This is me after 'negotiating' for film drivers minimum work and pay conditions.
I get budgets and the exhorbitant costs of productions but they do know we get to see their box office takings right?! Drivers are earning less an hour than they were 10 years ago and some productions still try to drive down our minimum work conditions. Then there are those who take on new inexperienced drivers because they can pay them much less and the new drivers don't know any different and would do it for even less just to get their foot in the studio door.
This financially and professionally undermines the dedicated career film drivers who've got years of on and off set experience, multiple licenses and endorsements and put themselves through further training between gigs.
My motives for creating and pushing the Film Drivers waka has been questioned lately and it's the same now as a driver as it was when I was a payroll accountant - so that crew get what they're entitled to, and that's also why I do all the admin for any drivers I represent. For free.
Now - any advice for moisturiser?!
Everytime we swing down country, the time on the ferry and how it affects our Log Books debate comes up. Some know the online rules, others - what they've been told, but then there are some who've been told different things from officers when they've been pulled up. Here is what's online fyi...
Last night was our last swing from location back to studio for this gig. I'm not sure how the planets were aligned last night but there was some weird juju across the whole city. Not only did we have our own challenges but we passed a 5 car concertina with emergency services everywhere then the next swing one of our drivers had to dodge a body on the motorway. A body! What's that about?! When I went past 15 minute later, it looked like all the emergency services had just moved themselves from one side of the motorway to the other.
Weirdest thing of all though is there's no mention of either event in the news.
It was so heart warming to be part of such a tight and experienced team where our Captain, Anna Low @xenahellwoman was impeccable with her calmness and positivity and trust in her teams ability, meaning every one of us got to contribute to solving the dilemmas of the night.
Today I miss them all already.