Friday, May 12, 2017
A DIARY LIKE NOTE
Pictured here is 35mm Panavision camera on a dolly sitting on a sled positioned in the end zone of Permian High football field in Odessa, Tx. (very late at night) Shot on film with a point and shoot.
I worked on this rig for the movie Friday Night Lights. One of my jobs was to make sure that the camera ran smoothly when the dolly grip and I pushed and pulled the unit for the shots.
This camera was the B unit, meaning we were shooting a lot of images for the editor to cut away to.
The director of photography on B was Thom Owens. I looked him up this week to see what he was doing and found out he passed away several years ago. He was a nice guy to work with...one of the nicest.
A personal memory was...we wrapped shooting that night just after midnight...there was a heavy drizzle in the air. I was by myself breaking down the rig and saw Thom across the field around the fifty yard line walking towards me and getting pretty wet as the drizzle turned to a light rain. He walked the fifty yards and came up and shook my hand and said thanks for the hard work. Not too many people in this industry do that.
To end on a lighter note.
The A camera is on the right. The green tint in the pictures is due to using daylight corrected film with the sodium vapor (wavelength 589nm) lights of the stadium.
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