This is the first month since really diving-in to this passion project last Fall where couple interviews have occurred on a weekly basis.
It’s just been an addictive blast learning about computer techs and their sweethearts — whether through in-person conversations on camera or via phone. So much as been learned on the technical side too e.g. making folks feel more at ease and being a better listener; camera angles; lighting; blessed audio!
really focusing on organizing emerging patterns and traits from interviews
interviewing two cool couples this weekend.
catching-up on tech blog reading!
And yes the director used words like ‘rehearse it twice, then go!’ and ‘quiet for take 2, scene 43!’.
A DCWW member posted a call-for-extras notice to the list serve; she’s a friend of the producer for Last Winter, a current production being filmed in DC.
A few of us were asked to drink champagne in a New Years Eve scene and silently mouth conversation (…director suggested whispering the word ‘watermelon’ as it makes the mouth look like it’s rhythmically speaking).
I salivated over their portable studio — a huge tripod set-up with a few boom mics, a sound unit crammed in the apartment’s kitchen (a temporary set for this particular scene), and round, white lighting sheaths on fish pole like fixtures.
It was a thrill observing the set, the actors made or missed their lines, & the producer in the background trying to feed us extras.
Santa’s elves are workin’ overtime!
My husband just picked-up mail before coming home and walked in with a mysterious shipment from Hong Kong, addressed to the Jill of the house. With a raised brow I asked ” What the %&*(@ ! ”
And the sorry sneak said “It ain’t from me but I know what it is.”
Out popped a gorgeous electret HTDZ 320A condenser mic perfectly compatible with the Panasonic. I’m out of breath with surprise & glee!
But Santa? Hello Santa? Who helped you make this delivery?
Who, who deserves my kiss of thanks?
Whoever you are, your surprise has made its beautiful mark.
I love learning indie film tech & system compatibility; more & more folks ask for equipment insights. I’ve broken (yikes) plenty of cameras but am currently having good fortune with Panasonic’s PVGS-180.
Since my knowledge fund is still forming on said tech, I like referring folks to more informed bloggers on equipment comparisons like Andy Coon, a Final Cut advocate & filmmaker in Greensboro.
These lighting kits per last week’s Gov’t Video & Technology Expo offer decent bang-for-the-buckeroo; having one of these intermediate kits is an eventual goal.
…reading iCreate Magazine for the non-Net reader experience is a good reference too for Apple folks.
In between meetings today I called two different Apple customer support lines with a general question. Neither department knew the answer (one support member transferred me to sales who then wanted to transfer me elsewhere).
And the second customer/sales agent said I needed my computer’s serial number to avoid being charged for the call. Yikes(!) + odd(!).
I just cut a 7-minute short & needed to burn two dvd discs on Mac’s intel core duo machine. The question was thus:
Which dvd format e.g. plus or minus is most conducive to this type of Mac?
Time was pinched so at the office supply store I bought both formats. After reading more later, I learned the system should accept both types.
This was the first time to utilize Apple’s customer support teams (non-web). Ugh.
What’s been your experience?