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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Flake Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:27 pm

REPO Man wrote:And why does this happen? Because it's just me, my other coworker and either my manager or my supervisor, and no one else. Basically me and up to two people. As if it's such a hassle to hire more people!


That's the curse of being competent and reliable - more work gets shifted onto you. You have to be careful about that. If you let it slide too much, it becomes assumed that the 'extra' parts are just another part of your job. It might be time to either ask for more money, drops hints about job hunting, or just insist that your time has value. Get serious.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by ElkinFencer10 Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:31 pm

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REPO Man wrote:And why does this happen? Because it's just me, my other coworker and either my manager or my supervisor, and no one else. Basically me and up to two people. As if it's such a hassle to hire more people!


That's the curse of being competent and reliable - more work gets shifted onto you. You have to be careful about that. If you let it slide too much, it becomes assumed that the 'extra' parts are just another part of your job. It might be time to either ask for more money, drops hints about job hunting, or just insist that your time has value. Get serious.

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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by REPO Man Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:41 pm

Filmmaking doesn't involve running 900-1600+ pieces of grocery freight with only up to 2 other stockers. Filmmaking won't exacerbate my bad back or my (currently sore) left ankle. Plus I won't be making my films through the studio system so I won't have corporate asshats breathing down my neck. Basically make the films I want on my terms, possibly financed via Kickstarter, with my vision undiluted by studio avarice. Made on my own time, within reason. And basically I'd be the boss, not like the Food Lion managers, who comprise about a third of the workers and can't even hire another fucking stocker.

Oh, sure, we're getting student workers in June. But when they're required to leave at 3am and leave in the fall, it'd be dumb NOT to hire another year-round stocker. God knows if they did, we'd get done sooner, and not stay so late, racking up overtime pay hand over fist. It's only Monday and since the week's hours began at 12:01 am Sunday I've worked 17 hours! Last week I almost worked 60 hours just at Food Lion alone. That's almost 20 hours of overtime, and with overtime paying $16.50 that's almost $330 in overtime pay! After taxes that's probably under $700 in one week and if this week is the same that's around $1400 on my paycheck. :shock: :shock:

Yeah, they can afford another stocker.

Yeah, the money's great but I have sleep to catch up on, a house to maintain and sanity to replenish.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by marurun Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:44 pm

Most indie filmmakers I know have “real” jobs, because making indie films is not a reliable way to live. It can be very satisfying, but rarely does it pay rent or put food on the table. So plan on doing your indie films on your days off. As for your back and your ankle, in indie filmmaking you are your own gopher and often have to manage all your equipment. Be prepared to wear back and ankle braces cause you’ll be lugging your own equipment. It’s not like you’ll be able to afford to pay someone else to do it.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by alienjesus Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:47 pm

REPO Man wrote:Filmmaking doesn't involve running 900-1600+ pieces of grocery freight with only up to 2 other stockers.

Plus I won't be making my films through the studio system so I won't have corporate asshats breathing down my neck.


Lights, cameras and sound equipment is heavy and needs transported. Props and scenery is heavy and needs transported.

If you're not going through the studio system, then you're independent. You'd best get used to lugging around lots of heavy stuff daily.

And when you're starting out and can't afford staff, look forward to holding that boom mic in the air for hours. That thing kills your arms.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Ack Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:54 pm

Yeah, about that...

Filmmaking will require you haul gear in a variety of locations, conditions, and temperatures. I once spent a day filming in 90 degree heat inside a mechanic shop with no A/C, followed by a shoot by a dumpster in 100 degrees and open sun while corraling kids to keep them from getting hit by cars. The smell was amazing. I think our lead actor spent two hours laying in dumpster water. Everybody helps, even the director, because otherwise it ain't getting done.

Filmmaking will also require you know how the various jobs get done, which means sometimes holding cameras, holding a boom mic for hours, climbing up ladders to tape a power cable to the ceiling and a mirror to the wall so you can get your lighting just right, etc..

At some point, you will end up straining every muscle you've got learning those jobs. You're not going straight into the director's chair. You've got to experience life as a PA, a gaffer, a cameraman, and so on. Even actors will sometimes have to help out unless you have so much funding you can afford an army of PAs. I've been an assistant director and still did bitch work, because otherwise I wasn't going home that night.

And even if it's your vision, unless you're paying for it entirely on your own, you answer to whoever is giving you money. Producers, backers, bankers, financiers, someone is paying, and they get a say no matter what. Otherwise, they pull funds, and you don't get to make squat. It doesn't matter if it's an indie project or a major studio, film is every bit as much about commercialism as it is art.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:51 pm

I feel that, if REPO made a well-edited documentary about who he is, his life now, where he lives, what he does, his hopes and dreams, etc., it would probably be pretty good...You don’t need to go to NYC to do that, REPO, and it’d give you some experience making and editing films.

Just a suggestion...
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by REPO Man Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:56 am

I've actually thought about making roughly 3 and a half films in my town. A giallo-style mystery, a Lovecraftian thriller and an '80s-style '50s throwback inspired creature feature. The half is a house swap dramedy set here and in NYC.

Also I'd branch out beyond cinema with other endeavors to help establish my brand, if you will.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Ack Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:41 am

So what is keeping you from writing them?
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by bmoc Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:51 am

REPO Man wrote:I've actually thought about making roughly 3 and a half films in my town. A giallo-style mystery, a Lovecraftian thriller and an '80s-style '50s throwback inspired creature feature. The half is a house swap dramedy set here and in NYC.

I like the sound of that creature feature! The Blob (1988) was a guilty pleasure of mine back when it was airing on tv regularly.



Work has been a bit of a rollercoaster for me lately. A long time coworker left the company several weeks ago. He was the only one in my department that has been here longer than me and I've been here just shy of 20 years. Soon after that, we had some massive (for us) lay offs. Many vacant positions will remain unfilled and several more were cut. My department lost two positions to this and I would argue that we were already understaffed.

Right after the lay offs happened, my boss lets me know that my position is being cut in the next fiscal year. I turned down a promotion a few weeks ago because the pay was not competitive even for our industry. Basically he told me that I had to take that promotion or take a lateral move to another (harder) position. Either way I am going to be underpaid. And it is not like I wasn't pulling my weight, I have glowing performance reviews every year. And to pour salt on the wound, he told me that I had to give him an answer that day. I flat out told him that was nowhere near enough time and I would need the weekend to think on it. I was stunned that they would treat a long time employee like that.

I seriously considered letting them lay me off. But leaving this job probably means moving. There aren't many decent playing tech jobs in this area. Working remotely isn't a good option right now due to my home internet situation (more on that later). So I came up with a third option and pitched it to one of my coworkers. Essentially, I would split the raise that was offered with my coworker and we would cross-train on all of our duties. That way one of us could potentially take a vacation without being called - work/life balance and all that. We will have two different titles to mask the fact that we are essentially doing the same job and have some protection for future lay offs if they occur.

My coworker liked the idea and we pitched it to my boss. He thought it was a great idea and got it approved by the administration. So in the end, I got a 10% raise and will be drastically changing my job responsibilities. I'll have to learn some new skillsets while training some of the junior members of the department on how to do the things that I currently do. I plan to stick it out for a year or two and get some new certifications. I'll reevaluation whether to leave or stay after that.

Regarding my home internet, Straight Talk cut off the data to the phone I was using because I consumed too much data. So much for their "Unlimited" plan right? Right now I'm using the phone that I carry with me for internet. I should be able to get Windstream's cable internet at my house. I am really close to their fiber backbone but so far they have been giving me the runaround about coming those last few hundred feet to my house. So I went to their local office and let guy at the counter know what was going on. He sent an email to the engineering dept and told me he would personally call me back when he got a response. To his credit, that is what he did and engineering said that they should be able to get it to me. I am meeting them tomorrow at my house to hopefully get this resolved. I really hope this pans out. I will be nice to have decent and truly unlimited internet for the first time in 3.5 years.
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