01 Jul Good Weddings, Bad Movies, and Ugly Manners.
alight, so most of you know I’m a film maker…but I’m not sure how many of you know what I do for a “day job.”
I work in post-production…often on Made for TV movies (MOW’s)…often on really really bad MOWs. The thing is though, there are bad movies. And then there are movies that are so bad that they take on a life of there own…they achieve new goodness.
This one I actually did a little work on…I recommend seeing it. It’s every bit of what the review describes.
Also, occasionally I’ll go film things. Usually for friends…and often for free. I’m a pretty good shooter…I have a good eye, but it isn’t what I want to do – so I don’t spend time searching out that sort of work.
My friend Chris got married yesterday, and a couple months back, he asked if I could help him out and film it. Of course I said yes. I also knew that to do a good job, I’d need more than 1 camera, so I hired my friend Christian to help me film it.
It was a really nice wedding..I usually don’t think to highly of the event – but this one was nice. We had little to no technical problems, we didn’t miss any of the important events, got some good interviews, dance footage, cake cutting and so on. We shot the ceremony with 3 cameras, Christian & I on opposite sides near the front of the church, and a static camera in the balcony at the rear of the church.
That is…it was supposed to be static.
Why was it not you ask? Well the answer rhymes with “Ron Stake.” That is the name of the “sound guy,” at this church. From my very first interactions with this man it was clear there were going to be issues.
We spoke on the phone and he repeatable interrupted me, spoke over me, and continued on and on explaining things to me after I made explicitly clear that “I got it.”
It’s ok if you don’t know all the answers…a lot of us are still learning. I had trouble with the white balance on the camera for example..but when you both don’t understand the job you are supposed to be doing AND then proceed to tell me how to do my job – which I do know how to do…
that just ain’t cool.
For example: He and the wedding planner, while consistently talking to Chrisitian and I like we were disrespectful children NOT professional filmmakers, proceed to lecture us about NOT SHOOTING FROM ON STAGE.
Then, not 5 minutes later, he suggests that we set up 1 camera on stage behind the organ. wtf. then he asks us about it again.
But this “professional” sound guy doesn’t know how to take an XLR feed out of the mixing board so that we can record on something other than a mono-channel VHS tape.
And the coup de grace, while the ceremony is proceeding he goes over to my “static” camera and reframes. MULTIPLE TIMES. I did not ask him to do this. He did not ask me if he should do this. I said nothing that would indicate tacid approval of such actions.
What gives the sound guy the idea that he should be adjusting the camera? Does he think that I don’t know what I’m doing? Is he an amateur videographer in his spare time? Is he on psychotropic drugs? Should he be?
Luckily I don’t ever have to work with him again. I guess that’s one good thing about shooting in Orange, CA…
p.s. Next week I’ll be uploading a new short…so stay tuned.