icopythat said: If I join the DGA in the 3rd area can I work non union gigs in LA? I assume not, but how else would I get the days for the southern California qualification?
No, once you join the union, you can’t take non union gigs anywhere. And if you tried and they found out, the fines are pretty steep. But here’s another caveat they don’t tell you. There’s joining the DGA, and then there’s the QL list. You can join the DGA. If a show flips, if youapply and get accepted. But the only thing that allows you to take work, is getting on the Qualification list.
You have to meet the requirements, turn in your work, and then wait to be accepted and pay dues. AND THEN you are allowed to work in the area they place you in. A few people who joined when a show flipped that they were on actively can not work because they don’t meet even the 3rd area QL requirements.
How do you get your days if you live in LA? Easy. You have to move outside California and work in a 3rd area until you have your days, or collect PA days until you qualify for 1st area. There’s a running joke about how many PAs in LA actually have their DGA cards and are just waiting until they find a 3rd area job to take so they can earn the right to work at home.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading into the Basic Agreement to try and be able to do the jobs I want. It is not easy, mostly if you do it the unconventional way of being a 1st AD (non-union) to become a DGA 1st AD rather than work up the way that they want you to, from PA to 2nd to 1st.
Two photos I love for reasons beyond me,
Joshua Tree, California — September 2014
I am proposing the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections, banning paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.
I had a very good year. I got engaged, a home, a dog, became an uncle, and collaborated with fantastic people. Thank you to everyone who was a part of my year.
Some highlights: (silly Tumblr won’t let me post all the videos)
Memory 2.0, Went to India and Hong Kong, put The Gold Sparrow online, Clockwork, Dream Corp. LLC, Smith and Cult Nails, Dirty Vibe, made a feature film in Maine - Night of the Living Deb, Wedding in NJ, Mikky Ekko, MN State Fair, Nickelodeon Commercial, Phoot Camp, NJ Shore, NYC visits, Upstate NY weddings, Clean Bandit, Mom’s Birthday in MN, Metronomy Shoot, Daily Show Segment, Mad Men shoot, Ran a Half Marathon, Bitter, Halloween, Aloe Blacc, We Cause Scenes on Netflix, Kidz Bop Shoot, Thanksgiving uncle times, The Voice music video, Christmas Travels, New Years in Santa Barbara, “The Casino” Job, Wow! Ultra commercials, and a Brandon Flowers video.
I have big plans for 36.
“The first twelve years are the worst” is the first of Anne Enright’s Ten Rules For Writing Fiction, a series that was published in The Guardian in 2010. I was 32 when I read that particular rule and I had been writing fiction for about eight years. I remember thinking: I have four more years…
Our new film:
Interesting Ball (12 min) - dir. DANIELS
A red ball bounces past a cafe and a couple folks’ houses and then goes to the beach.
Good one. Lots of folks I know worked on this.
Hollywood Entertainment Breaking News
I’ve publicly said very little about Sarah Jones, but I’ve been thinking about her and what led up to her death a great deal. (I almost said “accident,” but I do not believe it was an accident)
From the point of view of a 1st Assistant Director I am sick to my stomach when I read about all of the lack of safety leading up to the event. Within the article they mention people who are redacted in the report, which may or may not be the 1st AD and/or the 2nd AD, but either way it is rough. (The 1st AD is charged with involuntary manslaughter)
Some pertinent quotes:
“According to the report, “A lead employee (not named) who has safety and health responsibility on the set was forwarded the CSX email and did not tell the employees who work under her or any other ‘crew members’ about the CSX email” denying permission to be on the tracks.”
“one day before the accident — an individual (whose name was redacted in the report) asked Sedrish if he wanted the safety bulletin on the railroad attached to the call sheet and Sedrish “said a resounding “NO, No, No, No. It looks good, send it.””
“Those with knowledge of the shoot told Deadline previously that there was no on-set medic present on the first day of filming and that no safety meetings had been held before the crew went onto the tracks.”…“One unidentified crew member said that “no employees were specifically assigned to watch for trains. Some employees were assigned to watch for automobiles and people walking through the area, so that they would not be picked up on film, and if they did see a train they would tell the film crew.””
I am about to go through the 182 page document as a case study in what not to do in my job. If anything, this tragedy has made me even more conscience of safety issues, and I strive to make my sets safer.
And one last thing, OSHA sent this letter to Sarah’s parents, which would have been a bit better had they not called her their “son”. Perhaps they should have proof read it?
Walking in NYC as a woman
“People often say that same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 60s. But in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years.”
I love the mouse over text on XKCD, it often makes me go, “oh, wow."
Chad Nicholson- Guardian of the sunrise
Phoot Camp 2014
I’m pretty sure I remember this.
www.peoplevsplaces.tumblr.com Baby Chad
You Don’t Tell Buster Keaton He Can’t Do A Stunt
Well, I could never have imagined how much foreshadowing was going into this group shot from Phoot Camp when I submitted my application photo. As an unstated rule, my mystical tendencies are all but non-existent so I am still unsure what to make of everything but there certainly was a force outside myself controlling this outcome. Integratron related, consciousness infiltration?
Eternal gratefulness abounds to each and every CAMPER who have become the lights of my life, fires in my belly, and spirits of my soul. I wish I could see your face as it explores the amazing photos this talented bunch has produced, prepare to fall deep into a rabbit hole of kick-buttness. Their work has proven once again a testament to the importance of this historical moment in the evolution of photographic collectivity as we know it. You really gotta hand it to our founder and fairy godmother, Laura Brunow Miner, for her supernatural ability in creating an environment of inspirational bliss and human engagement.
We couldn’t have done it without the generous help from Squarespace whose contribution placed us in the protective womb that is the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Also, Vanessa Gonzalez who created our fantastic wardrobe, PIX rentals for the equipment, NATIVE shoes for protecting our feet and Gloss Post Production for putting the finishing touches of magic that brought this image to another world. Lastly, this boat wouldn’t a floated without the tireless admin efforts from Matthew Mahon, Garrett Cornelison, Chad Nicholson and Kathryn Tomajan, you are all the bees knees. Breathe…
Chad Nicholson - Salvation Mountain, California
Plot: We meet people who are happy with how good the internet has been to them. Then, we learn that the FCC might allow internet service providers to turn the internet into a dystopian plutocracy. It is up to you to save these people, and the entire internet, by visiting tumblr.com/stop and asking the FCC to take a firm stand on net neutrality. Feat. Mark Ruffalo.
I tried calling, it just rang for minutes. I’ll try again
Every Wednesday night during editing, Paul Thomas Anderson and company would have just steak and straight vodka for dinner to keep in the mentality of Daniel Plainview.
There Will Be Blood (2007)