If there’s one thing they’ve got going, it’s that you can count on them to show up early every time.
For some freakazoid reason a commercial company wanted to shoot on our quiet and parking limited street at an architecturally notable house on a Sunday. Starting at 8 AM. Yes, Sundays are verboten unless the residents agree. We didn’t agree, this was the same company that shot another commercial on our street and also woke me up a full thirty minutes before the agreed-upon time and blocked my driveway.
I didn’t want to be woken up on Sunday at 8AM. I get one day a week to sleep in and I really wasn’t interested in money to compensate me for my extra two hours.
Our house was apparently one of the last holdouts so we got the company to agree not to put any of their production trucks in front of our house until 9:30 (including not running the generator or setting up the craft service tables in the carport at the next door neighbor’s).
So what do you think happens at 8:03 this morning? Those backup beeps and some parktard shouting out parking instructions to the trucks about three doors up from us (which amounts to 20 feet from my bedroom window).
I’m up now!
I close the window, which makes for a stuffy sleeping condition as I have no AC. I try to go back to sleep but that lasts about 10 minutes until they start unloading C-stands (they equivalent of banging high pitched gongs). Yeah, I’m outta bed now.
Then they park a toilet truck in front of our house at about 8:45 … 45 minutes earlier than our agreement. The Man askes them to move it. Then the C-stand truck comes back again and not only unloads and assembles them. I’m outta bed now and out on the sidewalk. But when I say that they’re not supposed to park there until after 9:30 they say that’s not what they’re told (well, one fellow went off to talk to the transpo guy or something).
Really all this means is that it’s going to be that much harder in the future for people to agree to have filming in their neighborhood. I will sure as hell not accept these guys here again. Yes, the entertainment (and commericial-making) industry is very important to the local economy. But ignoring agreements that you make with residents to invade their space early on a weekend morning will not engender much support. Here’s a suggestion, if you work on location a lot and you see a resident, why not smile and say “Hi, thanks for letting shoot on your lovely street (or crappy street, if that’s what they’re going for), we’re sorry for the inconvenience.”
Their poor planning and budget which is forcing them to shoot on a Sunday does not constitute a dire situation on my part to be at all sympathetic to them having to jump through the hoops set out by the film permit department. That’s why they have the rules in the first place … I moved into a residential neighborhood.
My whole issue was that they agreed not to park ANYTHING down on our end of the street until 9:30 and they jumped the gun three different times.
End of rant.
Feel free to chime in about the time a production came to your neighborhood or the experiences you’ve had on crew.