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.