What's up Blueroof Nation? Yesterday was a fun day on set. Not on my set but I was back on Larry's set. We have been off for a while due to the 4th of July but it was good to be back. I don't know what it is about being on set and setting things up that just makes me feel so alive. It reminds me of being back at Traders Village when I was supervisor. I was always running around problem solving everything and making sure that everything went smoothly and came out correctly and that is what being on set is like. If you have never been on a set, keep in mind these are indie sets, real sets might be different but these sets everyone does everything. You have to be able to see what's wrong and correct it on the spot. There is no time to walk away and figure it out because you are dealing with so many different people and their schedules.
I would be lying if I didn't admit that part of my love of it is the power. Somehow on every set I work on I end up in a position of authority and I do love to make the choices and be the one making things happen. Maybe that is just who I am as a person. If you get to know me in real life I am really easy going and my philosophy has always been live and let live. I don't try to force my opinions on other people, well unless you dare to insult Joss Whedon or Kevin Smith or you support Disney Wars. Give us Legends! But mostly I don't throw my weight around. Although don't try to convert me, because while I don't talk about my faith and I am by no means a hardcore Catholic I am one and I'm getting tired of everyone trying to teach me A) about how other religions are better or B) that there is no God. Not to be an ass but I use to study religion a lot and probably know more about it than the people who don't shut the hell up. My point about this rant is if you attack me and my faith that is the only time I will bring religion up in a conversation. But you don't attack me and I could care less what you believe or how you go about your beliefs. But for some reason when I'm working, on set or at a job I tend to take leadership positions. That side of me just comes out. Well Best Buy not withstanding. There I went out of my way not to be a leader type and maybe that is why that job was such hell for me. That or those people are just assholes. Never go to the best buy off of 183 in Irving Texas.
This blog has gone sideways. Sorry about that but what I'm trying to say is if you have never been on set you should try to make it. At least once. It is a great experience. Now don't get me wrong, a lot of the time you will just be setting there watching the same thing over and over again. Unless you are acting, directing or working on the camera you spend more than half the time doing nothing. But when you are working you are WORKING! Even a year ago I never wanted to be running the camera, I knew how to I just thought it was boring but more and more I'm falling in love with operating it. I still don't know cameras. If you ask me what kind I use I'll look at you blankly but I've figured out lenses and I'm getting better and better and creating cool shots.
I'm ready to get back to filming Trapped in the Woods! And I'm beyond excited for you guys to watch it!
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