Posts Tagged ‘Bill Rolland Inc’

The Amtico Co., Ltd: Craft Services Wizards

December 11, 2017

While on a recent shoot in the UK, the customer arranged craft services (catering) duties with skill and aplomb. Delivered from a nearby restaurant, everything was delicious and attractively displayed; a well-balanced variety to suit any taste; plus lots of it for our crew of three. The choices were really practical, too, as much of it didn’t require plates, tableware, or messy condiments.

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ACTION ITEM: Whomever is in charge of craft services, be sure 1. it’s delivered to your shoot location (so you’re not wasting time traveling), 2. It’s fresh and flavorful, 3. It’s simple, and 4. It respects anyone’s dietary restrictions (Not sure? Ask!)

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This Sounds New: Sennheiser® MKH 416

December 1, 2017

Picked this up a few months ago, and despite the cost (name brands like Sennheiser generally command a premium, but are even sometimes worth it. In the trade, we call it the “Sony Tax”), have loved working with it.

ACTION ITEM: Pay for the best equipment you can afford and you’ll only have to buy it once

Super Happy Funtimes: Video Capture Setup Time-lapse

December 1, 2017

Ever wonder what it takes to set up for a video interview? Wonder no longer – here’s the entire setup, from start to finish, in a 30-second time-lapse video shot with a GoPro camera from about 2009.

ACTION ITEM: Look at it. Look. At. It.

Phillips 66’s Aimee Lohr On The Ease Of Working With Bill Rolland

November 29, 2017

One of my favorite clients (very professional but also funny and thoughtful), Aimee always appreciates that I look out for her interests, mostly by attending to every detail.

ACTION ITEM: I try to keep notes on every project, while it’s in progress, on what I may have missed or could do better. I find it keeps me on the track to steady improvement. Now you try it 😉

Empty Plane

November 16, 2017

Had another one of those weird flights (London Heathrow to SFO) where the plane is almost empty. Love getting a row to myself, but it’s a little bit creepy, too.

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ACTION ITEM: Spread out

Water Works

November 10, 2017

Talented photographer James Barnett captured this candid of me enjoying the fountains in Parliament Square in Bern, Switzerland (sometimes described as the City of Fountains).

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ACTION ITEM: Bring a raincoat

Coffee Pot Museum

November 8, 2017

I spent the last month on virtually non-stop US and international travel – the rest of this week are a few items from that trip.

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Outside the location in which I was working (the Washington Hotel) is the little-known but wide-awake American Coffee Pot Museum (warning – autoplay)

ACTION ITEM: Cream, two sugars

Haunted Harvest

November 8, 2017

My Hallowe’en decoration from last week in front of our home. The scariest part was firing up that old 1952 Ford 8N tractor – there’s just no telling what that ancient bucket of bolts will do.

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ACTION ITEM: Feel the chil

Customary

November 3, 2017

My clients (Kristin Poulton and Jim Barnett, both of QAD, Inc.) patiently waiting at the customs counter at Birmingham Airport (BHX).

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Our gear was left on the tarmac for an hour, then another 30 minutes waiting for an agent to appear. Traveling with gear means being an exporter/importer, with all the preparation and paperwork you can imagine that entails. I’ve done it about a dozen times; Kristin and Jim have both become experts.

 

ACTION ITEM: Do not travel overseas with gear without full documentation, usually in the form of an ATA Carnet.

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

October 29, 2017

Left outside baggage claim at Denver International Airport, about 11:24 pm (not by me, I can assure you). I. Can’t. Even.

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ACTION ITEM: Watch your step.


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