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#1 BJMcDonnell SOC

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 03:50 PM

So I just got back the day before Christmas from a feature in Portland, Oregon. It was wet, windy, cold, icy, and all the worst conditions you could imagine. Exteriors were hell due to constant winds. I just wanted to say that the crew in Portland was top notch! These guys were always there when I needed anything. Before I could request two 4X4 doubles for the wind, they were right next to me. Everyone on the crew really rocked! Greg Schmitt came to my set for a visit and he is a cool cat. Greg, when your in LA and want to hit the surf give me a call. So even though the weather conditions were insane there, the crew made me and the other LA crew feel comfortable and for that Thank You.

If you want to check out some behind the scenes footage of the film I just shot check out www.spiralthemovie.com.



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#2 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 09:16 PM

greg schmitt is indeed a cool guy.. pulled my fat out of the grease last week! i owe greg a beer or two or three.. so get in line BJ!.. :P

thats great to hear that the crew welcomed out of towners.. thats not always the case..

looking forward to catching some of your BTS BJ..


Amber Tamblyn was an actress in this project you worked on BJ.. she used to play the original "emily" on the soap General Hospital.. i watched her grow up on that show into a beautiful lady.. small world...

yes i watch GH. been watching it for.. ooh since about 1979... so? ;-)

Edited by Marc_Abernathy, 26 December 2005 - 09:20 PM.

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#3 Matias Mesa

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 09:18 PM

I agree, Portland crew are the best!!!. I shot a movie 3 years ago there and the crew were awsome people, and extremely accurate techs.

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 02:27 AM

BJ, I noticed that your credit in Dirty Love was "Steady Cam", did they mispell it, or some other reason? The supermarket shots were insane, more blood than Scarface!
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#5 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 10:47 AM

probably was a mistake.. i have had productions quote me as "SteadyCam" with the "C" capitalized and all one word...

.. some folks just dont really know...
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Posted 27 December 2005 - 11:44 AM

OH man, I am sorry you guys saw that film! I was a little bummed out because it seems as though they zoomed in a bit in DI and never corrected back to the original framing. I got the DVD and I cringed the whole way through the film. Yes the supermarket scene was a bit crazy with all the blood and everything. Pretty gross. I guess they mispelled the steadicam credit. OH well, I have seen that before on the credits "steady cam". Hey Matias, Sarge the gaffer in Portland told me to tell you "Hello".

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 06:04 AM

I liked what you shot for behind the scenes footage, It's always better when it's shot by the real crew and not just some clueless T@*&ER.
Hope you got double pay over christmas BJ :D

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#8 Charles Papert

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 12:45 PM

BJ, I pledge to you that if the next Asher movie ever gets off the ground and we can bring you in on it, such a thing (re-framing) will not happen on my watch!
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#9 BJMcDonnell SOC

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 02:43 PM

Hey Matt, I actually did not shoot the behind the scenes footage. The guy who did was pretty cool. I will still take the double pay for Christmas like you said :lol: .


My wording made it sound like I shot the behind the scenes......My bad!

Edited by BJMcDonnell, 28 December 2005 - 03:48 PM.

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#10 RonBaldwin

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 02:20 AM

don't let BJ fool you into thinking he's a real steadicam op...he shoots bts on mini dv and cleans pools on the weekends.

I think he's also the lead singer/bass for Primus.

rb

Edited by RonBaldwin, 29 December 2005 - 02:21 AM.

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#11 BJMcDonnell SOC

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 06:10 PM

DAMN IT RON!!!!!!!!


Man, Primus is slowing down right now I have to clean pools! I heard you were mowing lawns with your hummer. We got to get the band back together.


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#12 RonBaldwin

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 06:34 PM

DAMN IT RON!!!!!!!!


Man, Primus is slowing down right now I have to clean pools! I heard you were mowing lawns with your hummer. We got to get the band back together.


BJ claypool



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mowing lawns is beneath me...I pull out tree stumps and jeeps. I babysit too.

Sorry to hear about the band slowing -- you guys rocked! A friend of mine is getting married and is looking for a rockin' band for the reception -- I'll throw your name in the hat.

Ron (my name is mudd) B
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