Just another afternoon at [AGENCY NAME REDACTED], am I
All kidding aside, this issue’s rather gruesome Best
On-Set Photo of All Time comes from PGA member Louis G. Friedman, who survived
the shoot of Piranha 3D (2010) in the waters of Lake Havasu.
We’ll let him explain…
"It was 115 degrees when L.A. and local IATSE reps
decided to give us a surprise visit on the set that day. Their eyes popped out
when they saw 400 screaming, drunken college kids falling off a dance platform
into the red, blood-soaked waters of the Colorado River. Rock music blaring,
explosions erupting, sparks flying—they thrashed in the scarlet waters,
fighting desperately for their lives. The ‘suits’ ordered us to stop production
and shut down photography immediately due to unsafe conditions.
Then suddenly it was quiet. We re-set the action, Stunt
Safety swam back to first position, the tilting platform motors were leveled,
underwater cameramen re-positioned, special effects re-loaded, and we began
shooting take 2…precisely as frenzied as take 1. Then they understood: this was
‘controlled chaos,’ and oh what a relief it was.”
Hollywood truly is the dream factory, and sometimes when
your dream is to slaughter a few hundred spring breakers, you have to call in
the experts. Thanks to Louis for the picture, and let’s all stay safe.
We know what you’re thinking. "Best of all time? No way. I’ve
got an on-set photo way better than that.” If that’s the case, we dare you to
prove it. Submit it to BOSPOAT@producersguild.org. Before you submit, please
review the contest rules at producersguild.org/bospoat. Because no matter how
great your photo is, we have no desire to get sued over it.