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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:42 AM

http://cgi.ebay.com/...id=p3286.c0.m14

This is an Arri Panavision mount that was supposably used on the The Astronaut Farmer. I would imagine Mr. Mullen would know if it was used on it. I'm just curious as a lot of times Ebay ads "exaggerate" their merchandises pedigree, BUT because it is a PV mount and Farmer was a relatively low budget film that might have used an older Arri, it is possible this camera could have been on the set. Anyone know, again, just outta curiosity as I can't afford it right now but It might be a good deal for someone. B)

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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 07:07 AM

He's relisted the camera because it didn't sell the last time. When it was first listed I contacted David Mullen (because once, after shooting with that camera I believe, he said that if he would ever own a camera, it would be an Arriflex 35 IIC like that one). Anyway, I contacted him and he confirmed that yes it is the camera they used for B-Roll and pick up shots on Astronaut Farmer.

So here's someone's chance to own a piece of filmmaking history.

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#3 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 09:28 AM

I think if I wanted to own a piece of cinematic camera history, it would be something like the Citizen Kane camera or Gone With the Wind or maybe even Star Wars! :)
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Posted 30 August 2009 - 09:52 AM

I think if I wanted to own a piece of cinematic camera history, it would be something like the Citizen Kane camera or Gone With the Wind or maybe even Star Wars! :)


I've got the motorized gear head that was used to do the moco FX shots on the original Star Wars. According to Ken Stone, it was one of two that did all the shots that look like big ships flying past the camera. One of the local fellows in town has bragged to people in bars that he's going to steal it. Needless to say, he's not a Trekkie.
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#5 Tim Carroll

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:07 AM

I think if I wanted to own a piece of cinematic camera history, it would be something like the Citizen Kane camera or Gone With the Wind or maybe even Star Wars! :)


That's where we're different. I would rather have (if I didn't already own a IIC) something from a production that was DP'd by someone I know and have conversed with for years, and a production that I was able to follow from beginning to end by reading David's production diary. That means something to me because I feel at some level I know the people involved and I followed their journey on this project.

Maybe you're more networked than I, but I know no one who was involved on Citizen Kane, Gone With The Wind, or Star Wars (well actually I do know and have worked with Frank Oz, when I was with the Muppets).

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#6 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 10:23 AM

It's a good camera and we got some cool shots with it.
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#7 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:04 AM

My step printer was used on Star Trek TOS and one of my KEM flatbeds was used on The Producers (musical) or so I was told. I suppose people would probably be surprised at what their equipment was used on if they knew. it's kinda cool to know you are somehow connected to a great, rich history and tradition and are carrying that awe inspiring legacy on through your own modest contribution, putting to good use the same tools the greats used. It kinda does give you that "Standing on the shoulders of giants" feeling. :D
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:23 AM

It's a good camera and we got some cool shots with it.


My step printer was used on Star Trek TOS and one of my KEM flatbeds was used on The Producers (musical) or so I was told. I suppose people would probably be surprised at what their equipment was used on if they knew. it's kinda cool to know you are somehow connected to a great, rich history and tradition and are carrying that awe inspiring legacy on through your own modest contribution, putting to good use the same tools the greats used. It kinda does give you that "Standing on the shoulders of giants" feeling. :D


While, from a collector's standpoint, I can understand why owning a piece of equipment used in a certain favorite production would make a conversation piece even more interesting, I would not want to buy this camera.

A camera is a tool, and having some sort of sentimental bond to it would ultimately interfere with my ability to use said tool.

Cameras have been dropped off of buildings, crashed in cars, run over on train tracks, and fallen into giant vats of synthetic chocolate.

Granted, this shouldn't be the rule, rather the exception. But this can happen to a camera whenever it comes out of its case.

So I wouldnt' want to work with a "famous" camera unless I had to (say an F/0.7 lens) because it would, to some extent, interfere with my ability to use it in adverse situations.
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#9 Hal Smith

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:49 PM

So I wouldnt' want to work with a "famous" camera unless I had to (say an F/0.7 lens) because it would, to some extent, interfere with my ability to use it in adverse situations.


I wouldn't rate an Axel Broda maintained PV/PL mount IIC as a hanger queen. Particularly since it was used as recently as "The Astronaut Farmer" by either David or his 2nd unit DP with good results.

(Def: Hanger Queen: An aircraft that's always sitting in the corner of the hanger, never in the air, because there's always something wrong with it.)
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 09:06 PM

It's a good camera and we got some cool shots with it.




Hi David, hope that you're doing well.

Why would the IIC be the camera to own if you were to own one camera? Speaking of which, I see them
for sale from time to time at decent prices. I would love to have one. If I ever did pick one up, and could start off
with one lens only for a while, what lens would you recommend? Is there a particular zoom for that camera that would be the
best lens to look for to use as a v. prime for a time?


As far as sentiment about cameras, I have a pretty good collection of cameras that I have picked up because they mean
something to me. Most of them I have got really inexpensively because I have bought them in nonworking but good cosmetic
shape. Most are film cameras but I came across a JVC three tube camera a couple weeks ago of the type that I used 20 years
ago. I have no desire to use a tube camera now but it's a blast to have. It's bright orange and it reminds me of fun times and
I enjoy having it, plus it's a good 80s prop. For that kind of fun, it was worth 25 bucks to me.


If I could have one thing that appeared in a movie (going way off thread here I guess) it would be the '32 Ford
from "American Graffitti".
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#11 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:12 AM

The Arri-2C is a good MOS camera, but it's not meant for sound shooting. I don't know if Theo is selling it with the crystal sync motor or not, or just a constant speed motor.

I'd probably look for a small set of primes for it.
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#12 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:17 AM

The Arri-2C is a good MOS camera, but it's not meant for sound shooting. I don't know if Theo is selling it with the crystal sync motor or not, or just a constant speed motor.

I'd probably look for a small set of primes for it.



Thank you, I greatly appreciate the advice. If I do come across a really good deal; I'm going to start putting a lot of
short ends to good use!
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#13 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 02:17 AM

If I could have one thing that appeared in a movie (going way off thread here I guess) it would be the '32 Ford
from "American Graffitti".


:lol: My brother built one, an almost exact replica while working for Don Davis Race Cars. http://www.dondavisracecars.com/ It came out great. He ended up selling it to open a place in Ruidoso New Mexico called Hot Rod Dreams. My OTHER brother built a 32 convertible which He still owns. I, however never had one. Best I can boast is a bad ass little disco vette I put togethe a couple of years ago, not really the same thing though, :D

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#14 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 07:49 AM

:lol: My brother built one, an almost exact replica while working for Don Davis Race Cars. http://www.dondavisracecars.com/ It came out great. He ended up selling it to open a place in Ruidoso New Mexico called Hot Rod Dreams. My OTHER brother built a 32 convertible which He still owns. I, however never had one. Best I can boast is a bad ass little disco vette I put togethe a couple of years ago, not really the same thing though, :D



Cool link, thanks. All great cars. Any of them make it into one of your productions?
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:35 PM

Hi David, hope that you're doing well.

Why would the IIC be the camera to own if you were to own one camera? Speaking of which, I see them
for sale from time to time at decent prices. I would love to have one. If I ever did pick one up, and could start off
with one lens only for a while, what lens would you recommend? Is there a particular zoom for that camera that would be the
best lens to look for to use as a v. prime for a time?


As far as sentiment about cameras, I have a pretty good collection of cameras that I have picked up because they mean
something to me. Most of them I have got really inexpensively because I have bought them in nonworking but good cosmetic
shape. Most are film cameras but I came across a JVC three tube camera a couple weeks ago of the type that I used 20 years
ago. I have no desire to use a tube camera now but it's a blast to have. It's bright orange and it reminds me of fun times and
I enjoy having it, plus it's a good 80s prop. For that kind of fun, it was worth 25 bucks to me.


If I could have one thing that appeared in a movie (going way off thread here I guess) it would be the '32 Ford
from "American Graffitti".


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#16 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 11:30 PM

Cool link, thanks. All great cars. Any of them make it into one of your productions?

Not yet, but I do have a script based on my brother's experienced in bracket drag racing that would be perfect for featuring them. BTW, that shop is in the same complex as my studio :D In fact, I'm gonna have Russell, the guy running it now, help me fabricate a hostess tray camera mount and an adapter for mating my Kinor 35H base-plate with my Aranda 35C Rotovision. His exact quote was "We build $100,000 dollar race cars, I think we can build an adapter for you." It is a very cool place. B)

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#17 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:01 AM

Not yet, but I do have a script based on my brother's experienced in bracket drag racing that would be perfect for featuring them. BTW, that shop is in the same complex as my studio :D In fact, I'm gonna have Russell, the guy running it now, help me fabricate a hostess tray camera mount and an adapter for mating my Kinor 35H base-plate with my Aranda 35C Rotovision. His exact quote was "We build $100,000 dollar race cars, I think we can build an adapter for you." It is a very cool place. B)



Your script sounds great. We have New England Dragway in Eoping, N.H. and I've shot up there many
times. Bracket racing levels the field for a lot of people without endless $ but with great skills and passion.
We need more good drag racing movies!
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:58 AM

Yeah, it is kinda a cool idea, even if I do say so myself. Probably take a little more money than I can get ahold of at this point. One thing, we do have a track that is not operating right now, I could probably get for a song. Gotta get Blood Moon Rising financed first though. B)
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:23 PM

HA. I mention this idea to Russell today, he though the idea was pretty cool. I'm fairly certain their cooperation would be a given. The really great thing is these cars are incredibly well built and absolutely beautiful. They would add a lot of production value to this kind of project. B)
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#20 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:52 PM

Yeah, it is kinda a cool idea, even if I do say so myself. Probably take a little more money than I can get ahold of at this point. One thing, we do have a track that is not operating right now, I could probably get for a song. Gotta get Blood Moon Rising financed first though. B)




Talked for an hour tonight with a guy in Dunkin' Donuts parking lot driving a steel body (not a kit) '32 5 window Ford Coupe. He said
that that guy who made "American Graffitti" got it exactly right; that things were exactly like that. I've heard that from lots of people.

It's funny. "American Graffitti was actually a fairly low budgeted studio picture that got made because Francis Coppola agreed to work
as line producer and make sure that it came in on budget. It did come in on time and on budget although it was a grueling shoot. For
a while it was the most profitable movie made in terms of production dollars spent vs. box office dollars.

We talked about how the movie still holds up and also how much we both detest "The Fast and the Furious" which could have been great
if it left out all the stupid hijacking stuff and told a story about the racers. There is an audience for a good car movie I'm sure.
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