This story takes place roughly 2 months after graduating my first film school. So when I heard about PLAY wanting to get a studio up and rolling, I was like, "count me in". Biggest mistake in my life. but also the funniest too. So this is my story about Christopher "Play" Martin.
I was trying to be a Director of Photography / Camera operator right out of school, I thought this would be my profession because I thought I had some skills. The head of my department, who also was a piece of shit, was scheming the idea of trying to get someone with "fame" to show up and be head of the project and use student labor for free. sounded okay if you wanted the experience, and I did. So before I graduated, people started showing up that were miss or hit with fame. like Scott Miles the older brother to Jake Gyllenhaal in "October Sky", a few DPs and director's like the guy who directed "PYTHON," you know real winners. Then comes PLAY.
I was excited when Play showed up. I was a big fan of the kick-step, 8 ball jackets, mismatched colored pants, flat tops and house parties. Needless to say, I was a fan. He came in and he seemed real cool, but something was off. Well I guess I could say since he was a born-again christian that might be it, because he was all about God, which is no big deal, TILL IT BECAME ONE! Anyway, I started hanging Play, planning projects with him and helping his Music Video he was Directing, get rolling.
We'll a few weeks after I graduated I was still on board helping. They had locations picked out, and everything was ready, but Play got hurt. When I heard about it I was like, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" but then I found out how he got injured. BY WALKING HIS SMALL SHIH TZU! IT BROKE HIS LEG! HIS LEG! HOW DOES ONE BREAK HIS LEG WALKING THE DOG!? WHO DOES THAT!? PLAY DOES THAT! THE MAN WHO CO-INVENTED KICKING AND STEPPING TOGETHER! IT WAS BOUND TO BE A TRAGEDY SOMEWHERE IN THERE!
Anyway, his leg was broken but he was able to direct. I was like this is very honorable of him, to keep working even though you're hurting, it's not fun. Well about around this time the music video was starting to shoot. Now the video was for a christian hip-hop group. So our locations were like churches, the studio and a house party, oh yeah HE WENT THERE! So the first day of shooting was at a church. The crew was lighting it while Play meet and greeted while the people, I mean, he was in CLASS ACT, I would like to meet him too.
We get it lit and ready for shooting, Dolly track was ready. It was about to pop off. and we started. The song was shit, the idea was shit. it looked like shit. but that wasn't our crews fault it was plays fault. I mean when you think director you think someone with a creative input and ideas that will tell a story. Play had none of those things. He was sitting there, in his chair with cane shouting orders like, "DANCE HARDER, SMILE PEOPLES." Now I was the camera Operator on the shoot. I was on Dolly being tracked through the shoot while he had a monitor watching. This is when things go to hell.
I was shooting the group singing getting some real cool shots. THEN SUDDENLY I FEEL A CONSTANT JAB SENSATION IN MY KIDNEYS, SPINE, AND RIBS. At first I thought it was like some a equipment pressing hard, but it was in a constant stream. I turn to look back. It was Play. Poking me with his cane, saying "AIM HIGHER" about this time I was pissed. I pretty sure I said, "fuck you, poking me with a cane!" I was pretty pissed after that. The rest of the day was like that, like i was getting attack by a homeless old man, screaming things.
Day 2 comes around. and by this time, I was trying to let that shit go, then play showed up with his purple bronco from 1992, with the back saying "BLESS US." So this day it was pouring down rain, we were running cable from a generator to house, that was also purple. Now we got it up a rolling, about around when we started shooting, is when someone ran to me and said, Play broke your camera. Now I had a DVX100 when they were awesomely new. and he some how jammed the zoom wheel and made it out of line. How does someone do that? who breaks a zoom wheel when there are buttons? PLAY BREAKS CAMERAS! THATS WHO!
So my friend Matt Moore had to fix it, but even he was like, "I don't know how this happen, I've never seen this before." Never seen this before, that what play did to the camera. He cause a problem no camera man has ever seen before.
Well Matt and I eventually got it fixed. and they started shooting, by this time i was like "Fuck this shit." and hung out with the make up room. They shoot and it goes okay just til 8 in the morning.
Around this time is when i heard him saying shit like, "if your camera broke it was for a reason God did it for." Yes he brought god into it. By now i started talking mad shit about him around his back. just basically about how shifty he was and conniving he was, not paying people taking credit etc.
So I stopped hanging around him just because he was fake. fake as plastic turd.
Matt had to edit the video I never came around for it. but Matt was pretty much the guy wantd the video to look like shit, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Nothing against Platinum Souls, besides the fact ya'll corny as shit but PLAY FUCKED UP.
Here's the video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRCxEzi1qME
Play try to get in contact with me and stuff but I just ignored him and let time take it's course. I could get into more details, like how he is and how he acts around people but I won't. All you need to know is he bitter and fake. Maybe that's why Kid is asked to do stuff and not Play on VH1. who knows.
I do know, a year or so later he broke his other leg. WALKING HIS DOG AGAIN! AGAIN! HOW DO YOU DO IT ONCE WALKING A DOG BUT TWICE!!! HOW DOES ONE DO THAT AND THEN DO IT TO THE OTHER? MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T BE WALKING YOUR DOG THERE? CHANGE LOCATIONS I MEAN WHO DOES THAT? PLAY DOES THAT, THAT'S WHO!