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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Text of the Year

The Text of the Year, received from a friend/colleague before the start of a recent show where I'd unexpectedly be working a position I'd never worked:

"No panic, kiddo. We're in it together. We're not gonna let you get buried."

And with that, I submit: there are people out there who do and will believe in you. Who will stick their necks out for you.
You will find your opportunities.
Go and seek them.

Artists and aspirants:
Keep faith. Believe in yourself.

And My 2011 Roundup:
Most (positively) salient of 2011:
1) A friend asked for one of my eggs ... if I was amenable. [This did not disturb me.]
2) I got to work Electric under Vance Trussell, chief lighting technician of Pulp Fiction, twice. [He clearly loves gaffing and got to do some beautiful, genius work on that 2nd show. It's remarkable to watch and be involved with inspiration like that.]
3) I learned I was selected to volunteer at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.
4) Like every year, I saw new things, met great people, and had some good laughs.

Here's to welcoming the great new of 2012.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lights & Camera

Mole Stage
© Jennifer Anise 2011

I ventured to LA not too long ago to take a Cinematography course in Lighting through UCLA Extension, held at the Mole-Richardson soundstage. It ended up being an invaluable experience. [Despite Extension not allowing me to change to taking the course for letter-grade credit--but that's another story.] How often does an independent get to consistently have $1Mn worth of lights and equipment at his/her disposal (insured by UCLA)?

Last week we shot on the ARRI ALEXA Plus (owned by this house: Bertone Visuals) and one of the few Alexas currently upgraded to shoot up to 120fps. A wonderful camera (98% of U.S. TV shows now shoot on it). And ARRI thoughtfully provides an online simulator for users to get familiar with its onboard menu (though the menu is rather straightforward).

Give it a spin:

Bertone's ALEXA
Photo by Marlon Duarte

More to come ...