Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One Day

This is a book I've just read and really enjoyed. If you are in your 30s or 40s you MAY find yourself portrayed in the book.

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Who is that "best boy" in the credits???

Best Boy

AKA: Assistant Chief Lighting Technician, Best Boy Grip, Best Boy Electric
The chief assistant, usually of the gaffer or key grip. In charge of the people and equipment, scheduling the required quantities for each day's work. The term originates from promoting the crew's 'best boy' to supervising, allowing the gaffer and key grip to stay on set and carry out the cameraman's lighting needs. The origin of the term is from "pre-union" filming days when the line between Grip and Electric departments was less rigid. When the head of either department needed another body temporarily, he'd go to the head of the other department and ask him to "lend me your BEST boy". By default the 2nd in charge of either department came to be known as best-boy. This term may also have been borrowed from early sailing and whaling crews, as sailors were often employed to set up and work rigging in theatres. There are no "best girls" per se; female chief assistants are also called "Best Boys".

Topics for the exam BÁSICO 1

Find here here the topics for the exam in February. Download the file and work on them.

A clapperboard

A clapperboard is a device used in film, television, and advertising production to assist with the process of synchronizing the sound and film recordings. Because sound and film are usually recorded separately, they must be matched carefully during the editing process, or the resulting production will feel slightly off to viewers. When the synchronization is extremely poor, it may become almost comic, but even small discrepancies can be very disorienting for viewers.
There are two components to a clapperboard: the clapper, and a slate. The clapper consists of two pieces of wood or plastic which can be snapped together to make a distinctive clacking noise which is easy to find on the sound recording. By matching the sound of the clack to the physical action on the film, the editor can synchronize the sound and film recordings. Clapperboards are sometimes also given away as mementos of film productions.
The slate is used to record information about the production, including the name of the production, the director, the director of photography, and the scene. The take number and camera angle are also written out on the slate. This information assists people in the editing room, allowing them to quickly know what they are looking at by reading the clapperboard.
Other names for the clapperboard include clapper, clapboard, slate, slate board, sync slate, time slate, sticks, board, and marker.