The Actor And The Call Sheet

Let's assume that you are playing Zina, a lead role in this movie, and your name is Roam Kally. From the information on the call sheet, you know what scenes you are shooting today and the order in which they will be shot. You're lucky today, because scenes 62, 63, and 64 will be shot in sequence, in the order that they appear in the shooting script. This is always best for the actor, for obvious reasons. You can also tell that everything will be shot on the same location, which is also good for the actor, because you can "bunker in" and feel some sort of reality from the surroundings; there will be a continuity of place, which is always comforting. You also know that your character will be wrapped by 8:30 pm because the dailies are being shown, and key crew members, along with the director, will have to view them. There's one more comforting bit of news in this: You know that if you are home by 8:30 pm, your next day's pickup call cannot be earlier than 8:30 am, because of a twelve-hour turnaround law. You must have twelve hours off between drop-off and pickup. So, all in all, it should be a very good day. Of course, everything could change in an instant for reasons ** beyond your control, but that's part of the fun. ^

The last scene of the day, scene 64, has a weather-permitting note -g indicated on the sheet. That means that there is a certain type of light or § sky that the director has in mind for this scene. Since weather is beyond ^ anyone's control, the scene is up in the air until the very last moment. ^ That moment will be around the hour of sunset, and the decision to £ shoot or not to shoot will be made at that time. Everyone assumes until ^ the final second that it's going to be a go. g

I once worked on a Woody Allen movie set in the 1920s with a huge cast. We had a 5:30 am makeup call, which meant rising at 3:30 am for me. There was a series of exterior shots that he wanted to do with a crowd on the beach and a certain type of cloud formation in the sky over the ocean. We waited four days for those clouds. Each day, we would arrive, get camera-ready, and wait. At the end of the day, we were wrapped and told to come back tomorrow. On the fourth day, they scrapped the scenes altogether. If he couldn't get what he wanted, he didn't want it at all, and it was becoming too expensive to wait any longer. No one complained; we all just took it in stride.

Back to Bucket of Blood. Since you are a lead character, you have been styled and fitted for makeup and wardrobe a week or so before your first day of shooting. On the call sheet, you see that your pickup time is 7:15 am. You will be brought directly to the set, where you will have a trailer or a honeycomb compartment of your own. An actress can count on an hour or two of allotted time for ordinary makeup, hair, and costume; for men, it's usually much shorter. You will probably have time to make a quick stop at craft services (the table or truck with coffee, donuts, bagels, etc., which supplies snacks and beverages for cast and crew in between the meal periods) to grab a cup of coffee that you can take with you when you report to the makeup trailer.

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