One Optical Occupation is Obviously Obviated

This is a to the point commentary on a situation like the one that happened to slide rule manufacturers or buggy whip makers of the past, we are now experiencing the demise of yet another career field. The film world is experiencing the devaluation of the once prized title “Director Of Photography”, also known as a DP, or DOP in Canada, this is a result of the video revolution. I’ve been working on all sorts of film and video projects for over 30 years and noticed that during the past few years there have been no real DP’s showing up to work on projects, only people that more correctly could be described as video camera owner / operators, people who will show up to work with their own camera, a camera that the producer will not have to pay to have someone pick up and return, or pay for the rental or insurance for. Please read on…..

Today, any graduating film student, or for that matter, drop out who has sufficient funds of, oh, 2 to 5 thousand USD can buy or be gifted with a new or used digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and immediately declare him or herself to be a “Cinematographer”, and then go about creating a demo reel to demonstrate what they can create.

cheap video camera

Exhibit “A” your honor

There is a double edged sword in this that can be described like this:

“The good news is that now anyone can make a film, the bad news is that now anyone can make a film“.

Please note that the above description makes no use of “Enjoyable“, “Watchable” or “Marketable” film!

You may wonder, what is the engine that is driving this race to the bottom? The plain and simple answer is the flood of film schools that are popping up nationwide, driven by the economy. These are part of the destruction of the U.S. education process, where similar private “Schools or Universities” in engineering, electronics, music, computers, business, law and other fields will make outrageous / phony claims that they will give students a jump start into a new career field, promises that they never plan on delivering. Their trick is to get students to enroll and then lead them by the nose directly to their own sweet heart lenders who will lock the wannabees into a non-refundable student loan that the school immediately cashes. Once the school receives its funds, they don’t care if the student ever shows up or soon drops out, they’ve already been paid in full for the complete course. These tuition costs can often can be as high as $40 to $50 thousand dollars, and these loans are like most conventional student loans in that they can’t be forgiven, so the students will find themselves trapped in payments that will go on for decades, decades trying to get into a business that usually regards such degrees as worthless unless they happen to be from a school that the producer went to. In the film world I dwell in, USC is the most common of these and inbreeding is rife. My usual advice to friends that ask what their children who have started to make noises about going to film school should do is (because I live in the Los Angeles area) to have their kids go to the campus of UCLA, USC, AFI (American Film Institute), or any other schools with a film department and find the bulletin boards that they all have and then go through those 3×5 cards they will find posted which are looking for students to help each other on film projects. Yes, these projects are mostly unpaid, but the on set experience and connections made to others they will meet and be able to network with in the future will result in getting a running start in working in the film industry, one that will certainly pay off far more quickly than the one for those who spent a year or two attending one of those diploma mills whose names I can’t mention due to the litigious world we live in, a world which is over run with lawyers who, by the way, often went to law school diploma mills.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as always, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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October 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Appearing Soon, On A T.V. Near You!

A few days ago I had an idea for a new t.v. show that would star G.W. Bailey, J.K. Simmons, J.T. Walsh, LL Cool J, O.J. Simpson, CCH Pounder, Ice T, and of course Maggie Q.

The idea was that this show would be directed by J. J. Abrams, from a script by JK Rowling, with a theme song sung by  k.d. Lang and B.B. King. 

All of the networks I submitted this to said that they liked the idea, initially.

Now, the search for a title begins….

Any suggestions?

 

October 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Professor Proton’s Passing Precedent?

It was sad for me to see that Professor Proton, a character portrayed by one of the most warm and friendly actors I’ve ever worked with, Bob Newhart, on the t.v. show “Big Bang Theory” has passed away. Based on many of their episodes content on The Big Bang Theory, I believe that the shows’ creator and producer, Chuck Lorre may share my fears about science becoming a lost art because of easy access on the internet to information that draws people away from doing due diligence and performing actual research work.

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart (on the left) as Professor Proton

That episode brought back memories of the loss of “The Bell Science Hour” host Dr. Frank Baxter

Dr. Frank Baxter on the Bell Science Hour

Dr. Frank Baxter, the Walter Cronkite of science

Below, Mr. Don Herbert, an on camera host of another TV show called “Watch Mr. Wizard”.

Mr. Wizzard

Mr. Wizzard at work

Dr. Frank Baxter and Mr. Herbert were contributing reasons to my life long interest in science, years later when I was in the Air Force many of principles I learned in physics from their shows came to have meaning for me, for example Bernoulli’s principles of convergent and divergent ducts made the operation of the basic jet engine understandable.

By the way, that was also where Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle made it clear that I’d never be able to get a decent meal at the base commissary, very clear.

Here’s a link to my previous tribute to Dr. Baxter: 

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Enjoy!

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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October 14, 2014 at 5:44 am Leave a comment

Sorry, Time Travel Will Never Happen

I am now convinced that there will never be a way to travel back in time, because if it ever was to become possible it already would (in a future sense) have happened, and as a prime consequence of this there would be no sign of what’s humorously called organized religion. 

simple explanation

Me personally? Job one would be to jump in the wayback machine and take out whoever passed himself off as Mohammed the prophet, Jesus Christ, or anyone else that all those years ago felt a need to create a religion where people would have conditions forced on them that required the wearing of clothes from past centuries, and yes I’m including Hassidim as well as Haji’s. That of course assumes that these characters actually existed and were not just humans given superhuman attributes by groupies of the day.

DeLorean time machine

I need a van, I can’t fit my Barrett M82A1, scope, and ammo in here

Just for fun sometime, ask any super orthodox Jew what part of the Torah requires them to dress like they just stepped out of 18th century Russia, dingle balls around the edge of their flat brim hat and all,

Hasidic headwear

then ask any Christian what part of any of their various bible iterations instructed them to consider all life sacred until it pops out of the birth canal, at which time it’s required to be on its own (should people be prohibited from picketing abortion clinics unless they can prove they also picket prisons when a criminal is about to be executed?),

abortion clinic photo

And, then ask any student of Islam where in the Koran a difference worth killing over can be found in sharing a related ancestry with Jews as descendants of Abraham.

APTOPIX Russia BombingsAnd don’t even get me stated with those Mormons……

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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September 4, 2014 at 1:23 am Leave a comment

No More Russian Winters, Hoorah!

I’ve decided to start publishing some of my favorite jokes on this site from time to time, this first one is courtesy of my late maternal grandmother.

I have a family that is full of funny people, some of whom are intentionally funny, some not so much. To the best of my moth-hole filled memory, in as much of her life as I knew of, my grandmother only told one joke, found here below the map.

She Lived About Halfway Between Warsaw And Kiev (a.k.a. KYIV)

One day when I was about 12 years old, she told me how she grew up in a little village that was somewhat like “Anatevka”, the one in “Fiddler on the roof”. It was +/- on the border between Poland and what was at the time was called Russia but is now, at least until Russia takes it back again, Ukraine. The border had shifted several times during her youth, and the very last time she experienced such a transition was just before she and my grandfather decided to make a break for the promised land, which at that time was called Canada.

The way she digressed as she told the story, it took her what seemed to be almost an hour to get to the punch line, so I’ll shorten it up a bit.

One terrible winter the border line had once again shifted and she and her family now lived in Poland. “We ran out in the snow and celebrated with song and dance and we screamed out loud, we were all so happy that we wouldn’t have to have to survive another Russian winter.”

O.K., I suppose that it was a little funnier to hear it with her accent and watch all that body language (with all that underarm flapping), you had to be there.

O.K., here’s an weak attempt to make up for the previous joke:

What’s the difference between Been Nuts and Deer Nuts?  Beer nuts go for $1.50 a bag, Deer nuts are usually found under a buck.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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July 24, 2014 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

The Donald Gets Scalped?

In a news release, Donald Trump has announced he’s closing two of his casinos in New Jersey, it wasn’t all that difficult to figure out why this happened.

Donald demonstrates how the roof will look in the wind.

The Donald demonstrates how those roofs will look in the wind.

His idea of placing a thick rug of Astroturf © on those building tops turned out to be not quite  as much of a draw he thought it would be for potential high rent paying tenants.

 

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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July 18, 2014 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

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