This week was all about helping you stay busy on set while remaining invisible — ninja style — and when all that was done, you could take a look up at the big screen in the theater and see your name. As long as the footage got transferred safely, that is.
But both you and I know what I have to say is only half the story — what you contribute in the comments holds it’s weight in gold. So let’s take a look at the best comments from the past week (and one from the archives).
This Week’s Comments
Here are this week’s comments in no particular order
I agree with what you wrote, and many things should be said about the “magic”..I still feel it, even now, I’ve been awake for 48 hours and I have to be on set in 5 hours….
2. Jayson on The Satisfaction of Seeing Your Name On Screen
Ha! The first time my name appeared on a big screen my mother was with me. She stood up in the middle of the theater and yelled “Woo hoo!” And applauded really loudly. I was mortified.
Note: Happy Mother’s Day to all you US readers and moms :)
Something I try and always do is look at the lighting/set up. Whether you are in camera or G&E, you spend so much time doing a lot of small parts that eventually make one nice image. So if you do have the time to spare, you should try and see how the light is playing to cast a mood or how this dolly move aids the scene. I always ask, how would I do it? Sometimes you pick up a cool set up and others you just strengthen the way you’d light.
i think these fall under your 27 categories, but just some other things I do to keep busy as a G&E:
turn C-47s into C-74s and pass em out to the crew or clip em onto scrim bags, make sure cables are wrapped properly, sandbag everything, “tennis ball”/”water bottle” potential eye hazards (though, this should probably be done right away…), 10-1 or -2 while you can, pump the dolly, etc.
The way it was taught to me was to think of the follow focus wheel as a yo-yo with a string extended out to the subject. If they come closer, pull the “string” in, if they move away, let the “string” out. Not sure that makes sense in writing, but in practice it’s intuitive.
Your Turn to Get Involved
Everyday I get emails from people who tell me the articles on this site and the comments with them have helped them tremendously. They can’t thank me enough for how informative they are.
So it’s not just me who is making this site a great resource, it’s you as well!