"You shouldn't use the sun as a sightline. It will move."
- Day player to me earlier this year as I was working out a crane shot.
2010 was a big year both personally, and at work. Our family lost a Mother, and gained a son, both within a week of each other. Work- wise, it was very busy. I did two series and a feature. Here's what I learned:
1. Although I am philosopically against cup holders on the dolly (that's all I need, one less seat receptacle and something else to lose just so you can have a place to put your coffee), a bicycle style one zip tied to the push bar is fine and completely unobtrusive. I take mine black.
2. When it comes to technocranes, the right tech is the difference between pass and fail. I knew this already, but it was reiterated on a very long day this year)
3. Keep extra wheel clips in the work box. The Hustler cart does a number on them.
4. In cold climates, be sure to run out the arm, and plug in the dolly at wrap or in the morning it's "No boom for you!"
5. Having a list of good Dolly Grips in your phone is invaluable. Unfortunately, they are always working.
6. Computers should have breathalyzers that you have to pass before you can get on the internet.
7. I need bigger cabinets for all the metal water bottles I now get as wrap gifts.
8. 1x8 dance floor pieces come in handy. Always cut one.
9. Don't lock yourself onto track if you can help it, or get away with it. Again, reiterated.
10. Soap works as well on dance floor as powder, and doesn't leave a mess. In fact, theoretically, it should clean it!
11. Luvs and Huggies leak. Pampers don't.
12. I don't let my friends know enough how much I appreciate them. Aww.
13. Cheaper ain't usually better.
14. When in doubt, use the force. It's better than the monitor.
15. Don't let well-meaning DPs who are used to working with crappy Dolly Grips talk you out of what you know. I love ya, but let go of my ears. I know what I'm doing.
16. If you convince said DPs to do it your way, you better damn well be right. I was.
Thanks to all of you for a great year and your inspiration and suggestions. Have a great New Year!