Well, maybe not the hardest way, but still, I learned.
I got myself a fancy new phone last week, and the first thing I did was figure out how to turn my phone on vibrate.
This is a very important feature on any phone, when you work on a film set. In fact, if you’re actually, physically on set, like a camera assistant or boom operator, you should probably put your phone on silent altogether.
In the office, you obviously don’t have to worry about ruining a take from your desk. Still, as a PA, I go to and from the set a lot. I make a habit of putting my phone on vibrate the moment I pull into my parking spot. That way, I don’t have to remember to switch it on and off, depending on where I am.
So, imagine my surprise when, while I was passing out callsheets, I heard the theme from Indiana Jones. (Did I mention the second thing I figured out was how to change my ringer to the Indiana Jones theme?)
At first, I assumed it was someone else’s cell (who doesn’t like Indiana Jones?), but sure enough, it was mine.
As it turns out, the “Vibrate All” option on my phone actually means, “Vibrate Phone, Texts, Chats, and Emails, But Not, However, The Alarm Clock.” I guess that was too much to fit on the screen.
I’m sure I had a good reason for setting my alarm for 3:00pm, but I’ll be damned if I can remember what it was.
The point is, it was a damn good thing I wasn’t on set. A guy could get fired for that.
So what I’m telling you is, if you get a new phone, make sure you test out everything that could set your phone off, just in case.