Published: Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:12
Written by Abbey Cayanan
If It Were Only That Easy
Let me start by saying, I love what I do.
With that said, sometimes what I do is exhausting. It’s in the very nature of the world of Production. Early call times, long days, late nights (or never ending nights) to meet deadlines, heavy equipment cases to schlep around airports, so many details to keep organized… I mean, I’m down to my last ounce of Icy Hot because of shooting with a shoulder mount all day. Okay, it may seem like I’m complaining (okay, I guess I kind of am) but there’s a point.
When people find out what I do, most respond with, “Wow, that seems like so much fun!” And it is. But it’s a lot more than that. To have as much fun as any of us do in production we have to know and do whole lot of stuff. Because making what’s in front of the camera look good requires a whole lot of work behind the camera. A career in production demands a lifetime balancing act between technique and creativity. Most people only give credit to the fun, creative aspect of my job, but they don’t realize much actually goes into getting “the shot”.
Read more: Lights, Camera, Action!
Published: Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:43
Written by adam isaac ebert
A Look Back At Pride
It was June, 2011, and I was car-less. Which is why I was riding on the 35 LA Metro Bus eastbound on Washington Blvd toward the USC campus. A few days before, I had discovered that the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives was based here in Los Angeles, and I was excited to go explore.
Before I move forward, allow me to digress.
Growing up, I was witness to my dad’s love of history. At any given time there would be thick tomes piling up on the side table next to his recliner in the living room, and the History Channel was standard evening programing in our family. I also enjoyed history, but I think the inciting event that thrusted me toward appreciating the value and need for history was reading Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. His re-accounting of American history, not from the vantage of the winners but rather from the losers and the marginalized, left a profound impression on my adolescent mind.
Read more: The Courage to be Public