I stumbled into the film business and it has been a wild and amazing ride. I have been incredibly fortunate with the shows and projects that I've been a part of. When I started, people tended to fall into categories, not so much by craft, that was a union issue, but more by format. You were kind of pigeon-holed as to being a "feature person", "TV", or a commercial and video guy which back then meant you were probably non-union.
Even though most of my early jobs were in TV, really good TV, Twin Peaks being my crowning glory back then, when I got in the union I immediately started working on big, high-profile movies. I was a "feature guy" at the top of the food chain.
Stil, over the course of a couple of decades, I ended up working in all sorts of genres and mediums, including a handful of commercials.
And again, I was incredibly lucky and fortunate to work on some great ones.
My first job as a leadman was on a Ridley Scott- directed commercial. The production designer was his son, Jake Scott, who is now also a successful commercial director. It was a game-changer for me, to say the least, helping me to get on the crew of "Hook" and then "Dracula".
Since then I've done mostly features, but I've done a few commercials and they've all gone off without a hitch. I've heard some horror stories, but I have had nothing but good experiences on them.
From an art department point of view there really wasn't much involved on this project.
But that doesn't guarantee that things won't go horribly wrong or that the time and experience, albeit short, (on this one we had one official shoot day) will be positive.
That said, this was probably the best time I've had on a job in my entire career.
Everyone was nice and professional. There were no silly egos to contend with or even unreasonable expectations.
It was literally a "dream job".
I made some new friends who I think I will end up keeping in touch with even though we are in different cities and even states.
Location, Location, Location
We were shooting on location in Savanna, Georgia at Forsyth Park, and even though the week before was cloudy and rainy, we got sunny skies and perfect weather.
Again it was pretty unbelievable and not typical. More often than not we end up in deserts in the summer and swamps in the rainy season.
But not this one.
Savanna is a really cool city and I hope to make it back.
They put me up at The Mansion, which was really swank and across the street from the park and the "production office" was downstairs.
I see the world pretty clearly, for the most part.
I actually think it's rather harsh and not fair.
Good guys don't finish first and there is no such thing as justice or deservedness.
I don't think things happen for a reason.
Keeping that in mind, my going on about how great this job was, is not an exaggeration. It was unfortunately an exception, but I will take them when I can.
Now back to the real world.
Back to the Grind.