On July 13th, I spent almost fifteen hours shooting the third episode of Showtime’s Homeland in Uptown Charlotte. Check out my first blog here. A few weeks, later a paycheck for $120 showed up in my mailbox. My initial thought: “was that worth $8 an hour?” Now that I break down the few frames that actually stayed off the cutting room floor and into your living room, I realized I made over $144,000 per hour. Too bad my total scene time made up three whole seconds.
Let’s break it down.
Episode 3. 27th minute, 11th second. 3:00pm real time on Part 1 of this blog During a night out at the club, the Prince’s new harem who was topless in episode two tells Reed, the harem who was topless in episode three, that “we have all night.” Reed replies, “we have two years.” On the right side, we see this strapping young man for about two thirds of a second. Note Pappa Sac on the left hand side and throughout the scene dancing with someone who was NOT his wife.
34th minute, 12th and 13th seconds. 12:30am on Part 1 of this blog. After another nude scene (what kind of smut is this?!?), Reed is escorted outside by her limo driver.
*Spoiler alert* Her driver, hired by the Prince, shoots Reed, stealing her $500,000 necklace, which may be used as funding for a possible terrorist bombing that may or may not happen in another episode (and part III of this blog, which will be out November 23rd). However, moments before, a 2003 Gray Toyota Camry with hail damage, a Notre Dame alumni association sticker, and two child seats passes this conspiracy in the background.
Looking back on this scene, if I only took a left down that alley and ran over the driver, I may have averted the next major act of terrorism on US soil.
35th Minute, 6.25-6.35 seconds. 2:40 am on Part 1 of this blog. My big break came a little less than a minute later. Racing to reach Reed before she’s killed, Carrie (Claire Danes) speeds into the back alley of the club, almost hitting me and a young lady friend. You literally have to pause this exact moment to catch this frame, it is imperceptible to a mortal’s eye.
Before you all ask, here’s three answers to today’s most popular questions:
Q. Can I take a picture next to your car?
A. Yes, as long as you don’t look inside it. It’s rather messy.
Q. Are you willing to work for less than $144,000 an hour?
A. Everything’s negotiable
Q. What does this upstairs window have to do with you (from the final scene of Episode 3)?
A. Wait til Episode 5.