Sep 11, 2010

Holy visitors, Batman!

Fuck people!  You must be all fired up about this Battleship thing.  :)  I've had around 100 visitors in the last two days, people searching me out, all sorts of shit after I posted Report From the Set!  I usually get 5-10 a day.  Maybe some of you will stick around?  I know this blog is WAY thrilling.

I assure you, today was not as exciting.  Neither was yesterday.  I'm not 100% I will have a day like that again, unless I work on Hawaii 5-0 (which I'm going to send in my paperwork for.  Daniel Dae Kim is awesome!).  One of the things I liked about working was getting to know everyone.  I made some good contacts for photo work, headshot stuff, obviously.  I met the guy who runs the Hawaii Actors Network (Teddy Wells, in case you're interested.  He also played Ivan on LOST.  Nice guy.) and his brother and we threw some ideas around for me doing a workshop or two with the HAN.  Too bad I'm leaving in the spring.  :(

I have to say, one of the best things about the last few days was seeing how a movie is filmed.  On Thursday I got to hang out and watch while they filmed the close-ups of the principals.  Since the deck os the Missouri is rather small, I got to watch the screens and the cranes and everything.  My little photography heart grew 100 sizes bigger that day.  ;)  If you didn't know, there are usually 3-5 cameras shooting a scene at any given time.  For us, there was one on a crane, sometimes a steady cam, and a few others getting different angles.  This movie will be done in 3D, so they had to have special cameras for that, too.  I had a great time watching the huge crane-like camera (I have no idea what it's called) do Liam Neeson's close-ups.  Moving those things around looks almost like an old-fashioned sub- there are a lot of dials and wheels that need to be turned, rails to be set and leveled, and it takes 4-5 people to operate them.  I got to watch the cinematographer, Tobias Schliessler, set up a bunch of shots.  He spent around a half an hour working on just one angle.  It was amazing.  Sadly, this will be one of the last movies shot on film.  Peter Berg prefers it, I guess (and so do I, given the choice), but he said the film movie is dying and HD digital is taking its place.  That makes me a sad panda.

What made me really sad is the amount of waste involved.  We went through Bob knows how many bottles of water, trash all over, and the money for people who really didn't do much.....  it makes me shake my head.  When I think of what that money could do, I want to shake people and scream.  It definitely made me rethink parts of my life and how and what I consume.  Weird that being in a movie would do that, huh?

Overall, though, it was pretty awesome experience.  Would I do it again?  Eh, probably.  I know what to ask about now, though, so I'm not standing in polyester all damn day.  :)  I never want to do that again.  I left the military for a reason!

1 comment:

Missy said...

Cool! I almost went into film but I didn't have the grades and stuff to get into a good film school. So I did tv production instead... Course that only lasted about 5 years out of college tho I'd been doing the tv gig for about 10 years prior. Now I'm in something I never went to school for - journalism and magazine production. But my heart always skips a beat when I see a tv or video or film crew around. Sigh..