Last week my friend Joe Cooke of Angler Audio gave me a call about a film he's working on. He said a few set P.A.s were probably getting the boot, and he'd highly recommend me for the job.
It was definitely a high compliment; he said that working with me previously on the set of Amor Sangre was great; he loved how I handled things and propelled production with my attitude, adding that he'd love to work with me professionally for years to come! It was a high compliment that he would even think of me and recommend me for the job, but to get involved in this opportunity was all the more amazing. He said he'd let me know about the P.A. position as quickly as he could - and, last Friday, he called me up and said 'head down to Rhode Island and help on the set of Black Beauty!'
I met with the producers Jude Walko and Dan Campbell of Blue Falcon Productions when I was brought to the set, and instantly everyone was welcoming. Within 20 minutes I was assigned 'craft services' and to assist our caterer, actor Pat O'Hara!
Here you can see the guys I worked with - but wait, who are those famous faces? Why, it's none other than Bruce Davison and Luke Perry! I walked on-set and, instantly, Bruce shook my hand and held it as he complimented my 'I Love Lucy' shirt. He said he could tell me stories about Lucille from years ago when he worked on Mame (1974). He had some great stories!
I enjoyed the work, and being a P.A. on a set of this caliber was nothing like the last time I was a P.A. - back in school. It made me realize that, when I direct my own productions, I'm also doing the work of an A.D. and a P.A. - and that's a lot of work. Apparently it's hard to find a decent P.A. - I hope I was one of the good ones!
Well, I hope I made a good impression. I would love to work with this production crew again in the future!