Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ripley- Believe It Or Not

Upon precious few occasions in a lifetime, a man gets an unintended brush with greatness. On a day like any other, a dream is suddenly realized, a destiny fulfilled, an existence validated. On Friday, January 15th, 2010, Rosey Media shooter/camera tech/ interweb geek and all around great guy Don Downie had just such an experience.

The Rosey Media crew was into the second day of shooting "Laser Cats 5" . . .which goes a little somethin' like this:

As gigs go, Don had actually gotten the short end of the stick on this one. Thursday, during the first night of shooting, John Rosenblatt, Sound Guru Dan Walter, and Brian Townes had filmed sequences with the one and only director James Cameron and Saturday Night Live EP Lorne Michaels for the week's Short. Come Friday morning, however, the producing and directing deities had left the building, the crew had flipped, and Don had been called in for a 7:30am start with "Soundman Rich" Ahlert and the rest of the SNL gang.

Don spent the day providing AC and technical support to Digital Short Director Johnathan Krisel. Any day spent working with Sigourney Weaver is kind of red letter- but the shoot became truly memorable when, in a pivotal moment, Don took up the camera himself to effectively and yet tenderly shoot. . . Sigourney blowing chunks on Bill Hader.

Remember the first time you saw Alien? Aliens? That Prison Planet One??!? The one where Winona Ryder played a really lame android??!!?

Sigourney. Blowing chunks. Like in Alien. And Don got to shoot it.

If you don't get it- well, you probably had some kind of social life in high school. We thought it was pretty cool,though.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rosey Shoots The Increasingly Complex Mr. MacGruber

From Thursday night into the wee hours of Friday morning, January 7th-8th, Rosey Media helped SNL kick off the Spring 2010 half of their 35th season by shooting the latest installment of the ever-popular MacGruber series.

The three skits were directed by Jorma Taccone, with the creative help of John Solomon. John Rosenblatt acted as Director of Photography. Spearheading the crew were camera aces John Belinski and Don Downie, as well as audio savant Dan Walter. DP Aaron Phillips was also on hand to lend his support and usher in this latest incarnation of the increasingly complex social enigma that is. . .MacGruber.

Check it out:

We at Rosey Media are never adverse to an all-nighter, and we look forward to seeing the newly racially-sensitive MacGruber on a slightly larger screen later this year.