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Paul Maibaum ASC

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  1. On-board eyelight.....http://www.cinering.com
  2. Cinematographers live and die not only based on the quality (and how quickly one achieves said quality) of their work but by their reputation as well. Two candidates for the position of cinematographer on a shoot can have equally impressive reels and resumes but the question often asked to break the tie is with whom would you prefer to be locked in a sound stage for 14 hours? One's reputation precedes them prior to the interview process......a director or producer looks at a prospective D.P.s resume and checks in with the people this person has previously worked with......"how was candidate A to work with?"......you do not want the answer to be "he/she was a pain in the ass, argued about every set up." One will have a very short career, if any career at all if this becomes the perception.
  3. Many years ago while still in film school I was hired as the Director of Photography to shoot scenes in L.A. for a feature based out of a foreign country. It was a 2 or 3 day shoot and my assistant camera person warned me not to hand over the exposed film until the L.A. crew was paid in full. Being a trusting person I did not heed his advice assuming the producers were honest and turned in the exposed stock. We were not paid. We went en masse to the local office of the National Labor Relations Board to research what recourse we had in order to force the producers (who lived in L.A. even though the majority of the project had been filmed overseas) to pay the crew. The rep from the NLRB asked us who had notified the crew as to when and where to show up for work as that person was ultimately the responsible party for the payment of the negotiated wage. In this case the person was a crew member hired as the UPM and who also was not paid. The moral of this story is be very careful in giving out crew calls to one's fellow workers.
  4. Tom Stern, ASC, AFC was also a gaffer before being moved up to Director of Photography by Clint Eastwood. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0827869/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
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  6. Has anyone used the Bluetooth capability with the LitePanels SmartLite app?
  7. Boxx Wireless Transmitter/Receiver Kit in Pelican case. $7500.00 OBO. paulmaibaum@mac.com
  8. John Toll, ASC winner of the Academy Award for Best Cinematography two consecutive years in 1995 "Legends of the Fall" and 1996 "Braveheart".
  9. Grab a meal at Musso and Frank.........http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musso_%26_Frank_Grill
  10. INSIDE THE FINAL RIDE - http://www.fxnetworks.com/video/352492611950
  11. Season 7, the Final Ride........http://www.people.com/article/sons-of-anarchy-last-season-trailer-video
  12. Sad to report ...http://variety.com/2014/film/news/midnight-rider-crew-member-killed-in-georgia-train-accident-1201114468/#respond My thoughts tonight are with the victim and their family/friends/co-workers of this tragedy. Very few people know the truth of this event. I hope it is revealed to all so that this can never happen again. No shot is worth a life.
  13. See if you can take out both a fluid head and a set of wheels, it would give you the opportunity to try the gear head and you would always have the fluid head to fall back to. In all my years being a camera operator I was never called upon to "operate" a circle or figure 8.
  14. Put your best stuff first, and your even better stuff last. Leave whoever is screening your reel with the desire to see more. Use the widest array of styles and techniques, do not repeat yourself in the reel. Try to, if you have the material, to use footage wherein the actors/actresses are known, it gives one credibility. Remember that, ultimately, your potential employers are looking to see elements of their upcoming project on your reel. That can be very frustrating but it is the reality. I had a meeting and submitted a reel to a director for an MOW many years ago and he contacted a mutual friend with whom I had worked with and confided in him that he "liked" me but felt that my reel was somehow "lacking". In what, he was not specific. My friend then posed the question, was the director planning on using any of the footage from my reel in his show? The director admitted that no, obviously he had no plans to do so. Then my friend said that he should hire me. I did end up getting the gig. Getting a job has as much to do, if not more, with past relationships as it has with one's reel.
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