|The first scene calls for a garbage
truck, and it would have been wonderful to get an
official city truck. The bureaucracy of the New York City
Sanitation Department can prove to be a little difficult
to deal with...especially when the dollars arent
there. One morning in October, I throw myself into the
midst of san-men. On the outskirts of the city, trucks
are lining in a queue to dump their loads, and I go from
truck to truck, hoping to convince the garbage guys to be
in a movie for a couple of hours...just so I can get my
hands on their precious truck. Theyre all scared
they might get caught, but there are still plenty of
trucks in the line, until Mister Sanitation Security
comes along and kicks me out.
If theres one thing that determines a low-budget production, its compromise. The original vision of using a real city truck was not going to be possible, and it was time to make a deal with a private company. I pop in on one during the 9th of November, and the owner is surprised about my proposal. How did you find out about us? He asks. From the Yellow Pages, I reply. Its going to cost me $250 to pay my driver, he says. Huh? Arent his drivers on salary? No, theres some sort of union thing. I dont quite follow, but I tell him I dont have the money. If you want your truck in the movie, youll have to pay for it.
Epilogue: His truck is in the movie.
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