12th March 2004
Recently Jim Sofranko (New York) asked me (San Francisco area)
to shoot an interview for him locally. He was working on a
no-budget documentary about a gentleman imprisoned unfairly
after 9/11 and he needed footage of a grad student in Berkeley
who was writing a dissertation on such things and had pithy
things to say on the subject.
Through the Internet he rounded up a sympathetic producer
in LA who owned an XL-1 and was willing to travel, and after noticing that
I lived in the Bay Area he asked if I could help him out.
I jumped at the chance to shoot part of a project that I felt
was well worthwhile.
I roped in Dan Drasin and Adam Wilt and the rest is history.
We made a pretty decent little shoot out of very little, of
which we are quite happy.
So for those of you interested in what we look like and what
we did, please check out
Adam provided the sound gear, tripod and backup lighting,
and had an impressive mixer with very pretty flashing lights.
Dan brought his "lighting/grip kit in a suitcase" which held a surprising amount of stuff in it. Our producer,
Whitney Stone, was really excellent and also quite thoughtful
and nice for having so recently been in LA. We shot some really
interesting footage and had some very good food and discussion
You'll have a chance to see Dan Drasin's "Drasin Drape
(tm)" in action. It's not to be missed!
For more on the subject of our shoot, see
Art Adams, DP [film|hdtv|sdtv]
Mountain View, California - "Silicon Valley"
Thanks for posting the photos, Art.
Yes. I have been producing an out-of-pocket doc on Pakistani
immigrant Ansar Mahmood, a detainee unjustly incarcerated
It was a story I heard about, researched, and decided it worth
documenting and telling his story. It's been a very interesting
experience so far. And with so little money I've been calling
this project, "Beg, Borrow and Steal Productions".
Here's some additional background… http://www.chathampeace.org/
I have been quietly using contacts from the CML with great
success and a bit of good luck. Art Adams, Dan Drasin, Adam
Wilt (San Francisco), Brian Heller (Boston), and Jack Cummings
(Buffalo) have all generously contributed time, services,
and equipment to this no-budget project.
I am very grateful and thankful for their efforts as well
as all of the resources made available on the CML. I highly
recommend all of these CMLer's for paying gigs as their dedication,
professionalism and work ethics are outstanding.
It is a new experience for me to try to produce especially
by simply generating interest from Ansar's story. As Art had
mentioned, the crew live in different areas of the country
and have contributed generously even though most of us only
know each other from the CML. I've only met CML'er Jack Cummings
from Buffalo previously before the CML was created. The camera,
a Canon XL1, is being lent for the duration of the doc by
a producer, Whitney Stone, from LA who I only know from the
internet after she heard about the story in the media and
contacted me. So this is a rather new way of using the internet
to help produce a worthy project. I surely couldn't have done
it without their help and the internet's resources.
So thank you all for the effort you have put in. I would like
to thank Geoff and listmums for making the CML such an important
resource for cinematographers and filmmakers, and I would
like to also thank all the CML'ers from all over the world
who so freely share their ideas and experiences with the CML.
They have vastly broadened my horizon's as to how films can
be made. (Sounds like an Oscar speech...sheesh, the music
>And I would like to also thank
all the CML'ers from all over the world who >so freely share
their ideas and experiences with the CML. They have >vastly
broadened my horizon's as to how films can be made.
...I cannot think of a more noble way to use the internet
and it makes me proud to be a member of the CML.
freelance editor, camera operator