Wednesday, January 27, 2021

All Nighter

 Hi everyone (if anyone is still out there). It's been a while. I'm currently trying to turn around from days to nights so I'm forcing it by staying up as long as I can. I usually accomplish this with copious amounts of vodka and Copenhagen, but since I have a doctor's appointment for a physical in the morning, I'll try to push on through with coffee. The writing will probably suffer. 

   Everything is cool here. Work has started back on a regular basis now. I actually get a couple of calls a week looking for Dolly Grips and I just tell them, "Good luck."  Other than that, not much to report. I'll try and get back to more technical stuff in the future so if anyone has any ideas for things they would like to see covered, please drop an email or leave something in the comments. I plan to revisit operator/ dolly grip relationships in the future as a kind of supplement to the Dolly Grip Q and A's that Sean Devine and I did over the summer. We had a great turnout and some very interesting guests. If you want to hear some Dolly Grips and Operators at the top of their game, see some video with commentary on how they accomplished some cool shots, and hear my dumbass drone on for an hour, click the link. I also listened to a podcast on the way home from work called Protecting the Frame. I listened to the episode featuring my friend Casey Hotchkiss, one of the funniest people on earth. They have several interviews with great Operators including Chris Mcguire, whom I'm working with now. It will give some great insights as to how Dolly Grips can be more effective in working with your Camera Operators and Focus Pullers. 

  In the meantime, I'll try to get my thoughts together on some new material. Actually, maybe something about Focus Pullers would be the way to go. As a start, there is an article in this edition of  ICG Magazine featuring interviews with Dolly Grips and 1st AC's about their working relationships. Give it a look!  

Till next time (I'll try not to take as long),

D

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Back To Work

   I hope you are all doing well. It's been awhile, I haven't posted because, as for you, my days were almost all identical for a while, The only real distraction I had was when Sean Devine and I put together the  Dolly Grip Q and A's. They went very well and we had a great response. I hope to resume them at some point.

  Meanwhile, work seems to have returned. I went back and finished the show that shut down and am now on an action movie that shoots for just another month until my next long term job. I didn't want to do it but I have to say it's the best work I've ever done. I'm doing shots with a Peewee and a stabilized head that would have normally been Steadicam shots. Four minute takes racing down corridors and through doors ending up between bars in a jail cell type stuff. It's a challenge and I'm having a great time. As I told a friend of mine a few weeks ago, it's a great show to sand off the edges with. Anyway, I'll hopefully have more to say in the future now that we are getting back to work.

Stay in touch,

D

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Next Q and A: Manufacturer's Roundtable With Cinemoves, Chapman, Fisher, and GFM


Sorry all, I've been a little slack lately so I'm just getting this up. Friday the 26th at 1pm PST. Be there! Link is below:



https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrceirqjIjHtzgN8gqXSvf7-x7XYZtmB43








Thursday, June 04, 2020

Q and A recording

  If you missed the last Q and A, there is a recording of it at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjgEs_FTg6g&t=39s


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Next Q and A: John Mang and Mitch Dubin







Last week's session with Sanjay and Bob Yeoman went so well we decided to try it again! Next week's meeting will feature veteran camera operator Mitch Dubin, SOC and Dolly Grip John Mang,
Response was so huge last week we had some issues with capacity. Those have been rectified.

Join us June 3rd at 1pm.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ldeuhrz8uHdxQZIYSiLEydP1f4kisfYq-