Archive for February, 2010

So when I posted  “Beware Shankill rd, Someone who has deemed themselves as “The Craig’s List Police” Flagged me and removed my post and sent me this reply…
you post was not remvoed by shankill rd but by me  and every rant you post there will be remvoed and not just by flagging as I have reported you directly to CL adminstrators
this is not your person blog to rant about productions you don’t like
this list is for crew gigs
if you were stupid enough to take a job for a company you don’t like or you didn’t get paid that is your own fault, that doesn’t give you the right to rant here on this list
many of us work hard to keep this list free from violations
and to keep the list clean and free from people posting things like this.
each violation can cost you upto 1500, read the I accept  and the rules at CL they can fine you upto 1500 for violating the rules.
if you have a beef with shakill rd take it up with them, call the state, file a lawsuit, but don’t try to turn this into your own personal blog to rant  about your mistakes
this list could be full of this as lot of people are stupid like you and allow themselves to get ripped off by production companies
put up a  blog make sure it gets a good result in searches at google and yahoo and then those of us who are smart enough to check out the production companies we work for will know not to work for them.
but don’t think that those of us who do make good money from Cl will allow you to mis use the list and post prohibited ads
as we won’t and Cl will fine you the 1500 you agree to pay if you are violating the rules
This was my reply:

Wow, a personal attack. Calling me stupid and all the other shit. Well screw you. I was trying to help people. ALL OF WHOM GOT SCREWED BY THESE CLOWNS, and if you gave a crap you would understand. I was not aware of the policy and do apologise for that. It was only my intention to try and reach out to as many people I could.Since I know hundreds of people who actively search for work thru cl, and me being one of them, I just wanted to tell people the real deal. I would attempt to explain it in more detail but you obviously dont care. Fine, report me, I will make my case and see where it goes from there. People turn to crags list for a number of different reasons…I was only trying to help…So you go ahead and police cl all you want, call me all the names you want etc…I wont be intimidated by you or anyone else. I called all the unions, reported them to the labor board and consulted a lawyer about it, so cl was the last line of defence for all the poor folks who would have been coned into taking the gig as I was…I will never post on there again and in closing…go fuck yourself you coward, and it is already up on my blog and soon so will your reply.Im all for keeping CL clean, and I completely understand and agree with you, my posts  were a knee jerk reaction to a very painful and traumatic time and felt the need to try and help someone else. Oh and by the way, I got 27 replies saying thank you and only one asshole like you attempting to bitch me out. So suck it douche bag.Those r the people I care about.

These are my thoughts…

This dip shit is kinda right and kinda wrong…Yes, CL is no place for a sounding board for people to bitch because lets face it, this is an ego driven industry and people constantly bitch about the smallest and stupidest shit all the time…If there were no rules and no one to govern the site, we would be hard pressed to actually find a work gig because there would be nothing but rants. I get it. However…Someone posted a warning on there when they saw a post for the return of Shankill Rd looking for crew to complete the second half of Principal Photograpgy…They took it upon themselves to post a warning and mentioned me,Not by name but by situation and position (the Dolly Grip Got sick), so I took it upon myself to write my own post…The original poster only wrote a short paragraph and did not go into detail at all. It was one sided and although correct in Nature, needed to be balanced out a bit. Also, Like I said in my post, I dont go for anonymous crap…Everyone wants to be heard but no one has the balls to stand behind their thoughts with a name and a face attached..Not me. I WANT people to know that I will stand behind every word that comes out of my mouth. Now…That dosent mean I am right all the time..I am a human being and I make mistakes, but when your wrong your wrong and when your right your right..I have no problem uttering the words  “I stand corrected”..Only an idiot thinks their right all the time, a moron will disagree because they just dont get it and an asshole will disagree just to be…well…an asshole. Its their nature..Honestly…I am none of these. I have eaten plenty of crow and washed it down with vinager…All the while wearing egg on my face…But from all of that, I came out the other side stronger, smarter and most importantly…Just a little more humbled. There is nothing like looking like an idiot to bring you back down to earth…My point? Both people, the original poster and the jerk off who flagged and removed me did so, annonomously..Atleast I had the balls to use my real e mail addy and my real name…Reported me to Craig’s list Administrators? Fine me 1500? This dude must be on crack or something…I laugh every time I think of it…Imagine….when there are hookers and rapists, child molesters, thieves, con men and women…All the idiots of the world are doing business as usual on CL, but they are going to supposedly fine ME 1500? I highly doubt it…Plus…I didnt do anything wrong, or spiteful or illegal…All I was doing was trying to help people….So as a result of my post and a few follow up phone calls, the Production is going to pay the crew UP FRONT and there will be a SAG rep on site at all times to make sure they play by the rules…I must say, I am proud of myself… Had no one said or done anything who knows what could have happened????Speak your mind people, its the only way to change the world.


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wow im tired…

So I did a day play gig today and literally got my ass handed to me on a platter…We flew 3 12x’s a 6x and a ton of beach..We were inside outside inside outside up stairs down stairs upstairs down stairs…(intentionally no commas because the day ran like that so…………… so is my  sentence….) I am so sore i can barely move. We shot at Agua Dulca in the mountains…930 am call and shot into the night. Sucked because all the ins and outs, we were working up a sweat, then going out in the cold…It sure does play hell with your muscles…Hot then cold then hot and cold again…Now, my muscles are contracting and my body is starting to stiffen…No sleep for me tonight. I am going to be in hell in about 2 hours when my body catches up to my mind. Wow, Im in some pain but you know what?….It was worth every second. I love working hard. I love just busting ass all day and feeling just beat up from the street up at the end of the day…Nothing like it…Even though I feel like shit, I am happy as hell because I got to spend my day,  living the dream yet again, and I thank the stars and beyond that I get to do what I do.

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Hi everyone, I dont go for all the anonymous crap…So here it goes…My name is CASEY SLADE, I was the dolly grip and hammer on Shankill rd the first time around. and like the posting said, I did get EXTREMELY sick, in fact I should have gone to the hospital without a doubt.

I laid in bed for 2 weeks after wrap with a temp of 103, and the WORST HEADACHES I could ever possibly imagine (and I have had migraines since a kid, these headaches made those feel like a thorn in a paw by comparison) due to toxic poisoning.

I was sweating so much that it was like someone dumped buckets of water on me in my sleep..NO EXAGERATION..When I told the first AD about my sickness he looked at me and smirked it off like it was no big deal..So I went right to the DP, my friend and he immediately looked at me and said “Wow Casey, you look like shit, whats wrong” without me saying a word he immediately knew something was up…

Reason i got sick was due to art dept (acting under the orders of production) had to stain a floor with Min Wax in order to dress the existing set floor to look more like a bar floor..So they laid out a few gallons of the stuff on a closed sound stage while we were shooting on another set.It clearly stated on the can use in ventilated area and causes cancer and all that jazz but they did it anyway.

It was weird, where I was standing was in some sort of cross draft due to internal a/c and I was apparently in the cross hairs of the fumes. Other people came down with headaches but none got as sick as I did. The CRAZY thing is, that if I havent thrown a COMPLETE shit fit, they would have kept driving us like the cattle they thought we were…Seriously.

These people had Joe Esteves and other SAG talent on this stage, breathing the shit in and nobody said a word….Even Art Dept was laying the stuff without resporaters…So…finally, the set was cleared, I told my guys not to set foot in there until it was gone but it took so long they decided to call the day..Subsequently the next day was called as well because they decided to take advantage of the down time and finish the floor…By the way, we only got paid half day rate for the down time


And that took over a month and a half of constant phone calls to a voice mail because no one was answering the phone anymore…..

I EVEN CALLED SAG (card carrying member for over 15 yrs but havent done squat cause I need to eat…lol) Called the safety hotline, AND NO ONE BOTHERED TO EVEN SHOW UP! Another thing, when set was cleared the first day, and no one was allowed in the building, Production marched the lead and supporting cast in to take publicity photos..I couldnt believe it! It was a toxic environment …But hey! Lets take some pictures…I could go on and on and on…Literally. But you get the point…

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls…Union and Non union brothers and sisters…I learned an invaluable lesson on this:

…If you get sick, go to the hospital and get it checked out…Friends or no friends…Because when it all comes down whats left at the end of the day is you.

We have to watch each other’s backs and make a stand when things are wrong…Otherwise we will deserve what we get…In fairness, did they intend for us to get sick…No. I dont believe so..However, the lack of prep combined with a locked time frame, absolute idiots in production (line producer didnt know what a slider was…seriously.) and a complete disregard for other peoples safety lead to thier own demise….

Now they are back…Dont let them fool you by saying..Its a all new production, or things have changed, or whatever bullshit they are going to throw at you to lull you into a false sense of security…Don’t buy it.


…Everything I have said here is the truth and I stand by every word that comes out of my mouth…My name is Casey Slade and I love every one of you whether I know u or not…anyone need a slightly damaged dolly grip? I need work…Just thought I might as well throw that out there while I have your attention…lol.


safety, safety, safety….

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Independent film…The land of Gimmie more…How many times have we all heard…

“Overtime? We can’t pay overtime”, or, “can’t you just get the crew to stay for another hour”, “this is a labor of love and were all going to have something that will be forever and we will be proud of”


…Meanwhile, it is 105 in the shade, your standing in a parking lot in sun valley and there is no bottled water…And some douche is trying to justify it..This actually happened to me. When I complain about things like subway party platters for lunch, no bottled water (preferably on ice) and driving my crew like a heard of cattle for a buck and a quarter flat, all of a sudden Im the bad guy…Well on behalf of the working class of the industry and the world…FUCK YOU!

We are not dogs, we are not slaves, and we do matter. Sure, there are plenty of people who will take our places, but it is only a matter of time before you have established a reputation for yourselves and the only ones who will work for you are the people who will take your crap…Sure, when there is no work and people are scrambling, we get a lot less picky, but now you have become a paycheck job. Just a gig to pay the rent. When your crew is happy (by happy, i mean taken care of in a professional manner,,,fuck Starbucks, just give us water and a decent BALANCED meal for starters)..When your crew is happy, they are invested in your project and a natural byproduct of that is better performance…I PROMISE YOU!

I dont give a crap if you have a plumbing company, treat people like dogs or sheep/cattle and you will have dissention thru the ranks. Not only that but before you know it, it will bite you in the production ass and it will be too late to do anything about it. So, since you wanted to save some money and only get 2 cases of water, your crew has just walked, or has passed out from heat exhaustion (or at the very least,working at half speed) or worse…Either way,you screwed yourself and your production and your going to look for an scapegoat to take the focus off of you and direct it to the crew.

Ive seen it dozens of times…LITERALLY. Look, no ones perfect and people make mistakes…Especially when your trying to juggle 100 balls in a moving convertible going 1000 miles an hour…I get it, believe me…However, it will be an always loosing argument for no water on set…You want more out of us? Fine. Treat people like human beings, even if they carry dirt all day, which by the way, aint no picnic…Feed em and keep em hydrated, a random thank you here and there…T

hese small things will work wonders..I love what I do, ALL the jobs I do…I concider myself a professional. I work with an awesome collection of people who all work their asses off for you to have your product…Fair is fair.Wow…I feel better….I actually feel thinner..lol…I love you all.

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Im not Fabulous…

You have no idea how much energy it takes to be this friggin happy.

I am nobody. Living in a world full of somebody.I like myself, and I genuinely like other people. At times one can feel sorry for themselves and others, they can celebrate their existence by shouting from the rooftops. Duality. The constant thread of humanity that not only keeps us all crazy and guessing, but it’s the fondant of our lives that allow us to change and grow. Duality. The self-contradiction that allows us to do a complete about-face and go in a different direction…We all have to be different people at times. When we want to literally grab our bosses by the throat and shake them senseless, we look plainly into their eyes and nod or smile and submit like the dogs we are. Friends, Family, try telling them all the truth about how you really feel about shit and see how many invites you get for the holidays…Duality. The necessity of co-existance…Me? I’m no different. I am not hard to figure out if one is so inclined. All one has to do is pay attention and you can see all you really need to know about pretty much everyone…Obviously, you can’t see into a soul, and there is no way to know the inner you without direct contact,but just by paying attention, you can see enough to start painting pictures.
I live in the San Fernando Valley, I drive a pick up truck, and I am in the movie business…Or at least trying to be. I am 44 years old and have been in the entertainment business my entire adult life.Welcome to my train crash.

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Welcome to the adventure folks.

This is my life.

December 2009, on set for a indie feature.

Trapped in the rainforest in Scotia California… shooting a low budget independent film.

Rained on for eight days, mud, high wind, soaked to the bone with a greuling schedule…

The Art Department builds a nightclub, complete with stripper pole  (courtesy of our  Grip Department)  in the middle of nowhere to blow off some steam!

Little things like this help the crew deal with what sometimes are tragically horrific work environments…

But the haunted hotel was still creepy…

welcome to club Yub Yub Club

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