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Nathan Milford

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  1. I just received the following in a PM from a forum member. Since the member contacted me under their own name I can confirm they are not a nut or a troll. This person has a significant amount of posts here and is in good standing in the community, so I can vouch. I am posting this as his/her proxy. I also recognize this person is a director (in this particular circumstance) and this ordinarily might not be the appropriate forum for this discussion but I am posting it here for two reasons, 1) I have moderator perms in General Discussion so if this thread goes weird I can curtail it and 2) I'm sure there are similar situations that cinematographers face and their input may be valuable as well. So, lets discuss the post and not descend into a meta-discussion about the posting an anonymous post for someone, or that it is in the wrong forum and help this person out :) What do you guys think? I encourage the person involved to send updates through me, as well as to describe the situation a bit more. We have no way of knowing that production may not be justified in reducing your participation. What are the stakes, what level of production, how much money is involved, what type of film etc...
  2. I might be able to attend. Could bring my XTR :) BTW, Happy Birthday Annie, assuming the forum is accurate.
  3. Not 100% sure, but I believe the difference is they are paid as performers where prostitutes are paid for sex. Thin line, I'm sure, but probably enough to protect them from too much litigation... performers can be argued to be a component in a piece art, and they can claim the nastiest hardcore porn as art. Just as I've seen art films where there was penetration...
  4. I'm as atheist as the next guy but, one could argue that people who base all of their beliefs on facts put a lot of faith in their sensorium perceiving factual data (let putting your faith in what a scientist says). Being topical (in the off-topic forum): I've never had two camera systems/film stocks/lenses perceive the facts of a scene precisely the same. Huzzah for Descartes, screwing with your head since the 17th century.
  5. Thanks Tim! The feeling is mutual. On to real camera porn, check out this safe for work link: Camera Porn As a guy who used to repair cameras and as a guy with a wall full of various SLRs, Rangefinders and S8 cameras in my darkroom... I'm way into camera porn. :) Sweet, soft luscious black leatherette with a hot bayonet mount, I love my Hasselblad.
  6. I'm surprised I haven't seen that on DeezTees or BustedTees.
  7. I'd say that NHK 8K camera. HD is a bit too much detail already :)
  8. There is no point in trying to pick a fight, David. This isn't that type of forum. :) You obviously want this thread to end, you jumped on my threat to do so and now you're trying to goad me in to it. If you don't like the subject matter of the thread, pick another to contribute to. - nathan
  9. I believe the echos and 'gotchas' from the religion/morals meta-conversation are rippling away as the more responsible members of the forum quit participating in the hijack of the thread and move to the off-topic section of the site. I'd also like to point out that these pages are index-able and search-able by Google and other search engines and as we use (hopefully) real names and foster real reputations here, it would be good to remember that possible employers may search your name and find it deep in a flame war. Regardless of the context or side of the issue you fall on, I'm sure you don't want to bee seen as argumentative by any director/studio/producer/school who Googles for your work.... forever. We've had several good posts and I think this thread can be saved :) Move it along... nothing to see here...
  10. Good call Matthew. Take it to the Off-topic forum. I was really hoping we could move beyond moral and philosophical abstractions and talk about porn's relevancy to our industry and tools (and vica versa). Next mention of morality or god gets this thread shut down.
  11. I think you both got your beliefs in regarding ID and Evolution. Let's talk about cameras in porn :) I know, as a fact, more than a few guys on this forum have made some extra scratch gaffing or shooting the odd skin flick. Anyone have any good stories? I seem to remember David Mullen getting dragged (unwittingly) on to a porn set by a guy who wanted him to try the catering... something about 'doing the DP after lunch!' - nathan
  12. I wont speak for my fellow moderators, but I believe this is an interesting and informative thread. Some people have decided to launch a few ad hominem attacks, but nothing racist and nothing beyond baseless 'school yard' jabs. I'll close it if it gets nasty. I don't believe this thread should be shut down, but could we get away from those silly attacks and steer our way towards having a friendlier discussion? If you don't agree with the content or subject of the thread, post your views without getting personal or ignore it. - nathan
  13. Interesting link I found on Digg from Style that made me think of this thread, called What If Your Wife Were A Porn Star?
  14. Christopher, I just moved this to a different forum. This isn't really fodder for the General Discussion forum. Good luck crewing up and at your shoot in general. - nathan
  15. I would use Naphta or Alcohol. Acetone will frag your paintjob.
  16. On older cameras the door was attached the hinge. You need to send it in to Abel (or whoever) to have it modified to accept the NiMH clip-ons. They need to crack open the shell of the camera and disengage (from the inside of the shell) the bar that holds the battery door on. Then they have to remove the bar from the hinge and modify the door, add springs to it, then put it all back together with the bar fitted and set correctly so batteries will be snug when engaged. It's a simple thing that takes quite a bit of effort to achieve. You'd think you could just go at it with a dremel.. you'd be wrong. - nathan (Former, factory trained mind you, Aaton repair tech)
  17. I'm fairly certain David Mullen used them in Shadowboxer, search for his production diary on the film.. or he'll likely pop up and answer directly.
  18. Physically impossible. Rent Aaton mount lenses or ARRI Bayo lenses and adapt them to Aaton mount or swap the camera mount... those are your only options.
  19. Assuming the XTRplus in question is a tri-phase XTRplus (meaning it goes to 75fps): The XTRprod has interchangeable viewing screens, the XTRplus does not. The XTRprod has Aatonite (aka Arriglow, Panaglow), the XTRplus does not. The XTRprod can accept magazined programed from A-E, the XTRplus only A-C. The XTRprod has a more elaborate side display than the XTRplus. For all intents and purposes they are mechanically the same thing and will produce the same results. They load the same, take the same lenses and accessories. etc.. Older versions of the XTRplus or plain XTR will only reach 60 and 54fps respectivly and require 16v batteries to get to higher speed.
  20. Just got home after seeing it... what a fantastic movie! My wife cried... but then again she's a sentimental dork... and the humor was spot on (my wife looked at my incredulously several times as if to say "did she just say that" before bursting out laughing). The projection was atrocious.. The throw seemed off, the focus softish (the first minute or so of the movie was WAY out of focus until the whole theater erupted into chants of "FOCUS!") and the image bleeding off of the screen. The print was also thoroughly scratched.. rarely did a scene escape a running line. Beyond that though, Eric, your work was very beautiful Very balanced and consistent. I love the lightly-handled operation, very well pulled off in the scene with Juno pulled off the road in her van (among other places), subtle nudges. I love good operating, and I also love watching a nice focus pull. The crowd responded exceptionally well and I didn't overhear anything but the most positive of statements and reviews. The movie will very much become a classic with my family and I can't wait until the DVD comes out. Congratulations Eric!
  21. I'm going to see a shown of it tonight in NYC. I'm very excited!
  22. My German professor in college was a good friend of the linguist who created/adapted Klingon. He said it was a variation of Sanskrit with harder fricatives.
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