I am currently working on reality show (or as production likes to put it, “a documentary style television show”) that is filming at a house in a very ritzy and secluded¬† neighborhood. Now when I say secluded I mean so damn secluded and conservative that having crew members walking around with tattoos freaks the neighbors out.
This morning I was walking from the production office around the house to the tech room.¬† As I am walking on the sidewalk I see an older woman riding her bicycle and like any other good samaritan I side-step out of her way so she can pass.¬† I smile at her and instead of a smile back she bitterly says “go back to hollywood!” as she lifts her arm and shakes her fist at me.
Now first of all I don’t live in Hollywood.¬† I am a local hire for the city that we are working in.¬† So going back to hollywood would not really make any sense for me to do.¬† Second what exactly does she think this is going to accomplish by this?¬† Does she think that since she said that we are all going to magically pack up and leave?¬† What ever happened to people being nice or maybe even just polite?
Now personally I do not see the big deal of a production filming in a neighborhood, but I am probably jaded since I work in the industry.¬† I mean it’s not as if all of us crew members are here specifically to make this woman’s life miserable.¬† We are here because we were hired and this is steady work for four months.
We honestly have no say of where or when we shoot and if they really have a huge problem with us being there then they should talk to the film commission that allowed us to be here in the first place.
Or they can just continue to yell angry remarks at random crew members since that will obviously get things accomplished.