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Saturday, August 06, 2005
Things I learn on set

This one is quite amusing (well, as from my point of view anyhow) as that I've learned this really two weeks ago. However, with the many, multiple layers of concrete (probably placed there by my old buddy from University days, Frank), it finally hit me. And not in the most ordinary of ways.

Two weeks ago, I was working on [film name deleted - hey, I gotta keep some things confidential], and was setting up one light on one of the many shots that were taken that day. As usual, one of the grips followed with a few flags and a C-Stand, looked at me, and sarcastically made the remark "this is where the art begins now", and promptly shaped the light I set. We had a giggle, and then enjoyed eating multitudes of craft service as we watched shots being taken.

It really helped me recognize the full collaborative effort of all the artisans involved, at a much deeper level. But this wasn't anything new, rather just a deepening and broadening of the appreciation of the efforts of every job, no matter how simple it may be. What I didn't realize until just a few days ago, was when the crew (or a shorter version thereof) had to reshoot a few scenes because 2000 feet (about 20 minutes of footage) was ruined because of a scratch down the whole length of the film (hey, $275 in my pocket for the day after taxes). No, the film will never win an Oscar for Best Picture or the like, nor the Palm D'or, but commercial film keeps us film types fed and clothed. But I did realize just the amount of art in the performance, and that grips effort shaping light just may have been the most amount of art on the set.
neolithic pondered at 16:58
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