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. Here’s what he said: They were shooting in a house and had turned the bedroom into a HUGE bathroom. 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 heating up…

Film Jobs in Hollywood – Riding dragons, flying through the air

Today we’re doing a commercial for a video game. I want to give you an idea of what it’s like doing film  jobs when you’re doing special effects.  It’s really like any other day, except there are green screens and other cool film equipment. We’re shooting on a quiet residential street and we’ve taken over the whole street with enormous lights, props, carts and stands. As you look down the street you see a long line of cube trucks which belong to the art department, props, camera, grip, electric.  Further down the road there’s 2 motor homes.   One houses the production offices, the hair, make up and wardrobe rooms. And the 2nd motor home is made up of little rooms for the talent to relax and rehearse their lines. The…

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, even how to find the best online film school. 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 professional sets. 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, lighthearted environment most of the time. After all, we all left the…