Whew! What a great week! The thing is you start off the week and know you have jobs, like this week I had 2 jobs. One was a 3 day shoot and the other was a 1 day shoot.
The 3 day shoot was in Van Nuys, Beverly Hills, and downtown Los Angeles. The Director was so frickin nice! And so was his entire production team, Producer was a backpacking, kayaking cool woman, and the Production Manager was a smart, sassy, cute woman who is married to the 1st Assistant Director. Who is a sweetheart too! He was there to doing his thing, 1st ADing.
I only have 1 picture from that shoot. Which a PA took of me because he liked my necklace. Here it is:
He makes jewelry so he wanted to replicate it. Cool!
We were standing next to the craft service table (of course! she had just made fresh guacamole!) This job was quite laid back and fun, not much stress, just do the job and get 'er done!
OK, now the Palm Springs 1 day job was …. interesting.
I've worked with this company for years. They are a high profile, very big time Director, kind of company. The Directors are all HUGE feature directors.
The shoots have an entirely different feel. First of all, the Director this time was very nice and normal guy. He wore a grey T-shirt and jeans. Nothing fancy, I was like 'that's the Director?' but you can tell from their demeanor. A lot on their mind and moving fast.
It was 100 degrees. They set up pop up tents to keep people from falling over. In fact, the day before, someone had to be taken to the hospital for dehydration! We had a medic who had fans, electrolytes, everything you could imagine at a table on set.
First off, this AD I've known for years. Cool cat, long hair, tattoos, done a lot of livin'. Been doing this for 25 years probably.
The producer is the sweetest woman you'd ever know. And the DP also is a Director sometimes. I've shot with him too. He's shot Shindlers List, Saving Private Ryan, Funny People, and a bunch more famous movies. He's a character, always yelling (joking) and showing his belly, and acting like a prima donna (joking) and it's FUN.
He also brought his bull dog like dog. "All she does is fart." he kept saying. And she got a nice blanket to sit on and shade and water for the shoot.
Here are some pics from the shoot.
Boy, the pictures sure don't show how hot it was.
But the fly swatter (the crane is not a light, but a diffusion silk that cuts the sun.
Notice the reflector boards and the 2nd silk on a stand.
The 3rd picture is the scene from inside the pop up tents. We created pop up tent city inside there.
Finally, the actor getting make up. I have to blur the faces without having consent from them. Her hardest job was keeping the sweat off his face.
The PAs were busy, keeping the coolers full of water, taking people around in golf carts, zoom zoom, setting up pop up tents, making sure nothing blows over from the wind, just helping and being awesome.
the other thing that I noticed… is that this is a 6 day shoot. I was on for this Sunday and then this coming Thursday, but they are traveling all over and staying in some NICE hotels, the best that Palm Springs has to offer and that's NICE…
They are going all over and people are having a good time. Nice to see. And it's a sexy set. What do I mean by that?
Well, it just has that feel. The DP definitely brings it out when he tries to get the Stunt Driver to show his abs and chest on set. (he hid behind the Executive Producer), lots of hugging, and you just get a sense of closeness…
Enough on that. You'll see what I mean when you get into the business.