Nearing the Holiday Season...

Trip Start Jun 01, 2006
Trip End Jun 30, 2006

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I am writing this after a nice long weekend break from working - Saturday was my birthday and Bridget came to NY.  Before, however, I was working long days (typically 12-15 hours, and one even 21 hours) consecutively, finding myself on the verge of catching a cold from lack of sleep and standing outside in the cold air on a few shoots.  Not to worry!  I constantly took "Airborne" tablets (vitamin suppliments) along with Zicam to keep the illness away - and it worked (or has so far).  Bridge and I had a nice weekend in NYC - shopping and eating great food as always.  We stayed away from the tourists, instead opting to spend a day in the Bronx at the NY Botanical Garden, Bronx Zoo, and Italian food on the infamous Arthur Ave.  On Friday, we went to NYU to have lunch with Bridget's new bosses at the Genetics clinic (congrats to Bridge!) - they gave us a little tour of the facility, and it was nice to see where she will be working come July. 

Things with work have been exciting and very busy.  I've begin to spread the risk, so to speak, by gaining some new contacts that have started hiring me for freelance gigs.  BOR is still hiring me the most consistently, but we are now entering the "slow season" so work seems to go in bursts rather than steady with any company.  Another place I've been getting some work through is Zoomari Films - the DP from there I met while working on the Katie Brown Workshop (a BOR shoot).  He actually directed the show...we hit it off and he's been hiring me since every so often. 

Another shoot I did for BOR was a one day "reshoot" for a new comedy film called "The Ten" with Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, and a slew of other known actors - it has been accepted to Sundance (  That day I hung out with the Gaffer (the guy who heads the lighting and electric dept - also known as Cheif Lighting Technician) and the Key Grip...exchanging contact info by the time we wrapped.  A couple of weeks later I started getting calls from the Gaffer, and I've been working a couple of days a week on another new film shooting in NY called "Life In Flight", staring Amy Smart (  My credit for that is "additional electric" - so I've been learning a ton of stuff about electricity (i.e. what goes into getting power to lights and other devices) and lights I have never heard of or only read about.  You can imagine we use some pretty crazy huge lights (for those of you that know 12k and 18k lights), doing all sorts of fun rigging on ceilings and rooftops.  All in all it is very physical work, pulling large electrical cables and hauling lights and power supplies (what we call Ballasts) to set.  Much of the time on the job is spent outdoors, as we have shot mostly exteriors - even when we shoot interiors, the majority of the electric team is outside with walkies on standby with other equipment ready to come in.   But I get along with my coworkers and I'm having a hell of a fun time learning all these new skills - trying to get the ins and outs of different jobs so I can be a more well-rounded filmmaker (when that time comes).

Couple of other cool work-related things.  I stepped up in pay/position for one job I was lucky enough to land through BOR as Assistant Camera (AC).  It was working with a DP on a series of interviews and promo bumpers with CBS news anchors - my job being to bring in the camera package (Sony CineAlta F900), build it, then assist the DP during the shoot with tapes, batteries, filters, as well as move the camera and protect it.  Another fun job was a big private party celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Nike Air Force shoe - for which BOR set up a five camera shoot.  Again, I was able to build some camera packages (but it wasn't my sole responsibility on this job unfortunately), but most of all I was able to meet Spike Lee, a filmmaker I admire and respect.  A number of celebs had been invited and a few showed - Spike Lee and Patrick Ewing being the notables.  We had a brief encounter, which I initiated.  Basically I told him I respected his work, he said thanks and walked away a bit coldy.  Bit of a disappointment, but cool nonetheless (he probably gets that stuff all the time).

Otherwise, I am just excited to be heading home for the holidays come Thursday (Tues/Wed I'll be working on Life in Flight).  Again, I am feeling pretty uninspired to write in the same fashion as I did with my Russia blog.  It annoys me that I can't seem to provoke myself as usual - not sure if its a lack of energy or if I have a bunch of pent up ideas (I've been brainstorming film ideas alot) that are just mixed up and unable to come out right now.  In any case - I'll communicate through other forms...check out my photo gallery for some new stuff.

Enjoy.  Happy Holidays. 
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