Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Almost all DPs in the world will say this, I cannot say it any better. A good gaffer is hard to come by. And great gaffers, are almost impossible to find.
Anyways, my last gaffer was brutally assaulted (thats right) by some thugs who stole his cell phone and broke off his legs in doing so. This is no lie...
I spent the next few projects with some so-called gaffers, aimlessly trying to figure out why the key light I set is always above the 45 degree angle. Finally, my production manager got me a real gaffer. And my god, was he good. All I did was point out the places the lights needed to be and in about 30 mins.....perfect lighting. Needless, to say, unless my first gaffer recovers, this guy will be the man.
So began another BDDL shoot. This is the first time my own script got selected, so I was happy shooting it. It turned out OK, but could have been better. The entire script required clever lens blocks and pans so the transitions would be easy to stopgate. All in all, for a day's worth of work and with some great company in terms of gaffers, directors, actors and the like.....a good shoot.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Ok.....so....there is a reason most DPs don't wanna work with new directors. And there's a reason why all DPs don't wanna work with new directors who (think, that they) know too much. First, there was the Nescafe shoot (don't even remind me of that) then this. While Nescafe was a catastrophe, this worked out pretty well. I think this is one commercial, where I felt like the Director, AD, DP, Art Dept. All in one. Sadly, I was paid (not yet, I might add) for only one of those.
The producer of the commercial, is actually the director who I usually work with, Badhon Bhai. Sometimes he would pop in and take control over the real (other) director Zonayed, who really is a great Art Director, but as it is with most people who I've worked with, everybody wants to be the director. I did another shoot with Zonayed in Cox's Bazaar. But that's another story.
Watch it here:
Watch it here:
Saturday, July 17, 2010
So....this is kinda like a day in the Curious Life of MK. Life as a DP is great. Life as a DP from foreign lands, not so much. For starters, all the lights I know of are called by weird names here. A 2.5K Freznel is a "Solar", 5K is a "Panja", 1K is a "Baby". The open faced ones are called "Multi 20 (2K)" and "Multi 10(1K)".
At least having your own camera system helps....
The shoot went great however. Much needed after the craziness of the last few. The director Badhon Bhai (over here you say Bhai to anyone who's older than you) is one of the few people here, who actually understands cinema, albeit he's kinda biased to the Bollywood scene, but still. This was the first time I worked with some big celebrity, some local kid named Apurbo, who despite his star status was very down to earth.
I'll post the completed TVC once its done. Its in the color grading and music stage, done by yours truly of course.
PS Always sport SC gear!!
2 freaking years since I left LA. Great friends, great food, great beer, great etc etc. However, landing in this crazy country put me exactly where I needed to be. This blog is for all my LA peeps you know who you are (Kev, Lance, Shaners, Jay, Milbs, Rudy, Matty, Kate, CLizzle, Alison, Lisa, Joe, RayRay, Rafa and Dario, to name a few).
So what have I done these 2 years? Lets see...hopped around 3 continents for a show, made 20 commercials, worked on a feature film, some docus, edited a short that is apparently being shown to Michael Moore (aka douchebag)....oh yeah, founded a new production company so I don't have to call anyone BOSS anymore (which is ironic, since everyone seems to call everyone boss here, just as you Cali peeps would use "dude"). Who would've thought? As a great SC kicker once said, "Livin' the Dream, man, livin' the dream..."
I know I haven't been the best in keeping up with you guys, so I thought I'd spend some much earned free time to put this thingy up. So Enjoy!