As a student filmmaker there are many things you shamelessly do to save on the budget… one of them is hunt for free food for the crew. You can get folks to work for free on a film set but you gotta feed them well! Our film school was at Covent Garden, London and we were fortunate that some local shops were willing to donate their unsold food at the end of the day, due to their “fresh food everyday” policy. Please note that these were places like Pret-A-Manger ,Food for Thought which served great sandwiches and delicious meals to their loyal customers. So very often as a rookie assistant, I found myself waiting outside these outlets for closing time to pick up the packs. Sometimes I’d find homeless folks picking out their sandwiches alongside me! The ones I’d pick would soon end up garnished on foil plates with generous potato wafers and fresh drinks for a hungry film crew, while the ones they picked would be devoured before they reached the street just outside the shop . Truly humbling experience. Later in winters, when we needed hot meals I started to cook Indian food in large batches for the crew. The crews loved it and as they hugged me for it, I’d remember those other faces who might have also liked a hot meal then. Looking back, I should have packed some for them too. Regret it. Today I came across this online… starting in these monsoon swept months, don’t we have the room for some pending coffees in our part of the world?