Saturday, April 10, 2010
So Close, Yet So Far...
It was the Friday of a very long week. Due to some location mishaps and actor scheduling conflicts, production had us running around since Monday, cramming what was essentially five or six days of work into four.
But ahh... Today was Friday.
Due to the very same location mishaps and scheduling conflicts, it was supposed to be an easy day. Just a couple of scenes in a house. So easy in fact, that all the department heads were expecting to be out of there before ten hours. The day was peppered with people on their phones, making plans for the rest of the night. A rare event in which we actually had a Friday night we wouldn't be too exhausted to enjoy.
I watched with glee as the Gaffer crossed off completed scenes on the day's call sheet, one by one as we finished them; slowly but surely inching towards the bottom of the list. And when he took a pen to the last row, my hand was already on a light switch, waiting for the magic words which would grant me permission to turn the sucker off and go home.
But alas, it'd be a couple more hours before I heard those words. Because right before the Gaffer reached for his walkie to announce the end of the day, the Director had a hope shattering thought.
"You know, since it's so early, why don't we cover this scene like sweat on a fat kid."
And just like that, four more shots were added...