So, this week I thought I would talk about.... The Election?...No, seems like everyone else and their dog is posting about that. I have only to say...YEAH! And I'm bummed that I missed out on buying a November 5th newspaper. Damn people that wake up early and buy all the newspapers. Living in historical times, one must buy historical stuff so one can sell it on eBay one hundred years from now! But, I missed out on that one.
Last week was an out of town job for five days. The director was a jerk, condescending and had no clue how to handle the actors. The sound guys were hilarious and liked to make fun of the director when he wasn't nearby...loved them. And the camera guy was cute. (aren't they always?)
A big bonus for everyone was that the lead actor who had to perform long dialogue scenes in three minute takes...(that's a lot of non-stop talking) knew ALL HIS LINES and rarely missed a beat. Thank God, otherwise the shoot would have lasted two weeks! During the wrap party I complimented the actor on his ability to spew out all that dialogue. He replied "You know, I looked at the script and thought these could be really long days if I don't know my lines, so to be respectful to everyone I really needed to have my dialogue down, I didn't want the production to go into overtime because of me." I loved that actor!!!!!
My favorite moment with the pissy director was when he stood in the middle of a field and yelled to me "Hey Script! (he never called me by my name) "What side was the main actor on?" I replied "Camera Right".
(Camera right is a technical term for those smart directors who know how screen direction works. In this case...I was clearly speaking above his intelligence level...but also for those of you not film savvy camera right is basically as you look at the monitor it's what appears on the right side of screen)
Since Mr. Pissy director was facing me from behind the camera...if he had pointed to the correct side he would have used his left hand. So he screams back to me using his RIGHT hand "This side?"
"No" I call back"Camera Right." and indicate to his left hand.
He replies in a most condescending tone (as if I didn't know my right hand from my left) screaming from the middle of the field "This is my right hand! You mean my other right hand!!! Which one!!!" and begins to flail both of his hands as if he's trying to fly...
At this moment I could hear a snort from the sound guys suppressing a laugh. I replied "You are correct, the actor was on this side." And I made a sweeping hand motion to indicate the right side of the camera. Dork.
It always seems when the director is an ass, the rest of the crew are extra nice to me. Possibly feeling bad because I have to endure Mr. Pissy at close proximity every day. The Key Grip asked me each morning if I needed anything, our Gaffer, who for some reason always drove our RV cart, would pick up MY chair and take it to the next location for me. The sound dude's made me laugh and well, every time the D.P. (camera guy) flashed a smile at me...yup that made my day.