• I made it to the #phootcamp reunion! (Who were the other eyeballs??) miss you guys big time. (at The Pink Motel)

  • DGA Question #1


    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. 

  • 35 was pretty great.

    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, ClockworkDream Corp. LLCSmith and Cult NailsDirty 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 NetflixKidz 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.

  • danieldanielblog:

    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.

  • mrbellek:

    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." 

  • ryanschude:

    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…