I loved this post over at raindance about the 15 Things Everyone Does on A Film Set.
So to continue the meme, I thought I would tell you about the 10 things everyone does on my set...
- Congratulate ourselves on packing the cart tight. Yeah, it's the simple things in life that are most satisfying. When a grip, PA or I pack up the cart like a veteran bricklayer, we're all very proud of ourselves.
- Chatter about the latest technology. "Hey, did you see the new Sony FS7?" "I saw some 6K footage last night." "I worked with a Octocopter on my last shoot." "Check out my SDI cable, it coils!" During set up there's always a little talk about what's the latest bell and whistle to buy at B&H, Adorama or AbelCine.
- Leave half-filled cups of coffee around and forget whose coffee is whose. PA's get extra points by putting initials on everyone's coffee cup.
- Take a picture of the set but in the monitor that is attached to the camera. Feels very Brechtian to do this.
- Remember that re-booting the camera is the most effective way to figure out camera hijinx but not remembering this until I've looked in the camera menus a dozen times in vain.
- Chat during a shoot when sound isn't being recorded. You'll notice the loudest place in the world is when a film crew is shooting without audio.
- Futz over the back light. It's a game of degrees. That's too much. No that's too little. Okay, just right.
- Make fun of the guy who is particular about where to put stuff back in the cases. I am the guy they make fun of. But if it doesn't get put back in the right place, it won't be there next time.
- See Number 1. Yep, again as we leave.
- Give everyone a hug. We battled; we won. We will reconvene and do it all over again soon.