Thursday, July 07, 2005

RIP J.L. Fisher

I never knew the JL Fisher company was named for an individual.

Fisher equipment has been industry standard for as long as I can remember.

"Danika" Day 5

I hate Mondays - exceptionally so when they happen on a Thursday.

We're still upstairs in the house. It's hot, crowded, and the AD's haven't been clearing the set when we're lighting. I mentioned in passing to one of them that it would be nice if they'd help us out by telling folks who aren't working to step off set, and she yelled at me.

Then the best boy got wind of it all and accused me of 'going over the gaffer's head', which wasn't my intention.

We may or may not have to reshoot the stuff from Friday night in the backyard. This would entail taking the tents down, relighting the back yard and then putting the tents back up for the interior work the next day. There's been a lot of discussion about when and if that's going to happen. The director claims he needs to do it because he didn't like the performances, but the entire crew knows that it's because they moved too slow that night and got caught by the light in the morning and the shot looked like shit.

We can't use the house's air conditioning system anymore - someone from production figured out how much it was going to cost them when the family (who've been hanging out - they're all very, very nice) sent them the bill. This is not good. It was already hot in there with our portable a/c AND the house AC.

AND, to top it all off.....

Last night, I went and had an after work beer with Cupcake. He spent the time telling me about his recent break up, and ended up telling me that the fact that his ex is seeing someone else already makes him feel bad about himself. Courageous after downing two beers, I told him that if it would make him feel better, I thought he was really cute and that if he weren't a juicer (I have a no 728 rule), I'd be all over him.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

"Danika" Day 4

Today, most of our work was in the upstairs of the house - upstairs where the rooms are smaller, and it's hotter and more crowded. It's a nightmare to try to carry lights up the stairs, down the hallway and into the 15' x 15' (4.6 m x 4.6 m) room that we're shooting in.

We can't stash lights anywhere upstairs because the AD's won't let us, so everything has to be carried up and down the stairs constantly. My knees ache from climbing the stairs all day.

For some reason, it hurts more coming down than going up.

Everyone's getting tense, but luckily our department is still civil to each other. I started calling one of the guys "Cupcake", although now I can't remember why.

Today at lunch, we were all sitting on the gate of the truck, when the Director's Assistant tried to park the directors car (we're not supposed to park on the street - we're supposed to park at crew parking and take a van) bumped into a parked car. Hard. There was no damage to either car, but it was still funny.

The film got fogged (they bought a recan and they think it had been x rayed), so they had to reshoot an entire scene at the end of the day. Unfortunately, the takes they lost were the takes that the director really liked.

I can't take pictures because my digital camera died.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day!

Since I can't buy fireworks in Los Angeles (they're illegal here - they have professional fireworks off the Santa Monica pier, and I think I can see them from where I am, but it's not nearly as much fun), my plans today are to do my laundry (glamorous, I know), lay on the beach, and tonight I'm going to watch "The Great Escape".

Everyone have a safe holiday!