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I thought it would be fun to see what our members are doing these days! Post a selfie of where you are and what you’re doing!

I’m spending this time at home with the family. This is today in my backyard! 
 

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C’mon all! This only works if you participate. Let’s have some fun during this challenging time. 

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Happily, at least part of what I do is somewhat independent of going out of the house; I can sit here (in fact, right here) and write just as I would usually. This is good, of course, although it pretty quickly runs into issues around nothing much actually going on to write about. I'm spending a lot of time on the phone. I've been spending a bit of the spare time that the situation has created working on a couple of skunkworks technical development projects that might have ordinarily languished on the back burner, so perhaps there will be some positive outcome.

These must remain obscure for now but I can share the image below, which I took on essentially my last trip to anywhere other than the grocery store. It shows the sensor assembly on a Marconi B3410 telecine, which was an early example of the continuous-motion film transfer machine using single line array sensors. This particular example is kept in working order by volunteers as part of the Marconi collection at Sandford Mill Museum.

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Me in my front yard this afternoon. I pull weeds in the morning then work on editing the next ASC Manual in the afternoon. Just went through the last decade of American Cinematographer to update a recommended reading list. My wife & I walk our basset hound Clara multiple times a day. Last night I made borscht from scratch for dinner. Am thinking of making a loaf of bread with what flour I have left. Late last night I started watching “Robin and Marian” (1976) but have to finish it tonight. I’ve been watching my blu-ray set of “Space:1999” episodes over the past two months.

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Hanging at home with the wife .. Probyn Plaza Tokyo..  spending the days using up life savings and mucking about with new camera 

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Working on archive for most part. Biz as usual, no rest. I work year round day and night. Just more stress trying not to get virus when I go out for food a couple times a week.

Been making good progress with Fredericks of Hollywood archive. Have completed a few thousand scans so far. About 65% done. Also working on a sod house archive from 1890s. Hope to make a video about the sodbusters. About 35% done. Then have many thousand scans to PP. Working on many other small projects, too many to name. 

Trying to spend a little more time with exercise. Back went out 4 weeks ago. I was using a copy stand shooting oversize art for a few hours on the floor. That fixed my back good. Today is first day it has been slightly better. At morning can hardly get out of bed from back pain. I drool over getting an adjustable work table someday. For most of my life I have worked on oversize projects on the floor. 

I live a life of endless work. Can't blame anyone but me...I took it all on. I am closing out some areas of the archive as I have to face the facts that  I may never get to working with it as my years and health are running out. No use adding more fuel to the proverbial fire. If I had more money maybe I could hire some help. But hiring people has it's own problems. I need to start spending more time on health...so I can get a few more years to get some of this work done. 

Glad you are all relaxing. Everyone looks good! Now is the time for you to get some sleep. When you get old it is harder to sleep. Your brain is like an overworked, jammed up computer.

Sorry can't post photos of work samples. My kb limit is too low.

Best regards to all...stay safe.

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Finishing post on a current feature film that will be delivered on schedule, everyone still working as normal.   Just had a pile of VFX shots delivered and pleased to report the artist did an outstanding job.

Writing the feature script for my next project, that I have financed already, with a planned start date of Sept 8th.

Sales still being made on my existing stable of films, good news.

Basically, nothing has changed for me, except turning off all news so I don't have to listen to their endless hysterical screaming. 

I am as busy as ever and very much enjoying my new car now that Spring is here, and looking forward to boating season that begins on May 1st.  Crisis? What crisis?

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I unfortunately had two big projects get canceled, so I've just been sitting around editing on an industrial film to keep me busy. I'm hoping the two other shorts I was suppose to shoot this year come through, but it's not looking good. People are holding on to their money and many people who were self funding, are scared.

I will admit, being relaxed on this editing job has been nice. The clients are in no rush, so I've been able to learn a few things about Resolve I didn't have time in the past to learn. 

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7 hours ago, David Mullen ASC said:

Greg, how are feeling these days? 

I’m feeling well David. Thanks for asking. When my doctor told me it would take an entire year to feel normal again, I thought he was crazy! As it turns out, he’s probably right. But getting stronger everyday!! Hope you and everyone here stays healthy and happy. 
 

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10 hours ago, Phil Rhodes said:

Happily, at least part of what I do is somewhat independent of going out of the house; I can sit here (in fact, right here) and write just as I would usually. This is good, of course, although it pretty quickly runs into issues around nothing much actually going on to write about. I'm spending a lot of time on the phone. I've been spending a bit of the spare time that the situation has created working on a couple of skunkworks technical development projects that might have ordinarily languished on the back burner, so perhaps there will be some positive outcome.

These must remain obscure for now but I can share the image below, which I took on essentially my last trip to anywhere other than the grocery store. It shows the sensor assembly on a Marconi B3410 telecine, which was an early example of the continuous-motion film transfer machine using single line array sensors. This particular example is kept in working order by volunteers as part of the Marconi collection at Sandford Mill Museum.

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Can’t see your picture Phil!

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1 hour ago, Gregory Irwin said:

Can’t see your picture Phil!

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I blame Google Photos. I've edited the original but I suspect your quote of it won't get the update.

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Keep them coming! What the hell else do you have to do? ✌️🤞🙏

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I'm fortunate to have my short film, mostly in the can. But might have to resort to stock footage for a couple of B'roll shots I haven't been able to go out and shoot.

The lockdown is giving me time to work on the edit, which is good because I'm slow.  It's been a long time since I've edited a drama, the last few projects I worked with an editor. 

I've been working with my sound designer to set up a remote Pro Tools session to complete the audio, it looks like it's going to be pretty straightforward. I'm hoping I can set up something similar for the grade, but it won't be as nice as sitting in a plush post house. I still want to work with a good colourist as I have a habit of overcooking when DIY'ing colour correction. 

I really hope film festivals will start to happen again later in the year, so I have a chance of screening it on a big screen.

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3 hours ago, Gregory Irwin said:

Keep them coming! What the hell else do you have to do? ✌️🤞🙏

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Well, I could interview an experienced AC about his work on large-format cameras. 😂

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25 minutes ago, Phil Rhodes said:

Well, I could interview an experienced AC about his work on large-format cameras. 😂

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Copy that Phil. My apologies. Call anytime. 
 

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2 hours ago, Gregory Irwin said:

Copy that Phil. My apologies. Call anytime. 
 

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You are a gentleman and a scholar.

In the meantime, this is what small-town England looks like at 4pm on a coronavirus Saturday.

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50 minutes ago, Phil Rhodes said:

You are a gentleman and a scholar.

In the meantime, this is what small-town England looks like at 4pm on a coronavirus Saturday.
 

This is crazy. It’s the same here in Atlanta Georgia. Empty streets.  I hope everyone stays home, safe, healthy and responsible.  My wife volunteered to come out of retirement and go back into service as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health to aid COVID-19 screenings and testing. She just couldn’t stay on the sidelines.  My oldest daughter is a hospital director for a major hospital and is absolutely exhausted trying to keep up with patient needs. So please, let’s all do our part and stay home. This too shall pass.
 

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Keeping my kids quiet while my wife works from home is number one... Finishing scripts and short films... catching up on lots of movies I should have seen, but never have... Home theater.... Disney +... Prime... Netflix... The Food Network... BBQ... Reading the pictured book below on the making of "Chinatown"... Rewatched "Chinatown"... Homeschooling... Home hair-cutting, which is tough... Running... Jump rope... Bike riding... Taught my 6-year-old daughter how to ride a bike which was super freaking cute even if I do say so myself...

Listening to my favorite movie podcasts...

https://www.theringer.com/the-rewatchables

https://www.slashfilm.com/category/features/slashfilmcast/slashfilmcastshow/

https://dontpushpausepodcast.com/

http://www.theqandapodcast.com/

Cut together this little promotional thing I shot a while back for the production company I've been working with...

Today I listened to Ben Affleck rip on the movie "Armageddon" on the "Armageddon" commentary track, which is hilarious...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c1Ijuny9-w&t=1831s

Got off facebook... Trying to limit the news... Trying not to let my anxiety brain get the best of me...

 

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I read that book two weeks ago, will be rewatching "Chinatown" soon...

Yes, Ben Affleck's comments about "Armageddon" are hilarious, the whole notion that it is easier to train a driller to be an astronaut than it is to train an astronaut to drill.

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1 hour ago, David Mullen ASC said:

I read that book two weeks ago, will be rewatching "Chinatown" soon...

I like it so far, but I find my attention drifting when the writer talks about anything other than the making of the movie, which seems to be a lot in the first half.  But everything on making the movie from the script to finish is great. 

On the rewatch of "Chinatown", I was really surprised how close the camera was on all the actors.  It looked like tight shots were something like a 35mm lens (or wider) about a foot from the actor's face.  That was just what I guessed from watching it.  It makes for some really cool compositions, but I don't know how many actors would tolerate something like that these days.  But the movie looks freaking awesome in my opinion. Love the long takes and blocking.  Great movie.  "The Last Detail" is next on my list of movies I need to watch, but haven't.

What did you think of that book?

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Most of the movie was shot on a 40mm anamorphic lens, which is pretty wide-angle, like a 21mm spherical in Super-35.

I liked the book, it's more about the people rather than the making of the movie -- it wasn't like Rinzler's books on the making of the Star Wars movies. Occasionally it gets too cute with the Chandler-esque poetry. It becomes a picture of a type of filmmaking and story that soon corporatized Hollywood lost interest in making.

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Netflix Dirty Money Season 2..  pretty good ..being outside the US I didn't know that much about Jared Kushner and family ..  wow !.. you couldn't write this stuff.. no one would believe it ..  

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