Sunday, November 06, 2005

Why do I keep doing this?

I just said 'yes' to another low budget movie - it's the same gaffer as Danika, and a best boy who I've worked with before and think is one of the greatest guys in the world.

I guess that's why I said yes.

Even if the rate's bad (and it is - almost $10 per hour under union scale) and we get worked half to death, I'll have fun and get to hang out with a great bunch of folks.

That, and the movie shoots until the end of December (six weeks of steady work - even at a reduced rate - is a very, very good thing), and they'll let me jump off for a few days here and there if I get a few days on a better-paying show.

Hopefully, my previous statements about low budget shows won't be true this time.

I'll know tomorrow - I've got a 6 am call for our first day of shooting.


Anonymous said...

Pfft...low budget to me is when they promise a deferral payment and crappy food. I'm glad those days are behind me now. :)


Mark said...

Are these low budget jobs that are below scale non-union jobs? If they're union jobs, how do they get away with paying below scale?


Norman said...

Remember -- work will get you through times of no money, easier than no money will get you through times of no work.

Hmmmmm, I know that doesn't make lotsa sense, but it was the best I could do.

Peggy Archer said...

anon - I don't do deferred pay jobs, since I can't defer my bills.

Mark - there is no such thing as a scale non union job. "Scale" is the unions minimum pay - except if it's a low budget thing, and then they can plead poverty and pay the crew a reduced rate. There are different pay scales for different budget ranges.

Norman - it makes no sense, but I'm tired, so it may make sense in the morning.