A lot of people like overtime, because it means more money than they’d planned on. Not me. I budget. (Well, Mrs. TAPA budgets; I mostly ask her when it’s okay to spend money.)
But, money’s money, and at least overtime means more of it.
Unless you’re me.
See, this low-budget, cable pilot I was working on had an eight day schedule. The plan was to shoot Tuesday through Saturday, take Sunday off, then finish the next week on Monday through Wednesday.
We fell behind schedule, as you do, and the producer decided we needed to add another day. Not Thursday, though. No, we’d be working Sunday.
After all, the gear and the location were already rented for that day, anyway. All you’re adding is the crew’s pay, and that wouldn’t even require overtime.
What’s that, you say? How can they expect us to work nine days straight without any penalties?
Here’s how: the week starts Sunday, and ends Saturday. We’d be working five days one week, four days the next. Of course, there wouldn’t be a weekend between those two weeks.
I’m sure that’s exactly what the California legislature intended when they wrote the overtime laws.