I had the pleasure of shooting the first half of this episode, with Mr. Sean O’Brien taking the second. The first time I saw all the pieces come together was at the screening last night, and it was great.
My personal stunt list this month included riding on Dave’s windshield to get the approach shot, standing on a dumpster to get a nice overhead in the parking lot, and sprinting out of the Glendale Galleria (with my kit) when mall security came to shut down our shoot. Process trailers, technocranes and permits would just make this show too easy.
My college just sent me one of their “we have a recent graduate who just moved to LA” emails, and it’s disappointing. Any skills or hiring potential that the student might have are overwhelmingly beat down by the way her reel is put together, and the way that the school teaches grads to present themselves as professionals. They’re incredibly out of touch with the way that people get started in the industry, and their portfolio requirements are crippling students that take the initiative to move out here.
Part of me wants to reply to the email from the career counselor and tell them exactly how far off-base they are. I want to fix their graduation requirements and become a hero, maybe get a library named after me. The other part of me doesn’t want to deal with that argument, delete the email, and have a stiff drink for the recent graduate who’s HTML resume has “executive producer” and “Bacardi Girl” in the same paragraph.
I made a reddit thread about my last post (the guy multifisting cameras for MTV reality shows), and it turned into an internet argument stadium.
I just wrote a pretty long post explaining my position on the guy’s workflow, and it feels like the math teacher/video hobbyist from Minnesota that I’m responding to isn’t going to get it. Click the break to taste my frustration.
This guy is producing/shooting an MTV show by duel-wielding Sony RX-100s with natural light. In this writeup, he describes how he shoots the entire episode like this, handles all the producing and releases, composes a bunch of the music, and cuts it on his Macbook Pro.
If this develops into the new standard/expectation, I’m out. You’ll be able to find me decorating cakes somewhere on the north pacific coast.