Today has been...boring. We're shooting interiors in a small apartment. Once I get the company in on a day like this, my day consists of fielding important questions like, "Are there more bathrooms? This one's all stopped up." "Where is the nearest Kinko's?" "Does the G train stop at Borough Hall?"
This is not fun. The set itself is crowded and boring and they don't need me there, so I spend most of my day standing around. Like I say, once I've got the trucks parked and everyone knows the lay of the land, I'm pretty much done until wrap. Boring!
Add to this the fact that we have day and night scenes today, so we started at 10:00 a.m. and we'll be out of here around Midnight. Boring and long.
So, one of the first things I did this morning was to introduce the production assistants to the freight elevator. Its this ancient thing with early Twentieth-Century technology. You run it by pulling a cable up or down and this goes to some motor that either goes forward or reverse to go up or down. The other important thing to know about this elevator is that if you let the doors close with nobody inside the elevator, you can't get the door open from the outside.
Of course, somebody closed the door. That's bad. Because, basically since the grips, camera guys and electrians never know what they'll need at any moment, they all like to take absolutely everything off their trucks and bring it all upstairs. Having no elevator to get it back down from the fourth floor would be bad.
Luckily, one of the Production Assistants, Luke, is MacGyver in the flesh. He somehow got it open with a broken stub of a screwdriver. He is my hero today.
So anyway, life got interesting there for about a half-hour. I'm glad its back to boring now.
How is/was your day?