I feel like i'm beating a dead horse by constantly thanking my wonderful girlfriend but a big thanks once again to Jen who woke up with me bright and early at 5 in the morning yesterday and then took the train all the way into Manhattan with me not because she had to, but because she wanted to make sure I knew my way around the city and would be able to make it to place on time or at all, for that matter. She ushered me to the Subway into Queens and then we split apart in dramatic Hollywood fashion ; me to my job at Troma, her back on the hour and a half long train home that she probably shouldn't have been on in the first place. I contemplated Garden State-ing it and bursting out of the subway doors and running all sappy and shit back into her arms, but I had places to go and things to do. So what'd I do my first day at Troma? Here's the rundown!
I got there at about 9:30 and decided why not arrive a little early and impress some people. Well not really, I really had nothing else to do with myself. I buzzed in but no one answered. And then a car pulled up to the building and Michael Herz (co founder of Troma) and his wife got out, we said our hellos, and headed into the building. My first duty was to essentially scour the net and collect a master list of horror sites / blogs out there that review horror DVD's. Troma is working on releasing an uncut (for the first time in the US) version of The Last Horror Film on DVD (much more on that in a seperate post later today) and they're basically looking for reputable sites out there who they can send screener copies and who will review it on their blog / site and help get the word out there. So I spent a few hours of my day on the computer (my second home), researching and checking out all of the many horror websites out there. And of course, I couldn't help but slap Freddy In Space on there! Maybe i'll send myself a screener copy....
After a bit of that, I worked on assembling some paper packets for Lloyd Kaufman. He had a signing in the City last night, so he had a bunch of hand out packets that needed to be folded up and put together. After that, Evan, the intern dude, showed me how to process and package up orders that come in from the website, as well as how to type up and print out packing slips. And then, I was sent on the dreaded out of doors mission. Dreaded because, without a guide dog, i'm totally lost in the city....
I was to head back into Manhattan, via subway, and collect a few short films a former intern (I believe) edited together and hand her a goody bag full of Troma merch. It was a daunting task but it actually proved to be the most fun I had the entire day, probably because it was such a challenge. I somehow managed to navitage my way all the way to Manhattan and all the way back to Queens and return in one piece and for that, I was very proud and rode on quite the high for about 15 minutes. I feel like i've begun to really start getting into the City groove and I hope to get sent out on errands more often. Of course now saying that, i'll get totally fucking lost next time and end up spending the night in Harlem. By the way, say what ya want about New York City folk, but everyone I asked for directional help (of whom there were A LOT) was incredibly helpful and nice to me. Grabbed some lunch on the way back and finally got to eat a nice meal for the first time in the day. The deli right down the block serves breakfast till 4pm daily, cheers to that!
When I got back I did some more computer work and then helped take some heavy boxes of film prints that had been delivered and put them away in the basement area. After that, it was the legendary taking out the trash intern gig, which was cool because I got to take Lloyd Kaufman's trash out! He was very nice and asked what my name was and thanked me for taking out his trash to which I responded, "This is the fun part of the day." He then said, in typical Lloyd fashion, "You're well on your way to becoming a famous filmmaker!" Hey, Eli Roth and James Gunn both started here, how bad can it be?
All in all it was a pretty good day and i'm definetly looking forward to what next week will bring. I'm hoping to get more challenging hands on work in the future, as that's really what i'm making the long haul for. Like with any job, when there's stuff to do, it's a lot more enjoyable and goes by a lot quicker then when you're sitting there holding your dick. If nothing more, this gig is gonna provide me with some serious weekly workout! I haven't felt this sore since the last time I pumped iron (which was admittedly way too long ago).
Suffice to say, i'll be returning to Troma next Wednesday!