Category Archives: 2011

LA IS A GREAT BIG FREEWAY

PAN AND ZOOM WITH DAVE I’ve done two ‘copter shoots for Dave – one in Sonoma County, CA, the other flying over the Great Salt Lake. They were both scary but fun. Now he wants a third – early morning … Continue reading

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THE CASE OF THE CAUTIOUS CAMERAMAN

IL VA THAT-A-WAY It’s 1975 – I’m flying to Dubai with one stop over, Damascus. It’s a five-hour flight. The crew tells me they are flying back tonight. I climb down the steps into the hot night air, walk to … Continue reading

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WHY CAN’T A VIDEO CAMERA BE MORE LIKE A VIOLIN?

AND LESS LIKE A WARTIME CAR? Consider the violin: it rests on the shoulder, steadied by the chin. One hand works the bow, while the other supports the far end of the instrument and fingers the strings. It’s light and … Continue reading

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LEARN WITH STEFAN

Queen Cristina hath writ: The new Digital Video is organized into three primary sections: Look, Lust and Learn. The “Learn” section is purely instructional… So I’m in LEARN. …how to use your gear, terms and trends you need to know, … Continue reading

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HOW TO FIND WORK

There’s an interesting post on the DV Forum from Starman: Okay, so I have been counting the days that I have been booked the last month doing, camera or audio, I worked 8 days this month. Is that slow? Or, … Continue reading

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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

IT CAN ONLY GET WORSE So you think filmmaking is easy – a piece of cake. You’ve spent three years at UCLA, graduated with honors – your student film was screened at the Ventura Film Festival. You’ve got FILMMAKER printed … Continue reading

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96 FAGGOTS AND HALF A WHOPPER

STILL – IT’S BETTER THAN WORKING Frozen faggots in modern day packaging. The brand when I filmed it was owned by Kraft Foods and called Brains Faggots. 1972 Bristol, UK. Ever filmed processed food? It’s a stomach turning experience. We … Continue reading

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TAKE KERR WITH FAVORS

AND REBECCA’S WEDDING VIDEO Graham Kerr (pronounced “care”), The Galloping Gourmet. SYDNEY AUSTRALIA June 1968 “A party, a party, hey Graham just asked us to his garden party.” Graham has a local Sydney TV show called “The Galloping Gourmet.” I … Continue reading

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MONDO NAB – THE SHOCKUMENTARY

Births, Deaths, Flagellation, Public Suicide, Ritual Killings, The Kiss of Life, Human Vivisection – it’s all here Many moons ago, three Italian producers made Mondo Cane (A Dog’s Life). If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s instant view on … Continue reading

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MY SECRET NAB

It all happens off the show floor… If you think the NAB Show action is in the exhibitors’ booths, think again. Since all of the players in the following stories are either retired old fogies, or, better still, stone-cold-dead, I’ll … Continue reading

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