Anyone who says size doesn't matter has never worked with the Angenieux Optimo 24-290mm zoom lens.
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The 89-year-old George H.W. Bush, who just a few years ago parachuted out of an airplane, is no longer able to stand and spoke less than a minute at the White House Monday. But the 41st president still showed his spark with the colorful socks that are becoming his trademark and the barbs he traded with his son, Neil, chairman of the Points of Light organization. Bush simply thanked the Obamas for their hospitality and then turned the floor to Neil by telling him, “Keep it short.”
---The Washington Post 7/16/13
A remark we never hear is, "That was really good, I just wish it was longer."
If we're on the producing end of a show, we take the approach it's not done until there's nothing left to remove. Or shorten. Or save for another day.
This is a powerful way of looking at things even when working with defined running times for broadcast or cable spots. In the right context silence can be much more powerful than music or voice. Musicians often say it's more about what's not played than what is played.
When developing or revising a script, it's often useful to ask yourself if what you're saying is the best use of the medium. For example, would my laundry list or procedural descriptions be better suited for a print or web article? Or, is this person's back story about their childhood better truncated by the narrator than having him/her explain it on camera?
Seeing your audience checking their watches (or scrolling through your web video) is no way to live.
The highest compliment we can hear is, "I'd like to know more about that."
Firehouse producer Sally Sumner and crew are producing a segment on Master Sculptor Robert Wick for the syndicated series, "In Focus with Martin Sheen."
Wick lives in the Mule mountains between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Arizona where he maintains a "monumental bronze sculpture garden" on the property surrounding his home.
Wick's work has been shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Austin Museum of Art, and Tucson Museum of Art, but he recently said he's come to enjoy showing in major botanic gardens because of the settings and marvelous plant life.
In Focus with Martin Sheen appears on PBS stations around the U.S.
We're in the middle of production on a series of programs for The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona. Providing food and shelter for families with children facing extended out-of-town hospital stays, The Ronald McDonald House provides a level of comfort in an often difficult time.
The Firehouse crew recently spent some fascinating time with David Lowell at his Atascosa Ranch. Lowell is widely known as the most successful mining explorationist of the past century, having discovered an unprecedented 17 ore bodies including the world's largest copper mine.
The resulting profile will be showing at the National Mining Hall of Fame in Leadville, Colorado.
That's why we drink it here.
At least that's what one of our favorite polka tunes claims.
We're producing a series of programs for Mr. Beer, manufacturers of the biggest selling make-your-own-beer kits in the U.S. In addition to learning some of the fine points of the beer making process (yeast,yeast, yeast), we've come to realize that beer is the foundation this great country was built upon.
Many also claim music is the universal language, but after spending some time with Mr. Beer, it's obvious Beer is the real language everyone understands. Despite that, we're still translating the whole thing into Spanish and French.
And here's an interesting time lapse sequence of the first 72 hours of fermentation...
We're at work with the good people at Sanofi U.S., producing a program highlighting the growing numbers of women in science. The expanding Sanofi presence in Tucson is a good example of this trend, where women are close to 40% of the researchers on staff.
Shooting mostly with the Sony F3 and Fujinon Cambrio 19-90 and Duclos Tokina 11-16mm lens package.
We've been shooting a show for the University of Arizona entitled, "100 Years of Innovation: Thinking the Impossible." It's a look at some incredible research and the big impact on the local and state economy.
Here's the finished piece.
A symphony often seems like a large group of black clad individuals that produces a beautiful sound. Besides the conductor, most people usually don't know much about any one member from another.
We're working with The Tucson Symphony Orchestra to remedy that with a series of profiles on the accomplished musicians that night after night bring forth great music.
We used a lone biker as our metaphor for onward and upward--the regional economy, that is-in a short program produced with Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO).
Shot for the most part with the Sony F3 camera and a Red 18 x 85mm zoom lens package.
Consider the Honey Bee. Its day-to-day is filled with collecting nectar, feeding larvae, and general care and cleaning of the hive.
Most would agree there's enough to do without having to worry about Varroa mites. An infestation of Varroas can lead to sickness and the eventual death of the colony.
Well, we've been shooting some material on a new product from BetaTec Corporation that's made from hop extract—hops like in beer—that rids the hive of the dreaded Varroas.
Flexible strips coated with the stuff are inserted into the hive— the bees come into contact with the strips and carry the goo around the house. No more Varroa.
Now consider the camera crew. It's day-to-day is filled with concerns about picture and sound, lighting and composition. Most would agree there's enough to do without having to worry about bee stings, funny webbed hoods you can't see out of....
Built outside Benson as a dynamite factory in 1922, Apache Powder Company supplied explosives to Arizona and New Mexico mines. Today, Apache Nitrogen is a major ammonium nitrate supplier. Ammonium nitrate replaced dynamite around 1955 as the principal explosive used in mining.
There’s a steampunk atmosphere around the plant with all the pipes and motors humming. Decayed remains of original buildings sit at the property’s edge – a dynamite factory ghost town.
We’re producing English and Spanish language informational programs for contractors and vendors. Do’s and don’ts — rules and regulations.
They don’t let just anyone into a bomb factory.
There’s an interesting story behind every revolutionary technology.
Tucson resident Mark Bannister owned a landscaping company on the east coast - involved in a motorcycle accident he had to sell the company and concentrate on recovering his health. During this time he moved to Arizona.
A shade tree scientist and builder, Bannister was experimenting with ways to make a non-mechanical device move material under control. He developed a polymer substance that expands and contracts when fed a small electrical current.
Thinking there could be a market for the material, he networked with various tech industry groups, meeting some people who know how to bring new medical products to market. Satisfied with Mark's claims, lab work results, and after rigorous testing, they decided it would be perfect for medical infusion pumps - expensive mechanical devices carried by a patient and giving small doses of medication on a regular schedule.
Since the substance can, in mechanical engineering terms, do "work," infusion pumps are only the beginning.
Shooting in Tucson and San Diego, with a series of time-lapse sessions to show the material in action.
We're still on the road with Sautter Films' "South of the American Dream"-places like this Nogales, Sonora soup kitchen (bottom) that gives aid to the recently deported.
An update on our Border Project with Washington, D.C.'s Sautter Films. We recently spent some time in Sasabe, Sonora, a major staging area for illegal border crossers. The Department of Homeland Security fence is under construction here and there is a U.S. border station on the Arizona side that doesn't seem to get much traffic. That might explain why we were greeted by 10 agents with automatic weapons in hand when we drove back across to the U.S.
We had a chance to talk a bit with some men, pictured above, who were setting out for Phoenix and higher pay--they told us they were set to get $6 per hour compared to the $6 per day they could get working in Mexico. The town of Sasabe probably has a population of 1,000, yet we were told the Western Union office handles about $20 million per year--mostly money to pay the "mules" who guide the crossers to halfway houses or spots where they will be picked up and transported by vehicle.
Working in a coal mine...well, not exactly, it's a training mine owned by the University of Arizona for the benefit of mining technology students.
Mary Poulton is the first woman Dean of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, (and a member of The Mining Hall of Fame), and we've been following her around both above and below ground for the past month--working on a profile piece for The Arizona Board of Regents.
Mining is not often thought of as a high tech industry.
"Mars rover types of technologies are the types of things that we need to be transferring into the mining industry, so we're in this giant laboratory on campus where people have done things in different environments where that technology is transferable in some way to the mining industry," says Poulton.
Look for this and others in our series of profiles as they appear on Arizona Public Media.
A golf enthusiast of 30 some odd years, I've come to realize the shoulder turn on the back swing is not quite what it used to be. Among my playing partners, the prescription for this kind of thing usually calls for two martinis the night before your next round. You know, for lubrication.
Recently I learned about another solution--no olives needed--during the production of a show on Dynamic Stretching Technique with exercise expert Susan Dawson-Cook.
A mix of Pilates and Yoga, you could make this part of your daily routine and regain that 15 yards you've lost off the tee.
We shot at the beautiful La Hacienda Club at Saddlebrook Ranch.
We've just finished some initial location photography on an interesting new documentary film about border and immigration issues for Washington D.C.'s Sautter Films.
There have been plenty of stories and articles in the national media about the need for immigration reform and Arizona's controversial SB 1070 bill, but this production goes a bit deeper to explore the difference between black and white solutions usually offered by politicians and cable TV personalities--and the complex reality happening on the ground.
Award-winning filmmaker Chris Sautter , DP Keith Page and sound man Mike Andrews spent a week traveling southern Arizona talking with Tea Partiers, ranchers, border Samaritans, writers, residents and law enforcement officials.
We're shooting with the PDW F800 XDCAM HD camera system. It should be a fascinating look at the issue.
You're probably thinking to yourself, car pooling? It sounds so....80's. And van pooling? Maybe for airport shuttles, or if you're needing to make the move to a new correctional facility.
But if you step out of your preconceived notions a bit, car and van pooling to and from your workplace makes more than a lot of sense. You can save money, wear and tear on the Subaru, and get yourself some green bona fides all at the same time. Tucson's Sun Rideshare asked Firehouse to produce some television spots, some radio spots, and a short documentary style piece to get small businesses informed and involved.
Sun Rideshare, www.884ride.org, is all about making connections with other like-minded car and van poolers-so the concept became "Break Up With Your Car," seeing how just maybe you have an unhealthy relationship with your vehicle.
We shot with the Sony F800 XDCAM, a P&S Teknik Pro 35 adapter and set of Zeiss Super Speed prime lenses. We added a Canon 7D as a B camera on a car mount. I realize the HDSLR is all the rage, but it might take me awhile to get used to packing the thing in ice to make it run over 5 minutes on a 90 degree day. Call me old fashioned.
We did, however, get some great performances from Juan Aguirre as the Aggrieved Boyfriend, and some stellar turns from Sun Rideshare employees as star-struck van riders.
If "Super Size It" is a phrase you use on a regular basis, you might want to either consider changing your diet-or take a trip out to ASARCO's (American Smelting and Refining Corporation) Ray Mine complex near Hayden, Arizona. Big truck enthusiasts will find proof to the old adage there is always someone else with a bigger truck.
Everything is big at the mine, including numbers of contractors on site each day - so Firehouse is producing contractor safety programs for the company. We’re shooting at the Hayden, Silverbell, and Mission mines in Southern Arizona, and the Amarillo operation in Texas.
To streamline the training process, ASARCO is adding viewing rooms to each property's main gate, where contractors will be required to view a specific program and then demonstrate their comprehension before going on the site.
There are a few important safety rules to remember, perhaps the most important being all traffic in the mine is left-hand traffic.
Since the 350 ton trucks are observing this rule, you'd better get with the program or you - and what you thought was your big truck - will wind up, well, you get the idea.