I’m traveling today (long story), so I don’t have time to write a post. Instead, here’s a copypasta from a comment left on a really old post yesterday:
So, as a production manager and line producer, I can say, from personal experience, being an asshole is simply a crap choice the ADs, Producers, or UPMs make simply because they’re underskilled in managing their work. There is just no other reason.
On every film, people ef up horribly. Often, it can affect an entire day’s shoot, costing tens of thousands of dollars, but that is extremely rare; less than 1/10th of 1 percent among 200 films worked.
Unfortunately, our industry is rife with people in positions that require no talent or education and are groomed by dicks and jerks, women and men, to manage something they barely understand. Most department staff suffer the fool’s pride as a cost.
Karma doesn’t do them justice, so my advice is build a tough shell, try to out distance them with your work, and once burned, try not to ever work for them again. That is, unless you like being surrounded by assholes.
I hope every AD out there reads and takes this to heart.