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According to this patent application by Oscar winning microphone specialist Les Drever (whose award was for "technical achievement in the field of microphone windscreen and isolation mount design"), the thinking behind the hand-held boom (AKA 'the fishpole') is largely one of convenience and cost... A hand-held or fishpole boom is physically held and ...


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In the US meal breaks for actors are regulated by the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (SAG/AFTRA) and are usually provided by the Craft Services Department. According to the Union rules found here The performer must be given the first meal break within six hours from the time of first call. The provisions for ...


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Often on shooting sets a table with food and snacks will be provided at all times. It's called a craft service, and it's there to provide nourishment not only for the actors but to all the filming crew. It gives the crew quick access to food and drink so that they don't need to leave the set if they get hungry. Here's a nice article on the subject.


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There are several different types of "grips", each with varying levels of responsibility. The Key Grip is basically the unit head, and reports to the Director of Photography on a feature. They are responsible for scouting the locations, ordering, arranging transport and setup of equipment for filming and lighting. They are sometimes billed as first company ...


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OK, I'm going to posit this as an answer… though there is some cynicism… When filming, picture is everything, sound is the 'red-haired step-child' [poor PC-awareness aside] The Director and DOP [Director of Photography] will spend as much time as time/budget allows getting the shot right, as regards lighting, angle, lens… heck even getting the actors to ...


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So if you pick something up once, you're considered a grip? -Mike Nelson, riffing their own credits in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) Indeed, A Key Grip usually doesn't do any gripping, that is to say it's just a fancy way of saying "Grip Manager". And while we're at it, Mike is basically right that Grips just hold things such as ...


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I'd preface this by saying that I'm no expert in this type of cinema. But there's a cinematographer on IMDb who goes by R. Diwakaran\Divakaran and one of the 3 films listed in his profile is Notebook by Mumbai Police director Rosshan Andrrews. So it might be the same guy. Note also that Mumbai Police's Wiki page inexplicably called the cinematographer both ...


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What do all the cameramen and boom mic guys and gaffers and PAs do for those long shoots? I would expect their (union) contracts to permit only a certain length of workday, or only a certain number of 18-hour days in a row. Do they all work 18-hour days too, day in and day out? Do they alternate days? Do they have a lot of downtime that doesn't ...


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Firstly the assumption about it being tiring actually isn't that accurate. Boom operators with some years of experience can quite happily swing a pole for 5 minutes at a time with a break in between (to reset the shot) all day - lots of it is technique and using the correct muscles and posture in your arms and core and learning how to move between these ...


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The alternative to hand held booming was traditionally the fisher boom http://www.jlfisher.com/booms/index.asp These are expensive, require significant training and practice, and are restricted to studios. Outdoor locations would allow sand and dirt etc to get in the mechanisms, causing problems. Repairing the mechanics of these tools is also beyond the ...



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