I think it's sad that if a show isn't an instant hit, it get cancelled. I mean, Cheers, Seinfeld, and Hill Street Blues all were good, even great, shows but it took them some time to hit their stride. I guess the days of finding an audience are long gone though.
You dated yourself and didn't even get to first base.....Phantom Engineer
Great, now you've turned this into a fart thread of which there are of 20,000 too many already. --Mitchell
Crowfan: When you care enough to send the very best.---CBG
Crowfan and evil go together.---spicy
I don't have a lot to report right now, but I didn't want another day to go by without at least a place holder here...
Yesterday was our first day of shooting the second season of Pretty Little Liars. We (set construction) are running around like the proverbial headless chickens; we have an Art Director who's out of her mind, and is CONSTANTLY making 11th hour changes to the sets. Minor BS changes that you'll NEVER see on the screen, but help to make our life hell. She's nice and all, but she thinks she's an interior decorator and not a set designer.
On a happier note, the production company generously offered to buy my lunch this season - Cha' ching!- so now I don't have to eat bologna and cheese all year. I'm taking on more responsibilities this year, and we all got a nice bump in pay. We're on last year's wages (it's a long story), but at least were not on the Movie-of-the-week wages we were getting last season. Damn cable.
Today's a somber one...a crew member collapsed on set, and stopped breathing. I don't know if he's okay or not, but from the way they were working on him, and the time it took them to get him to the ambulance, I'd say it wasn't good.
I'm sad to report that our crew member didn't make it. He will be missed. I didn't know him very well, but those that did liked him...a lot.
Sorry to be such a downer. The last couple of days have been sort of surreal around here. I had a bunch of pictures of sets and construction on sets to show you, but a memo came out at the end of last week from the VP of Legal Affairs:
It has come to our attention that several recent unauthorized photos taken on the set and/or screen grabs from dailies and confidential information have been posted on a fan based website. Please know that we are aggressively pursuing a number of leads and expect that we will be able to identify the individual(s) responsible reasonably soon. ....Please be advised that Horizon will vigorously enfore its policies and any viloations will result in immediate disciplinary action....
Blah, blah...you get the idea.
I've got some other, legal pics that I'll share with you next week. It doesn't feel like a party right now.
I've been in the biz for 22 years, and this'll be the first time he's paid me a visit. We just got word a few weeks ago that my step-mother has breast cancer. This is the second time my father has had to go through a spouse battling cancer. He lost my first step-mother to it in the late '80s. I've been trying to spend more time with him (which isn't easy considering we live about 150 miles apart), talking on the phone, and just trying to give him something else to think about. Hence, the invitation to the lot, and lunch at the commissary.
I won't be able to take him on the stage where they're shooting today because they had too many requests this week for set visits, and TV Guide is here today, so no watching them film today. Good news is that the stage where my office is located is dark today, and I'll still be able to show him some sets, and other behind-the-scenes stuff. S'okay, watching filming is pretty boring anyway.
I'll let you know how it went, and in the meantime, some shots from the WB Ranch located up the street...
The Bewitched House:
...and The Waltons place:
I found this guy hiding behind a building on the Burbank lot:
A dummy left over from the Planet of the Apes shoot. They just had him propped up in a chair, scaring people as they came around that corner...it worked.
This one I've had for a while...
These are shots from a pilot I worked on last year called The Pink House: First the model:
Then the skeleton:
Then the set:
My apologies for the quality.
Spotted: A truck with this placard on its dashboard:
Cool pics, man. There's something spooky about those set houses. I don't know what it is, but they kinda creep me out
And sorry to hear about your step-mom. I'm sure she has a good chance to beat it. Best wishes to her!
Well anyway, hi there, folks. You know, I'd been having trouble with velvet leaf, uh, cutworm and, uh, foxtail and, well, that's when the representative from Monsanto came out to my farm. He recommended a pre-emergent, inferral mixture of Lorsban with Atrazine in a tank mix and I told him to get off my land. - Farmer Joel
Well, the lunch with my father went pretty much how I thought it would, pretty superficial. Dad and I were never really close when I was growing up (parents divorced at age 11), and we've been trying to "re-connect" for years now...I wouldn't exactly call us estranged...maybe just "periphery". We don't really know each other. So, we had a nice lunch, I showed him around the lot, and we 'chatted' about 'stuff'. I have so many things I want to talk to him about, and then when we get together...it's just fluff.
Anyway, I never did get to see anyone from Torchwood yesterday, I got busy with other things, and by the time I got back to the offices, they were done. I'll have to check with my connections and see if they're filming on the lot, and if I can get in to see the sets...I'll keep you posted.
Here's some pics from the last few weeks:
These greeted us in the kitchen the first day of production:
If you know the story, "A" is stalking our heroines, uncovering all their dirty little secrets...
Here's a shot from my office overlooking the sets on Stage 6:
This is a front that we built in six days out in "The Jungle":
...and a little more completed...
Sorry for the crappy, fuzzy pics, I've taken most of these with my phone, and rather quickly in some cases, so please forgive.
Here's a "Liberty Bell" we used as reference for a bell tower scene we shot last season:
The ever-present "warnings"
...and cable for days...
A miniature Eiffel Tower:
I gotta get me a better camera.
Anyway, things are gettin' crazy, the company's doesn't come in 'til 9:00, and they're shootin' on the backlot today, so preparations are nuts...