Some "Lack of Control" Examples shooting
Most of these problems are from overseas, but can happen even at home. I personally
find it frustrating because you don't usually have enough time to find out what
local methods are. Our direct methods are often counter to local custom.
Make-up and talent plastering on make-up after you have approved less make-up.
Then having it put back on because they don't want to be seen on TV any other
Mothers in the shot cleaning a kid's shoes while you are trying to shoot a close-up.
A worker bringing only his best clothes after you have approved his work clothes
because he wants to look good on TV.
Mothers directing their kids to do what they think the director want. Then as
things are starting to happen someone else runs in with more instructions.
Dead batteries for the sun-guns.
The reflectors haven't been covered with foil yet.
They didn't find all the cable that they thought that they could obtain.
Local custom doesn't allow the Marquis' banner to be removed from his castle
so soon after his death.
No one will stoop so low as to skim the swan poop from the pond for the shot.
The cameraman has to do it.
The Arab dhow is 3 hours late for sunrise because they have only one prayer
rug for the whole crew.
It takes 6 hours to block a boat shot because you have to deal by radio in 3
A location move takes an extra 2 hours because of a 35-man crew.
Make-up takes forever even though you ask for none.
Locals decide to do things that interfere just as you are ready to shoot. And
you wait until they are finished.
You asked if the generators were crystal controlled and were assured they are,
but not for the HMI lights that you added to the order.
"Don't you have a AC sync camera motor to run off the generator like we do?"
No matter how many times that you ask, things will not make it onto the truck.
Be prepared to make do and not loose your cool. Getting crazy will only burn
holes in your stomach that the food hasn't already.
Things seem to happen more punctually in the colder climates. Some societies
take everything more casually. A good and bad attitude. You aren't going to
change them during your short stay.
"We didn't think that your 35 cases of equipment would be so large."
"The assistant plugged the 110 volt battery chargers into 220, but didn't fry
all of them because he smelled smoke."
"You should have known that the local custom is for "Producer" to be arrested
and bailed out in lieu of a permit." You should have hired a flunkie to be the
"Producer" to spend a few hours at the police station. (Rome).
Work stops in the middle of shooting because it is "Tea Time".
The crew is fed breakfast before work starts on a sunrise shot. Local custom.
Premium time starts before 9:00 AM and after 6:00 PM.
You are supposed to supply rain gear if you really insist on shooting in the
Local Walkie-Talkies are often bad. We only got to use the ones we took in one
country (probably illegally).
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