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#1 Glen Alexander

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 12:23 AM

No one has posted so I will, Paramount Studios is closing the camera department in early January. They were the last studio camera dept.

I'm glad and very proud to say that my VV film was and is one the last, short or long format, to be shot in association with the Paramount Camera Dept. You can still rent other VV gear and cameras from other places but not from Paramount. I am happy to least lay claim to the heritage of VV. When you walk in and see an old, massive, VV cameras with blimp or 'elephant ears', that Hitchcock, Brando, or CB could have used on their films, it is a different feeling than walking into a typical rental shop.

My film would not have been possible without Marianne and Rudy who took me in and let me have a home away from home on the lot.

Edited by Glen Alexander, 16 November 2008 - 12:25 AM.

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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 02:17 AM

Any idea why they're closing up? I wonder if they couldn't compete or just didn't care to.
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#3 Glen Alexander

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 03:38 AM

Any idea why they're closing up? I wonder if they couldn't compete or just didn't care to.


Paramount seems to be getting out of production and converting to production facilities like Raleigh across the street They are tearing down old buildings and putting up more production offices so they can charge 5k/month for a small closet office up to 10 to 40k/month for larger space. Since Dreamworks bailed, they have been trying to fill a big hole.
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#4 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 02:14 AM

SAD. I wonder what they are doing with the camera equipment . . .
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#5 Glen Alexander

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 02:36 PM

SAD. I wonder what they are doing with the camera equipment . . .



Some is going to a local archives/museum, the rest will go out for bids/auction. Probably end up at a place like Visual Products or some SFX houses.
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