June 24th, 2010 by Mark Lasser
When I used to produce and production manage video, I’d hire hundreds of crew members and contract with dozens of vendors. Eventually I got to the point where I established relationships with certain crew and companies and they became my preferred production team. After ten years producing, I had a great set of resources to call on for each project. Unfortunately, there were two crew people who always came on board that I could never get rid of. They had odd names. One was called Somebody and the other was Someone. I never did meet them in person, but they were always around.
Once I looked out onto the set at wrap and saw the security guys were no longer around. I called over the 2nd Assistant Director who would normally know what was up. She informed me that Somebody told them they could leave early. I of course asked who, only to be told again, it was Somebody.
Another day the caterer was short ten meals for us. I know how many I had authorized on the call sheet so it was a mystery as to why we were short. Well, apparently Someone told the caterer the wrong head count.
These two trouble makers were responsible for many rumors also. Someone once told the crew they would be having a short day. Somebody, on another occasion told the crew we’d be working a 20 hour day.
It sure would have been nice to have web based collaboration tools like Market7 in those olden days of the 90’s. If we had such tools, the crew, the security guys and the caterer could all see the website for the production and would know that Somebody and Someone were wrong about almost everything said.