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jangbones - 2011-12-01

The first shoot I ever worked on was a location shoot in Philadelphia for a clothing company.

I'm helping set up the dolly track, and the dolly is already on the first part of the track. The AC sets the 35mm film camera onto the dolly, but doesn't attach it. He then walks away to get the screws to attach it.

Before he comes back, the dolly grip comes over and pushes the dolly and the 35mm film camera bounces off the cement.

The punchline is that even though it was one hundred percent the fault of the moron AC who left a camera unsecured on top of a mount, the AC was related to the director, so the director fired the dolly grip on the spot. Film and teevee is drunk with nepotism and is always worse off for it.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2011-12-01

hahahahah! dolly grip!! :D

Nyms Lives! - 2011-12-01

Purple, dolly grip is the hardest working mofo on set. While most grips get to work their asses off during setup then lounge around during shoot, dolly grip gets to work their asses off during setup then work their asses off some more during shoot.

And 100% agree with jangbones via nepotism and buddy-ism. I saw so many peons take the fall and get fired when the mistake maker was related to or a friend of the higher ups.

P.S. do you know what the definition of AC is? Someone who has been hit in the head too much to be DP, but not enough to be a producer.
That being said, I *always* doublechecked the attachments if anyone else did them (and usually didn't allow anyone else to do it). Got a lot of grief for it, but on at least 1 occasion I saved a 0K camera from a nasty fall.

memedumpster - 2011-12-01

Oh yeah, anyone on a set that arrived in something higher class than a grip truck is just a human piece of shit. Especially if it has California plates.

Creepy how many of us have experienced this.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2011-12-01

This sounds worse than the Coast Guard.

jangbones - 2011-12-01

Teevee is filled with some of the most repulsive dickholes on the planet.

I once stood up to an insane agency producer who responded by calling my manager and telling him he personally saw me doing meth in the back of the building, which of course was a complete fabrication.

Fortunately my boss is a good friend of mine and we laughed about it, but what kind of human do you have to be to even attempt something like that?

CrimsonHyperSloth - 2011-12-01

5 for the stories because of this video.

I hope you guys are working on a book, blog, something that lists these stories. Do you have anything else you can entertain us with?

memedumpster - 2011-12-01

I got kicked off a job once for telling a producer she lacked basic human communication skills. Her reason for firing me was that she prides herself in how she communicates.

WitlessJ - 2011-12-02

The fuck are you goons talking about?

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2011-12-02

sorry nyms! i dunno what a dolly grip is, I just think it sounds funny!! possibly like some kind of sex toy/act. Maybe its like architects dont find the name "walter gropius" funny anymore after constant exposure to it... but for gods sake the mans name is gropius!!! like hes the king of groping!! hahahhaa!!

That guy - 2015-09-14

I've done some dolly grip work. I've never let a camera fall off of my dolly.

I had a director blow up at me once. 15 seconds prior to rolling, he told me that he would tell me when to stop. During the take, he told me to stop, from like 2 feet away. 10 seconds after the cut, he blew up that I stopped when he told me to.

My main consolation was that he was making a piece of trash with no audience for it.

fedex - 2011-12-01

almost deserving of the short and sweet tag

yogarfield - 2014-06-09

Time Travel: That, ladies and gents, is a sneaker wave. You can even see a killer log (actual term) rolling in the distance.

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