Hey guys! After posting in this thread a lot of you wanted to know more about my experience, why I shut down my blog, etc. So I talked to the mods about it and they let me do this AMA.
A quick run down of events.
In 2009 I was a PA on the set of Blue Valentine, Francis Lyon's first film. Filmmaking wise it was a great experience. I learned how to block a scene in under fifteen minutes because we were losing light. I learned the many, many uses of baby wipes and vaseline. And I learned everything there is to know focal points and bokeh and lenses, oh my!
Anyway, if you've ever been a PA before you know that with any set there are going to be downsides, but Lyon was the absolute worst. I've been on sets before with directors with HUGE egos, but normally they have the filmography to back it up. This was Lyon's first film and he was acting like he was Terrence Malick. He wouldn't talk to any of the PAs, except to bark out orders, and he was incapable of listening to anyone he deemed "lesser" than him.
I'll never forget when we literally caused an entire block to go black because Lyon didn't want to listen to the electrician. (Sidenote: Who do you think paid for the damage? Lyon's daddy).
But that wasn't even the worst of it. His relationships with Mackenna Cleary and James Wardlaw were terrible. Lyon would corner Mackenna after a scene and scream at her until she was red in the face. I swear, almost every day she was in her trailer crying because he'd said something to her. And James? Don't even get me started. He wouldn't take Lyon's shit so they were constantly at each other's throats. Twice they were physically fighting one another and the crew had to pull them apart.
My friends were the ones who convinced me to blog about the experience, and I did because literally no one else was talking about that shit show of a set. I thought the world needed to know what an asshole Lyon is, instead of kissing it because he made a competent film. I did not expect the blog to blow up. And I certainly didn't expect word to get back to Lyon.
The blog was up for a good six months before I recieved an infringement letter from Lyon's lawyers and had to take down the blog. I know a lot of people commented there and I didn't get a chance to speak with everyone, so I'm hoping I can provide more insight with this AMA!
Edit: Before taking down the blog, I did speak with a lawyer. I could've kept the blog up if I revealed my name to prove I was on set. I didn't feel comfortable with that option and that blog wasn't worth my career.
Edit-2: Lol, I love how you guys are so convinced I'm a woman like a man can't be outraged about this.
Edit-3: The Red Shoes is where my username is from. It's one of Martin Scorcese's favorite movies so, yeah. Still doesn't prove I'm female.