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  1. For those of us that were fortunate to be able to work during the heat of the pandemic, it showed us that production could be done in a 10 hour day. We were able to have dinner with their families, see our kids, etc. The thought of going back to 12 to 14 hour days it’s not appealing.
  2. Back in the early to mid-70s my father was a sound man. His experience was post, and production sound. He told me that it meant “Minus Optical Sound”. Interested to see what the other veterans have to say.
  3. I have several new Comtek pouches for sale if you're interested. email me at stacy@stacysound.com
  4. I have bought round 2 of the Wicked Cushion pads. The are great. Comfy and durable. Check the internet for discount coupons. The only reason it's round 2, is I drug a pair of 7506's on the ground behind a golf cart for 600 feet. 🤣
  5. Unfortunately, a couple of the productions I’ve worked on have banned neck gators. They’ve done it for the wrong reason in that the initial tests were done with neck gators made out of spandex. As far as glasses fogging, our entire crew has come to the conclusion that the Zeiss mask fog system is the best at keeping the glasses clear. You can get it at CVS for about $9, beware that Amazon charges anywhere from $16-$18. Try to buy it locally if you can. 🤓
  6. Watching the new Fargo. Love the show, but I’ve noticed in episode five background ambience is all over the place. Is it just me?
  7. I have 2 sets for sale if you're interested in buying. I'll message you.
  8. A pair of headphones, a boom pole and a tool pouch. As a utility/boom op you don't need to buy much.
  9. This is what I needed. Thanks Peter.
  10. Looks like I have 3 98wh options - Remote Audio, Inspired Energy and Audioroot with a couple of options. Any advantages of the 3? TIA
  11. Apparently, The COVID has claimed 3 of my NP-1 batteries. Weird. I have never had a NP-1 die, they just last less and less time. When I put the batteries in the JL-2 charger, the indicator turns red, then flashes yellow. I have 2 chargers and both do the same thing. I measure with a meter and they are completely dead. Yes, they sat in the 95° garage for 2 months, but that's nothing new. Thoughts? Ritter Battery here I come...
  12. Then make the Nova controllable by an Apple product 😘
  13. Concerning the cheaper options (less than $6-700) - I watched online Youtube reviews and it looks like Hollyland Mars X has the least latency. Any other opinions?
  14. Ah, yea, that would be bad. Maybe a squirt bottle with hydrogen peroxide ...
  15. What do we think of Lysol Spray? Seems like a short, maybe distant squirt on the head of a COS-11 would be the best bet of getting "into" the screen without dousing the head causing "water" damage. https://www.lysol.com/products/disinfectant-spray/lysol-disinfectant-spray-crisp-linen/
  16. You beat me to it. I’ve been wondering the same thing. As an old guy who never used to wire anybody, it wouldn’t bother me at all to not have to wire every single person all the time. On the flipside of that, make up hair and wardrobe is still going to be in the actors face. Why can’t we?
  17. I'll take a picture of it if it happens again. The "charger" stops it's analysis of the battery and displays "high" and the voltage. Mine was 2.2 in the charger. I measured it with a Fluke volt meter and got 2.24v. I'll double check myself on the next cycle.
  18. I’m going through all of my rechargeable AA batteries and have run across a couple that will show to be “high”. I’m using the powerex MH-C9000 for analysis. Sure enough when I measure the voltage across the battery it’s 2.24v. I discharged the battery and reconditioned it and it seems to work fine. But, I’m curious at what would make a battery go high? Stay safe.
  19. Ask Pete Verrando if it can be converted. He does 416's and Schoeps.
  20. Do you mean sections 1 and 5? I spoke with the IRS about the new form. I was told that as long as sections 1 and 5 are complete, the form is complete. Use section 4 for additional withholdings (and confusion).
  21. I talked to an IRS representative, my accountant (who is still researching), and finally entertainment partners. Entertainment partners was the most helpful. Here’s what I know. Disclaimer, check with your CPA, your individual tax situation will be different than mine. If step 1 and step 5 are complete, the form is complete. Step(s) 2,3,4 are optional. Amounts entered in Steps 3 and 4 are ANNUALIZED. Here’s a few examples. Federal withholdings only : On a single DAY job with a day rate of $700. If you only fill out step 1 and step 5, they will take out $100.53. That’s about 14%. If you ALSO fill out in step 3 “other dependents”, and as an example use 4 dependents entering $2000 on line 3, they would take out $92 in federal tax, about 13%. Another example is on $4000 a WEEK, as if you were working on a movie. If you only fill out step 1 and step 5, they will take out $618. About 15%. If you claim 3 dependence entering $2000 on line 3, they would take out $579. About 14 1/2%. I still want to know how to manipulate the W4 so I can have less taken out, but I haven’t figured that out yet. It has to come from the accountant. Remember, your mileage may vary, but know if you fill out Only Step 1 and 5, you will be good.
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