Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas!

And Happy Hannukah! We're down for two weeks and Dollygrippery would like to wish Happy Holidays to all our readers. We've somehow made it through another year of: mud, rain cold, heat, warped plywood, crappy track, finnicky actors, staircases, misplaced carrying handles, clueless directors, crane weights, smashed fingers, tightassed UPMs, infuriating contracts, crappy ratchet straps, bad coffee, lunch in parking lots, steep slopes, luma beams, flat tires, crying babies, late dues, stolen tools (and stolen cranes for some of us), tiny sets, narrow doors, rooms that are 15' by 11', extras in the way, PA's in the door, backlights on the frameline, stills photographers on the dolly, and 9 hour turnarounds. These have been offset by: great camera operators, sweeet arms, well laid floors, cool directors, car rigs, insert car days on the tailgate, funny actors, challenging crane shots, box rentals, per diem, smart UPMs, really good Key Grips, really good Best Boys, beer, great Grip crews, outstanding DPs, Libra Head techs, Technocranes, medics, electrics with a stinger (and a good joke), coffee trucks, wrap gifts, Ipods, stand-ins, paychecks, vacations, and new friends. Thanks to all of my Dolly Grip colleagues around the world. It's a pleasure to be in your company.

PS- I forgot to add "understanding wives."

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season!


PPS- I have spoken to several Dolly Grips over the last few weeks who read the site but are reluctant to post. Please don't be reluctant to comment! I never wanted  Dollygrippery to be all about me. I wanted it to be a place where we all can communicate and share tips, stories etc. Also, if you have an article you've written or a list of tips etc., email it to me and you can have a guest post. Speak up!

10 comments:

The Grip Works said...

Well said D !! A very happy holiday season to all ... D, it is a pleasure to have the community created by your fantastic forum.

Warm regards to all
Sanjay Sami

Onno said...

Fully agree with your words! Though I do miss the surviving or the struggle withe the crisis, late paychecks!
Thank you Darryl for this community, it is a weekly pleasure to read.

I must admit there was a smile on my face reading 'Understanding Wives': Imagine yourself sitting in a bar and saying to your neighbor: "my wive do understand me..."

For you all: have a great Christmas and all the I wish you all the luck you need for 2010!

Onno

Anonymous said...

new to the site and love checking in once in awhile. Merry X-mas all and look forward to more posts in 2010.

Azurgrip said...

Wishing all you all the best this holiday and in the New Year! I raise a glass to you!

I'm just packing down my computer from my six months away from home. It will be great to be back in my own bed tonight and to be with my wonderful, understanding wife.

Merry Christmas gang - Here's to a great 2010!

D said...

Welcome home buddy. You made it! I hope you get a well deserved vacation. Merry Christmas.

GHB said...

Happy Holidays back to you, my friend and thanks for giving all of us the great present of this forum. Keep up the good work and have a good run this season. Send my best to Bud, Simon, Phil and Matt.

D said...

Will do, brother. Have fun on your show.

A.J. said...

Merry (belated) Christmas and have a Happy New Year, D!

And what was the joke that came with the stinger?

D said...

A dirty one.

ash said...

why are we the least paid in our tiny circle