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ian dart

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    Gaffer
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    australia
  1. hi Chris, although it has been 40 years since I was a telecine operator, from memory some projectors had a shutter much like an ND filter that operated when the projector was stopped or reversed to stop the lamp burning a hole through the stopped frame. not sure if this is your problem but is worth investigating if it is stuck down. cheers Ian
  2. did we learn nothing from Sarah jones' death. your first priority should be the safety and welfare of your cast and crew, this is not negotiable. do the right thing and hire a safety/stunt supervisor
  3. as I stated earlier deferred payment contracts are the biggest load of crap in this industry in 40 years I have never heard of any crew getting a payment. producers come up with all sorts of excuses to not pay. the more jobs you do for no pay the harder it is to get paid gigs. you do not want to be the guy everyone goes to because you will work for nothing. (but why do you want to charge me ....you worked for Steve for free....) just my 2 cents
  4. well for a start they should be considering you an investor as you are supplying thousands of dollars of gear and your time for their film. I would at least be wanting a free tea shirt....(sarcasm) after 20+ years as a shooter and gaffer I have never received any deferred payment or preferred booking for any shoot I have done. (in fact the opposite is usually the case). I usually tell them I will do the first shoot for pay and when it goes to feature or series I will shoot or light it for free ( Needless to say I never hear back). you have to remember it is
  5. hi ben here is a film I lit that is set around a dinner table www.socialshorts.com.au:comedy.webloc scroll down to "serving joy " it may be of interest cheers mate
  6. well not doing 23 takes of every shot would be a good start to not burn time during the shoot day cheers
  7. 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
  8. christ i havent seen someone in such need of a blowjob in years
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. producers with attitudes like yours Richard is one of the reasons crew resorts to agents and unions. cheers.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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