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    - IATSE Local 695 Boom Operator

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  1. Some people say they have.
  2. We knew Jeff Wexler was honored with a Career Achievement award a few years back but this is even better. There's now a video store in Los Angeles that only stocks movies that were mixed by Jeff Wexler. Is that cool or what. Congrats, Jeff! Take a look...
  3. I keep good work records and in my experience, the MPI accounting of hours has been completely accurate. But the other thing you need to watch for is whether the employers are accurately reporting hours. If they don't report, the hours don't get recorded. There too, I've had good luck but from what I understand, that doesn't always happen. Employers have shortchanged hours and whether intentionally or not, no one but you would know or be inclined to do anything about it. So A) Keep good track of the hours you work, and Check them periodically on the MPI website, and C) Whether you suspect that the source of a problem might be MPI or the employer, call MPI immediately if you doubt the accuracy of reported hours.
  4. Everyone wonders how anybody on the crew could go back to work the next next day and face the craziness of that movie... and many crew people did not. On the inside of the Camera Room door they kept a list of departed (but still living) camera crew and it went from the top of the door all the way to the floor and then started another column. Must have been more than 50 who quit... and that was just the camera crew. But ptalsky, you go back there month after month so you understand. It's fun to tell stories about how absurd the production was but it was truly an amazing experience to spend so much time so close to those animals. While booming shots I had them literally pawing at my jeans (cubs, I'll admit) and that's something you just never forget. Many of us lived at the ranch in trailers for part of the time and when we were off work we could just wander around and watch the cats whenever we wanted... and each night we'd fall asleep to their sounds mixed in with those of the elephants and the wild coyotes off in the hills. Yeah, it was crazy... but it was pretty cool, too.
  5. David, when I went to Noel's nice big house in Franklin Canyon for the job interview, no predator cats were present and I don't remember him saying anything about working with 110 untrained lions and tigers and 1 certifiable madman.
  6. If everyone in this forum understood the true value of their work, I'd say Yes to a discussion on rates but unfortunately, there's way too much evidence to the contrary. Therefore, such a discussion, whether open to public or veiled in the erroneous notion that it is not, would likely be damaging to all so I vote No.
  7. It was challenging to work on but always funny and usually fun. 2 fishpoles and 3 hand-held 16mm cameras for all the backstage stuff, which was the majority of the show, and 2 fisher booms and a desktop ribbon mike for the broadcast portions. Lots of walk-and-talks down a twisting hallway while following a DP on roller-blades... then the actors stop and 2 doorways fling open on either side of the hallway with 2 cameras poking in for coverage... then more hallway and walking and roller-blading... and none of it on wireless mic or boom because the company didn't want to pay so with 2 fishpoles working, lots of times we'd do a hot unplug and plug while one of us ran around to a different end of the set to reposition. Craziness, but fun.
  8. As I said, I did too until I found out what was going on. You just need to know whether the domain you have has real value. With numeric domains, the online articles that talk about which numbers are valued higher and lower in the Chinese market are no longer entirely true. It's gotten to the point that ANY numeric domain has huge value, regardless of the numbers. Speculators are buying them, hiding cash from the government, and then flipping for very big profit. It's insane but it's real.
  9. The email above was written to appear professional, official and legit. In reality, real offers appear anything but. They'll look more like this: "how much you to sell domain. yao tzi" No social engineering there. I deleted about 2 dozen like that over the course of a year until I finally got a phone call from a broker in Chicago representing a buyer who flips the names and resells to China, passing the money through an Escrow company. Broker? Flipping? Escrow? Yeah, I was surprised, too. But she explained that my 3-digit numeric domain... what they call an NNN, as opposed to an alphabetic LLL or an NNLL or whatever... was worth a lot of money in China. All I can say is if you have an NNN... or even better, an NN... contact me and I'll make you rich. Seriously.
  10. As many Local 695 members know, I had a recent experience with the booming Chinese domain name sales market and believe me... it's real. But the email you received is not.
  11. I meant to say... there are plenty of low-budget union productions.
  12. Just so you know, Gregor, there are many low-budget non-union productions.
  13. Since the only 2 reports (so far) are coming from the same city, it suggests that the signal path is responsible, where page requests to certain parts of the network are routed through servers that are overloaded or failing, meaning it's a geographically isolated and probably temporary issue.
  14. IMDB says the sound crew was: Earl Crain Sr. ... sound James R. Alexander ... cable man (uncredited) Clifford Call ... recordist (uncredited) C.J. 'Mickey' Emerson ... sound recordist (uncredited) Samuel F. Goode ... boom man (uncredited) It that is indeed Samuel Goode in the photo on the Fisher Model 2 boom, Giant was his first IMDB credit, after which he boomed "Maverick", "Sugarfoot", "Surfside 6", "77 Sunset Strip", "F Troop" and more.
  15. By referring to the "middle button" I actually mean what on most mouses is the scroll wheel, which you can usually push down to emulate the press of a middle button. I use this not just on JW but on lots of sites. Like when scanning down the Huff Post home page... I just middle click each item that looks interesting and then close the home page and read all the tabs without messing with the back-and-forth nonsense of the back button.