It’s all fun and games until an Executive Producer gets hurt. And that’s what almost happened today when I was visiting set to check in on the construction of our bridge and corridor sets, and the walnut finish customized jacuzzi for my office. As usual, I was accompanied by Executive Producers’ Assistant Alison Hepburn and Story Editor/Script Coordinator Trevor Finn who are always on hand in case of public emergencies (ie. fending off the undead and giving me the opportunity to flee in the event of a zombie attack; double-anchoring me should a tornado set down in the neighbourhood, etc.). I mean, sure, they’ve got their “official job descriptions”, but my safety and well-being is at the top of their priority list. So imagine my surprise this afternoon when I was strolling through set and I slipped on a patch of sawdust. As I felt my feet slide out from underneath me, I fully expected to feel the reassuring/supportive hands of Alison Hepburn at my back, averting certain disaster. But it turned out I had to avert my own disaster. No, instead of Alison sweeping in to the rescue, I had to windmill my arms as my right foot streaked forward like I was sliding into second base, capturing my weight on my shaky left foot. I glanced back to see how close Alison had come to missing me – only to discover she hadn’t kept the requisite two paces behind me. Instead, I found her thus –
Happily snapping away, totally oblivious to the catastrophe forestalled. I mean, seriously! I had to catch myself! What’s next? Will I have to hole-punch my own photocopies? Throw out my own recyclables? Be expected to chew my own lunch?!!
Anyway, I consulted the hidden camera I had placed on set to catch construction personnel taking unauthorized bathroom breaks and came across these snaps:
I mean, honestly. This is a place of work, not tomfoolery and horseplay. While they’re running around set, drilling holes in load-bearing hat stands and generally not catching me, fellow Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza and I are hard at work prepping the show and testing the structural integrity of a four can high-rise –
Which may seem like tomfoolery and horseplay but is actual important research for an upcoming episode of the show.
I mean – come on!