Sunday, April 25, 2010

Long time coming

 Its been a while since I've posted. Garrison Keillor once said that if you spend a day in a new place you can write a book about it, a week and you can write a page, a month and you can barely write a postcard about it. I'm approaching the postcard stage with Barrow. The work has been physically demanding involving long cold days and skeleton crews. Personally I've been on a journey as well. Being involved with a project like this has given me moments to reflect inward and as a consequence my photographs may not capture the curiosity that abounds in this outpost of civilization. Here are a few anyway. Enjoy.

Monday, April 12, 2010

more day 4

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day 4

1. palm trees in the arctic. they are actually whale baleen.
2. rockin the Steger Mukluks.
3. arctic thugs
4. 35mm film camera

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

more day 3

1. one of us
2. my sound gear was getting frosty
3. a very cool guy named Jay who is a crew member
4. our props dept

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The day started out at -15 not counting the 20+mph windchill. Then it got really cold.

1. our stuff. There was an AK-47 buried in the snow and we finally found it!
2. Sabastian our photographer shooting his feet.
3. My sound cart again. notice the skis!!!
4. Kit, our first AD has the best hat.

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a cold day

1. keeping warm.
2. vast ocean of ice.
3. our only shelter.
4. me looking kind of ragged.

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Day 2 On The Ice

1. riding out to set on a sled towed by a snowmobile. This 8 mile ride was bumpy and bitterly cold.

2. Me and the cart on the frozen arctic ocean.

3. my boom op David Fleming staying warm and looking cool.

4. David with the full 21 feet of pole.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

One day down, 24 to go

Day one of "On the Ice" was challenging. Its always hard to start and my day started out a little rough. I tipped over my sound cart leaving the hotel this morning. Luckily there was no damage. It is so cold however that my digital clapper board (slate) stopped working almost right away. Its working fine in my room. I'll have to build it a blanket. I'm sure the temp was below 0 deg F and we were in it all day. At midnight when we quit it was still like dusk.
I'm really hoping my big car battery that powers all of my stuff has enough juice for a full day on the ice. I'll find out tomorrow!

I'm dozing off so I'll write more tomorrow.

a few day one of filming pics.

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Day one - On The Ice

1. my sound cart on the edge of the arctic ocean. Notice the ski attachment. Nerdy cool.
2. Our first AD Kit. He's as awesome as his hat!
3. We got the camera/sound van stuck. Instead of helping I decided to take a picture.
4. The Panavision 35mm camera on the streets of Barrow.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

more town pictures

1. The AC store which sells a bit of everything. Items are expensive here, like orange juice is $10 for a 1/2 gallon.
2. The playground is frozen over most of the year but it didnt keep me off of it!
3. This is a view of the ice covering the arctic ocean. It borders the town and about a mile out is open water. This is where the polar bears roam.

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