Ken Levine recently wrote a post about Eliza Dushku not swimming in his pool. A location scout from Dollhouse wanted to shoot at his place, but Levine turned them down.
His initial reaction is pretty much the standard for anyone working in the business. If you’ve ever shot on location, you know you don’t want a film crew anywhere near your house.
However long the location manager says they’ll be there, they’ll be there longer. They promise the crew to be extra-careful, but your priceless collection of ancient, Mesopotamian pots will be broken. (This actually happened.) They swear they won’t disturb your neighbors, but the catering truck will run over somebody’s mailbox.
It is absolutely never worth having a film crew at your house, no matter how much you’re being paid, and everybody knows it.
Except, of course, for the set decorator who rented his house out to our crew last week.
This guy was shocked, shocked!, at how many people were going in and out of his house. He couldn’t believe we wanted to move his furniture. He had no idea how noisy we were going to be.
If someone is unfamiliar with the business, I would understand. It sounds glamorous and fun to have a movie or TV show made at your house. Of course, it’s not, but this is just one of those life lessons, you know?
But this guy is an set decorator. He should know better. It’s his job to go into stranger’s houses and screw them up. How did he not expect the same from us?