Anytime you assemble a large group of people, someone’s bound to experience a minor annoyance or two. Movie sets are no exception.
Having spent my adult life in and around that environment, I’ve learned to roll with almost anything that comes down the pike. But there’s one thing I’ve never come to grips with – and I doubt that I ever will. It’s that mythologically stupid utterance by some crewmember as they pass the lens on their way through the area.
God! Just typing it gets my blood boiling.
I have no idea where, when or how that imbecilic habit originated, but it needs to be put in the ground immediately and forever. It’s a film school affectation and has no place in a professional environment. And it’s not as if the individual is asking permission to do it. They’re usually halfway past the matte box before they blurt it out. An argument might be made that it’s merely a polite nod to whomever is looking through the eyepiece, but it has the exact opposite effect. It calls attention to something that most likely wouldn’t be noticed if the offender just kept their trap shut. But then again, hey, if you’re so respectful that you have to inform everyone in the building that you’re about to do something you know you shouldn’t be doing, I have some advice for you. Take the two seconds and plot your course around the back of the camera instead.
Of course, this’s a first-world problem, and a trivial, elective one at that. But I’m hardly alone with this sentiment. I recently heard some crewmembers mocking the practice and got a good laugh out of their comments. That triggered something of a revelation. In addition to being funny, they had the added bonus of being right!
So, let’s wise up and cut the nonsense. At least the first-world will be better for the effort.