A couple of days ago I was booked on a commercial. I arrived there and kitted up with a Red Epic - first time for me - and was told by the 1st AD that I was to be in the commercial. It was a set of a talk show, with a host etc and I was supposed to circle around and they would shoot the scene from another camera.
They had no plans to use any of the footage that I shot. In fact my camera would not even roll.
I was quite taken aback, but complied and did the shoot. They had also rented a Chapman Hybrid MK3, an Oconnor 2575C, Lambda Head, Ronford Slider and some other stuff from me, so I wasn't complaining.
But it felt vaguely unsettling, and I was wondering if anyone else had this happen to them.
Also, do you bill as an op ? or an actor ?