I feel bad for AD’s sometimes…
the AD of the production always felt more comfortable when he knew where the director was… there were many instances where the director would just wonder off set for extended periods of time, and when people found him, he was parked in a corner of a room playing with his iPad -_______-
soooo the beginning of the last day went something like this…
Our first location was a park right next to Lake Shore Drive… We finished there, and the director left. Apparently, the director, AD, producers and DP’s were supposed to discuss something inbetween moving from location to location. Obviously as 1st AC, I had to move equipment so I left just when the AD was about to gut punch someone.
Our next location was a restaurant… We all walk in to set up, and I spot the director… sitting at a table by himself… eating a burger and wiping ketchup from his face… The AD sees him from outside and storms in.
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Director: (with a mouthful of food) What… I was hungry
AD: We were looking for you. We called and you didn’t pick up.
Director: But I’m here… at the next location
AD: Eating a burger
Director: Dude… I thought you’d be happy
AD walks away…
Today On Set: I was an AD for the first time
It was definitely different because I’m used to being a DP. (Who was 30 minutes late by the way -_______-)
So anywho, call time was at 9AM, and we had to wrap before 12:30…
3 hour and 30 minute window… no bueno. with late crew members and actors, I had to step in as both AD and Grip… and Electrician to set up. The DP didn’t really know what he was doing… he had an idea of what he wanted, but didn’t seem very sure of himself, so I stepped in and helped out when he needed it… Which was fine. When the rest of the crew finally came, they wouldn’t stop joking around with each other… We didn’t start rolling camera until 2 hours in O_____O
A light was plugged in for about 15 minutes, before anyone realized they had to flip a switch on the breaker box. I had to go turn it on myself, set up sound, and video village. I know we’re all students and everything, but it felt like no one was taking their jobs seriously.
but maybe I’m just a fun sucker on set…
I can totally see why Assistant Directors are bitches. Time is money, and in the real world, you’re job would be on the line if things didn’t get finished on time.
To every AD I’ve ever worked with and secretly hated… I’m sorry, you have a lot to be worried about on set.
3 hours a nagging, side-eying and stern talking later, we were finished… Pretty cool experience, learned some new things and met some cool people…
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