Category Archives: 2012

PHILIPPA WETS HER PANTS

AND OTHER SCARY STORIES I Turn Down A Job “Sorry, John, no can do—I’m too scared.” Sutro Tower The job? Filming the San Francisco Sutro Tower. It’s about the same height as the Eiffel Tower, but while the Eiffel is … Continue reading

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VOTE FOR ME: I’m Tired of Working for My Dad

Sydney, Australia, December 1963 TCN Channel 9 has given me a rent-free garage. It’s basic and incredibly hot, but I don’t care as I’m off to London next month. Grafton—famous for its jacaranda trees “Hey, Stefan, this guy just phoned. … Continue reading

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NUDE WITH CAMERA

YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG July 2012, Laguna Beach, CA I’m locked away in a motel room trying to write a feature film screenplay. Fortunately it’s cold and wet outside – summer in Southern California isn’t what it’s cracked up … Continue reading

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DEVICE AND CONQUER

JOIN THE REVOLUTION London, April 1982. I’m CEO of Molinare. After months of planning, we launch Britain’s first satellite TV service, Satellite Television plc. A year later, 80% is sold to Rupert Murdoch for $1. Today, my fledgling is called … Continue reading

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MY FAB FOUR

CLAUS, KENNEDY, DAHMER, KING Last month, Rodney King died. I thought of Elkan. He’s dead too. Why do people keep dying? READY STEADY GO Elkan and I had great times together. I’ll never forget the first time I almost met … Continue reading

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3D DIY: BOUGHT A CAMERON | PACE? EAT YOUR HEART OUT

What a joy it is to read this page. While the rest of Digital Video magazine is filled with experienced and learned writers spouting knowledgeable words, here I am, poor schmuck, writing about 3D, a subject about which I know little … Continue reading

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LOUIS, SMASH MY CAMERA

Got to Get that Great Shot It’s the week before NAB. I’m transferring tapes and files from my shoot in Bakersfield, Calif. The phone rings. “Hi, I’m Rebecca, Zaxox PR. I believe you’re going to NAB. My client Hubris Microsystems … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT, STEFAN?

Harvey is an American professor living and working in Switzerland. I’ve shot his weeklong training sessions in Lausanne and here in Big Sur, Calif. DIANE – HIS NEW PA An e-mail: Hi Stefan, Harvey is teaching in Big Sur next … Continue reading

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THE POWER OF FREE

What absolute garbage! Is this a piss-take?Alison’s viral YouTube video If I could afford it, I’d only make pro-bono videos. The “clients” are just so grateful. “I can’t thank you enough for this!” You get free lunches, free tickets to … Continue reading

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A FOGGY DAY IN JENNER TOWN

IT HAD ME LOW, AND IT HAD ME DOWN THE HARVEST We start shooting the vineyard at dawn. Jamie, our star winemaker is helping the Mexican pickers and loading the truck with six tons of Pinot Noir grapes. He drives … Continue reading

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