I equate film sets to summer camp…. It’s for a short duration of time and you hang out with a totally different group of people. You have that summer fling, and then it’s back to reality. Our set world is fast paced and demanding, yet somehow we have time to squeeze in a set crush. And when you really evaluate it…it’s pretty weird. Picture this scenario: you’ve been working a 15 plus hour day, your hair is totally messed up from wearing “cans”, your make-up is now non-existent, and your eyes are blood shot from staring at the monitor…You would not want to be seen in public…. but somehow a grip finds you utterly attractive. Then you look at him, he’s sweaty, dirty, and has bad breath. You watch him set that courtesy flag for you, and you blush. Really, how could a bunch of stinky, sweaty, tired people be that attractive to each other?
Yet, it happens, on every movie, without fail. The A.D. and his 2nd, the camera assistant, and the wardrobe chick, the boom guy and the script super. Married, single it doesn’t seem to matter. It’s like Vegas, what happens on location, stays on location. And I think in our position we see it all. We get the birds eye view of not only the whole production process but also the behind the scenes drama as well. My very favorite set crush story is of a sound guy who liked a p.a. who liked the camera assistant who liked the actress. No one got together on that show. We all see the stories of the movie actors getting together after the show, but think of how many set hook-ups there are with crew…the numbers have to be staggering. Being a department of one is lonely sometimes, but we get to see it all!
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