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Chris Keth

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About Chris Keth

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  • Birthday 06/08/1985

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    1st Assistant Camera
  • Location
    Los Angeles
  • Specialties
    Photography, fly fishing and fly tying, hiking, camping, shooting and hunting

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    http://www.christopherketh.com
  1. I'm looking for a small quantity of 35mm double-x 5222 to shoot in still cameras. I'd love to find a small short end or two, about or under 100ft each, so it'll fit into a bulk loader. If anyone has a bit of film they want to unload, skip the PM and e-mail me at chris@christopherketh.com
  2. I have 70 or 80 issues of american cinematographer, ICG, and maybe a few other assorted photo related magazines that I don't want to move. They're in pretty nice looking shelf file bozes. They are free if you come pick them up. I live in the eagle rock neighborhood of LA. PM me if you're interested and we can find a time to meet up.
  3. For sale is a used but well cared for TR-04 camera cart. Included is the following: -TR-04 Senior size cart -Bracket with Tripod Hooks -Bracket with Mitchell Crown -Bracket for RBQ -36" side box New, this cost $2315, $2523 including sales tax. I took a screen shot of all the included parts in a filmtools cart to show the new price and also the part numbers. I'm asking $1850, which is 80% of the new cost without sales tax. I'm happy to pack it up and go to fed-ex but that will, of course, cost extra. Please e-mail me if you're interested. I am located in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.
  4. Careful buying this knockoff stuff. Remember this is going to be holding $150K + worth of stuff to your cart, or to a crane, etc. Also, I would stick to the Ronford Baker standard. It's really a pain when one person on a crew uses a different quick release than everybody else.
  5. The MacGuyver thing is cute and all but the equipment we use is the way it is for a reason. If I were on set and somebody wanted to put a lamp anywhere near over my head on a stand like that I would head on over for coffee until a proper stand was used safely and properly. This kind of "screw safety, I want to save $5" crap is why I nearly had a brick dropped on my head from 3 stories up. It missed me by less than 4 feet. That sort of halfassed engineering is fine if you're alone but if you even have one crewmember whose safety depends on your grip equipment and rigging skills, just use the proper gear. Just get some solid used c-stands. They will work better, be more solid, and won't have your grip crew snickering at you behind your back.
  6. Not at all comparable to a steadicam. If it's smoother than the steadicam, you need to employ a better steadicam operator.
  7. Make sure your 1st and steadicam operator meet at prep and have time to talk things over. They should be able to arrive at and pre-balance for a configuration that is repeatable enough that when the word is given for steadicam, the assistants can hit that configuration while the operator suits up. The rig should already be on a stand with batteries and the vest and arm unpacked. Have your operator teach your loader or utility to do this so it can be ready before it's needed. They should all meet in the middle in about 5 minutes and only need very final balancing. The other thing that you can do for that type of scene is to have an operator handheld sitting on the mitchell crown on a dolly. Many key grips even have or can make a seat that mounts to the mitchell crown. Boom up and down moves can still be done, adding some great possible moves. This will keep the look of handheld but without footsteps. It's kind of a middle ground between walking handheld and steadicam and convenient since I assume you already have at least one dolly on the show.
  8. Generally, I think common practice here is to chain-vice-grip the stands (folded up) to the inside of the rails of the lift basket. 2 clamps per stand with the weight of the stand on the floor. Once the vice grips are good and tight, tape them shut with bright cloth tape. This is based on what I see on most sets I work on; I am not a grip.
  9. Your set lighting dept. should really be providing you with power. If not, most systems will run fine off of a put-put or camera truck generator cleaned up by your UPS, which should always be larger and more robust than you think you need. As for the show cutting you some days, that's just plain foolish. Personally, I would handle that by stating your concerns clearly and simply and then not going out of your way to rush to catch up. Do your thing completely and methodically. If you're hopelessly behind and mistakes happen because of it, you can be the first and loudest to say "I told you so."
  10. Sometimes a fluid head can lend an imprecise look to the ends of whip pans that even very experienced operators can't fix. It's simple, but something I admire every time I watch it is in The Shining when Jack is chopping at the door with his axe. The camera is panning back and forth with every chop but both ends of the move are very crisp with no vertical movement. Precise. I assume that was a geared head.
  11. 1. DIT is not the same as a data manager, quit using them interchangeably. 2. There's no shortcut into IATSE local 600 for a reason. By being a 600 member, it's assumed that you are experienced and good at your job. It's not "extremely difficult" to get in. You just have to work enough days, apply, pay the fees. The best way to get in is the right way. Quit looking for shortcuts. It's insulting to the people here, myself included, who are working 600 members and who have put in the work to do it all properly. If you expect to get the reward without doing the work, your path in the film industry will be pretty short.
  12. I don't run into it very much so I've only had to deal with it a couple times. I just went with the direction change. It's not a big deal.
  13. The academy is hosting a screening next week of "Lawrence of Arabia" and I was disappointed to read that it's not a 70mm film print. It's described as "a newly created 4K Digital Cinema Package." Has anybody seen this particular scan? 4K seems awfully low for a 65mm camera negative and I'm afraid it just won't do the film's massive vistas justice.
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