Once again today, we were shooting in a small set with only one entrance.
Generally, everyone tries to keep out of the doorway, because no one wants to obstruct someone else from getting in. It's a very complicated dance, but we manage to do it and make it look easy somehow.
The one guy (I think he was either a producer or a network exec) who would refuse to move and then stare balefully at whomever was trying to get by- as if daring us pathetic drones to challenge his mightiness. He did it to us, grip, the set dressers and even camera (who normally don't get quite as much shit as the rest of us).
So - if you happen to be someone who thinks that refusing to move out of the door into the set we're lighting is some way of reminding us that you're important, remember this:
If - while you're trying to show me how inconsequential I am by not moving out of my way - I accidentally slam into you with a burning hot light or the pointy end of a steel stand, I'll get fired.
My boss will send me home early after telling me that I really fucked up this time and he can't hire me until the next show, and while I'll feel a twinge of guilt about my brothers and sisters working the rest of the day with a short crew, I'll have the afternoon off.
I'll go to the gym, have lunch with a friend, maybe see a movie. Then, when I come home, I'll make a few phone calls and be working on another show the next day. Plus, I'll have a really, really good story.
You, on the other hand, will go to the hospital and will be lucky if you just get stitches.
Really now, who do you think is the winner here?