Here’s a TV spot we did for Audi’s Quattro in alaska back in November. The camera crew was really awesome and everybody gave us local guys really good reviews. the post production was done down at a place in LA called “the Mill” The agency had a lot of really cute girls that I had the pleasure of working with as I was the VTR op and in charge of playbacks for the director and agency van. Much of my day was spent running back and forth between the Arri DIT and the Director’s 15passenger van. By the end of the project, I was able to be up and running in less than 5 minutes between moves.
Perrsonally, i got rave reviews from the Directors Assistant on account of my hustle. The nature of the 35mm workflow requires a lot of “hurry up and wait” hours of standing around mixed together with moments of shear terror. As I was working in my optimal environment on this project, I managed my own systems and had the luxury of really evaluating the workflow and maximizing potential in every aspect. In the end, I made playback incorporation a non-hastle and afforded production the ability to keep moving without a need to wait on my department.
I wear the alaskan Bunny Boots in all cold weather situations. It’s tried and true and it’s served me well my entire life. For years, I followed my father through rough and ugly weather conditions and it was through pain and suffering that I learned the simple truth that I like clothing options. To this end, I don’t go out on a job in the winter time without a duffle bag full of cold weather gear. There are instances where I need to travel light but back at base camp, there’s always a few options for me. In this situation, I was the local guy running around in -20F. I remember a moment when I ran out to manage my cables with my jacket off and the 1st DA said ” jamin, i’m not your father but i think you need to put on some more clothes before you go out there”. i laughed and said “i’m from this state :) ” Truth be told, overheating is the real danger in that environment. having too much on can in time make you wet and then encounter the worst kind of cold. often, it’s important to air out, dry off, and get your warm gear back on. I don’t think i saw anybody else out there in a teeshirt though :). I did have the luxury of operating from the comfort of the 15 passenger van. I personally demand the ability to carry options close at hand and I think my Achilles heel is my need for close at hand clothing options. I don’t like not being outfitted appropriately. Much of my jacket options are varying thicknesses. If there’s anything I’d like to change, it’s that I’d like to switch over to more of a layering system. Much of my cold weather gear is meant for things like snowboarding and -40F construction in fairbanks. I don’t look to “cool” when I’m in it, but I can operate and I can do so well.