The Corner Shop Gamble
As a production runner on shoots, I’m never short of on-the-day requests from the rest of the crew, and to call them “random” would be something of an understatement.
In the last week, for example, I’ve had to find plasters (for when our art director cut his hand falling into a bath while scratching off a window decal above it), a hair dryer (for drying a shower between shots), a cafetiére (owner of the location house wouldn’t let us use her's, photographer liked ‘proper’ coffee) and even a cuddly toy (tbh I have no idea).
What makes this difficult is that most of the locations we shoot at are in residential areas with only a corner shop nearby. And when you’ve got a hangry producer demanding grapefruit flavour San Pellegrino (yep, that happened) you really do have to weigh up your shopping options carefully. Do I choose the corner shop’s dusty shelves of sweets and cleaning products and risk coming back empty-handed, or do I hot foot it to the supermarket 2 miles away and face the wrath of my producer for having spent at least 45 minutes away from set?
For those who may find themselves in a similar situation, here’s a Venn diagram featuring some of my requests from the last month – intended to help you work out if that sweaty dash to a supermarket is really worth it.