Sunday, January 29, 2012

Art Department Swing.

Swing gang members, under the direction of a lead man, are responsible for moving furniture, accessories, pictures, props, and various objects used for set decoration, on and off the set.
They must be physically able to lift and carry furniture and other heavy objects.


Someone said to me once:
You're only as good as your crew.
 
I am extremely fortunate.
These men, these gentlemen, come from Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon... they speak French amongst themselves and pronounce my name with that soft inflection.
There is no job too big for them, nothing too heavy. I row with them about not bending their knees when they lift things. I have conniptions when they climb up onto rickety structures with no safety nets. I wring my hands as they balance on beams a storey high.
The other day Roger came up to me and said: Madame... it is better if you do not see this thing. I will call you when we are done.
 
I love them from the bottom of my heart.

3 comments:

D said...

That's funny. I have a habit of accosting random strangers and imploring them to lift with their thighs and a vertical back. I really can't understand why they all look at me so strangely despite my earnestly helpful and lucid descriptions of how their lower spine works, and how likely they are to pop out a disk if they continue lifting 20km compost sacks all bent over.

The Sourcerer said...

I'd love to be a fly on the wall.

arcadia said...

Hul klink amazing.