We had a bit of a kerfuffle last week. Over the years, one of our biggest technical production concerns was the impact of things beyond our control on our ability to deliver an episode. One of those things beyond our control is electricity. We depend on LADWP for that. And usually we can count on them. There's always that fear of "What if..." though. I was asked many years ago to come up with a game plan for how we could protect against such things. Alas, the only real way to protect from a long term power outage is a generator. Getting our entire facility wired and ready so all we would have to do is have a large scale generator dropped off turned out to be very very expensive. So much so that the executive producer decided it was prohibitive. I made sure everyone understood that if we ever lost power for more then a couple hours on a Tuesday night, we would quite possible miss airing the episode in production.
Enter last Tuesday night.
We lost power. For 3 hours. Our UPS systems were able to hold out for 90 minutes, but they of course have their limits. So, we had to go dark. The day before an episode airs. With about 60% of the episode in the can. LADWP was telling us it would be many more hours before they could get power back. So the decision was made to cut the crew and miss air. For the first time ever. After over 250 episodes. Not a bad ratio considering how ridiculously close to air we usually deliver our episodes.
Our production schedule had us taking a week off of production after the 4th episode anyways, so we had the crew come in on weds and thurs to wrap up 1704, the episode that missed air, then we took the next 6 days off. I came in a few days earlier then the rest of the crew since there are still some people working in the studio and they might need IT support. But it's nice and quiet here. Which is more then I can say for my apartment complex.
Every 6 months they have to test the fire alarm systems by going into each apartment and testing the alarm system. Of course, when you test the alarm system, it triggers the alarms for the entire building. Which means the alarm in my apartment goes off hundreds of times. My dog really really freaks out when he hears the alarm. For a damn good reason as it's ear shatteringly loud. So, I've been bringing him into work for the days they are testing. He's an older dog at 13 years old and dealing with progressively worsening arthritis so the vet has him on 12.5-25 mg of tramadol, a low grade partial-opiate pain killer. It makes him kinda stoned. See for yourself:
Just finished episode 3 of 10. One more episode and we get a few days off. I am already so fried I've spent the last hour staring at a blank browser page. <sigh> On the upside, I have a lot of free time during the crunch. The downside is I end up so brain dead that I end up doing nothing of any consequence and instead just watching bad action flicks (like the latest die Hard movie... Dear god that was bad...), bad anime (and good anime), or SyFy shows (they are by definition expected to be bad...).
I have managed to get a bit of work done for The Wanderer. The lads are re-writing the animation engine to make it easier for me to generate content which has given me license to clean slate the animations I did for the PAX demo and start anew. I am liking what I'm coming up with when I am able to concentrate enough to do them, so that's a good thing. Just have to make sure I get everything done in time for the Alpha deadline. Need more coffee...