1. Vogue is going through a midlife crisis.

    By now you know my feelings regarding the atrocious decision of putting a Kardashian on the cover of Vogue. It just doesn’t feel right to put someone who has no obvious talent - specially when getting a Vogue cover is usually a milestone achievement. Like who is next? Honey Boo Boo’s mom? This is becoming People magazine and I’m not interested in that. One fact for sure is that without Kanye’s help Kim would have never made it on the cover and Kendall probably wouldn’t have all the modeling contracts she has now. It’s as if Kanye had rescued them from the valley. But whatever, the harm is done and I’ve unsubscribed. 

    The editorial images are leaking out, and the more I see the more I think Anna Wintour has lost it. I mean, look at this, it’s Kris Jenner on a couch and GRACE CODDINGTON on the floor trying to make sense of this shoot. Grace styled it and did the best she could. I’m surprised the didn’t tell Annie Leibovitz to drop the camera and to walk out. I feel bad for Grace, she should tell Anna Wintour to stop, it’s getting embarrassing. 

    It’s obvious Kim was trying too hard. Her expressions are painful as usual and there’s nothing natural about it. Of course, Kanye was living the dream. And Nori, was begging us for mercy.

    I mean, can we just rewind to the greatest truth spoken of all time by Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, I feel like people forget about this:

    Sunday prayers: Please God grant Kimye the serenity to finally accept they will never be Brad and Angelina, Jay Z and Beyonce, or let alone Kim Kardashian a fashion ICON.

    A need to double my dose of Xanax. Whatevs.

  2. My Bitches and I be like…

  3. People who say they have to prepare for Spring Break, Coachella, or any event that requires wearing a crop top must feel very unprepared for life in general.
As the weather starts getting warmer, you need to reevaluate your life choices especially if putting on skinny jeans is the hardest part of your day. All the sudden everyone needs to lose 10 pounds the fastest way possible and all just to be able to look hot in their skimpy outfit. That’s why self-control during winter months is essential to avoid being in this predicament.
Since it’s too late to go back and say “no” to all the delicious meals your mom cooked for you during the holidays, some practical solutions for psychos like you are:
☮ Get the flu. Either ride the subway during rush hour where you’re basically trapped next to people with a running nose, or go play with your 5 year old nephew who has more germs than the elliptical at the gym.
☮ Act poor. People with malnutrition usually aren’t spotted carrying a Chanel Boy bag, but whatevs.
☮ Take a quick trip to Mexico and drink tap water. You might not enjoy your pre-Coachella symptoms, but once it’s all over you’ll look amazing. Promise.
☮ Or do the typical vegetable and juice cleanse diet, hellish amounts of exercise, adopt an eating disorder, take laxatives and, of course, tapeworms.
It’s all in your hands now, but don’t stress too much about it - don’t forget no one’s probably going to notice or remember how you looked like - we’re all going to be on drugs anyways.

    People who say they have to prepare for Spring Break, Coachella, or any event that requires wearing a crop top must feel very unprepared for life in general.

    As the weather starts getting warmer, you need to reevaluate your life choices especially if putting on skinny jeans is the hardest part of your day. All the sudden everyone needs to lose 10 pounds the fastest way possible and all just to be able to look hot in their skimpy outfit. That’s why self-control during winter months is essential to avoid being in this predicament.

    Since it’s too late to go back and say “no” to all the delicious meals your mom cooked for you during the holidays, some practical solutions for psychos like you are:

    ☮ Get the flu. Either ride the subway during rush hour where you’re basically trapped next to people with a running nose, or go play with your 5 year old nephew who has more germs than the elliptical at the gym.

    ☮ Act poor. People with malnutrition usually aren’t spotted carrying a Chanel Boy bag, but whatevs.

    ☮ Take a quick trip to Mexico and drink tap water. You might not enjoy your pre-Coachella symptoms, but once it’s all over you’ll look amazing. Promise.

    ☮ Or do the typical vegetable and juice cleanse diet, hellish amounts of exercise, adopt an eating disorder, take laxatives and, of course, tapeworms.

    It’s all in your hands now, but don’t stress too much about it - don’t forget no one’s probably going to notice or remember how you looked like - we’re all going to be on drugs anyways.

  4. Ex-boyfriends.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I look back and reflect about my exes and I’m like, “wow, how did I allow that thing to come close to me, let alone kiss me?” I usually find myself dating the guy with the ponytail, smoking a cig with that James Dean vibe. Can you blame me? I’m into artsy guys. But I’m equally attracted to the guy who wears a suit to work everyday - as long as he has an amazing sense of humor and a killer smile. I’ve dated both and both are douches just dressed differently. 

Sometimes we decide to look beyond someone’s flaws in the name of love. Like, cigarettes are SUCH a turnoff. But what do I do? I think, “um, maybe he’ll quit”. Hah, yeah right. The small flaws or details that drive us insane from the get-go don’t go away. But we insist to rationalize them. He might be the hottest thing on earth but sooner or later these little details will all pile up and put a wrench in the relationship. 
Sure, looks are essential but one thing I know for sure is that you need to admire your boyfriend/girlfriend in order for it to work out. If you think he’s a loser but a hottie, nothing good will come out because you’ll get tired of dealing with him/her. Just as a reminder after you sleep with him, you’re going to be in bed TALKING to him so make sure you have things in common. If you decide to ignore your instinct, then you’re desperate and basic.
I think it’s best to learn from other people’s bad dating experiences so please use your head and dump him immediately if:
1. He calls his parents his roommates. Loser…! True story, my friend met a guy at a bar, he got her to go to his place, on the way he asked her if it mattered that he had roommates, she said no, they got to his place and voila his parents were eating dinner. I had to go rescue her. Awkward.
2. He can’t handle his alcohol. Before moving forward in the relationship you want to see him drunk. You want to see if he handles his alcohol like a southern gentleman, or if he acts like a prick. I’m telling you, we have to observe them like mice to find no unpleasant surprises down the road, and alcohol shows everyone’s true character.
3. He can’t dance. You don’t want to be the girl who stops going out to the club because she’s embarrassed of how her boyfriend dances, or be the girl dancing with her 7 year old cousins at family reunions…or have a bad sex life. Eww.
4. He makes you feel like chivalry is dead. If he makes you feel like that during your first dates, chances are he won’t change and he’s probably very cheap which means he will probably control your money and never buy you a Birkin.
5. He only texts you and never calls. And he uses as many words as he uses emojis. Ugh. Or if he spells your name wrong. *eye-roll*
6. He loves his freedom. If he’s not willing to commit, or he acts shady around you, leave him, unless you enjoy being cheated on. Close your legs, girl. You don’t want to get all emotionally involved and become the typical girl who goes crazy tracking down her boyfriend via every social media outlet.  
Red flags are raised for a reason. We try to rationalize the “issues” but that’s not enough. We can add to the list if he’s controlling, annoying, bad breath, clingy, dirty, poor, unemployed, dumb. If you lower your standards, you’re desperate. It’s simple, would you rather sleep with someone gross or stay celibate? There’s maybe like two cute guys out of like a thousand but pick your boyfriends wisely, as you will refer back to them to use as examples during future therapy sessions.

    Ex-boyfriends.

    I don’t know about you but sometimes I look back and reflect about my exes and I’m like, “wow, how did I allow that thing to come close to me, let alone kiss me?” I usually find myself dating the guy with the ponytail, smoking a cig with that James Dean vibe. Can you blame me? I’m into artsy guys. But I’m equally attracted to the guy who wears a suit to work everyday - as long as he has an amazing sense of humor and a killer smile. I’ve dated both and both are douches just dressed differently.

    Sometimes we decide to look beyond someone’s flaws in the name of love. Like, cigarettes are SUCH a turnoff. But what do I do? I think, “um, maybe he’ll quit”. Hah, yeah right. The small flaws or details that drive us insane from the get-go don’t go away. But we insist to rationalize them. He might be the hottest thing on earth but sooner or later these little details will all pile up and put a wrench in the relationship.

    Sure, looks are essential but one thing I know for sure is that you need to admire your boyfriend/girlfriend in order for it to work out. If you think he’s a loser but a hottie, nothing good will come out because you’ll get tired of dealing with him/her. Just as a reminder after you sleep with him, you’re going to be in bed TALKING to him so make sure you have things in common. If you decide to ignore your instinct, then you’re desperate and basic.

    I think it’s best to learn from other people’s bad dating experiences so please use your head and dump him immediately if:

    1. He calls his parents his roommates. Loser…! True story, my friend met a guy at a bar, he got her to go to his place, on the way he asked her if it mattered that he had roommates, she said no, they got to his place and voila his parents were eating dinner. I had to go rescue her. Awkward.

    2. He can’t handle his alcohol. Before moving forward in the relationship you want to see him drunk. You want to see if he handles his alcohol like a southern gentleman, or if he acts like a prick. I’m telling you, we have to observe them like mice to find no unpleasant surprises down the road, and alcohol shows everyone’s true character.

    3. He can’t dance. You don’t want to be the girl who stops going out to the club because she’s embarrassed of how her boyfriend dances, or be the girl dancing with her 7 year old cousins at family reunions…or have a bad sex life. Eww.

    4. He makes you feel like chivalry is dead. If he makes you feel like that during your first dates, chances are he won’t change and he’s probably very cheap which means he will probably control your money and never buy you a Birkin.

    5. He only texts you and never calls. And he uses as many words as he uses emojis. Ugh. Or if he spells your name wrong. *eye-roll*

    6. He loves his freedom. If he’s not willing to commit, or he acts shady around you, leave him, unless you enjoy being cheated on. Close your legs, girl. You don’t want to get all emotionally involved and become the typical girl who goes crazy tracking down her boyfriend via every social media outlet.  

    Red flags are raised for a reason. We try to rationalize the “issues” but that’s not enough. We can add to the list if he’s controlling, annoying, bad breath, clingy, dirty, poor, unemployed, dumb. If you lower your standards, you’re desperate. It’s simple, would you rather sleep with someone gross or stay celibate? There’s maybe like two cute guys out of like a thousand but pick your boyfriends wisely, as you will refer back to them to use as examples during future therapy sessions.

  5. Is this a joke?
The Kardashians need to stop. Kimye needs to stop. Vogue needs to stop. Anna Wintour needs to stop. I can’t deal with this. Someone roofie me please. Like, I just lost respect for Anna Wintour. I feel lost, confused, and most of all betrayed. I’m mourning the death of Vogue. I’ve lost faith in my fashion bible, I basically just unsubscribed from my religion.  Vogue has been everything since I can remember. I looked forward to the magazine and spending hours flipping through the pages of glamorous editorials. Recently the magazine has been nothing but a let down. I think I still have 3 magazines sitting on my nightstand inside the mailing wrapping bag. Now Anna Wintour has decided to make Kanye West happy and put his baby mama on the cover of one of the most respected fashion magazines - which has just lost a lot of credibility. Like, who is Kanye West in this world? Yeezus, who makes good music, designs $120 plain white t-shirts, almost never smiles, rants a lot, has probable anger management issues and married another narcissist just like himself. Who is Kim Kardashian? A woman who used to organize Paris Hilton’s closet and followed her footsteps and created a sex tape and became famous for it. Worthy of a Vogue cover? Not really. I blame Paris Hilton for everything. She basically created Kim Kardashian. Sure, the Kardashians might have been interesting to talk about as a “cultural concept” back in 2007 when reality tv was starting to become a “thing” but after all these years of knowing them we can all agree that Kim Kardashian is NOT an interesting person in and of herself. She has no talent or skill and has never said anything worth reporting or repeating. The fact that her fiancé has to argue for her, and has to convince people that she belongs on the cover of a fashion magazine, just underscores how much she doesn’t.  Vogue wants to sell copies, but honestly this is not what their readers look forward to receiving in their mailbox. Plus, the cover is horrid.  Bye Vogue. You can go shave your back now.

    Is this a joke?

    The Kardashians need to stop. Kimye needs to stop. Vogue needs to stop. Anna Wintour needs to stop. I can’t deal with this. Someone roofie me please.

    Like, I just lost respect for Anna Wintour. I feel lost, confused, and most of all betrayed. I’m mourning the death of Vogue. I’ve lost faith in my fashion bible, I basically just unsubscribed from my religion.

    Vogue has been everything since I can remember. I looked forward to the magazine and spending hours flipping through the pages of glamorous editorials. Recently the magazine has been nothing but a let down. I think I still have 3 magazines sitting on my nightstand inside the mailing wrapping bag. Now Anna Wintour has decided to make Kanye West happy and put his baby mama on the cover of one of the most respected fashion magazines - which has just lost a lot of credibility. Like, who is Kanye West in this world? Yeezus, who makes good music, designs $120 plain white t-shirts, almost never smiles, rants a lot, has probable anger management issues and married another narcissist just like himself. Who is Kim Kardashian? A woman who used to organize Paris Hilton’s closet and followed her footsteps and created a sex tape and became famous for it. Worthy of a Vogue cover? Not really.

    I blame Paris Hilton for everything. She basically created Kim Kardashian. Sure, the Kardashians might have been interesting to talk about as a “cultural concept” back in 2007 when reality tv was starting to become a “thing” but after all these years of knowing them we can all agree that Kim Kardashian is NOT an interesting person in and of herself. She has no talent or skill and has never said anything worth reporting or repeating. The fact that her fiancé has to argue for her, and has to convince people that she belongs on the cover of a fashion magazine, just underscores how much she doesn’t.

    Vogue wants to sell copies, but honestly this is not what their readers look forward to receiving in their mailbox. Plus, the cover is horrid.

    Bye Vogue. You can go shave your back now.

  6. Working with Shailene Woodley

1. She’s the nicest person on earth. If you’re meeting her for the first time on set, she’ll immediately proceed to give you a hug. First day on set, what did she do? She literally went around the set to meet and hug the entire crew. This girl knows how to win people’s hearts. It’s rare for a celebrity to make an effort, but that’s what differentiates plain celebrities from actresses. Actresses are there because they love the craft, not to be famous and they know that to make a successful film everyone needs to be on the same page. 

2. She likes to sing. Everyday, or almost everyday she would come to set singing a song. What’s a better way to start the day than with a Disney melody. Now imagine her and Zoe Kravitz singing and dancing to Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” on the trains. Pretty much getting paid to go play on set.

3. She deserves all the praise she might get with this movie. Seeing how she prepares and how seriously she takes her roles is admirable. Even if the directors’ take on her character was different from what she anticipated, she would express her point of view and defend her vision of Tris. It’s always good to work with people who have opinions. If they have opinions it means they are passionate, and will only say yes if they really mean it. 

4. Work ethic. Never complains. Running for those trains was no easy task. One time she fell. Few real bruises and scraps here and there and of course everyone rushed to her side. An extra fell as well and what did she do? She made everyone who was helping her go help the extra, who no one really cared about, and take care of her as well. If that’s not a genuine person, then I don’t know what is. 

5. Everyone could learn a lesson or two from her. She eats very healthy (carries tea with her 24/7), is very zen, and cares about her people deeply. She’s an old soul full of light.

    Working with Shailene Woodley

    1. She’s the nicest person on earth. If you’re meeting her for the first time on set, she’ll immediately proceed to give you a hug. First day on set, what did she do? She literally went around the set to meet and hug the entire crew. This girl knows how to win people’s hearts. It’s rare for a celebrity to make an effort, but that’s what differentiates plain celebrities from actresses. Actresses are there because they love the craft, not to be famous and they know that to make a successful film everyone needs to be on the same page.

    2. She likes to sing. Everyday, or almost everyday she would come to set singing a song. What’s a better way to start the day than with a Disney melody. Now imagine her and Zoe Kravitz singing and dancing to Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” on the trains. Pretty much getting paid to go play on set.

    3. She deserves all the praise she might get with this movie. Seeing how she prepares and how seriously she takes her roles is admirable. Even if the directors’ take on her character was different from what she anticipated, she would express her point of view and defend her vision of Tris. It’s always good to work with people who have opinions. If they have opinions it means they are passionate, and will only say yes if they really mean it.

    4. Work ethic. Never complains. Running for those trains was no easy task. One time she fell. Few real bruises and scraps here and there and of course everyone rushed to her side. An extra fell as well and what did she do? She made everyone who was helping her go help the extra, who no one really cared about, and take care of her as well. If that’s not a genuine person, then I don’t know what is.

    5. Everyone could learn a lesson or two from her. She eats very healthy (carries tea with her 24/7), is very zen, and cares about her people deeply. She’s an old soul full of light.

  7. Divergent.
Okay, cat is out of the bag. I worked on Divergent. Being my first job right out of college it was the best experience ever. I went to the premiere and all I can say is you’re in for 143 minutes of amazing Shailene Woodley. I love Shai as an actress, as a person, as a human being. The girl can act.
Having been on set for almost every scene and almost a year later, seeing the final product for the first time is sort of like putting a huge puzzle together. I don’t want to give anything away but here are some things you should look for when you go see it:
1. The close-ups. Neil burger wasn’t lying when he said Shai’s eyes look amazing on film. They do. You’ll be mesmerized. I think there are more close-ups than lines.
2. The soundtrack. Ah-mazing! Ellie Goulding’s voice is perfect for this movie.
3. If you pay attention you can really see all the different takes/angles that the director shot for every scene. I’m telling you, he’s the man of the thousand takes.
4. Veronica Roth’s cameos. In case you didn’t know, she’s the author of the trilogy. First time I met her I was surprised to see how young and approachable she is. Google her if you don’t know what she looks like, you’ll see her more than once throughout the movie.
5. The directors’ children - the first kid to choose his faction is Neil’s son and his daughter appears on the film as well.
6. Kate Winslet was preggers so see how she covers her bump with a folder on her first scene. 
Some behind the scenes secrets:
1. We used a ramp on Zoe when she would shoot scenes next to Shai. She’s like 5’0 tall. 
2. Miles Teller would make his entrance to set yelling: “My shoes cost more than your house!” What a guy.
3. The knives used were custom made and super heavy. 
4. You see everyone wearing tank tops, but after cut was yelled everyone would rush to grab their coats. We had the most bipolar climate on set.
5. A lot of scenes got cut and are laying somewhere in the editing room. I’m sad that they cut the last kiss from the ending scene. You guys would of loved it, specially since they shot the scene like 50x. Perhaps extra feature on the DVD?

    Divergent.

    Okay, cat is out of the bag. I worked on Divergent. Being my first job right out of college it was the best experience ever. I went to the premiere and all I can say is you’re in for 143 minutes of amazing Shailene Woodley. I love Shai as an actress, as a person, as a human being. The girl can act.

    Having been on set for almost every scene and almost a year later, seeing the final product for the first time is sort of like putting a huge puzzle together. I don’t want to give anything away but here are some things you should look for when you go see it:

    1. The close-ups. Neil burger wasn’t lying when he said Shai’s eyes look amazing on film. They do. You’ll be mesmerized. I think there are more close-ups than lines.

    2. The soundtrack. Ah-mazing! Ellie Goulding’s voice is perfect for this movie.

    3. If you pay attention you can really see all the different takes/angles that the director shot for every scene. I’m telling you, he’s the man of the thousand takes.

    4. Veronica Roth’s cameos. In case you didn’t know, she’s the author of the trilogy. First time I met her I was surprised to see how young and approachable she is. Google her if you don’t know what she looks like, you’ll see her more than once throughout the movie.

    5. The directors’ children - the first kid to choose his faction is Neil’s son and his daughter appears on the film as well.


    6. Kate Winslet was preggers so see how she covers her bump with a folder on her first scene.

    Some behind the scenes secrets:

    1. We used a ramp on Zoe when she would shoot scenes next to Shai. She’s like 5’0 tall.

    2. Miles Teller would make his entrance to set yelling: “My shoes cost more than your house!” What a guy.

    3. The knives used were custom made and super heavy.

    4. You see everyone wearing tank tops, but after cut was yelled everyone would rush to grab their coats. We had the most bipolar climate on set.

    5. A lot of scenes got cut and are laying somewhere in the editing room. I’m sad that they cut the last kiss from the ending scene. You guys would of loved it, specially since they shot the scene like 50x. Perhaps extra feature on the DVD?

  8. You call her a slut, many call her hero.

    Apparently, Lindsay Lohan has slept with 36 well-known men. The handwritten “fuck list” includes PC Valmorbida, Joaquin Phoenix, Lukas Hass, Nico Tortorella, Evan Peters, Wilmer Valderrama, Jamie Burke, Jamie Doran, Zac Efron, Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, Ryan Rottman, Max George, Guy Berryman, James Franco, Adam Levine, and Garrett Hedlund.

    There are blurred names on the list for legal reasons - perhaps they are married men, who knows. Girlfriend sure knows how to keep herself busy.

  9. Life on a Hollywood movie set:
People imagine the Hollywood movie machine as everything being glitz and glam 24/7, and don’t get me wrong, there’s no other industry who knows how to celebrate itself quite like Hollywood does, but behind all that there’s so much more to the whole movie making process. There are hundreds of people who we never get see, sometimes we read their names if we stay long enough after the credits start rolling - but that doesn’t happen very often - or ever. I’m talking about the people who make it possible…besides Harvey Weinstein & co. - the crew, made up of hopefuls who want to be part of the dream, who rather be contributing even if it’s in a small way as long as that makes them be part of it. You have your PD’s, AD’s, DP’s, AC’s, gaffers, best boys, etc etc. It’s crazy that in the same room there’s someone who’s making 1 million for the film while there’s another person standing right next to them making $130/12 hours. But hey, that’s life.
Actors and crew often work in horrible locations, with bipolar weather conditions, and extremely long hours - but have craft services, better known as “crafty”, to keep them well fed and sane. But to be honest, working long hours doesn’t matter when you love what you do and seriously the people you meet on set are the best.
A huge misconception that drives me insane is the whole “lights, camera, action” that people believe is how movies start rolling. If this is what you think, well you’re wrong, and if you say this to someone, you will get laughed at.
Set terminology is like learning a new language, an exiting new language, so below are some terms you should know before stepping foot on set (FYI, these terms are literally yelled on set):
Call Sheet - this sheet lists who works the next day and their call times. This is distributed the night before. It shows the time you’re expected to show up to set.
Sides - when you get to set you get “sides”. These show the scenes being shot and the script that goes with them.
"Blocking"/"Rehearsal" - actors show up first thing in the morning or whenever their call time is wearing whatever - typically it’s Uggs paired with sweatpants/yoga pants and whatever huge sweater they have (see actors are just like everyone else) - but very important, they either have coffee on hand or their assistant is making the run to the closest Starbucks to get their order. Rehearsals can last from 15 minutes to 30. Actors run through lines and talk with the director about how the scene will play and practice the shot. After this is done, everyone flees to the trailer camp for hair and makeup. And second team is called to replace the actors.
"Second team" - basically, the casting department casts actor’s doppelgängers and they substitute the actors on set while they get hair and makeup. Second team watches closely during rehearsal to be ready to “imitate” actors movements. The camera and lighting crew can set up the shot without the actors having to be there so this saves time and energy. The grip boy goes around checking microphones making sure how they’re going to be positioned so they don’t make a shadow or are seen on film, and tape is set for actors to know where to stand, known as marking.
"First team" - once lighting is set and cameras are ready, "first team" is called a.k.a the actors. They emerge with their entourage, escorted by their assistant and get ready to take their place while "second team" either watches the scene play out on the monitors or relax elsewhere until they are called again.
"Last looks": hair and makeup department rushes to the actors to fix any flaws they might have before the scene is shot.
"Picture is up": this let’s everyone know we’re going to shoot the shot on film soon.
"Lock it up": indicates all traffic, noise, activity should be halted as shooting will commence shortly.
"Rolling": the assistant director will call this out when cast and crew are ready to film and the camera department starts “rolling” film through the camera. After the assistant director calls it, seriously, every person with a walkie-talkie yells “rolling” to make sure the cue is heard all throughout the set for everyone to shut up and no noise is to be heard.
"Marker": assistant stands in front of the camera with the clapper-thingy called a slate and they slam the sticks and calls out the scene designation. This is used to identify the shots for editing purposes
"Background": once the film is rolling and the camera is set, the assistant director calls this and it’s the cue for the extras to start doing whatever the AD staff has directed them to do.
"Action": the director calls this and it’s obviously the cue for the cast to start.
"Cut"/“Still rolling”: the director calls "cut" when the shot is done and rolling stops. But if he wants to just make minor adjustments he says "still rolling", to keep everyone in place but directs his actors to a different motion.
"Back to one"/"reset"/"going again": code for doing the scene from the top again.
FYI - second team is called in between shots when the cameras have to be readjusted for different angles.
"Checking the gate": this is what you want to hear - it means the director was happy with the shot and we’re moving to something different. Literally translated, the camera assistant is checking the gate in the camera where the film passes through to make sure there aren’t any hairs, dirt, etc. therefore making sure the gate is “clean”. Once the AD calls “the gate is good”, setup begins for the next shot.
"Martini shot": called to announce that the last shot of the day is about to be filmed. My favorite. After this one, it’s a wrap.
"Wrap": after a long day nothing better than time to go home, take the makeup off and prep for the next day - the crew stays 1-2 hours extra to clean everything up. They work harder than anyone. For example, PD’s - they are the first ones who get to set and the last ones to leave. And guess what, they don’t even get overtime like normal people do, they get overtime after 12 hours, not 8. Crazy, right? But all for the love of making art.
Life on set is a party, and not everyone is invited.

    Life on a Hollywood movie set:

    People imagine the Hollywood movie machine as everything being glitz and glam 24/7, and don’t get me wrong, there’s no other industry who knows how to celebrate itself quite like Hollywood does, but behind all that there’s so much more to the whole movie making process. There are hundreds of people who we never get see, sometimes we read their names if we stay long enough after the credits start rolling - but that doesn’t happen very often - or ever. I’m talking about the people who make it possible…besides Harvey Weinstein & co. - the crew, made up of hopefuls who want to be part of the dream, who rather be contributing even if it’s in a small way as long as that makes them be part of it. You have your PD’s, AD’s, DP’s, AC’s, gaffers, best boys, etc etc. It’s crazy that in the same room there’s someone who’s making 1 million for the film while there’s another person standing right next to them making $130/12 hours. But hey, that’s life.

    Actors and crew often work in horrible locations, with bipolar weather conditions, and extremely long hours - but have craft services, better known as “crafty”, to keep them well fed and sane. But to be honest, working long hours doesn’t matter when you love what you do and seriously the people you meet on set are the best.

    A huge misconception that drives me insane is the whole “lights, camera, action” that people believe is how movies start rolling. If this is what you think, well you’re wrong, and if you say this to someone, you will get laughed at.

    Set terminology is like learning a new language, an exiting new language, so below are some terms you should know before stepping foot on set (FYI, these terms are literally yelled on set):

    Call Sheet - this sheet lists who works the next day and their call times. This is distributed the night before. It shows the time you’re expected to show up to set.

    Sides - when you get to set you get “sides”. These show the scenes being shot and the script that goes with them.

    "Blocking"/"Rehearsal" - actors show up first thing in the morning or whenever their call time is wearing whatever - typically it’s Uggs paired with sweatpants/yoga pants and whatever huge sweater they have (see actors are just like everyone else) - but very important, they either have coffee on hand or their assistant is making the run to the closest Starbucks to get their order. Rehearsals can last from 15 minutes to 30. Actors run through lines and talk with the director about how the scene will play and practice the shot. After this is done, everyone flees to the trailer camp for hair and makeup. And second team is called to replace the actors.

    "Second team" - basically, the casting department casts actor’s doppelgängers and they substitute the actors on set while they get hair and makeup. Second team watches closely during rehearsal to be ready to “imitate” actors movements. The camera and lighting crew can set up the shot without the actors having to be there so this saves time and energy. The grip boy goes around checking microphones making sure how they’re going to be positioned so they don’t make a shadow or are seen on film, and tape is set for actors to know where to stand, known as marking.

    "First team" - once lighting is set and cameras are ready, "first team" is called a.k.a the actors. They emerge with their entourage, escorted by their assistant and get ready to take their place while "second team" either watches the scene play out on the monitors or relax elsewhere until they are called again.

    "Last looks": hair and makeup department rushes to the actors to fix any flaws they might have before the scene is shot.

    "Picture is up": this let’s everyone know we’re going to shoot the shot on film soon.

    "Lock it up": indicates all traffic, noise, activity should be halted as shooting will commence shortly.

    "Rolling": the assistant director will call this out when cast and crew are ready to film and the camera department starts “rolling” film through the camera. After the assistant director calls it, seriously, every person with a walkie-talkie yells “rolling” to make sure the cue is heard all throughout the set for everyone to shut up and no noise is to be heard.

    "Marker": assistant stands in front of the camera with the clapper-thingy called a slate and they slam the sticks and calls out the scene designation. This is used to identify the shots for editing purposes

    "Background": once the film is rolling and the camera is set, the assistant director calls this and it’s the cue for the extras to start doing whatever the AD staff has directed them to do.

    "Action": the director calls this and it’s obviously the cue for the cast to start.

    "Cut"/“Still rolling”: the director calls "cut" when the shot is done and rolling stops. But if he wants to just make minor adjustments he says "still rolling", to keep everyone in place but directs his actors to a different motion.

    "Back to one"/"reset"/"going again": code for doing the scene from the top again.

    FYI - second team is called in between shots when the cameras have to be readjusted for different angles.

    "Checking the gate": this is what you want to hear - it means the director was happy with the shot and we’re moving to something different. Literally translated, the camera assistant is checking the gate in the camera where the film passes through to make sure there aren’t any hairs, dirt, etc. therefore making sure the gate is “clean”. Once the AD calls “the gate is good”, setup begins for the next shot.

    "Martini shot": called to announce that the last shot of the day is about to be filmed. My favorite. After this one, it’s a wrap.

    "Wrap": after a long day nothing better than time to go home, take the makeup off and prep for the next day - the crew stays 1-2 hours extra to clean everything up. They work harder than anyone. For example, PD’s - they are the first ones who get to set and the last ones to leave. And guess what, they don’t even get overtime like normal people do, they get overtime after 12 hours, not 8. Crazy, right? But all for the love of making art.

    Life on set is a party, and not everyone is invited.

  10. Mexico’s ski racing uniform wins the Olympics. 

As soon as I saw him I knew I had to know more about him. Besides having the best uniform, Hubertus von Hohenlohe, Mexico’s only athlete at the Winter Olympics, turns out he’s quite a character full of surprises. 

- He’s a 55 year old German prince whose grandfather, Kaiser Franz II, was the last Holy Roman emperor. He was born in Mexico, that’s why he can represent the country
- He is fluent in five languages
- An artist himself, he befriended Andy Warhol at Studio 54
- He is the heir to an automobile fortune.  His father introduced Volkswagen into Mexico
- He is a musician who has put out eight records so far, including this 2013 track “Higher Than Mars” 
- He will be the second-oldest winter Olympian in history when he hits the Sochi slopes in his mariachi-inspired uniform.

Mind blown.

    Mexico’s ski racing uniform wins the Olympics.

    As soon as I saw him I knew I had to know more about him. Besides having the best uniform, Hubertus von Hohenlohe, Mexico’s only athlete at the Winter Olympics, turns out he’s quite a character full of surprises.

    - He’s a 55 year old German prince whose grandfather, Kaiser Franz II, was the last Holy Roman emperor. He was born in Mexico, that’s why he can represent the country
    - He is fluent in five languages
    - An artist himself, he befriended Andy Warhol at Studio 54
    - He is the heir to an automobile fortune. His father introduced Volkswagen into Mexico
    - He is a musician who has put out eight records so far, including this 2013 track “Higher Than Mars”
    - He will be the second-oldest winter Olympian in history when he hits the Sochi slopes in his mariachi-inspired uniform.

    Mind blown.