Worked at Industrial Light & Magic in the first half of 2007 for the third Pirates of the Caribbean film. Although ILM is essentially a glorified assembly line for artists, being a member of their team is a very special experience. Their gorgeous Letterman facility is basically a film history museum, and of course their work has always and will always speak for itself. What actually impresses me the most about ILM is the way they allocate their mass resources and keep all their assets organized. Really goes to show how a facility can output nearly 700 shots in under 5 months while still maintaining the highest quality possible.
During my tenure also happened to be when John Knoll and the rest of the team from the second Pirates of the Caribbean received ILM's first "Best Visual Effects" Academy Award in 13 years since Forrest Gump in 1994. Spirits were very high to get another little gold guy back in house added to the expansive collection.
I also served as a Director of Photography on an independent film an industry colleague was directing. Which was to be shot on the Panasonic HVX-200 with Redrock M2 adapter. Check out these selects from my testing to get a feel for the encouraging depth of field capabilities of the M2 with dSLR lenses mounted. In true indy film making style, the production involved improvising much of the shoots hardware.Take a look at the ladder dolly built using your standard hardware store items.