Tuesday, December 30, 2003

It's the Holiday lull...in between Christmas and New Years. I've been working on gear, as per usual. Got my follow cart all cleaned up and upgraded. New drawers and such.

Kathy's working at her new job and happy. Oliver's feeling lonesome. Things are going okay.

New pictures soon of the new cart and truck modifications.

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Christmas Day here in rainy southern California. It's REALLY raining today, not just damp or misty. The mountains are getting a lot of snow, Mammoth got 2 feet yesterday.

Tomorrow is the day to really tackle the cleaning of my sound rig. I need to get it ready for the next project...Axeman. We begin shooting the second week of January. Rob Cunningham will be joining me as boom operator. No new toys for this one, as it is a low budget production. I hope to find out something soon about some future projects.

Still hoping that the DEVA 4 comes in on time. Though I am really unhappy about the way the company slams the other manufacturers at every opportunity. Their competitors seem to welcome the new products on the market, while all Zaxcom does is talk badly about every other thing out there. Bad business practice in my opinion. Almost enough to make me go elsewhere for my equipment. Really good gear, bad PR.

I look forward to the new year and all that it may bring.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Merry Christmas. It's Christmas eve and raining in Los Angeles. Yes...it does rain here, just not too often. Perhaps I can get up to the mountains for some snow...

I managed to get all my Christmas shopping done early this year, not too sure how I did that.

I wish everyone a happy new year...may it be the best yet.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Wrap party last night for SS2...very cool. The gag reel was a highlight in the evening. Food, music, casino, drinks, and the crew made for a great party. Cheers to Chris Zavala for putting it together.

Now on to the holidays and a new year. Hopefully it will be even better than the last.

I start it off with a small, low budget movie in January. It will be with the same people I worked with on Dahmer and Monster Man.

The Christmas break is now upon all of us. Kathy and I have done most, if not all the shopping...so it's smooth sailing from here to Christmas. I have to say, I don't think we've ever done this before.

Happy Holidays to everyone...

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

We've finished season 2 of She Spies. I've loaded out all my gear and will begin the cleaning tomorrow. We shot 20 episodes in 6 months... Now for a little break. Hopefully not too long.

I decided to go with the DEVA 4. I've got money down so that I may get one from the 1st production run, which is kind of scary in its own way. I am hoping for delivery the end of January.

Kathy has started her job over at the Motion Picture Hospital. She likes it a lot...very happy about that...

More later...

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Yo...here we go. This will be the last full week of She Spies production for Season 2. I'm ready for a bit of a break. It's snowing in the mountains, and I'm ready for some skiing.

Looks like I've got something brewing for early January, so the heat has turned to a simmer. Another horror/thriller movie...whatever.

I'm starting to put the pennies together for a DEVA...gotta have it sooner than later. I'll end up with a DEVA 2 and upgrade later. If the beta process of their wireless is any clue as to how the new units will be delivered, it will be a while.

Mr. Devlin is back in town, after some 6 months in Ireland on King Arthur. It sounded like quite an experience. Welcome back Peter...

All for now...2 beeps...

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving. It's the holiday so we have a 4 day weekend! We wind up the show in a couple of weeks so I am making plans for the next upgrade to the "real" sound cart.

The new DEVA recorder will be the first on the top shelf. I have spent the last two TV seasons using a Fostex DV-40. Though we have had little problems with the Fostex, the jump to the portable (PD6) will be a tough sell. There is no hard drive on board, and this troubles me. That with the smaller format DVD-RAM drive (8cm) will make it a "no go" for me. The new DEVA seems to fit the bill for my needs, though the field tests have yet to be done.

I've had great performance from my 2 new Lectrosonic 411's this past season, so the upgrade to 6 units will happen in short order.

The new Sanken CS-1, short shotgun mic will also be on the test bench for me. I'll let you know how that turns out.

The new sound cart looks great, though a bit heavy. It was unavoidable with the new case system and magliner...we just need more space these days. With the added comfort of going completely wireless, I can stay a little farther away from the set. It allows me to have a bigger cart, and still stay out of the way.

Just rambling now so...have a Happy Holiday, and I'll write more later....

Monday, November 24, 2003

This is my first entry at the Sound Cart. We are in the final weeks of She Spies, Season 2. Episode 17 to be exact. Heading into Thanksgiving weekend.

Not too much to report, except that it's time to look for another show!

Wrap date for this season is set for December 15th!