Goofiness on the set

I took this video the other day on the set.  The day before John had a 'I dreamed of Jeannie' T-shirt on with his face in the place of Jeannie's.   Somethings just not quite right here….

What your life will be like working in the film industry…

Do you ever wish you could go to a huge party, with cool people, eat gourmet food for free all day long, and get paid handsomely for it? Kind of sounds like the celebrity lifestyle huh? I swear… some days I have to pinch myself it's so good. And if you get into this business, these kind of days will be common for you too. So we're shooting in a swanky Hollywood nightclub, huge chandeliers, white couches, mirror tables, huge paintings – cool. We've got this techno club music playing and the dancers start warming up. Everyone is mesmerized watching these dancers. These guys and gals can move! I talk to one of the dancers. He came from Puerto Rico and came to Los Angeles to dance street hip hop….

Working on set for the “Cat Herders” Commercial, my favorite

Shooting this spot was the most cold and miserable shooting days I've ever had.   Out in the plains, freezing cold, wind so strong it would catch your car door and bend it back. It took 3 days to shoot.   The production company put everyone up in a motel.   We actually snuck our cat into our motel room because he just had surgery and needed to recuperate.   So he lived under the bed. But he wasn't alone.   There were trucks filled with movie cats.   Each in their own cages. And real cowboys.   No actors.   Real cowboys who had to be skillfully directed to get a natural performance. Cats aren't naturally good at acting.   They want to be cats.   But the animal…

How jobs on the set lead to acting jobs, music jobs, other high paying jobs

A common entry level job in the film industry is Production Assistant (PA).  When I'm working I always hang out with the Production Assistants.    They are some of the coolest and most interesting people.   Some have gone to film school, some have done their own filmmaking, many are into music.    Some are models, actors, dancers, writers.    Working their craft from the inside.   Smart. Jim, a musician, gets his music into films by meeting people on the set.   Editors and creative directors are often on set, and he gives them a sample of his music. Kevin is an actor.   He gets acting jobs by knowing Production Managers and Producers.   They get him in on casting calls.    He also has an advantage because he knows the Director through working with him in the office and…

Jobs in Hollywood: What it was like working with Farrah Fawcett

A friend of mine on facebook wrote a small post on the day Farrah Fawcett died to remember her. My friend was the AD (Assistant Director) on a shoot where Farrah was being filmed nude with only paint covering her body. To make her comfortable, he and several other crew members got naked with her and worked all day naked.  Just shoes and a headset! They joked and laughed all day long and Farrah gave him a big hug at the end of the day and thanked him for making the day so much fun.

What Film School will never teach you: Be careful where you poop

Some things just can't be taught by film school or any school.  Yesterday I asked the VTR guy what was the weirdest thing that's ever happened during a film production.  And here's what he said: They were shooting in a house and had turned the bedroom into a HUGE bathroom.    So it looked like a huge luxury bathroom with mirrors, cabinets, sinks and a toilet. Upon arriving early, one of the crew members needed to relieve himself, and instead of going to the bathroom in the 'small bathroom', he went for the 'big bathroom'.     But it was a big FAKE bathroom.   Oops. Well, he apparently noticed that the toilet was fake when he couldn't flush it.    So he just closed the cover. As the day progressed and the lights were…

A Typical Day On The Set

What I want to share with you in this blog is how you can have a career in the film industry: What kind of film jobs there are, the money you can make, and how to get in. I also want to give you a realistic view of what it’s like working in this industry. To do that I put together stories about what happens on a film set and what it’s like working on film sets. You can also get a feel for the exciting lifestyle you can have working in this industry. One of the best things about working in the film industry, is that you work on fun stuff all day long and you get to work with your friends. It’s a fun environment with lots of…