|By Midas on Sunday, October 22, 2000 - 10:11 am: Edit|
Although it's very far from the original topic of this thread, I had to add my wierd celebrity tale. A friend of mine was recently working on the set of 'Moulin Rouge', and she turned up one morning to find Ewan MacGregor sitting on the roof of a car, listening to blaringly loud music on the car stereo with the doors open, drinking whisky.
I guess with that much money, you can do what you like...
|By Michele on Saturday, October 21, 2000 - 09:21 pm: Edit|
afraid i can't help you with this one, sorry podner.
>And, I'd like to hear stories about Rosanne.
keep looking! i'll tell ya, they're not hard to find...
> Did you ever see her eat a whole turkey in one sitting, or whip an iron skillet at
> I had to learn what grips and best boys and stuff were in a film class once,
film class....um......no comment.
> but I have a teflon brain when it comes to information like that
sounds like one of those times that the teflon came in handy, no?
>Somehow, an entire profession of guys who just carry stuff around, who report to
> the head carry-arounder just doesn't compute with me
aw geeze! now i feel bad. i think i need to clarify just how important grips truly are.
they are far more than what you call carry-arounders. when you spend everyday in an environment filled with 1000's of lb. of lights and equipment, in ever changing configurations, literally hanging over your head, you *do* gain an appreciation for the skilled people who keep it from crashing down on yer noggin, of course, mine isn't made of teflon, so, i've got a little more at stake! someone with an office job might be able to fix many of their mistakes with white-out. don't know about you, but, i would be a nervous wreck if, by some small error on my part, i cost someone his life.
all right, i'm done now.
this is the grip forum shutting down for good.
over and out.
|By Don_walsh on Saturday, October 21, 2000 - 09:02 pm: Edit|
I liked "The Prophecy" by the way.
Chris Walken was taught to fast draw by my tech adviser pal Fred Rexer when "Heaven's Gate" was being shot. He then made the mistake of pointing a blank loaded prop pistol at Rexer, who punched him out. Well, that was a long time ago. Maybe Walken is cooler now.
|By Michele on Saturday, October 21, 2000 - 08:10 pm: Edit|
>You did the set decorating on The Prophecy?
>Did you get to hang out with Christopher Walken?
that 's another yep.
no way! nope, not a one! ha! i must say walken is too cool for me to sum up in a post. and the lights are a little bright in here, y'know?...anyway, i'm in new york often enough, buy me a drink and we'll talk, kay? it'd be fun to meet another member of this forum, and a pretty damn interesting one, at that!
|By Anatomist1 on Saturday, October 21, 2000 - 06:55 pm: Edit|
And, I'd like to hear stories about Rosanne. Did you ever see her eat a whole turkey in one sitting, or whip an iron skillet at somebody?
It sounds like the labor in movies is insanely divided. That must be why the big directors often wax nostalgic about shooting their first movie in college with a Super 8 and editing it themself. Funny, even though they often say such things in interviews, you never see them firing their armies of workers and reaching for the hand-held...
I had to learn what grips and best boys and stuff were in a film class once, but I have a teflon brain when it comes to information like that -- I took french for four years and I had difficulty ordering an omlette in Paris. I need to be able to make sense of information - decipher motivations, integrate it in some kind of framework. Somehow, an entire profession of guys who just carry stuff around, who report to the head carry-arounder just doesn't compute with me. Thanks for trying, but I'll probably forget again soon.
I have no explanation or excuse as to why I was too much of a bonehead to click on your website link.
Oh yeah, who I am not: http://www.bromac.com/staff/youth.htm
|By Marc on Saturday, October 21, 2000 - 05:41 pm: Edit|
You did the set decorating on The Prophecy.
Did you get to hang out with Christopher Walken?
|By Michele on Saturday, October 21, 2000 - 04:04 pm: Edit|
at the risk of going way OT here (thankfully, no longer the crime it used to be),
i'll just say i work in film and tv. pix of my work and details can be found on my site,
there's a link to it in my profile. btw, i've seen your artwork - i'm very impressed!
on to the cinemetymological stuff, eh?
for those of you who aren't interested or for some reason offended by what follows,
please substitute every 5th word with either "deva", "segarra", or "libertarian",
-thanks, and enjoy the rest of this post.
Q- What in the hell is a key grip?
A- part 1: a key is simply the department head, the most crucial person. you've probably also seen key make-up and key hair, as well.
part 2:the grip department is responsible for the moving, rigging, set up, and strike off equipment and scenery *while* the company is shooting. that *while* is a big deal, believe me. if a flat (a wall) needs to move before or after crew call, it falls to another entirely different iatse local. during the shoot day, it's about the grips. a dolly grip is the person responsible for moving the camera dolly and working with the camera department, you'd especially notice their work in fluid tracking shots. so to recap, a key grip is the head of the grips, and has nothing to do with carpal tunnel syndrome. or rather, the key is the first person i'd talk with about safely hanging a 400lb iron chandalier for a scene.
Q- And, how do they rise up from the ranks of the lowly non-key grips?
A- same as most jobs, watch and learn from the folks who know something, and then work their way up. ah! but the opposite of key grip isn't *lowly* or *non-key* or even the ever popular on set fave "c'mere ya lowly lackey monkey" no, they are simply grips.
just a note to any grips with a gripe: this is obviously an abbreviated definition,
i *am* aware of this! however i feel it would favorably stand up to most grip authored,
short and sweet descriptions of what a set decorator actually does. at least, of those i've read.
k, gotta say i am very surprised you didn't ask about the gaffer and the best boy. as they're my hands down winners of the tres baffling unt muy mysteriouso job title competition.
hope this helps,
|By Chrysippvs on Friday, October 20, 2000 - 11:14 pm: Edit|
Looks like some nice spoon holders although one of the fountains dome is cracked and the other one is not for absinthe..it is pastis period..
I have seen this site before but I didn't know the items were for sale...
|By Anatomist1 on Friday, October 20, 2000 - 10:54 pm: Edit|
What sets do you decorate?
If you're in movies, maybe you could clear up one of the great mysteries of the universe. What in the hell is a key grip? And, how do they rise up from the ranks of the lowly non-key grips?
|By Michele on Friday, October 20, 2000 - 08:35 pm: Edit|
thanks for the link! mmmmmm..... that's some luscious bistro-porn, that is!
|By Melinelly on Friday, October 20, 2000 - 07:05 pm: Edit|
i was reading a copy of wine spectator at work the other day and came across an article on a business in France dealing with antique bar and bistro furniture and barware. i just checked out their site, and it looks awesome.
note: this is not for the occasional spoon/glass collector or someone who wants a simple absinthe set. i guess for now we stick with eBay and the usual contacts here.
if you've got money, this looks like the place for you hehe. as far as absinthe goes, they had two sets pictured:
1. absinthe fountain with two spigots, spoon holder
2. absinthe fountain, two pitchers, a stand for the pitchers, a set of spoons, and something that looks like a vase... probably a spoonholder or something.
they also had some BEAUTIFUL vintage BARS from the 20s and 30s. some AWESOME art deco woodwork!
here's the website:
i can only dream of affording their services, i'm sure... but it's a nice site for looking at some beautifully crafted bar/bistro fare.
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