Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em
Fighting fire with fire isn’t always a good idea
Is fighting fire with fire a good idea? As you'll see, the answer is, "Not always."
Tanks For The Memories
A film production newbie learns some valuable lessons
For years, I dreamed of being in films, so after the Army, I came into contact with a local FX and stunt coordinator.
Hiding In Plain Sight
How an orange cone almost derailed my career
I was the B-camera/Steadicam operator on a big action movie in the mid-'90s.
A Strange Scene
Sought for questioning in a murder investigation
A couple of years ago, we were shooting a short video for a competition, and we needed an unusual vehicle.
One Giant Megaphone
A grain silo amplifies screams of bloody murder
A long, exhausting day of shooting was nearing the end. The crew had endured the hot sun and dusty, smelly barnyard conditions all day.
Fixed It In Post!
How creative editing saved our doc
It was 1992, and we were shooting a documentary on an air-refueling wing for public television.
The Bike Pirate
A new take on Follow Me
Driving at highway speed in a crew cab loaded with gear, four filmmakers, and two pro mountain bikers and their two bikes outside the town of Kamloops, B.C., Canada.
A Short Lesson In Preparation
MacGyver to the rescue
It’s first-year film school, and I’m waiting in line at the equipment cage so I can sign out one of two ARRI BL16 film cameras.
What Happens On XDCam
Be careful what you say on camera
I was working as an Avid editor for entertainment news in Los Angeles.
My Wife’s First Infomercial
Triple generator failure and seeping sewage on the set
About a year ago, the cosmetics company my wife was working for wanted to produce an infomercial.
Hit The Switch
A DP remembers How the West Was Won
It’s 1977. I’m on location in Canyon City, Colo.
Jolly Old England
Shooting in a snowstorm in Piccadilly?
In April 1991, I was on a commercial shoot in London with Japanese clients. The shoot had problems from the start, and just getting around the city was a nightmare that knocked the schedule on its heels.
Where’s The Camera Truck?
A small DSLR handles a large ad campaign
I’ve been working as a DGA assistant director for almost 20 years on projects ranging from indie features to multimillion-dollar blockbusters.