Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:43 PM
I mean really how is it that in a single month that four producers would all schedule shoots on ONE day.
How can this be?
Come on?!? It has been One shoot every other week since x mas. and now 4 but all wanting one day? What is that crap?
Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:52 PM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:13 PM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 05:29 PM
If a given event happens on the average once a month, is free to occur earlier or later, and is also free to occur more than once in a month there is a finite probability that the event will happen four times on a given day....and you have four producers calling to book you for the same day.
Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:22 PM
Welcome to the Poisson Distribution...
What are you going on about fish for?
Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:03 PM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:53 PM
Hmmm -- this looks like a special case of Murphy's law..... ;-)
Welcome to the Poisson Distribution.
Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:18 PM
Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:37 PM
Le Poisson, Le Poisson, Hee hee hee, Haw haw haw.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:35 AM
Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:42 AM
Posted 29 January 2008 - 01:44 PM
Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:07 PM
Another situation I hate is when I have the opportunity to leave one job before it's finished to go to another job, but I'm loyal and finish the job I'm on, because inevitably, the job I'm on (or the producer or UPM of said job) will often screw me over in some way. I've been loyal in these situations in the past and it's really bitten me in the butt a couple of times. Makes you wonder what good there is in being loyal as opposed to just jumping ship at every opportunity for something better.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:35 PM
This never happens to me because I'm a staff shooter, but my goal for 2008 is to go out on my own, so I've been booking a lot of outside work.
Of course I read this thread and low and behold, whattya think happens?
Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:43 AM
How is it with 365 days a year and work being slow do producers always seem to puck the same dates?
Here's something I learned from another operator and I try to use it when I can. If you can pull it off it is a good way to nail a booking and keep yourself open for better gigs.
For the lower rate/marginal bookings or when you have a few projects pending for a date range, tell them you may have other jobs in the works but you'll confirm with them so they are covered. AND that if the other job comes through, YOU will personally find them a qualified and suitable replacement that is as good or better. It's a three-way win; you've got a bird in the hand, they have it off their plate AND you can potentially get the better job and pass something along to someone you know and trust who will hopefully return the favor one day.
Robert Starling, SOC
Steadicam Owner Operator