Monday, December 15, 2008
I filled in for CB today on his series. The cast and crew made me very welcome and it was a good day. Thanks to CB for the call. I had forgotten how free form tv is nowadays. There's no long discussion of each shot with a finder etc. This is a gesture, a couple of vague marks and lay a floor from which you pretty much shoot it on the fly. It was fun and helped me get my tv chops back. Everything is overs and dirty singles and split foreground overs and ups and downs on the fly. It was good to get back behind a dolly. CB is a Fisher user and he has the best Fisher arm I've ever had. You can tell he takes time to have it set up right. I'm not ready to give up my Hustler or anything, but it was a sweet arm to use. The B camera Dolly Grip is a guy who has been an "A" guy for years and I have known his name forever but had never met him in person and he was a huge help today, coming in, as I was, not knowing any of the grips or where anything is and he was a pleasure to work with. I did know a few of the AD staff from the movie I did in Boston earlier this year and the operator is an old friend I've done six pictures with so it was like a reunion.
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I can attest to the care Chris gives to his machine having worked with him on a feature here in Detroit. He's a very knowledgeable guy who's brain I had the privilege of picking for a couple weeks. It was pleasure to work with him and I hope to see him around these parts again soon.
On another note - D, keep up the great work on the blog. It's nice having a place to confer with other grips and dolly grips who speak the same language.
Thanks, Tommy. I'm glad someone out there is reading.
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