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#41 Glen Alexander

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 05:17 PM

Why isn't it mandatory that everyone have read AND understood Ron Dexter's site before posting?

http://www.rondexter.com
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#42 Richard Boddington

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 07:01 PM

Why isn't it mandatory that everyone have read AND understood Ron Dexter's site before posting?

http://www.rondexter.com


Wow 2-3 months of reading right there!

Maybe you have a point, only people with proven professional credentials can post?

R,
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#43 Hal Smith

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 07:57 PM

Maybe you have a point, only people with proven professional credentials can post?

No, just a proven professional attitude (as opposed to our thread-initiator). You can have a professional attitude, work habits, etc. and still be a rank beginner (I guess that's the definition of a killer PA, no?).
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#44 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:38 PM

I'd settle for basic manners at this point.
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#45 Fran Kuhn

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 11:27 PM

Plus I think modern sets are bloated and actors are losers for the most part. I wanna beat ,really beat, alot of them into the ground.
I know this sounds dark,violent and "bad attitudey" but I could care less. I'm gonna step up on the backs of these people.


Hi Niki,

Well, yours is an interesting outlook on filmaking, I'll give you that. But you're a little late to the party:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overnight

Good luck!

-Fran

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#46 Nate Downes

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:34 AM

So apt, so apt!
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#47 Glen Alexander

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 09:11 AM

Wow 2-3 months of reading right there!

Maybe you have a point, only people with proven professional credentials can post?

R,


Didn't imply that, but I always wonder by that site first before posting a question. If you read everything and understand everything there, you probably wouldn't need to post. :lol: But lots of good tips about SET ETIQUETTE, unions, gear, real practical. I like that image of a cinematographer on that monster tripod with an old BL 1 or 3??? To me, a real pro, a cinematographer does what it takes for the shot with not a lot of fancy gear just camera, film, lens and great perspective.

I'd like to see the original poster Niki Mundo blow up at someone from Local 399.... that's the Teamsters.

Edited by Glen Alexander, 05 May 2008 - 09:12 AM.

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#48 Fran Kuhn

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 11:22 AM

So apt, so apt!


Hi Nate,

Yeah, I had the feeling I'd seen Niki's story before, then I remembered watching Troy Duffy self-destruct in the documentary Overnight.

What's really sad is to think that Niki's trying hard be the biggest azz in Los Angeles and--compared to Troy--he's not even good at that!

Niki--you're just going to have to try harder. :rolleyes:

-Fran
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#49 Jamie Lewis

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:25 PM

but I could care less.


It's I COULDN'T care less, not could care less.
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#50 John Holland

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:55 PM

I am sure this Niki is a female everyone !!
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#51 Fran Kuhn

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 01:22 PM

I am sure this Niki is a female everyone !!


Then I stand corrected: She will have to try harder! :rolleyes:;)

-Fran
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#52 Greg Traw

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 06:09 PM

One criticism of the 'working your way up from the bottom' philosophy is people who excel in managerial positions often get stuck in technical work and aren't able to rise above it because it isn't where their aptitudes are...

A criticism of that philosophy is often I've worked for directors/producers (mostly first time) who have neither the managerial skills or the technical skills. Once again validating the statement others have made: If you have the cash; you can have the "dream." Unfortunately, others suffer because of it... But, then again a good day rate, catering and lodging will keep my mouth shut for months on end.

I think we all know a director can be the most helpful, inspiring person on a production or the most useless...

I think Nikki fits into the latter category. Good for us she doesn't have the cash. :D

...And I think you can blame a bored, frustrated individual's need for drama in their life as to the posts and threads she's originated here.

I actually feel guilty for taking part in them.... maybe I'm bored too? :unsure:
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#53 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:20 PM

One criticism of the 'working your way up from the bottom' philosophy is people who excel in managerial positions often get stuck in technical work and aren't able to rise above it because it isn't where their aptitudes are...


One can argue that whoever has talent can rise as fast as his or her drive allows. This IS a meritocracy after all. If someone makes just one short that gets all the attention, that may be all its needed, or not. Of course, this short has to get seen by the right people and so on, but the opportunity is there for anyone to climb to the top as fast as their talent lets them. The harder one tries, the likelier it will be to hit pay dirt. But one still has to work the system and not "want to beat people down" as our infamous Niki would.

I know a bunch of older great camera assistants who are embittered when they find themselves having never made the transition to camera operators or DP's. Well, one could argue that if they don't have the drive to shoot their own stuff and pass it around, no one is going to want to lose an otherwise great 1st AC, as scarce as they can be! :P

Nothing ever beat some good up-man-ship, except when accompanied by over sized ego and overly ambitious and arrogant attitude.

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 05 May 2008 - 07:23 PM.

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#54 Nate Downes

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 10:02 PM

Hi Nate,

Yeah, I had the feeling I'd seen Niki's story before, then I remembered watching Troy Duffy self-destruct in the documentary Overnight.

What's really sad is to think that Niki's trying hard be the biggest azz in Los Angeles and--compared to Troy--he's not even good at that!

Niki--you're just going to have to try harder. :rolleyes:

-Fran

I've run across quite a few "Niki's" in my day. I think we all have. I used to try and help them understand, now I just ignore them. Altho who am I to say anything, I get 1 job a year, so hardly an expert on anything.
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#55 Alex Ellerman

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 10:17 AM

nikki, re: how do you get an agent

if you have to ask... it's not gonna happen.
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#56 Enrique Lombana

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 08:48 AM

This is word from the english language that we should never forget. It's a word that will always come around no matter what and won't stop for anything until what it's intended to do is settled. It is usually the last sign post an intelligent person would see before wanting to shoot their mouth off, or worse. It is a word to never be forgotten.

Below is the word and the #1 definition from dictionary.com

con¬∑se¬∑quences(s) /ˈkɒnsɪˌkwɛns,

1. the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier: The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.

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#57 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 12:33 AM

I am shocked that a thread titled "I can't screw 'cause I'm not erect" would get on a classy site like Cine.com, just shocked....

Hula
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#58 Billy Furnett

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:49 AM

With skill, time, networking and good judgment out of the mix, the path seems clear,
direct porn while dealing weed to the highest ranking members on non porn film sets, let them call you.
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#59 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:23 PM

I think what confuses me the most is Niki's desire to treat a crew/cast badly and "throw her weight around." Being a struggling Director who finances all his own projects, I am extremely grateful of the people who work with me for little or no money in some cases. Obviously a Director may need to keep certain people "on track" but this is usually only needed when dealing with people who are new to the industry and may not understand set ettiquette or the direction that the project is going. If I went around being like Niki, I wouldn't have anyone working with me. I have found that when you show kindness to those that work with you (not FOR you), and you give them the respect to do their thing the way THEY do it (too many inexperienced Directors try to control everything when they should colloborate), not to mention feeding your people too, they can work exceptionally hard and do great work even for almost no money. Niki needs to make a few shorts on her own dollar to understand just why you SHOULDN'T be like how she wants to be.

Sorry for the run-on sentences.
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