Tuesday, December 10, 2013

End of Show Roundup

I usually save this post for the end of a movie. My last movie didn't really end. It will be finished at some point. Whether or not I and my colleagues will be involved is another matter. We all have bills to pay and mouths to feed and must move on, though I'm sure all of us would like to be a part of it. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

   This job involved a lot of crane work. Spread out over two units. First unit alone had a 50', a 30', a 35-45 Moviebird, and a 15' Technocrane at any given time. We also had a 30' and 72' Hydrascope that came in and out periodically. I'll have more on the type of work I was doing in my future post, Scraping the Paint. As always, our regular crane and head techs from Cinemoves, Mike Howell and Sean Fossen did stellar work as well as Jeff Curtis making an appearance from time to time. Mr Rivenbark was on another job, but Sean does top-notch work and I'm always glad to see him. Trust between a pickle operator and a crane arm operator is paramount, especially in a job like this one, and Mr. Howell has never let me do anything stupid. Chris and David, and James from Chapman also came in and did great work with the Hydrascopes. Thanks guys.
   Dolly-wise, I had a Hustler 4, a Peewee 3, and several Hybrids that came in and out as extra dollies and splinter unit dollies. We also used a Fisher 23 and a 21 for several shots. Thanks to Christine, Isabel, Fabien and Shafi at Chapman for their remarkable service. Thanks to a wonderful cast and crew. Hope to see you all again.

  I have picked up a second unit on another show that will take me up to Christmas, so at least I'll be busy.


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