Life in Hollywood, below-the-line

Life in Hollywood, below-the-line
Work gloves at the end of the 2006/2007 television season (photo by Richard Blair)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Two Crazy Weeks

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The last couple of weeks have been rather hectic, to say the least. I returned from my home planet to plunge directly into our final two shows on the sit-com (“The Bill Engvall Show” on TBS), which meant working eleven of twelve days. For their own quiet reasons, the producers moved our last episode up a day, leaving us with only Saturday off before coming back to work six days straight, including two ten-hour, all-work, all-the-time wrap days during which we dropped most of the 250 or so lamps that had been so laboriously hung, powered, and adjusted over the past few months.

Granted, this is sit-com work, not the Death March of Lost Souls that is episodic television. But at this point, sustained work at an episodic pace is out of the question – had I marched through that purgatory these past two weeks, I’d probably be in the hospital right now. Still, this involved lots of very physical work, and if we didn’t suffer the grinding hell of fourteen-hour days, a lot got done in a relatively short span of time. Although losing that Sunday off really hurt, we managed to put both shows in the can, get half the stage wrapped, then enjoyed the warm group-hug of a very mellow wrap party on Saturday.

Free food amid good company, a live band playing the blues, and all the beer/wine/liquour we could drink – what’s not to like?

The upshot of all this? I’m one whipped puppy. As regular readers have no doubt deduced by now, this is a typically long-winded way of saying “I’ve got nothing.” Truth be told, I did work on a post in my few spare moments this past week, fully intending to put it up today... but it’s just not ready -- and to paraphrase the late, great Orson Welles in the sad twilight of his stellar career:

“I shall put up no post before its time.”

That post will appear at a later date, but in the meantime, I did not come empty-handed. Nat Bocking, of “The Water Tower Project”, has unearthed another little gem. Any of you familiar with our Industry will find some resonance here.

Don’t forget to follow the link down at the end, which will lead you on a most unexpected – and entertaining – thread.

That’s it for now. I’ll do my best to post something worth reading next week.


Anonymous said...

The fact that you posted that you were to worn down to post shows that you are good about posting.

Now if I could have only fit the word post into that sentence one more time.

AJ in Nashville said...

A blogger after my own heart...

But take it from one who on average spends much more time apologizing for not posting than it takes most people to write three posts...

don'worry bout it.

The Orson Welles reference was worth the entire read for me... :)