Friday, February 17, 2006


Still busy. This has been on of the best months since I've arrived in NYC, almost two years ago. I have been working either shooting, or gaffing ten days out of the month, so far. The rest of the time I've been driving to, or from jobs, or in meetings about jobs. There have been a few days off, but not that many. I may be DPing a short film next weekend, but I'm still waiting to hear back from the Director. I've also been traveling a lot, driving all over the place. I was suposed to wake up early and drive to VT this morning, but I decided to go back to sleep and make sure that I'm rested, before heading out.

I'm looking forward to going to VT, I haven't been there since I went back to vote in 2004. Trying to get all my business squared away before leaving.

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After a thirteen hour day, I was bored and sitting in the White Castle parking lot, killing time before meeting a director about being the DP on her short film. I shot a bunch of pix, plus some video of the 7 train gliding by on the elevated tracks. This is the Sunnyside area of Queens Boulevard at around 9:30 at night.

Monday, February 13, 2006

More Dick Jokes

What's Harry Whitington's new nickname?

'Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good'

Why Did Dick Cheney Shoot Harry Whittington?

He thought he was Quayle!

Why did Cheney shoot Whittington?

Just for fun!

What did Whittington say as he was carried off to the hospital?

That Dick always shoots first!

Dick Joke

What's worse than getting shot in the face by Dick Cheney?

Getting shot in the face by Cheney's dick.

I think I am the first to come up with this very obvious joke.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


It's almost six and I am now considering going to sleep. Tomorrow, I have to return all of the gear that we rented this weekend, for our shoot. I have to figure out how to get all that shit into and onto my car. I have Chris' jib and sticks, a couple of his sandbags; Tamberelli's 20x frame and silk rags, two hi-rollers and about four hundred pounds of sand, that we used to keep the 20x from flying away.

I'll be posting more photos from my travels last week.

Kentucky and Tennesee

I was shooting a story about military wives for Current Media this past week and we were staying in a Hometown Suites hotel in Clarksville, TN. While driving down from Louisville, KY, Kim, the Writer/Director/Producer and I were singing the Monkee's Last Train to Clarksville and were wondering was this the Clarksville that they had in mind, or was it a different Clarksville?

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My room at the Hometwon Suites. eash room had a little kitchenette. We made all of our food rather than buying meals. Much cheaper. This was a two minute exposure which was helped out by the anti-vibration feature of the LX1. I liked the different colored lights and their different qualities.

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Sign in Clarksville gas station next to where we stayed.

Anyway, I drove From New York to Louisville with another DP, Hermes, who is from Spain on Saturday the fourth, drove to Tennessee, did the shoot and then drove back to Louisville, slept a few hours and then drove the fifteen hours back to NYC by myself, Wednesday. Slept a few hours and then did pre-pro for the short film I DP'd Thursday and then shot Friday and Saturday. Today, I'm taking it easy.

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On the drive down to KY, Hermes and I stopped in Cumberland, MD to eat, and make a pit stop. This town has a lonely and old time feel to it which I really love. It looks like it's a Pennsylvania mining town, or something. A train drove through the middle of town. Hermes made these really killer BLT's on rolls that were like footballs.

From My Window As I Sometimes Glance

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Lately I've had a hard time editing pictures , so here are three that I like, for your viewing pleasure. It started snowing yesterday during the short film I was shooting and it continued overnight. When I awoke at 9:30 this morning, I looked out the window and was greeted by this lovely view. I was wishing for a nice bright red umbrella to come into view, but I got the purple and blue instead. Oh well, it's colorful, I'll take it. Click...

These were shot on my new Panasonic LX1, which I really like. I'll be posting more from the Kentucky job and some photos frm the short film, shot by me and by fellow DP, Mat McDermott, soon. I'll also see if Moto will send some pix too. He was the stills photographer for the short film.

One of the best things about my new camera, is that the shutter delay is next to nothing. While not critical for a landscape, sometimes I want people to have their bodies in a certain position, so having a minimal shutter release delay cuts down on frustration.
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