A few years back, our friends asked me if I could spare an day to help them shoot a film. Intended to be 5 minutes long, they explained that the script was prepared, all machine was set up, & I’d only need to say a few lines. In spite of our bashfulness, I decided I’d step into the spotlight for them. When I arrived on set that day, it was quite the spectacle! Shooting inside an outdated auto-repair garage with a barely functioning undefined, our friends appeared sweaty, exhausted & highly irritable. As the cameras & sound guy prepped for the shoot, I asked the key grip what was going on. “The air conditioning in this locale chop off in the middle of the night”, he explained. “The worst part of it is that the crew’s been here since midnight.” I couldn’t wrap our head around that, until I realized they were shooting for a 48-third film festival. The manager, 1 of our close friends, was trying to get ahold of the owner of the garage, attempting to coax a visit from an Heating & Air Conditioning repair specialist out of the guy. While they had several box fans around the set, they couldn’t match the output of a central undefined. I had half a mind to call an Heating & Air Conditioning repair tech myself, just so every one of us could shoot in a garage with good air quality. After several vain efforts to address the lack of a/c, every one of us agreed to shoot suddenly, & the fans had to be chop off during shots avoid picking up the sound of them running. Fortunately, the plot of the film was about a kidnapping, so it worked to our benefit to look sweaty & exhausted. I was glad to help our friends in a time of need, however boy do I hope they secure a set with better a/c in the future!