There’s a great big photo hanging in our office of the entire crew, save for two people. The set photographer (obviously), and me.
They gathered everybody on stage, but of course, the producer couldn’t leave the office completely unattended. What if somebody called to, you know, ask when episode ten starts shooting? (Agents do this all the time; don’t ask me why.)
Someone had to stay behind, and guess who drew the short straw.
This got me thinking about how, on some shows I’ve worked for, I was the most photographed crew member on the show. See, the only set picture more clichéd than the director holding his hands in a rectangle like an asshole…
…is the shot of the 2nd AC holding a slate:
You’ll also see this shot at least once during any making-of video. It’s like this one guy clapping a stick represents the work of literally hundreds of below-the-line crew.
Being a 2nd must look like the easiest job in the world to the audience at home. He just claps the slate all day long, right?
“Hey, ma, I got my promoted to 2nd AC!”
“Congratulations! What are you going to do with the other eleven hours and forty-seven minutes of your day?”