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Mick

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  1. For the first time in quite a while it's looking like I won't have a series this year, so I'm available to day play on anything that shoots in or around Los Angeles. Thanks Mick Fowler 805 402 1227
  2. What Car Do You Drive?

    2004 Chevy Tahoe, 265k miles and still a champ. my wife drives a BMW 5 series......hold on, what?
  3. Old guys still rockin'

    I don't have a gall bladder or a prostrate, but I still have my prostate and it works just fine! like you Malcolm I don't see retirement but a switch to another profession. Playing music!
  4. Just curious if there are any other working production mixers out there as old as me. 68
  5. A couple of years ago I did a shortish stint at a Los Angeles so called film school. The class was production sound mixing and the students were mostly foreign, about 75% Asian and the rest middle eastern and eastern European. They were being charged quite a lot of money for a "film making" course which included camera and lighting, direction, writing and some other aspects of the overall film making process including of course production sound recording. Quite frankly I was appalled at the lack of attentiveness, commitment and concern shown by some of the so called faculty toward the students. Aside from the completely inadequate quality of the gear they were learning on, the attitude of the instructors that I interacted with, mainly lighting and directing, was so cavalier and supercilious that I was ashamed to be a part of it. Thankfully I didn't stay around for too long (another story) but I made sure that my students were aware of the type of equipment prevalent in the professional sound mixing community rather than the third rate pro-sum er gear that they were forced to work with. I understand that with so many students the acquisition of pro gear for everyone is a costly enterprise, but some compromise and accommodation should have been reached to give these kids a better understanding of how the real film and TV world works, and I hope that that's what I gave them. On my current show we had the opportunity to mentor some students from various schools around L.A. and I guarantee that they learned more in two weeks with us than a whole semester at the place where I taught. Don't ask me which school it was because although some of the faculty were as I described, others were of the same mind set as me and they are still in there trying to give these kids a proper grounding in the biz.
  6. Retirement?

    Thanks Jeff, but Beau Baker's got me beat. I think he's in year fifteen on Grey's, maybe more. I hope you're enjoying your retirement.
  7. Retirement?

    I'll be 70 in two years and that's it for me. If Rosewood goes three seasons that'll be perfect. I have much more to occupy me on the outside of the TV biz that I love to do, playing and recording music, helping run the commercial real estate company that my wife formed some years ago which will provide a nice residual income for us. The business has been good to me for the most part, eleven years on "CSI" and numerous other TV shows, but I've been good to it too, so I'll bid a fond farewell in a year or two, flog all my gear and continue to enjoy what's left of life, good health permitting of course. I could never do what you younger guys do with bags and two man crews. I used to back in the days of "Unsolved Mysteries" when I lugged a Nagra, two wirelesses and a boom pole around, following an Arri 16 mm camera. Much fitter back then. Now I sit in a chair at my board and let the youngsters do the heavy lifting. I earned it. 30 years of mixing for TV mostly, and I enjoyed the heck out of it. There's life in the old dog yet, just have to intersperse it with cat naps.
  8. Midas Venice 16channel

    Anyone ever heard of a Midas Venice being modded for DC?
  9. Anyone know of a place that'll fix a Black Magic monitor 8" rack? Pic attached thanks mick
  10. Anyone know of a good place that'll fix a Black Magic 8" monitor rack?
  11. RIP Glenn Frey

    Big part of my life, one of the best bands ever.
  12. Found someone, thanks for the replies M
  13. I'm going to need a boomer for a low budge movie in April. Pays $150 a day. Some travel but mostly in L.A. I like these jobs because the folks are nice and they appreciate professionalism without attitude. Mick mickfowlerproductions@gmail.com
  14. Screwball Hotel, first ever feature, dreadful!!!
  15. Happy New Year

    As John Lennon used to say, "Have a cool yule and a gear new year!"
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