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This funny little story was related to me recently:

The office PA was sent out for a few items that were needed on set ASAP.  (Everything’s always needed ASAP; I’m not sure why anyone even bothers to say “ASAP” anymore.)  The art department needed some rubber gloves; make-up and wardrobe were low on Polaroid film, for continuity pictures.  Normal stuff, really.

While he was out, the crew began filming a scene set on the water.  Even though the audio would be basically useless, the director wanted to record a guide track for ADR, later.  Not wanting the microphone to get wet, the boom op radioed the office that she needed a box of non-lubricated condoms to fit over the mic.

I like to imagine the clerks face when the PA showed up wtih condoms, rubber gloves and Polaroid film.

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  1. That’s funny about the condoms. I worked for a while as a custodian at a performing arts high school while I was in ….regular high school (?)…

    Anyway, they were also a massive outdoor amphitheater and the single largest customer of Durex condoms (so the story goes). My husband (then boyfriend) worked on-set for the professional productions there and I remember telling him “these must be the horniest little devils around because there are always mountains of condoms in every trash can and didn’t the teachers or staff ever notice? What kind of shenanigans are going on here??” He smiled and let me ramble on for a while in front of a few other crew members before telling me that they were for the mic packs and sound equipment so they didn’t get covered in actor’s sweat.

    Then he showed me the “virgin spreaders”….which are apparently pliers. Dirty little industry.

  2. Hi,

    currently I’m in my senior year of college, and I will be graduating with a B.A. in Cinema and Television arts.My goal is to be a television director and producer. My first question what do you think the further of television will be ? In television who gets more recognition the director or the producer. Lastly, how do you think I should approach Hollwood.
    Thanks,
    Eric

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