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Ian McAvoy

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  • Birthday 04/08/1991

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  1. I'm currently looking in to buying a used Sniper Mkii and just wanted to know other 1st Assistant Camerapersons' opinion of working with it in the field. I haven't been using anything similar to the Sniper. As of now estimating, hard tape, and a laser measurer have been my ways of getting measurements, but to have a unit such as this could be a great asset if caught in bind. I've had my eye on a few units since May 2013, but I spent a while to research the item. I can't seem to find an answer to one question. Are the display cable, power cable, and accessories(ie. beam splitters and smoke iris) universal from the Mk iii to the Mk ii? I know a lot of technical specs to the Sniper Mk ii, but I'm more interested in fellow ACs' experiences with it. I'm very weary about purchasing an item I haven't tested in the field, or at least seen in action in the field in person so really any advice on working with this unit, what to look out for, or what to get to utilize this to the fullest would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. - Ian
  2. Jacob, I just graduated Columbia with a concentration in Cinematography. The program is very intense, but the faculty instruction is fantastic and your opportunities to get on set are numerous. Since you are entering as a junior I would suggest starting your Cinematography Concentrated courses immediately so you can get the most out of your time in college. You can get some serious experience and great looking footage of your own if you carefully plan your courses. If you decide to enroll and have any questions about what courses to take or which instructors to talk to(guidance/advising from CINEMATOGRAPHY faculty, not your college advisor, is essential for transfer students) please don't hesitate to message me. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have or refer you to the proper people to make sure you get the most out of your time at Columbia. - Ian
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