Hello I'm New here!
Posted 21 September 2005 - 01:46 AM
Ok, I've been reading through the posts before joining
and it seems as though there are a few crotchety types in the
Just so you know, don't you leap before you look, I have the
teeth of a crock, the hair on my back can only be described as
wild boar and when I decide to throw my weight around I can
really cause some damage. I'm uglier and scarier looking than
you can possibly imagine.
I'm a 220 pounder with lots of vertical leverage so bite your
tongues you meanies.
Have I operated a rig before, damn right I have. I'm buying a
new rig this year from http://www.kingswaycanada.com, this is our
official dealer in Toronto. With the Official guidance of Frank Rush
of Tiffen in New York. He's a pretty nice guy.
Am I full of BS? NO! But I can lie with the best of them when I want
What do I do? I am a creative Indie Producer. Where did I get my
training? Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. (S.A.I.T.) and
Ryerson University. If your not familiar with either of them Google em.
What camera's have I shot with? Sony Betacam SP, Sony V5000,
Canon Xl1, Canon XL2, IMAX. YES IMAX, but not on a rig.
What rig have I primarily used? The original Cinema Products EFP.
Since moving to the lighter DVs I am now moving to a lighter, newer rig
as mentioned above.
I was inspired by Garrett Brown in the early 80s when I saw him
operating a rig on TV. The image has been in my mind ever since.
I belong to a host of forums, www.mbcanada.com a Mercedes enthusiast
forum from Canada. I co-own and operate www.lightages.ca, a forum
dedicated to Canadian Photographers.
Warren Miller's ski films have inspired me to give skiing and rig work
a serious go once I have my lighter rig.
Why did I post all this info about myself? Because some of you old coots
would probably lambaste me with ingenious semantics designed to inflame
I might be an ugly mother, but that doesn't mean I don't have some serious
gray matter in my peanut.
I find inspiration in music and like to use my PDA IPAQ to listen to MP3s while
flying a cam around.
I pirate music off the web relentlessly.
I post with Discreet Combustion, After Effects and Photoshop. I'm heavily
invested in Canon Glass and gear. I use the Panasonic AJ-D250 DVCPro deck
with the firewire option to capture to my editing machine.
I am a PC user no Macs for me thank you.
I don't buy computers off the shelf, I build my own using Asus motherboards
and Antec cases.
Yes I still have my old 3/4" linear editing decks, the Old Sony U-Matics.
Your forum does not have a section for introductions, so here it is.
This is me like it or not. I'm actually a pretty nice guy and easy to get
along with. I don't like power struggles, confrontations, or nasty people!
The web is full of resources so I do my own research and don't necessarily
accept a response as the final authority on antyhing until I have done the
research for myself.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 02:16 AM
Posted 21 September 2005 - 09:37 AM
Piracy is one reason Producers can't pay like they could.
We have saying in OZ that works around the world,
Pull your head in.
All the best
Posted 21 September 2005 - 11:02 AM
Thats true, to a larger extent in the World of Television Production.
Although with movie pirating of motion pictures through downloads
the problem is becoming pandemic at an alarming rate.
The licensing deals are becoming more difficult to achieve because
producers want more money for broadcast licenses.
With the advent of DVD replication technology being so freely
available on desktop computers the ease with which DVD's can be
copied is also unkind to the industry.
The next step in protection technology for distribution is just around
the corner. With the reduction in size of storage media and it's increased
capacity it's only a matter of time before movies and music CDs are stored
on hard media with new thumbnail sized players replacing full sized DVD
and VHS players.
By linking directly to digital television ports this will rule out the
immediate possibility of direct to tape duplication and direct to drive replication.
There is also the issue of producers becoming greedier and inflating above
the line premiums for themselves as well. It's all relative and it's begun a
trend towards an out of control pricing spiral which could cause a recession
in production revenues within a few years.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 01:38 PM
If enough of us show up here we will have enough Matts to cover an
entire studio floor
I think it would be great to hook up and have coffee with all the Toronto
based rig workers here!
Posted 21 September 2005 - 02:02 PM
i think our next t.o rig meetup is at the 'images spa and salon' 50% discount on waxes and pedicuture with an SOA membership card...eric and i will also be having our roots done.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 02:57 PM
Posted 21 September 2005 - 05:15 PM
Matt! a launch party invitation for you & a guest!
... Champagne & Air Kisses! at GEE Beauty,
Toronto's new hippest grooming studio!
CLICK here for invite: http://www.geebeauty.../geebeauty.html
It's an invitation darling. You simply must attend.
We want to share the space & celebrate our leap into the great unknown. Courage needs company.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 09:16 PM
Welcome. (From someone who is still a newbie on this site.)