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ian dart

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  1. well not doing 23 takes of every shot would be a good start to not burn time during the shoot day cheers
  2. hi lee here is a pic of a setup i did for a cooking show it was the only way to get some back edge and stay out of frame it is held up with command strips which can be removed without damaging the wall cheers
  3. christ i havent seen someone in such need of a blowjob in years
  4. some producers would would have you work 20 hours a day and feed you cold shoulder and tongue pie for lunch if you are lucky. it is up to yourself to set your working conditions and enforce them. i myself have a strict lights out at 12 hours condition which is not negotiable. this is known by all before i am booked. book me or dont book me those are my conditions take it or leave it. cheers
  5. i am not a union member. in australia the producers act like civilized human beings so we dont need them, unlike your part of the world apparently. ps. i am an australian and a gaffer so it should not take much imagination to see i dont really give a rats arse what you think. my runs are on the board. cheers
  6. producers with attitudes like yours Richard is one of the reasons crew resorts to agents and unions. cheers.
  7. i have had a few globes let go over the years, mostly in open faced lights, they just disintegrate and leave a bit of the base and two pins in the lamp i have never discovered the reason. i had a 150 dedo globe explode on set during a take and that certainly woke everybody up it cracked the mirror and scratched the focusing lens, i had it checked out but no one could come up with an explanation. my advice would be always have a safety screen on open faced lights. cheers
  8. i am not sure how the battery grip attaches to the camera but i would do a check to ensure the join can handle the stress and forces the camera is subjected to. the grip is being held on the car mount by a 1/4 inch screw but what is holding the grip to the camera. if it is just a plastic retraining clip i would not use it. cheers
  9. hi rod, i used a magic arm to attach to the hot shoe mount on the camera to stop the vibrations on the camera. the tripod is a manfrotto hi hat attached to 3 aluminium glass handling suction cups that have been tapped with 3/8 threaded bolts to mate with the 3/8 holes on the hi hat. this mount is as steady as a rock. we tried to rip it off and the bonnet will come off before the suction gives away. i would definitely use some form of safety strapping to keep it on for everyones safety. cheers
  10. you probably need to lock down the top of the camera to reduce the vibrations i would be putting safety straps on it to stop that very expensive sound if it all goes wrong, cheers
  11. the cost is typicaly just a couple of dollars per item but on set i offer it as a part of my gaffer services and dont charge. depending on time available. many a lunch break i have spent testing. rewiring i do in the luxury of my workshop and charge a nominal fee to cover parts. but should cost about 50 dollars depending on parts the wiring inside hot lights is under great stress from heat and movement (flood/spot) and tends to be the first to suffer. although the NAME BRAND lights spend a lot of time and effort on their attempts to make it durable and safe. most electricians as a rule wont do repairs as it is not cost effective. so you need to hunt down a friendly gaffer (if you can find one.........) after the recent death from a cheap/faulty phone charger i seem to spend a lot of time testing them. this i usually do gratis. cheers mate
  12. the bigger question than whether you can afford to get your gear tested is that there are more and more studios and locations that will not allow electrical equipment on their property that has not been tested and tagged. i have been on several shoots for instance where make up's hair dryer was not allowed to be used until it was tagged. cheers
  13. hi gregg, i am in melbourne australia just across the ditch.... i test to the australian standard AS/NZS 3760:2010 "IN SERVICE SAFETY INSPECTION AND TESTING OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT STANDARD" from memory this standard also applies for new zealand. this applies to all electrical equipment that can be plugged into a mains power outlet with a voltage above 48v. including RCD'S (SAFETY SWITCH). what i meant in the above post is that most fails during testing are for visual faults before i even put them on the machine. cheers
  14. hi matthew, buy some RESIDUAL CURRENT DEVICES (RCD) (SAFETY SWITCHES) and run your lights on their own safety switch on set. you can do several basic tests yourself with a multimeter and there are tutorials on youtube for this. most of the items i test fail the visual inspection so check all your gear for visual damage, loose connections etc and do not use if damaged. cheers
  15. i have used the light on a couple of jobs so far and am more than impressed nice and light with good beam spread no need to carry around a lens box helps and standard wires fit it it meets all aussie electrical specs and had no problems passing a test and tag some more pics here http://www.andrewlocklighting.com.au/pdfs/new%20to%20rentals.pdf cheers
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