Three things I want to do in this post:
1. …apologize for not posting in many, many months.
2. …congratulate all of the finalists in this years running of the Crash The Superbowl contest.
3. …introduce a piece of gear I built with a goal of making producing with my DSLRs more efficient.
1. This last year has been a fruitful one for Jared Cicon Films. I’ve been able to produce commercials for some pretty noteworthy brands, and have also booked a bunch of work with local companies to the extent I wasn’t able to enter this year’s Crash The Superbowl contest. A good problem to have. We also are proud to announce our son’s entrance into the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo, Utah and his impending departure to Rome, Italy for a two year religious mission for our church. Between Jacob (our eldest), Jonah (senior in High School), Jared Jr. (Sophomore) and Jolie our 9 year old princess, this last year has been a cyclone of activity. Family and JCF production has left little time for spending any kind of meaningful time in the Video Contest Kingdom. I apologize for that. I also can’t predict with any certainty how much time I’ll have in the coming months, but I definitely wanted to share the info about this production table I built since it may be of some use to my peers who produce with DSLRs.
2. Congratulations to everyone who made the finals in the CTSB commercial contest. I think the five finalists were awesome choices. Like Beardy of Video Contest News. I think it is a no-brainer that ‘Goat 4 Sale’ should play during the Superbowl. It would be money in the bank for FritoLays North America.
I will be curious indeed to see who prevails out of the field of finalists. I really like that Doritos has just come out and made it public that ‘they’ choose one of the finalists that airs during the SuperBowl. In years past it’s been my suspicion and it’s always seemed like the most sensible thing to do when brand reputation hangs in the balance. Good for Doritos finally coming clean on the issue.
3. I’ve spent about a week planning and building a production table specifically for Jared Cicon Films – JCF (FYI, JCF is the production company of record for the VCK). I’ve searched high and low over the last several years for a light-weight, portable, multi-function production table. One that can follow the director around as his location changes and with ease. One that would allow the organization of all the little bits and pieces, odds and ends that go along with each and every production. I can’t tell you how many times production has come to a standstill because no one knows where the gaffer tape is, or where can be found the silver dollar needed to remove the tripod head or the phillips head screwdriver has been misplaced, etc. etc.. Just think of how much time is lost during an average 10-12 hour shoot day in waiting for lenses to be switched out when a crew member must go to wherever the camera bag is being staged and journey back to the set. I’ve needed this table for years and in failing to find one that facilitated my specific needs, I decided to build my own.
I’m really satisfied with how it turned out. I think I calculated spending about $100 for parts/supplies. Most of the cost was the hardware. I can’t believe how much nuts and bolts cost these days. I probably sunk about 30 hours into it and there is the real cost. A lot of time that might otherwise and arguably be spent better as a producer of commercials. Where ‘gear’ is concerned it is usually/invariably always the smarter avenue to purchase rather than waste time building. In this case however, I had no choice. This product is not available for purchase…anywhere. At least not the way I needed it. To read more about it’s functionality and to see some explanatory text and high resolution images, click on the two images below. If you produce with DSLRs and are familiar with all of the little pieces of gear, gadgets and production tools that go along with it, I’m betting you will find this piece of gear invaluable. I believe I reveal enough information relative to it’s construction, but am willing to provide more should you decide to build your own. Hope you guys enjoy this.