Ghostbusters 30 yrs
Posted 30 August 2014 - 03:27 PM
Our man Ted Churchill and a couple of other ops (maybe Larry McConkey too in his early days of operating did a couple of days) worked on Ghostbusters and for Ted it was a big deal.
They took over a couple of big streets in NYC and half buried cars and for its day was an enormous undertaking. (Many other details, I've forgotten but I'm pretty sure Ted did the library scene.) Identifiable Steadicam shots in movies as whole masters of a scene were rare back then.
Others, including Charles Papert, had many awe filled moments hearing the stories.
I can only smile when I see the film which is in theaters this weekend.
The movie was and is great fun. Remember to take a look.
Posted 30 August 2014 - 09:08 PM
The part of the library scene that takes place in the stacks (where they meet the librarian ghost) was shot in LA subsequent to the NYC shoot...I don't think the operator for that section was ever identified??
Ted did operate for scenes inside the NY Public Library, on the day he invited me to meet him and hang out on set, which I would consider the exact moment that my future career was solidified. I also visited the exterior of the apartment building on 66th and Central Park West with the half-cars sticking out of the street, watched Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver kiss on top of the asphalt chunks and other shenanigans.
Working as a usher in a movie theater a year later, I must have watched Ghostbusters 60 times, always noting the Steadicam shots.
Posted 23 September 2014 - 07:15 PM