July 21, 2020 at 6:03 pm
I just came off my first production since February. It was grueling. Long, hot (really hot) 90+ degree, 100+ degree heat index, days in the sun, a little rain everyday, mud, sweat, and tears (from sunscreen in the eyes).
All masked up, all the time. Had COVID officers, temperature checks, tons and lots of hand sanitizer, and box lunches. We had actors, child actors, first time child actors, video, photography, and live streaming back to the client’s home offices that worked most of the time, (but when it didn’t work, it was very stressful). We had one client that flew in, and the rest were remote. The workflow was mostly good, but definitely took more time as comments get distilled through whoever is on the remote client conference call on set, so collaboration is more difficult as there are only a few people talking instead of everyone coming together and making it happen.
Yet, we survived. I hope we can do more like this.
What are you all doing out there?
July 21, 2020 at 6:32 pm
Crossing fingers on an upcoming job (DoP and RED rental).
It seems to be the norm where I am.
The bigger projects have started but I have a day job that only allows me on smaller shoots (onset).
Talking to my MUA friend and she was saying that it may seem like they are serious about the PPE and Social Distancing but she feels it’ll get laxed within a few days on the bigger sets.
I am hoping it doesn’t fail since I pick up a lot of post stuff from those.
Great to hear you survived your first in awhile Jeremy 🙂
July 21, 2020 at 7:17 pm
I return to Major league baseball tomorrow and it will look very different. Doing a game in an empty stadium will be something I never imagined doing. Setting up today and seeing the emptiness, it’s just a different world. We are going to do our best to try and bring a little bit of normalcy to the lives of some folks while we commit to safety and beating this thing so we can all get back and most importantly protect the most vulnerable among us.
July 21, 2020 at 9:38 pm
[Tony West] “We are going to do our best to try and bring a little bit of normalcy to the lives of some folks while we commit to safety and beating this thing so we can all get back and most importantly protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Great statement. I watched the A’s v Giants last night and it was absolutely marvelous to see baseball back in action so thank you for your service to the game Tony.
July 22, 2020 at 12:46 am
Thank you Greg, be safe brother.
July 22, 2020 at 9:58 am
Editing jobs have suddenly taken off. Mostly small, all remote, but still suddenly bubbling back to life. My feeling is there is a back-log of content for clients that needs to be created and has been put off for four months.
My teaching gig will be interesting when that starts up in three weeks. If I were a student and could skip this year, I certainly would.
July 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm
[Scott Witthaus] “My teaching gig will be interesting when that starts up in three weeks. If I were a student and could skip this year, I certainly would.
I instruct an evening class at the local college and told it’ll have to be done online this fall.
No word on how that’s going to work especially with the students that can’t afford a workstation.
Plus if I have to come up with a custom curriculum, I highly doubt they will pay me extra for that.
Times are changing and a lot of colleagues are not doing well up here in Canada.
July 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm
just got back yesterday from Miami, downgrading a client’s big post facility down to a dramatically smaller facility. Things are very slow for him, and he is doing what it takes to survive.
Things are slow. Except for my clients in D.C. who are gearing up to do all the political campaigns.
Rescue 1, Inc.
July 22, 2020 at 9:41 pm
Oh how I remember political season in DC. When I was VP of Operations at a large media company in Arlington, politicals are what carried the company, off year and presidential. The consultants would book/buy 3 shifts months in advance. Staff would be on vacation blackout. Since we had both parties in, edit suite windows were blacked out and separate fax machines installed. You alienated your non-political clients because they could not get in and spend the next few months after the election trying to get them back. But the cash rolled in…and a bit of your soul died.
July 22, 2020 at 10:17 pm
Strangely, I’ve had to work harder during UK lockdown. Now that I’m old, I voluntarily teach video production for the U3A, where the students are older than those I taught after I left the BBC.
We had just recce’d a minature railway with a view to shooting some films for their website. It was going to be fun – small steam engines, kids riding round, signal boxes, whistles, ice creams – all good stuff. Then we couldn’t.
The course ran fortnightly, and I chose to try to continue on Zoom. I asked how often the group wanted to meet – “Weekly”, they voted. After all, what else were we doing? Therefore, each week, and we haven’t had uni holidays, I have to dream up something new to inform and entertain ten people who aren’t going out.
So – can you make an interesting film in your own home with just a phone and DaVinci Resolve? As it happens………
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