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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Dollar Day Redux
The rich really do get richer...
In a post about "Dollar Day" a couple of weeks back, I mentioned that none of the shows I've worked on over the past five years had bothered to exhume the tradition. You can imagine my surprise, then, when the set PA on my current show brought out a big plastic jug for "$5 Dollar Day" on our last shoot night. A very select group of people on the crew even know about this blog, few of whom actually read it, so I don't think that post had anything to do with it.
Still, this is a welcome change. Maybe it was just time.
Whatever the cause, the crew got into the Dollar Day spirit, and after the audience filed out, our star drew the winning bill. I lost once again, of course, continuing a personal tradition stretching back to 1969, but I'm not complaining.*
The winner of the $250 pot? Rather than a PA, grip, juicer, prop man, standby painter, or on-set dresser -- any of whom would have been thrilled to win such a fat bonus -- the big jug 'o bills went to our Director of Photography, who probably grosses close to five grand a week. But hey, it's better to have a happy boss than a surly one, and after counting out his haul, at least he gave the set PA fifty bucks off the top.
All in all, a good night. I'm hoping Dollar Day is here to stay on this show -- and that it doesn't fall prey to the pot-salting greed monsters...
* That win was a big one that may well have saved my life...