Tips & Tricks

Let There Be Light

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Cool light does not flatter skin tones like warm light does. If we re-gelled with CTB, we might get some frightening results. Then he had an idea. What if we just took out the bastard amber gel and left the key lights ungelled? A few minutes later, we had all the key lights ungelled, and once again, we re-balanced the video cameras. What happened next surprised me. Bob came running out of the control room as if he had just won a trip to Disneyland. “I gained a full f-stop!” he cried. Apparently f-stops are precious to video people like Bob, and he was thrilled. Why the excitement? Because video people always want more light. No matter how much light you give them, they always seem to really appreciate more.

– From Richard Cadena's Focus on Technology column in the November PLSN
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Keeping in Touch

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I’ve got the same crappy e-mail account at AOL that I’ve had for 15 years. I pay a stupid monthly fee for this. People don’t forget my address, though. And I’m not about to change it. It’s a business expense. And not changing it has paid off. Fifteen years ago, I did a small show that I had long since forgotten. But I gave a card with all my old data on it to a production assistant vowing to keep in touch. I didn’t. So last year I get an e-mail from this person I have not seen or heard from since 1991. The subject was titled, “Hey Nook, remember me?” I didn’t recognize the moniker and I thought it might be junk, but I opened it anyway. It’s a good thing. This production assistant had blossomed into a TV producer over the course of time. He remembered me from that long ago and had a great gig for me. He tried to call my old numbers and was thankful I had kept my e-mail account. The money from that gig will pay my AOL bill forever.

– From Nook Schoenfeld's LD-at-Large column in the November issue of PLSN
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