see the A.D/Trainee dynamic just like a Parent/Child relationship. The A.D is never wrong because they are the Teacher/Parent and the Trainee is the Student/Child. It’s really a fucked up situation to be honest and something that I feel is a problem simply because stupid does spread.

I mean people have been acting this way for years and bosses are always going to rather train new staff with employees that they are already employing instead of hiring a qualified trainer or teacher whose job it is to teach because they, like many are cheap. Which is a problem but alright I get it. I don’t agree with it or understand picking your greed over properly preparing someone who will work for you one day but that’s besides the point. Then why not at the very least have the person that you chose to train others have to go to some type of class before they train anyone. Or if that is too my much maybe have some type of training manual that they can follow. I just don’t think people should be handed the responsibility of training someone else without having some type of training themselves in training or someone observing their training to make sure that they are teaching the other person correctly.

Alright I think I’ve gone on about this long enough. Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Have an excellent rest of your week and make sure to stop by again next week or check out one of my podcasts that I post every Monday. I just recently posted Episode 75 that you can check out here at We’re Not Rolling, on iTunes or Soundcloud. Just look up The Toke Talking Podcast. You can also just google The Toke Talking Podcast and you’ll get all these listening sources. I use to do a Friday post and I may start doing them again now that I have time off but I’m not making any promises. I want to…it’s just all about timing. Take care everyone!

-PEACE

Trainee Pledges…

Happy Muthafuckin’ FRI-DAY!! I hope you had a great week at life and at work but mostly life. Life should always come before work I always say. I know it sounds tough because well..you need money to live that life but it’s really more of a way of thinking. Continue reading “Trainee Pledges…”

STEPAGE!!…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are you? How was your weekend? I had a rather uneventful one myself. It rained almost all weekend and that was reason enough for me to stay dry and indoors. Continue reading “STEPAGE!!…”

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…”

Right Job, Wrong Place…

Happy muthafuckin Thursday!! How was your weekend? I’ve been busy the last 2 days but I’m at work today and finally found some time to write this thing up. I know it’s been a bit of a low post month here at We’re Not Rolling but don’t worry I promise to make up for lost weeks sometime in 2018. Continue reading “Right Job, Wrong Place…”

That’s Fucked Up…

Happy Tuesday!! I know, I know. I’ve been seriously missing in action the last few weeks. I attempted to write this up last week and then I ended up working all week and I just could not find enough time to balance work, writing and sleeping. Sleeping is the most important of those because I refuse to be tired when the hours of rest are available to me. Continue reading “That’s Fucked Up…”

Seasoned Fools…

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. Continue reading “Seasoned Fools…”

The Price Of Loyalty…

Happy Friday everyone! How are you? Is today your last day before the Christmas break? Were you on one of those “special” shows that made people work right up to 2 days before Christmas eve so that you have to now squeeze all your shopping into one day and pay the highest possible airline rate to fly back home? Continue reading “The Price Of Loyalty…”

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…”

Only In The Movies…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How is the week treating you thus far? I was off yesterday and spent most the day decorating for the Christmas holiday. I played loud Christmas music for about 3 hours and started laying the ground work. I still have plenty more to do but I had to write this thing, ¬†Monday night football, Mary Jane and hunger all demanded my immediate attention. I’ll have some days this week, the weekend and I may be off all next week, so plenty of time to finish decorating. I’m guessing like most in this business this may be the last week of work for your respected show or film. I know most film industry gigs start shutting down for the holidays. It usually is pretty quiet around here for about 2 weeks. I’m looking forward to it. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

Last week I watched the movie “Rough Night”. It’s not very good but that’s not why I’m writing. If you’ve not watched the film it’s about a bachelorette¬†trip that a group of woman take to Miami, which also happens to be my home town. In the movie shortly after boarding their plane they show an establishing shot of a plane flying over what seems like a replica of the famous Hollywood sign here in Los Angeles that sits on the Hollywood Hills. I’ve also seen this similar sign in the “Bad Boys” movies since they too take place in Miami. My problem with this, THERE IS NO FUCKING SIGN! That sign is a prop that these films have rented out in order to get this shot for their film and I just really don’t understand why. As an aspiring film maker myself I honestly just find it extremely lazy. Miami is an entire city with so many land marks and instead of doing some actual research you choose to just make up a sign like the one they have in Hollywood. I don’t understand the thinking behind it and that’s what drives me insane. As the film maker are you just trying to tell your audience that every city is just like hollywood and has giant sign to represent itself. I can only imagine the amount of tourist that get in Lyfts, Ubers and Taxis and asked them if they could stop by the giant Miami sign near the airport.

I mean I get it, it’s all movie making and imaginative but I just don’t see the sense in shit decisions like this. As a Floridian another misconception that the films has brought my crazy ass state is this thought that it never rains in Miami. I can understand someones misunderstanding when they first visit Miami and experience hourly thunderous downpours interrupted by almost faint inducing heat waves instead of the beautiful days of sunshine that movies have established is the norm in the sunshine state. I mean I don’t blame them, even the nickname “The Sunshine State” is a bit misleading.

I hear people all the time complaining about their cities and countries are being misrepresented in the entertainment business. I would like to think that they do it because it helps the show or film better story wise but I just don’t understand how faking a landmark helps the story. At the very least if they would have had a fight scene at the sign and blown it up but just to use it as an establishing shot is weird ok. I know this may be bothering me more than it should but it does. I guess what bugs me is that I know people do shit like this just because they are lazy. They are lazy and they don’t do the research about it and so they make up shit instead. I’ve worked on quite a few shows out here in LA that are supposed to take place in Miami. In those shows we would often have cars driving around and I always find myself telling the prop department that is in charge of placing fake license plates on the cars that in Florida we don’t have double tags on the vehicles. We only have one tag in the rear of the car and that’s it. Still till this date you’ll watch a show that takes place in Florida but filmed elsewhere and look at the cars driving around you’ll see double plates. Do some research everyone or at the very least just ask someone who lives there is all I’m trying to say. Some of the people I work with get so bent out of shape over the smallest of details but big noticeable crap like this is ok? Consistency everyone, let’s just try and have some consistency.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Please make sure to check out The Toke Talking Podcast that aired yesterday and every Monday. It’s not exclusively aimed at the Film Industry but I do touch on the subject often plus it’s always guaranteed to bring you a laugh or two. Have a great week and don’t forget to stop by on Friday for my Post before the weekend.

-PEACE