WHATUP!!! Happy Friday everyone. Another week of film making magic in the can. That would’ve been a better pun if we still used film cans. I could go back and change it but that would require deleting everything, thinking of a new joke and in turn ruining the raw and rugged style of writing which I can only classify as the words of a lunatic asshole that doesn’t know how to write. Hmmm, New Tag Line for the website? Maybe… I actually never wanted to write. I wouldn’t consider myself a “writer”. Although after writing this thing now for a while I have kind of grown a little love for it. I can see how this could be entertaining for a living. Although the sitting at the desk all day would not be as fun. I can’t sit still for that long. Alright, let’s get into this shall we?
This week my roommates that also work in the industry like almost everyone else I know because this job consumes your life and doesn’t allow as much time to meet normal people were working nights. Yes, 4 days of night filming to be exact. Real quick, for those of you not in the circus at times we need to film certain scenes outside at nighttime and to accomplish this feat means that we shift our work hours. SO, we go to work about noon or 2PM, 4PM and then work our usual 12-13 hours. Which means that we end up getting home sometime in the early ass morning, sleep through the day and then wake up in the afternoon to go to work again. It is really a fucking insane toll on the mind and the more days you do the crazier it gets. My roommates call time today was the time that I wrapped on my show. We wrapped at 730PM. That means that these dudes won’t get home till 8-9 in the morning tomorrow. It’s really a surreal experience that jars your body every single time. It’s not only the sleep switch either. It’s also the times that we eat that Fuck with our bodies. Having dinner at 2-3 in the morning messes with my system every time so a lot of times I just won’t eat anything heavy which also is not good but I feel a little better.
Filming over nights is the reason that I do not understand how people work on shows like True Blood without going completely mad. I love the show. I was a die-hard fan of the entire series. Even towards the end where it got a little out of hand but I was there for the entire ride. However I don’t think I could ever work on a show like that. I can’t function waking up late like that for some reason. I have trouble with call times past 11PM let alone a 7PM call time. Don’t get me wrong I have done the all nighters. I’ve done a Fuck load of them, including that 23 hour music video that I talked about on here called “A Day and Night of Work...”. I remember someone I worked with once told me “You never take anything with Werewolves, Vampires or any monster that only lurks in the dark unless you want to forget what day is like.” Hahahaha. I’m not really a fan of the daytime, I like the nighttime better but I prefer to work in the morning hours.
It is fun though. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I haven’t enjoyed working over night on some craziness before because Fuck yeah I have. I might bitch a lot on here but I always try to remind you all that I do love this business. I don’t think I’d ever want to do anything else. However I am all up for changing the hours a bit to match that of a regular job. But overnight jobs can be fun depending on one important factor, the crew. If you have a fun crew that likes to have a good time then overnights are never that bad because you enjoy each others company. The mix of delirious-ness and exhaustion can get a bit silly at times which brings on the giggles. Who doesn’t like the giggles?
I haven’t done many over nights in the last few years. Many of the shows I work on lately film very quickly and for the most part keep a 7-9am call time all week. Which is perfect. I think we all wish that would be the norm across the board. The most over night action I see now a day is the occasional Fraturday here or there. A Fraturday is the name we use when we know that we are going to be filming late on Friday causing it to slip into Saturday. In case you read this website and have zero idea about what I’m talking about. Is that an Industry term? I never remember hearing it before I got in the business. Anyone else have? There I go again asking questions to which I may never get an answer to. Alright enough ramble for me for today.
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend full of shenanigans and fun. Please make sure to come back Monday Morning and check out The Toke Talking Podcast. It’s not all industry based but I do go on about work at times on there so you should check it out. I can’t write and talk about work all the time or I’d lose my fucking marbles people. Honestly today I almost finally wrote my first “Fuck It Friday” post that I keep saying I’m going to add-on here and never. I keep contemplating getting rid of the Friday industry post and going for a broader range of topics instead. Then I think I should just post them on their own day instead. Hmmmm..What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments. Take care all, talk to you next week!
Happy Tuesday folks! I totally spaced all fucking day and forgot to start this thing earlier. Which sucks because Mondays I watch 24 and Bates Motel and now I might only be able to watch one before i doze off. I KNOW! Fucking tragic right? My First World Problems. It’s alright, I always manage to find time somewhere to watch my beloved TV. I’m not a “TV is evil” way of thinking type of person. I love TV. That’s why I studied it, work in it and want to make it. I’m not saying all TV is good, there’s definitely a ton of terrible television out there but I think there’s more good than bad. I think people are just drawn to the shit programming and as a way to deal with their addiction to mindless shows of athletes wives arguing and people losing weight doing ridiculous obstacle courses they just call it evil. Stop hating on TV everyone and just change the channel! Alright, let’s get into this shall we?
Pranks. They never get old. They’re fun when you’re a kid in school, at home with your family and even at work. Sure, sure…I know this is a place of business and we’re suppose to be professional but we’re also human and all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I hope most of you got that movie reference if not stop reading right now. You’re banned from my blog. JOKING! I’m not going to tell you though but you should look it up in case you are ever on Jeopardy and it comes up. Alright back to it. So I thought today I would write about some of the awesome pranks that I’ve seen get played on people during my time in the circus..I mean the Film Industry.
Alright so first let’s talk about Deal or No Deal. As you all know I never mention shows by name unless they are done and over with like this one. I worked on this show for quite a few seasons and out of all the shows I’ve been I think this was the most prank filled one. I think one of the reasons for this was because all the producers, directors and executives were the ones to come up with the pranks most the time. The show at one point started touring around the world and that meant that people were away from their offices for weeks at a time. Given that we had this time frame we messed around with people’s offices. My favorite to date was the persons office that we filled with styrofoam peanuts. Now you might be thinking that we bought a few bags of peanuts and just maybe covered their floor and desk. No my friends we filled that office up to the ceiling. There was so much styrofoam that when the person opened the door it spilled out into the hallway. When it happened it actually looked like a scene from a movie. The other phenomenon office prank that we pulled on someone else was when we took all or most of their furniture and rearranged it in the elevator. Now that I think about it, I believe that also happen on an episode of The Office. Anyhow, we took their desk and everything else we can fit and staged it all in the elevator. I wish I had pictures, I don’t know why I didn’t get evidence of this back then. The best part was that when they got back to the office that day they had some work that they needed done immediately and ended up working in the elevator for an hour. It was hilarious.
There’s also plenty of classic on set pranks that continue to bring us laughs during our 12 hour days. Like for example the placing of C47’s on people’s back. If you don’t work in the business a C47 is the fancy term that we gave cloth pins. I’m actually not sure why we called them that. The first reason that comes to mind is that the Electrics didn’t want to be asking one another for cloth pins all day but what do I know. So the joke is to get as many C47’s on the back of a persons shirt without them noticing. It may not sound funny but just know that reading it does it no justice. The last show I was on someone took this vine from a tree, attached it to a C47 and clipped it right around one of the crew guys asses and for about 3 hours we all watched and laughed as this person walk around with what looked like a dragon tail. One prank that always seems work no matter the time is the old “Keys to the dolly”joke. Alright real quick, for those of you not in the industry this is a dolly.
This thing is electric-powered. There is no key for it but as a joke at times someone will tell a new (green as we call them) production assistant to go and ask someone for the Keys to the dolly. This has been a joke that has been around so most people who know about it will play along. SO after that PA goes to the person and asks them for the key that person will them send him to someone else who supposedly has the key that doesn’t exist. The next person will do the same and so on and so forth. This is also an excellent prank but one that is getting harder to pull off because people are catching on. Well on this one show many years ago someone had a great idea that took this joke and built on it. We had a new PA on set and the 2nd AD told them to go ask the office for the keys to the lock up. This kid was not a film student and knew nothing of this business. Our 2nd AD told them that they need to get the keys to the lock up and that every time the 1st asked for the lock up he would be at a door that he had to lock with the keys that he was looking for. The joke worked the same way only that every time we cut camera the 2nd would send the kid somewhere else for the keys. I must say it was well orchestrated and the best part was when we would cut and the kid would jump on the radio and say stuff like “I still haven’t found the keys to lock up this door but I’ll just stand here for now”. It was great because he was actually doing the lock up but thinking that he wasn’t because he could never find the key. Good Times!
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Happy Friday fuckers! Is that too much? Or have I now bitched enough to all of you that you read that as a term of endearment? When you read my jargon now is it like you’re listening to a close friend on set that although you just met you feel very connected to by the end of the season because you spend so much time together? Continue reading “How Long Are We Going Today…”
Hello, welcome to another post here at We’re Not Rolling. How are you? Did you have a short or long day yesterday? Did you get to see the family or do they continue to be a distant memory? Continue reading “GO AWAY CHOPPA…”
Happy Tuesday and welcome to another post here at We’re Not Rolling. How was your weekend? I had a rather busy two days. I watched some movies (The Batman Lego Movie & John Wick 2..both great!), I went to the Angel City Brewery in Downtown (Beer, great!) and helped my buddy move from the Valley. All of which were quite enjoyable, including the move. It had to be the easiest, fastest and most efficient moving I’ve ever helped with. I’m actually jealous as shit that I could never have a move that went so smoothly because of all the shit I own. I own enough crap for 2..maybe even 3 people. Every time I move it takes all day and then some. Plus I need to have a full staff of movers..Hahaha. I started helping my friend move at 1030 AM and by 4 the truck was already being returned to U-Haul. We were having dinner and a beer by 530, it was pretty impressive. I didn’t even break a sweat the entire time we moved. What the Fuck? I really need to sell or toss out some of the stuff I have. I want to have a simple, crap free life too..Hmmm..I’ll think about it..Let’s get into this shall we?
Call time, for those of you not in the business a call time is basically the equivalent of opening time at a store. Everyday we have a call time for the crew and that is the time when we will begin filming our day. However everyone also has an individual call time for when they are expected to be on set. Think about it as the in time that it says on your schedule at your respected job. Now in all other types of jobs that I have worked in..retail, cooking, office jobs…it’s always up to the employee to know at what time they are supposed to be at work. I mean my bosses at the time would mention to me that the schedule was out but ultimately it was on me to know my schedule. They didn’t call me, text me or have to hunt me down to let me know at what time I needed to be at work. This is normal, right? This is how I imagined work life would always be and how I thought it was everywhere. I thought people were responsible for maintaining THEIR own job. Which I always thought it entailed, knowing when the Fuck you need to be there amongst other things.
Then I moved to L.A, started working in the film industry and realized very quick that apparently in this business it’s someone else’s job to let you know when to be at work not for you to find out on your own because Fuck being an adult right? The 2nd A.D is in charge of making sure they talk to everyone or at least the heads of all the departments and to make sure they know at what time they need to be at work. Now this would almost be an alright job task with the exception that if the 2nd A.D misses someone and they show up late or early to work then that persons lateness or earliness falls on the 2nd A.D. Ok, WHAT IN THE FLYING FUCK?! Why is this a thing? How in the shit did someone’s job become another’s responsibility. Is that not just strange? I mean really, who made this decision? I need to do some research and back track it’s origin because I find it very unfair. It could also be something that just happen on a show and then was carried over as well. That happens in our business at times. For example, maybe this 2nd A.D on a show way back when forgot to call someone and give them the call time and the next day that producer or higher up got angry, blamed the 2nd. Then went on to do that on another show and blamed another 2nd A.D. Meanwhile all his people who are working with him are watching him act this way and start thinking “Well it must be the 2nd A.Ds responsibility to make sure everyone knows what time they work” and before you know it BOOM the whole industry just added another responsibility which I doubt is in anyones contract to the 2nd A.D title. On the other hand I also know that A.Ds like to stress themselves out at times for no fucking reason and maybe their the ones that bestowed the job task upon themselves. Whatever the case may be in the grand scheme of it all the idea that someone else is responsible for letting another person know when to be at work is ridiculous. I get it if the person is a day player and not part of the crew but if you work everyday I think it should be on you to know when to be at work. I’ve worked with2nd A.Ds that couldn’t sleep all night because a crew member didn’t call them back to confirm their call time. HUH? I just think that’s total madness. How can a person stress out so much about someone else being late to their job? Unless you referred that person
I was on a show not to long ago where we had some camera guys come in early because they prior to wrap the day before. The call pushed, they didn’t check their email and then wanted to be act all pissed off and blaming everyone else because they came in early and no one told them. How fucking old are we people? You have access to the same technology that we all do. Why wouldn’t you check your email? When I work one of the last things I do, 10-20 minutes before bed is I look at my call sheet and double-check my time. Then I double-check all my alarms. Everything else I do in a mad dashing race in the morning BUT at the very least I am responsible enough to check at what time I need to be at MY job. I just don’t think enough people get fired to be honest. I’m not only talking about this industry either. I’m talking about everywhere. I think if more people were fired, jobs would be appreciated a lot more. Hahahaha. I’m such an idiot.
Alright, enough rambling for today. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the weekly madness here at We’re Not Rolling. I’ve actually started to notice a small constant couple of reoccurring views every Tuesday and Friday and I really want to say how much I appreciate that people are reading this thing. I haven’t mentioned it in a while but I would love to start a section where people share their own stories on here so Please, send me your stories, rants, observations…anything that is related to working in this crazy business that you would like to share. You can stay anonymous or I will happily credit you for the post. Have an excellent week and I’ll talk to you all on Friday!
Greetings from Tuesday…I really need some new openings. I’m getting bored with the “Happy (whatever day it is). Continue reading “Your Care Level is Peaking…”
What’s happening film world and regular 9-5 average Joe and Janes out there reading this blog for…whatever reason..hopefully for the laughs. That’s all I want to do here, is at the very least have you crack a smile at some dumb shit I say…or write I should say because I never really say anything. Continue reading “Yeah Sure..Don’t Worry We’ll Get That For You…”
Happy Tuesday! How is everyone? It’s actually Monday while I’m typing this and I’m also typing it at lunch during my lunch period. Continue reading “The Unhappy Crew Member…”
Happy Fucking Friday Film people! How the hell are you? UPDATED: Sorry to interject here but I just wanted to apologize for the lateness of he post. I wrote it last night and the servers were down this morning when I attempted to post it. Continue reading “It’s Definately Going To Rain…Maybe…”
Hello everyone! Happy Friday? How was your first week back to work? Well…those of you that went back this week that is. My show doesn’t start filming again till Monday. I have 3 more days of freedom. Hahaha..I can’t complain these 3 weeks off have been awesome. Continue reading “Have You Ever Worked With…”