Goodbye Blighty…hello Hollywood!!

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All packed and ready to go. Virgin Atlantic flight to LAX. Upgraded to Upper Class with my air miles so am actually looking forward to a flight. A rare occurrence. Being quite tall makes flying a right pain!

I tell you what else is a bit of a pain, the new regs on flying with Lithium Ion batteries. All have to be hand carried.

Although am shooting on the EX1 and the batteries are quite small, there are still 6 of them. My Sony top light takes NPF batteries, so got 3 of those and my Marshall monitor takes IDX batteries so only bringing 2 large ones. I can’t hand carry any more! It’s crazy!

My shooting schedule has changed, we start in LA  for a few days then work our way East. I get to go to Vegas for the first time in my life and of course get to do that drive from one of my favourite films “Swingers”. I understand that the era of the 24 hour marriage chapels is over so I don’t think I will be having a drunken night out followed by a quickie marriage/ divorce, Britney style!

The project I am working on is still in the early stages so I don’t know how much I am allowed to talk about it, but if I can I will be blogging my experiences. After all this will be the first feature length doco I have DPd and the first one I have done using the EX1, well two EX1s. One Letus Extreme and one without. I also have my Canon HV20 with me as a backup and maybe for some car mounted shots of Vegas. That camera is so good for it’s price. It astounds me!

It’s going to be hugely fun and hopefully really rewarding. I don’t think I would shoot an HD doco in 24p on anything else given that most of it will be after dark. This camera was made for it. I have stacks of cards, about 8 hours worth, loads of hard drives and a blu-ray burner, oh and a macbook pro of course! I have my cheapo shoulder mount but not my Zacuto shoulder mount. All my 35mm adaptor stuff will be beauty shots on the tripod. All the actuality will be clean. It’s just too hard to do doco actuality on a 35mm adaptor. You need to be able to crash zoom in and work really fast. That is not what a 35mm adaptor is all about!

Even if I can’t blog I will still be on email for any questions and hopefully I will get some down time to shoot some of the beautiful scenery around and post it on here.

My US cell phone number is 714-548-1415 but best way to contact me as ever is good old fashioned email!

Bye rain…hello sunshine, I HOPE!!