Freight Elevator at EZ Studios / by Charlene Wang

Juan the Freight Elevator Operator among his creation

Juan the Freight Elevator Operator among his creation

If you ever have taken the freight elevator at EZ Studios, I'm sure you noticed the awesome collage covered walls inside the elevator (I mean how could you not). 

On a recent job where I was going up and down said elevator on multiple trips (you know when the Art Department has to load out all the set dressing and props after everyone else has wrapped and gone home?) I chatted with Juan, the freight elevator operator, about the collage.

Juan, originally from Puerto Rico, has worked as the freight elevator operator in this building for over 28 years.  

Who made this collage?

I DID!

How long did it take you?

I started it three years ago, but everyday I add a little bit

Have you met any of the famous faces featured in the collage?

Yes. (When pressed for more details and juicy stories Juan provided the discreet and vague answers that I'm sure all celebrities appreciate in people they encounter). 

Are these only photos that were shot here at EZ Studios?

No, it is just anything I like.  I don't know why everyone makes such a big deal about it when they come inside here.  Anyone could do it. 

sorry my photos weren't that great.  I was using my phone and taking the photos while in transit and surrounded by piles of furniture and props. 

sorry my photos weren't that great.  I was using my phone and taking the photos while in transit and surrounded by piles of furniture and props. 

I'm a big fan of passionately decorating and brightening up whatever small space you are encountering daily (maybe that's why I'm attracted to set decorating) and was happy to learn more about Juan and the collage he created in his workplace.