Cool: NY Film Crew shooting episode of Elementary
Photo by: Peter Burka (flickr.com/photos/pburka/25761984710)
So much has been said of the "perks" included in being a part of any one of Michael Landon's projects. We'd like to share this post with permission from Rick Farris on Facebook!
What was it like working with Michael Landon?
"Little House on the Prairie" & "Highway to Heaven" . . .
The most important thing of all is how he treated us every day. Michael would arrive on set in the morning with his Producer & best friend, Kent McCray.
He'd almost always start the day with a joke, or funny story.
We used to shoot every scene in one take. Not only was Mike & co-stars prepared, but also the guest stars who were often well-known veteran actors such as Dick Van Dyke, Leslie Nielson, Eli Wallach, etc. His guest stars were also pros who could do things in one-shot, then we'd move on.
We were paid "over union scale" for 12 hours a day (4 hours of OT), but we rarely worked eight hours. Mike also did very little night work during a season, as he wanted us all to be home from work by dinner time, so we could enjoy our families, which is very rare in the filmmaking world.
If he knew a crew member had a personal issue, he would often approach us privately and let them know if he could help in anyway, to be sure to let him know.
He would promote within his ranks. I knew a set medic who became a cameraman, somebody who worked in his office became an assistant director, and many more experienced the same rise in responsibility.
He'd rent set lighting equipment from the chief lighting tech and even use his signature to purchase new equipment which would be paid for out of future rental fees.
At the end of every season Producer Kent McCray would walk up to each of us individually, shake our hands and say: "Thank You". He'd also hand us an envelope with a very large bonus check that would equal a month's pay.
He wanted us all to succeed, he was kind and had a heart! He also was no-push over, he'd stand up to anybody.
Just a few little things that were very big things to those of us who had the luck to be a part of his crew.
The financial perks were legend, however, his treatment of those he depended on were unequaled in the history of filmmaking.
We were blessed, he was our angel!
-Rick Farris/Lighting Tech
Holiday greetings from the DS9 Art Department: Jim Martin did these delightful caricatures of our team during the show's first season, way back in 1993. Jim was our production assistant during our early seasons. That's an entry-level position, involving a lot of tedious (but important) things like delivering blueprints, making coffee, and answering phones. Jim persevered patiently, and eventually an opportunity came up for him to win a coveted promotion to junior illustrator. Naturally, our boss, Herman Zimmerman, recognized Jim's talents. His work on DS9 included numerous props and spaceships, including the Starship Defiant. Jim has since lent his skills to many feature films. But I'm proud to say that he got his start with us. (Denise loves that Jim drew our dog, Molly, in her lap!)
Andy Armstrong Stunt Coordinator, G.A. Aguilar, Danny Aiello III, Gary Baxley, Dana Bertolette, Simone Boisseree, Eddie Braun, Peter Bucossi, Richard E. Butler, Hank Calia, Frank P. Calzavara, Rudy J. Calzavara, Kenneth Cervi, Erik Cord, Leon Delaney, Richard Drown, Donna Evans, Eddie J. Fernandez, Frank Ferrara, James Fierro, George Fisher, Tanner Gill, Mark Ginther, Stefan Gudju, John Hackett, Mark Harper, Jery Hewitt, Robert Jauregui, Jeff Jensen, Sean Kelly, Steven Lambert, Rick LeFevour, Stacy Logan, Edward Lynch, Gary Maas, Daniel Maldonado, Mike H. McGaughy, Bob Orrison, Peewee Piemonte, Randy Popplewell, Chere Rae, Jimmy N. Roberts, Walter Robles, Moris Santia, Paul E. Short, Packy Smith, Mark Stefanich, Bob Terhune, Steve Vandeman, Michael M. Vendrell, James Waters, Rich Wilkie, Jerry Wills, Raliegh Wilson
Season 1 Camera Crew. On the first episode before the studio audience they showed the pilot. It made me so nervous because it was so good, I just didn't want to be the guy to screw it up! What an unbelievable 9 years and over 200 episodes I spent on Two and a Half Men. Congratulations to the most successful camera crew in Multi-Camera history!
Anger Management with Lex Passaris, Shawnee Smith, Hunt Hibler, David Caplan, Ron Moseley, Bruce Helford, Shan Kelly, Charlie Sheen, Steve Schuneman, Bob Kushell, Edward L Moskowitz, Jonathan Avedon, Butch Inglese, Dennis Jacobs, Terri Prizant, Steve Zuckerman and Ellen Rosoff
Crew Photo from: Wu Xia 2 the Code (2019)
IN OUR future, one simple breath could mean life or death. As we search for a solution, pollution engulfs our world. If we don't find an answer fast, all living things shall perish.
Director: Johnny K. Wu (as Johnny Wu)
Writers: Linda Robertson (writing consultant), Johnny K. Wu (story) (as Johnny Wu)
Stars: Ben Zgorecki, Crystle Paynther Collins, Keith Collins II
A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.
Creator: Matthew Weiner
Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Womanizing Will lives a carefree bachelor life on a Christmas song's royalties - until 11 y.o. Marcus and his cute mom Fiona move in next door. Will provides an escape for Marcus from his vegan, hippie, uncool, depressed mom.
Creator: Jason Katims
Stars: David Walton, Benjamin Stockham, Al Madrigal
A Texas Steer (1927)
Laconic cowboy Maverick Brander just happens to be a very wealthy rancher, but the money doesn't really mean that much to him. The same can't be said for his social-climbing wife and his man-crazy daughter Bossy. HIs wife, with the help of some political bosses, helps Maverick get elected to Congress, where he manages to get in all sorts of trouble, including getting blackmailed by opponents of a bill he's trying to get passed. ~ bio by: email@example.com
Director: Richard Wallace
Writers: Garrett Graham (titles), Bernard McConville
Stars: Will Rogers, Louise Fazenda, Sam Hardy, Ann Rork, Douglas Fairbanks. Jr.
Photo courtesy of "The Richard Wallace Estate
"The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack."
Director: Lynne Littman
Writers: Carol Amen (based on the story "The Last Testament" by), John Sacret Young (screenplay)
Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris
Photo by: Melinda Sue Gordon, Still Photographer
Courtesy: Michael Endler, Cam Van Driver, Loader, 2nd AC
Congrats The Blacklist - Crew Photo commemorating 150 Episodes!
A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.
Creator: Jon Bokenkamp
Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
Photo courtesy: Stunt Coordinator, 2nd Unit Director, Cort Hessler
"The Little Minister" (!934)
In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror Babbie draws him into her escape from the soldiers after she incites a Luddite riot. But unknown to Gavin, Babbie is more than she seems. And they must overcome her secret, the villagers' fears of her, and worst of all, Gavin's devotion to his mother's sensibilities, before they can openly declare their love.
Director: Richard Wallace
Writers: J.M. Barrie (by) (as Sir James M. Barrie), Jane Murfin (screen play)
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, Alan Hale
Galaxy Quest (1999) | Cast and Crew
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
Director: Dean Parisot
Writers: David Howard (story), David Howard (screenplay)
Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub