Running out of patience isn't an option
Fact: To be a production runner on shoots you have to have the patience of a saint. Requests from the rest of the crew can quickly veer from the understandable to the downright ridiculous, so it’s easy to forget how much running around they actually do.
When it comes to our shoots, what makes it extra difficult is that most of the locations are in residential areas with only a corner shop nearby. So when you’ve got an agitated director demanding grapefruit flavour San Pellegrino and a bleary-eyed photographer crying out for coffee, as a runner you really do have to weigh up your shopping options carefully. Is it a quick jog to the corner shop’s dusty shelves at the risk of coming back empty-handed? Or is it necessary to hot foot it to the supermarket 2 miles away and face the wrath of the producer for having spent at least 45 minutes away from set?
For the runner on our last shoot, the latter option it was to safely source glorified pop and some fancy Nescafé. Unfortunately by the time they got back the initial coffee request had been specified further to a cafetiére, as the photographer only likes “proper” coffee. And breeeeeathe...