Jun 22, 2022

Pod: 'Martini Shot'- First Position

Rob Long on how the power struggle between scheduling assistants reveals a larger kabuki theater in making TV

 
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When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the first assistant director will call out, “This is the Martini Shot!” I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. - Rob Long
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In Hollywood, even the most prosaic activities often involve a complex dance of priorities, rank and egos. This week, Rob Long explains the complex politics and power moves behind setting a meeting time that works for everyone’s schedule. Yet that exercise pales in comparison to figuring out who is in what position on which project, which often requires an advanced degree in calculus to understand. But according to Rob, it’s also why you can get by just as well with a good grasp of the concept of dithering.

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