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#1 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:31 PM

Here's a shot from a film I was on a few days last weekend in LA. There were so many snow blowers I had to wear earplugs to keep it out of my ears and the Director had to lean in and blow off the monitor every few seconds so we could see.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:00 PM

Looks like my view from the livingroom window right now....
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:20 PM

thats a rad pic!
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Posted 10 February 2010 - 08:41 PM

Awesome shot, thanks for sharing it.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:17 AM

Love this pic Robert.

All the best from snowy England,
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:11 AM

one always wonders what goes through the actor's heads when he's standing there breathing crushed/bleached paper and the crew around him are wearing respirators. That stuff is nasty! Nice shot...but what kind of hd camera is that?
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#7 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:00 PM

one always wonders what goes through the actor's heads when he's standing there breathing crushed/bleached paper and the crew around him are wearing respirators. That stuff is nasty! Nice shot...but what kind of hd camera is that?


Thanks Ron!

It's the new Faux-Vision inflatable housing that looks like a PV LW but inside there's the new iPhone 4G 8k HD with a Zacuto Ultra Prime mount adapter on front.

Chemically this scene was a crazy concoction of two Hazers, some sort of "wet snow clumper" and two big fans where they shoveled a mix of plastic snow flake and soap flakes. I walked out the side door of the stage between takes for fresh air and fussed at anyone who was not wearing their masks.

It was great fun to shoot but I learned two important lessons: Buy my own personal high quality respirator instead of using a mask and get a set of optically clear goggles.

Spent half a day yesterday on a long overdue complete dis-assembly and cleaning of my rig; looks nice and fresh again. I also just added a new line to my deal memo for a cleaning fee in desert, sand, beach, rain or artificially created chemical environments.
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:01 PM

Were you using protective covers on that arm? Awesome shot. What film?
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:20 PM

Were you using protective covers on that arm? Awesome shot. What film?


Hey Charles,

Yes, Harrison arm covers. The "film" was Kodak VISION3 5219 :lol:

The working title of the film was "Non-Disclosure Agreement" :rolleyes:
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:14 PM

How about slipping? I see bogie written all over that stuff.

Did you have your $3,000 Zacuto cleats on?
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:49 PM

I don't believe that's you, Robert. I don't see a single Vegas showgirl.

Wait, is she taking the picture?
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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:54 PM

Actually the "snow" was not slick at all' plenty-o-traction. I expected it to be slick but it was more like sand. The art dept made a nice path for me without the padding and chicken wire that builds up the sides.

As for Vegas show girls.... it was LA and there was no budget for my usual entourage! No snow bunnies either!

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 04:56 AM

It was great fun to shoot but I learned two important lessons: Buy my own personal high quality respirator instead of using a mask and get a set of optically clear goggles.


I have clear ski goggles in my kit that have been a lifesaver on more than one occasion. I did a few days for a disaster movie in the angeles national forest after the fires leveled the place. Looked great for the film but it was not fun when the wind blew. One day the wind picked up and the ash in the air literally blocked out the sun. Every time there was a gust of wind the entire crew would bury their heads and hide. I was fine with my ski goggles and bandanna.

What kind of respirator you thinking of getting? I have thought of getting one. Want to find something between those silly little paper things and a huge one that will draw lots of attention.

~Jess
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:32 AM

Just go to Lowes or Home Depot and get a respirator and a bunch of different cartridges (some are for particulates, some are for vapors...which help with gassy crew members).

When we used the paper stuff recently, most of the crew were coughing the rest of the season. Sweet.
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:44 AM

"Just go to Lowes or Home Depot and get a respirator and a bunch of different cartridges (some are for particulates, some are for vapors...which help with gassy crew members)."

The saddest/funiest thing about this is that people buy these and then they use the wrong cartridge or even if they use the correct one, they never change them. The cartride life is directly linked to the enviroment you are in. Also, if the situation calls for the cartridge to be changed "once a day" that means one OSHA work day which is eight hours!

I'll give the safty passport classes credit for this one; I learned a lot in the class covering hazerdous materials.
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