what is the craziest job or most unusual job you have had to perform on a set?
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"Fluffer" for the female talent on a porn shoot. Person hired for the job got food poisoning the night before.
Was asked to pilot the plane in Public Enemies....no license or idea how to do it....was always told volunteer for everything...so I did. Michael Mann said I couldn't because I was already in a vehicle shot. I'm sure I could have gotten the plane up......
"Spritzer." A swimsuit shoot on a Malibu Beach, sunset on a Tuesday. It was my job to spritz water droplets on the models and brush sand off of their skin.
"Wind Maker" A feature film shoot I was on last month the DP ask me if I have any idea how I could make wind from a tree as it was so humid filming in CT, I just started fanning the low limbs and I was actually caught on Camera :)
@Kay. A 100lb clear braided fishing line wrapped over a lower branch or two would have done the trick too. Just make sure you use work gloves on the line so you don't cut your hands.
@amber The DP wanted to pick up a bell sound that hang on the tree so you had to figure out the right speed and I used a small bounce reflector , the 1001b fishing line would make it a storm lol
@Kay. No problem. We don't want to cause a typhoon. There are multiple paths up the mountain of success but if you ever DO need to make a huge wind, they even make "matte clear," line now that is damn near invisible to the eye, much less a camera lens.
Years ago on a horror film I did SFX for, I had to make it look like a guy was gouging his own brains out. I had to (and it only lasted about three takes) wrangle real pig brains. Good times. XD
I was body double for a beautiful young Iranian actress. The gag was that her character is getting her back waxed. I stepped out of my role as cinematographer and offered up my back as the insert-shot stunt double. One take. DAMN it hurt.
Rainy day, our football players didn't show because of the forecast(!). So I went to the YMCA and even nearby high school graduation parties to recruit extras for a locker room scene. We did manage to pull together a motley crew for our "championship" team. I laugh every time I see those shots.
While working on a reality TV makeover show our production vehicles got broken into and the casts purses were stolen from the vehicles while we were filming the big reveal, I was tasked with taking $1500 in hundred dollars bills and breaking them down to 5,10,and 20s. So at 11pm I had to venture out into the worst parts of San Francisco on a Tues night to achieve this task. Needless to say many businesses looked at me like I was a drug dealer. After dealing with several questionable people that helped with maybe $200 I was forced to drive 40 miles away to a casino to finish the task. Walked out with my pockets bulging and a fear of either being pulled over and having to explain my situation or being robbed.