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…

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…