In a perfect world, I’d be sleeping peacefully away like those two pictured above (Look at them! They get to actually sleep on set instead of pretending they’re simply “deep in thought” which is MY go-to) , but until they finish fine-tuning that teleportation technology I’ve been anxiously awaiting (for going on thirty years now), it looks like early (early!) wake-ups will continue to be part of my daily routine.
Not only do you have to get in early enough for first blocking, but you really need to get in early enough to grab a parking spot otherwise you’re shuttling over from the production offices.
Mind the flashing light! If it’s on, DO NOT ENTER at the risk of director Bruce McDonald throwing you in solitary.
Given the choice, I always choose “Lunch”.
I discover two other early birders: Boom Operator Drew Williams (left) and Director of Photography Craig Wright (right). I assumed they came in early to beat traffic or simply misread the call sheet, but it turns out they were in Gen. Pop. lockdown overnight.
Speaking of Drew, I was watching some of the behind-the-scenes footage I’d shot last night with Akemi. Her prevailing comment of sheer amazement? “Amazing scene!”? “Super cool set”? No. It was “He (Drew) should be careful or he’ll have back problems!”. Also in early early this morning – Matt Purdy who, between stand-in work on the show, is editing a short film AND a feature he just co-wrote, directed (and co-directed) during the hiatus. Busy guy!
Once we got started, director Bruce McDonald positively blazed through the day, wrapping early so that we could all get a head start on the weekend!
I mean, get a good night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s special Saturday shoot!
P.S. Join me for my Periscope session tomorrow, live from the Dark Matter set! Lunch has been pulled, so I’m aiming for 1:45 p.m. local time! Check your world clock for the time in your area!