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Ever been on set of a movie, watching the pro's?

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Well, recently i got to go to go on set of a movie - Slither.
Its the first time i got to go on set, and i was excited. The movie is being directed by James Gunn, who wrote the scooby doo movies, and Dawn of the Dead ( he likes horror- type things biggrin ). Anyways, i had a lot of fun there, got to eat ( yum ) Got to watch the Director do what a director does.
I went in a house set, which was realy cool, the set was realy awesome. Then i got to go with the director to his trailor, and we looked at takes of sceenes they shot a few days ago.

So i had the best time , plus i got to skip school for that wink
Its gonna be a movie thats gonna try and bring back the old style of horror films, like the fly, yeah.

Oh, and i got to see some cg previs.
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 3:00am

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Wow, that's really cool. Congrats, man! smile
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 4:46am

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Thx, it was realy cool, and i hope to do it again, sometime. I forgot to say, i also got an early version of the cript biggrin
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 6:17am

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next time you see him, give him a kick in the nuts for waser

I hate all his movies smile

just kidding (about the nut kick, I really do hate his movies)

congrats, sounds pretty..cool
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 7:40am

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You know something? Here in Malta we have a very popular big water tank and a film studios, called the Meditterranean Film Studios, MFS. In fact some of the major films or big part of it were shot hear, namely: Gladiator, Troy, UB 576, Midnight Express and many more. I have been there during the filming various times as my job requires to cover some of the important activities. In the near future I will post pictures from these sets and films. I met actors like, Brad Pitt, Sean Connery, Russel Crow, Roger Moore, Gina Davies and moore...
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 8:47am

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Spielberg was filming War of the Worlds at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 10:09am

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I was around when Rupert Everett, Kathy Bates & Jonathan Pryce were filming some stinker called Unconditional Love in my county. I managed to pilfer a timetable sheet with all the actors' mobiles on, muwhahahaha.

Apart from that, I'm sad to say I haven't been on any. The UK filmmaking scene is less accessible than in the US.
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 1:01pm

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Not a film set, I'm joining a commercial 35mm shoot for a monday-friday next week. Aslo a 35mm short next month sometime.
It shall be intresting. smile
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 3:22pm

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Ive been to a public tv channel station shoot. smile I actually got to be technical director. oink
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I live in the 3rd ( sad ) largest film city in the country. I am always signing myself up to be extras on TV shows and movies. Ive been on Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill a number of times and I was an extra in Black Night, Domestic Disturbance and Summer Catch, and more recently a movie with Andre3000 and Big Boi.

My aunt and uncle work on alot of the movies here, my uncle designs and builds sets, and my aunt does random things, such as buying props. I got to go to the Summer Catch and Domestic Disturbance wrap parties, where I met Freddy Prince Junior confused and John Travolta.

This is my last year of high school and this summer I plan on applying at Screen-Gems Studios here in town. I have a few "connections" (my aunt and uncle, as well as my best friend's dad directs One Tree Hill), so wish me luck.

Overall, all my on set experiences, though looooooong, have been really interesting and fun and I have enjoyed them. Defiently a good experience that I reccomend to everyone!
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There aren't too many mirrors on the sets I've been on so I'd have to answer no.
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 10:29pm

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LOL

Modesty my dear chap, modesty
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 4:09am

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Whoa Phlogan, thats pretty crazy. Looks like everyone around you is in the movie business biggrin
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Well, my uncle and grandpa are partners in TV Producing, so I was on the set of this special on, at the time, "Modern fads. (Razor scooters, etc.) We went to central park and did the segment about scooters, I watched the host guy, the camera man, and the boom holder. I even got to act in it.

And Artur, thanks fr the topic, it has been a good read so far, I am glad you shared and glad to share. +1.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 4:39am

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Well, the movie "Serving Sarah" (Mathew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley) was exclusively filmed in Dallas, namely my residencial area called "Oak Cliff" (you may have heard the song about it on the radio wink ) so that was fun. Perry and Hurley's trailers were parked in my churches parking lot. (Unfortunately it was a closed set) But, if you see the movie, in the beginning, when Perry is retrieving Hurley from her friends house, he gets beaten in the cold by several men and thrown in the snow. Well, the irony to it is that they filmed it in May, in TEXAS. (I got some of the fake snow, though) The set was 2 blocks away from my house, but my little brothers school was just across the road, and they saw it all.

This week I'm going to be at my local restaraunt when they film a Travel channel special on the best chicken fried steak in the U.S. I'm great friends with the owner, and am regularly just 'there' hanging out with the waiters, so I'll (hopefully) get interviewed or something.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 4:23pm

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LOL

Modesty my dear chap, modesty
hahaha wink
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 4:55pm

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Well all my links to the film industry are somewhat tenuous. I live in "Full Monty" town, I went to school with a Richard Jenkins, a Ben Johnson, a Robert Taylor and a Tommy Lee Jones. I don't think it was really them though.

There's a dude I know in America who works for an animatics company, he did some stuff on The Matrix sequels. He also made some giant fake heads of famous people for some award show.

When I was sorting mail at the post office. I found a letter containing information about blind people addressed to a Mr. S. Bean of Sheffield, so if Sean Bean plays a blind man sometime soon, we've got me to thank for that.

A mate of mine was in "When Saturday Comes" Sean Bean bought him a Mars Bar. He was also around in Ibiza when they filmed that Kevin and Perry movie. He owns a photo of him stood with Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke. Oh yeah, his dad looks like Kurt Russell too.

That's kinda weak really. Very weak in fact.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 12:31am

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Serpent wrote:

Well, my uncle and grandpa are partners in TV Producing, so I was on the set of this special on, at the time, "Modern fads. (Razor scooters, etc.) We went to central park and did the segment about scooters, I watched the host guy, the camera man, and the boom holder. I even got to act in it.

And Artur, thanks fr the topic, it has been a good read so far, I am glad you shared and glad to share. +1.
I had a connection in that show! My grandpa (same as his) asked me a fad to film. I picked Sierra Mist. That didn't work out to well..... confused
Posted: Thu, 3rd Mar 2005, 2:55pm

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Well I went to help a local guy film a show for the TimeWarner Channel here in North Carolina....but that channel has so many inner disputes I doubt it was ever actually played confused ahah oh well. Hey PhLogan where do you live? I thought I heard that One Tree Hill was filmed in Wilmington (I didnt beleive them but hey haha)
Posted: Wed, 9th Mar 2005, 6:17pm

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While I was driving from NJ to CA for my new job, I stopped at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to see how fast the rental van would go (98mhp). I stumbled on a movie set for "The Worlds Fastest Indian". They were to start filming the following week. I met the only person there, a set dresser named Scott Ruly. The movie is a story about a guy from New Zealand who travels to the salt flats to break the world ground speed record on his Indian motorcycle, starring Anthony Hopkins. Too bad I was a week early. Anyway, it is supposed to come out this summer.
Posted: Wed, 9th Mar 2005, 8:21pm

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I haven't had too much exposure. I had a chance to watch a location shoot for Land of the Dead, the Dawn of the Dead sequel. Besides that, I got nothing. Oh! Once I did have a one-on-one conversation with Anthony Daniels. And by one-on-one conversation, I mean I saw him answer questions from a crowd.
Posted: Thu, 10th Mar 2005, 3:37pm

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I recently put some stuff on Ebay & this guy responded who says he was an actor. Been a stand-in for Clive Owen & been in films such as Closer, King Arthur & Derailed. Also, had a part in Agent Cody Banks 2, lol. Sent me a link to his Spotlight profile. Sounds fun.
Posted: Fri, 14th Oct 2005, 1:32am

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Hey, remeber i talked about Slither well heres a picture, and a trailer

EDIT : the picture wasnt working, so ill just link to the site
http://www.chud.com/index.php?type=news&id=4066

http://www.chud.com/video/slither_comic_con_700k.wmv - Windows media player

http://www.chud.com/video/slither_comic_con_700k.mov - quicktime
Posted: Fri, 14th Oct 2005, 1:54am

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Both myself and er-no have spent time on film sets with a fair share of famous people ranging from well known british actors to international stars. Though I can only see me naming them all as being massively pretentious.

It's interesting to observe how many levels there are to even the simplest of shots. I had no idea of how many jobs surround those of people that actually work when the cameras are rolling, the second unit etc etc. I'm not sure it's a field that I want to work in, though in the meantime I'm finding the experiences interesting.

Personally, what I enjoy most about film-making is seeing my own ideas coming to life. Whether that's within special effects or a film idea or storyline. Anyway...

I should make friends with CantaClaro some time and invite myself to his workplace. wink

-Hybrid.

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Posted: Fri, 14th Oct 2005, 2:11am

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I was once on the set of 9News in Denver, Colorado. It was a field trip for the TV News / Media classes at school. Bit of exposition here... the TV News class gave live announcements in the set at our school, and every other week produced two video segments. The Media Productions class was responsible for producing the Video Yearbook for the school, as well as two video segments every other week (filling in the TV News' gaps).

This was also where my disfavor towards Macs came from, but we won't get into that. biggrin

Anyways, due to the nature of both classes being mostly oriented towards the news "mentality," we went to go visit Gary Shapiro and the rest of the 9News crew (I think his name is cool, it's the only one I remembered biggrin). It was incredible - they had just redone their set for HDTV because in HD, you could see all the imperfections in the cheap material they had used beforehand, so their set was literally how it looked. Expensive, too.

They had two weather bluescreens, one inside, one outside. The one inside was the big wall-sized one, the one outside was... just there to show off. biggrin

We went into their "command center" as they called it. This was where all the control guys would go in and operate all of the cool animations and shiz during a live broadcast. We were in the middle of the tour when a 9News employee came in and asked about the "self-destruct" button (I kid you not). It was rather awkward, but funny. They had a sticky note attached to it that said "Do not push : )." Ahh, corporate humor.

Lastly, and most importantly.

T3h cameraz. Standing at a burly 6" tall weighing in at 1500 lbs, 9News owned and operated three remote-controlled cameras each costing approximately $500,000 apiece. One guy in a booth controlled all three of these, and MAN... they moved REALLY swiftly. They had LCD screens right under the camera, and whatever was on the LCD would reflect off of a pane of one-way mirror glass at a 45° angle. This enabled the anchors to read the prompter text, staring at the camera, yet the camera was able to see the anchors due to the one way nature of the glass.

Very. Clever.

Well, that's my story.

PS: We even saw the little camera that backs off and shows you the set biggrin
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I'm glad this was bumped. I am applying for an internship on John Waters next film because my grandpa's wife is friends with one of his main cameramen.

My friend's uncle shot Ladder 4 and My Dog Skip. I might work with him, but John Waters comes first.
Posted: Fri, 14th Oct 2005, 3:01pm

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Damn !! They are always shooting something in my apartment building. 50 cent was there a few months ago shooting a vid just outside the building and some studio was shooting some stuff on wedshesday right in the lobby in front of the elevators. They were still there 4am the following morning making a racket. Nightmare !!
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Lets see...

-Surviving Christmas, with Ben Affleck (when he was Bennifer), was filmed two houses down from my friend's house in Chicago. J-Lo and Ben were walking through his backyard, but he thought it was his neighbors looking for their dog. He opened the window and yelled "Ya need help finding your dog?" and Ben replied "No, were good." and walked away faster.

-When there was a pretty big news story at my old school (Interesting reading here and here) there was a live news report. I ran back and forth behind the news lady yelling loudly (I was nine...).

-The original Home Alone was filmed the street across from my uncle's work.

-My old Social Studies teacher's husband was a cameraman for The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, some indie films, and the TV show Charmed. (He's on a first-name basis with Alyssa Milano hugegrin ) I had a pretty good relationship with him, but they moved to Minnesota. There goes my strongest link to the film/TV/general media production industry... mad
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rogolo wrote:

-When there was a pretty big news story at my old school (Interesting reading here and here) there was a live news report. I ran back and forth behind the news lady yelling loudly (I was nine...).
Hehehe, that's a pretty good story.
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where i live there are a lot of movies and parties. i see them every day. once i saw natalie portman practicly outside my house shooting a movie. also where my dad works the emmy after party was held there. plus the lakers came over once. AND I'M NOT LYING!!!!!! biggrin wink
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i got a quick glimps of people setting up a scene of spiderman 2 on the green screen. I don't think they filmed until a couple of days after, or the day after, or w/e, but they were setting something up. Then, we were rushed to watch wheel of fortune, and it was boring, and I fell asleep.
Posted: Sat, 15th Oct 2005, 11:54am

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Gnome326 wrote:

i got a quick glimps of people setting up a scene of spiderman 2 on the green screen. I don't think they filmed until a couple of days after, or the day after, or w/e, but they were setting something up.

Oh yeah?

Well I saw Sam Raimi... in a picture... a few years ago....
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Frozenpede wrote:

Well I went to help a local guy film a show for the TimeWarner Channel here in North Carolina....but that channel has so many inner disputes I doubt it was ever actually played confused ahah oh well. Hey PhLogan where do you live? I thought I heard that One Tree Hill was filmed in Wilmington (I didnt beleive them but hey haha)
7 months later I finally reply.

Yes, I live in Wilmington. They are shooting One Tree Hill here now, and just started another pilot for a show called Fathom, that if its a hit will be filmed here. I worked as a zombie extra on a mid-budget indie film here called Dead Heist back in May or so. Looked like a cool film, but i was covered in stage dirt and blood and it was raining outside and probably about 40 degrees out for some freak reason and we all had to stand outside and then trample in through a door of a bank and get shot at. It was cool for the first 4 hours...
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Raising a topic from the dead....

Slither came out sort of recently... so, Artur, do you remember any of the scenes that were in the movie? (Did you even see the movie? biggrin )
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well, my afterschool film teacher is patrick hasson, director of the original "WAITING" preaty cool to have a director be ur teacher smile
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I did 3 months on set with Superman Retruns wich was just mind blowing, really learnt alot.

I was/am in the props dept at the the Fox Lot here in Sydney, so i got be slip in and do some extra work .. *gasm*

But thats really the only movie experiances i have had,

Alot of adds and stuff but nothing like that....

I saw* the filming of alot of the Matrix movies as they were shot here aswell, and some of moulin rouge... but i had nothing to do with them.
*Watched filming from the sidelines.

But dude Slither looks sweet, i bet you had monster fun... *gelous* :p very nice work +1