Monday, May 21, 2007

Film Work

I got a call this morning from a guy I work for fairly regularly on event lighting gigs. A friend of his is working on a student film and needed electricians. It wasn't going to be a paid job, but I would otherwise have spent the day playing video games and maybe doing my taxes, so I took it.

The ride out was "interesting." The job was out on Coney Island, with a pickup at Union Square. So I went to Union Square to meet the van, which was half an hour late. We drove around some. I didn't start paying attention until I noticed we were heading north up 3rd Avenue. The quickest way out to Brooklyn would have been to cross either the Williamsburg or the Manhattan Bridge, both of which are south of Union Square. So we should have been heading south down either Broadway or 2nd Avenue. I figured maybe we were going to take the Midtown Tunnel, which would be an odd choice but not necessarily a bad one. We got up into the 30s, then made a circle involving a brief section of the FDR. We took another lap, this time staying on the FDR and drove all the way south to the Manhattan Bridge approaches, the bridge I'd have chosen. I just wouldn't have gone all the way north to midtown before driving south.

The drive was fairly uneventful for a while. When we got out to the shoot location, somewhere around Coney Island, drove past the turnoff to the park, flipped a U-turn, and got the rear wheel stuck in the sand on the side of the road. The driver gunned it and sank the wheel pretty much to the axle. A passing driver suggested that she be more gentle with the accelerator. Another lent a shovel. A third had a pickup truck and used a length of tie-down to pull the van out. It took some help from all of us pushing as well, but we got the van unstuck.

I haven't done a film shoot before, but the only thing that seemed especially remarkable about this one was the poison ivy. Lots and lots of it. We had some cable runs right through it. When the going gets tough, the tough get tyvek.

I'm going for that tough-on-the-outside, vulnerable-on-the-inside look.

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