Saturday, February 07, 2009
I hate it. We spent the last three days shooting inside and out of a really big house in Arcadia, Ca. needless to say, I had the prerequisite talk with the site rep about the dolly wheels. I was told that I didn't need to have layout under the dolly as long as I used pneumatics. I tried to explain that the medium softs would do no more harm than the air tires but to no avail. Since we had gotten rid of the pneumatics for the peewee (in a bid to save money I was asked to send any dolly stuff I didn't need back to Chapman), I was compelled to roll it on layout board wherever it went.. So I switched the Hustler to all pneumatics but had to wait for what seemed like an eternity for the layout board guy to finish whatever he was doing and get around to laying a trail to get the camera to wherever it needed to be when I was on the Peewee. This added at least an hour to the day all told. And it was all because someone at some point in the past had told this lady (who was very nice) that all dolly tires but pneumatics would hurt her floor. I've rolled on everything from NBA courts to the bowling alley in the bottom of a Beverly Hills mansion and never left so much as a smudge. The misguided belief that the tires will hurt the floors drives me nuts, adds needless time to the day, and costs infinitely more money than whatever parts I can send back to Chapman to get off rental. My camera operator likes to say that layout board is the biggest scam in Hollywood. I don't know about that, it's probably good to protect floors from stands, muddy boots, etc. But all it does for the dolly is cost time.