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)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Heavy Sledding

Just because I like it -- a photo by Adam Lau (San Francisco Chronicle) of the recent big wave contest at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California.

I’ve had some tough days rigging, wrapping, and loading cable in my long Hollywooden career – every juicer has -- but I’m not sure anything I ever did can stack up (literally) to the brutally hard day these guys put in, and in the snow, no less*.

Yep, men were men back in the day. We’re all just a bunch of pussies now -- except for those mad-dog surfers, anyway.

And speaking of heavy sledding, anyone who has spent a day on set working with infant humanoids (insert actor joke here...) will resonate with Rob Long's meditation on working with a Robot Baby.

Take a listen -- it may just be the best four minutes you have all day...

*A tip of the hat to the endlessly-entertaining J-Walk Blog for the link.


nahiyan said...

Martini Shots is great, I don't know if it annoys me that each one is just a few minutes or if its just enough to keep me waiting for 7 days for the next one.
Definitely would prefer if there were more of them, more regularly.

Michael Taylor said...

Nahiyan --

I hear you, but Rob is still a working writer/producer trying to get projects underway. He has four irons in the fire this season, which means a lot of writing, meetings, and phone time. Given all that, it's a wonder he has time to do one four minute commentary a week.

But he's been doing Martini Shot for a while now, so there are deep archives at KCRW to plunder. His commentaries tend to be a lot less timely than most blog posts, so it doesn't matter if you're listening to one from four or five years ago -- they all speak hard-earned truths about the biz and this town. Blow some of that digital dust off his older commentaries, and you'll be glad you did.