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SAS MOVIES OPEN HOUSE JANUARY 15TH 5-9 PM RSVP@SASMOVIES.COM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE
January 11, 2022LOCATION: 1755 N MAIN STREET LOS ANGELES, CA 90031HTTPS://WWW.SASMOVIES.COM Shawn Anthony Sequeira is one of Hollywood's best kept secrets. Having produced and financed many top feature films, Shawn is the wizard behind the curtain, granting Hollywood wishes and turning them into realities on screen with better moral values. Shawn Anthony Sequeira is behind the Brand SAS Movies and its multiple divisions such as: Media, Casting, Production Modernization, Rentals, Logistics and other aspects of film, photo and event production. Shawn's Christian values and un-pretentious style has led to his decision to go public while financing films with good values in locations worldwide. You can see his many projects associated with SAS Movies and all their divisions at https://sasmovies.com. Shawn's goal is to create quality productions with ethical content by making movies, financing, providing equipment rentals and other resources, as well as mentoring youth in the entertainment industry. SAS MOVIES OPEN HOUSE JANUARY 15TH 5-9 PM RSVP@SASMOVIES.COM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE
Goodman Grip And Light Using Cutting Edge Lighting Technology
January 6, 2022"I use the Brokeh lighting technology by putting lights through the gels or bouncing from the "magic cloth" version. It provides a more natural modeled light instead of a flat wall of light from a flat white bounce source. The gels are very effective at reducing specular highlights on skin while enhancing shapes and tones. These Brokeh tools make a significant difference on camera."-Said Gaffer David Goodman.Goodman Grip And Light has added Brokeh technology tools to their selection of light shaping and light control equipment.About the technology. Brokeh is a revolutionary system of special color patterns added to or used with common lighting control devices like gels and bounces to create the feel of "natural" lighting. Brokeh splits the spectrum into color patterns.The colors in the pattern combine to make white light again, but the individual colors arrive on faces and other surfaces from different angles.Gaffer David Goodman is using the Brokeh tools on fashion, narrative and film productions. Goodman Grip And Light is bringing a high standard of production lighting with new tools, techniques and technology. Brokeh.com for more info
Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles & Atlanta
December 17, 2021We are excited to announce the dates and locations for our upcoming events:Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles. Dates: June 9th - 12th, 2022Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, California, USACine Gear Expo Atlanta. Dates: October 8th - 9th, 2022Location: Trillith Studios, Georgia, USAExhibitor, Sponsor and Partner registration will open in January. Attendee registration will open in Spring.For those that prefer the studio environment, know that we explored a number of unique venues for the LA 2022 event. With new restrictions affecting capacity and expanded production footprint, our event is not possible at these locations within current parameters. We are grateful for our studio history and look forward to the latest features LACC can offer, to include a venue recognized as the gold standard of safe venues GBAC STAR™ accreditation, plenty of indoor exhibit space without the wait, meeting rooms, and an abundance of parking space. As always, our team is working diligently to negotiate the best possible rates and easy budgeting process for all needed services that you expect at a top notch trade event. Based on surveys, there is a continued desire to extend the duration of the exhibition to give attendees more time to engage with you. This year's participating companies commented how nice it was to have enhanced time to spend with quality guests. For those that missed this year's LA hybrid event, visitors from 80 countries attended either live or virtually through the website and we are seeing continued traffic to the live event recordings now available for on demand viewing.We expect greater live attendance and a return to usual size and scope in the near future. For that reason, Thursday event day is added to the Friday, Saturday LA exhibit schedule.Thank you friends, partners, colleagues, your participation, creativity, innovation, and optimism keep our community alive.We will continue to deliver the experience you have come to know and our team is here to help you achieve your goals.
AWARD WINNING COMPOSER FRED STORY SELLS STUDIO TO VOCAL INK PRODUCTION
December 5, 2021Charlotte, NC, December 6, 2021 - Multi-award-winning composer Fred Story has sold his Charlotte-based recording studio to Tim Campbell, owner of the Maryland-based studio Vocal Ink Production, and, concurrently has re-branded his longtime company Concentrix Music & Sound Design, which will now be known as "Storyline Music + Mix."Regarding these dramatic new developments, Story said, "Tim Campbell founded and runs a successful studio in Maryland called Vocal Ink Production. He recently discovered that I had my studio up for sale, and he came along at exactly the right time. Since getting to know Tim and his work, I'm not surprised by his success. I'm happy that he recognized the love and care that went into the creation of our facility, and I know that Tim wants it to be the centerpiece of his expansion into Charlotte. I fully expect that the music and production community here will embrace Tim's vision. From what I understand of his plans, he's hitting a real sweet spot!""Selling my studio allows me to pull the trigger on some changes that have long been in the works,"adds Story. "Concentrix has been my dream studio for many years - David Rochester of Technical Audio Services outdid himself when he originally designed and constructed the space. But since I've decided to transition to a freelance model, I no longer need the square footage. So, I asked David to design a fabulous new private composing and mix room for me. He will begin construction on this new workspace soon after closing the Concentrix Studio sale on Dec. 10. In the meantime, Tim is graciously allowing me to work at Concentrix until my new space is completed, which will make the transition seamless."Concurrently, Story has re-branded his longtime company Concentrix Music and Sound Design to now be known as Storyline Music + Mix. The move reflects Story's new business model, and positions him as a composer, mixer and producer, working with a consortium of like-minded music and audio industry veterans. Story plans to capitalize on the flexibility and expanded talent pool that remote workflows offer. He explains that while remote collaboration was already commonplace prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the process has become institutionalized. Story's latest business moves will allow him more time to hone his craft, and explore new scoring and mixing opportunities, while concurrently becoming more actively involved in music industry organizations and events."Anyone who has been in the business as long as I have knows that if you don't embrace change and shake things up from time to time, you get left behind,"Story concludes. "I'm incredibly excited about this new phase in my life and feel like my best work is still ahead!"Adds Tim Campbell, "When I discovered the Concentrix Studio, I instantly realized that this was the right place, and when I met Fred Story, then I knew for sure. My girlfriend Hope Wolford and I have long had the intention of moving out from where we are now - in a fairly small town outside Baltimore - and while we've done quite well here, we wanted to expand our studio work into a larger city. The plan was always to move, but when you think of the major U.S. cities, they're already covered and saturated by music and recording studios. Hope then came up with the idea of Charlotte, North Carolina, so we went down there and I liked the town immediately. I saw less competition, so I started looking for commercial properties on Google, with no real specific target in mind. On my third Google search, up popped Fred Story's Concentrix Studio, and as soon as I saw the photos, I knew it was the right place - it simply made the most sense. Hope and I are excited about our new professional journey into Charlotte, and I'm planning to name our new Charlotte Studio 'VIP South.' In addition, I'm confident that my Maryland Studio, VIP North, will be left in the very capable hands of my two talented and trusted engineers, Alec Hudson and Josh Hahn."ABOUT VOCAL INK PRODUCTION. Founded by Tim Campbell in 2010, Vocal Ink Production (VIP) owns and operates two state-of-the-art Recording Studios: VIP North, located in Western Maryland, and VIP South, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. With more than 10 years of combined experience from the company's engineering and production staff, Vocal Ink ensures that each of its client's projects come to life with the most professional and quality sound.Vocal Ink services clients in genres ranging from Rock, Country, Hip Hop, R&B and Gospel, and even provides audio post-production for film, television and social media marketing. To date, VIP North's clients have included several famous YouTube stars, a number of indie music artists across all genres, radio commercial jingles for local area businesses, and some VO work for the hit TV series "Lucifer."The company's sonic possibilities are endless.Vocal Ink strives to create a safe and fun environment for all of its clients while maintaining the utmost care in recording and mixing. For more information, please visit: https://www.vocalinkproduction.com/ABOUT FRED STORY AND STORYLINE MUSIC + MIX. Fred Story is President/Founder/Composer of Storyline Music + Mix of Charlotte, NC - his company was formerly known as Concentrix Music and Sound Design. Story has been composing for film, television, and advertising since 1990. Since that time, he has scored dozens of independent feature films and documentaries. In addition, his music for television has been heard on major network and cable outlets including PBS, ABC, Discovery, A&E, History Channel, HGTV, Food Network, and more, as well as on numerous regional public TV affiliates across the country. Films scored by Story consistently receive honors at major film festivals.Having majored in Music Education in college, Story next found himself in a career in broadcasting, and relocated to Charlotte in the early 1980s to work at an album rock radio station. What began as an effort to improve his jazz piano chops turned instead into seven years of private study in composition with the great Ziggy Hurwitz (who'd written, arranged and performed with everyone from Woody Herman to the London Symphony), during which time Story focused on orchestral writing. His broadcast industry connections next led him to numerous scoring opportunities, and his demand as a composer flourished. In 1990, Story left the radio industry and launched Concentrix.Story counts among his most recent credits providing music composition for the documentary films "Downing of a Flag"and "Actually, Iconic: Richard Estes,"the TV series "How She Rolls,"the documentaries "Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth Flag"and "Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices,"the feature films "Faith's Song"and "A Larger Life,"the additional, noteworthy documentaries "First In Forestry: Carl Schenck,""Reimagining Sicily"and "A Spark of Nerve,"and, for PBS, "Dean Rusk: At the Heartbeat of History,""Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel,"and "Rembrandt in America."During the recent past, Story and his wife Becky, an Emmy Award winning lyricist, composed songs and score and managed the music team for 195 episodes of the international children's show "Raggs". Story also contributed the scores to a number of earlier feature and documentary films, including "A Man Named Pearl"(a film which the New York Times said was "aided by Fred Story's jazzy score"), as well as the films "Children of all Ages,""In the Footsteps of Elie Weisel,""War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II,""Redneck Roots,""Among Brothers,""Fudgie and Jane,""Liberating Jesse"and "Saying Goodbye."Story is the winner of 16 Regional Emmy Awards® - he has also just been nominated for another for his work on "Actually, Iconic: Richard Estes,"in the category "Best Music Composition/Arrangement,"Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards. He is the winner of four Telly Awards, 18 Addy Awards, a "Best Music"New York Festival Award, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a "Best Music"Breckenridge Film Festival Award, and dozens of Silver Microphone Awards. Story is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, ASCAP, NATAS, and the Production Music Association.Please visit: http://storylinemusic.com/
MEGATRAX TO PRESENT SPECIAL WEBINAR ENTITLED "HOW WILL PODCASTS EVOLVE FROM HERE?" ON DECEMBER 7TH
December 2, 2021Hollywood, CA, December 2, 2021 -- Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary as one of the leading independent production music libraries in the world, Megatrax will be presenting a special webinar entitled "How Will Podcasts Evolve From Here?" on Tuesday, December 7, starting at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST. Interested parties can sign up here: https://go.megatrax.com/podcastingwebinarSays Ron Mendelsohn, CEO & Co-Founder of Megatrax, "Podcasting is audio for and by the masses, except it is also a fast-growing business. As it becomes more profitable, with bigger deals, more stars and more revenue, is it going to force the industry to further consolidate? Will we see more podcasts behind paywalls, more exclusive streams, and more focused channels, as we see in television? As podcasting becomes more lucrative and potentially less democratic, will we see increased challenges around diversity? The powerhouse panel we have assembled for our December 7 webinar will tackle these important questions."ABOUT THE MEGATRAX WEBINAR PANELISTS. Gary Scott, who will serve as Moderator, is the founder and CEO of Inside Voice Media, a media company based in Los Angeles that creates and shapes original podcasts about music, culture and current affairs. Previously the head of programming at NPR-affiliate KCRW in LA for eight years, Scott launched the station's podcast network, called "one of the most interesting...in the biz" by Hot Pod. He has more than two decades of experience in audio and print as a writer, editor, producer and news director. Please see: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyrobertscott/Martina Castro is the founder and CEO of Adonde Media, a globally-minded podcast production company based in Los Angeles. Over the past 15 years, she has produced and edited award-winning audio content in both the U.S. and Latin America. She has worked at NPR, KALW-FM in San Francisco, and NPR's Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language narrative journalism podcast she co-founded in 2011. Castro launched Adonde Media in 2017 at the Start-Up Chile pre-seed accelerator program for female founders in Santiago, Chile. Since then, she has led multilingual and multinational teams as Executive Producer at Adonde with clients such as TED, Duolingo, NPR, Vice News, and Spotify, to create podcasts that aim to bring new audiences to the medium. She also is the host of the groundbreaking Duolingo Spanish podcast, consistently at the top of the Apple charts and heard by millions of Spanish learners worldwide over the past ten seasons. See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinacastro/Ashton Carter, Director of Recruiting at Pod People, describes himself as a "theatre kid turned professional actor turned podcast audio editor." His production career began after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Speech & Theatre and a minor in Electronic Media Communication. For the last decade, he has been traveling around the country working for various production companies as an actor, director, and producer. In addition to his current role at Pod People, where he recruits audio creators from all walks of life, he is also the proud business owner of the audio post-production company ITTO Audio, LLC. Carter always puts representation and equity at the forefront of each of his endeavors and is thrilled to be a part of such an important and necessary conversation. See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashton-carter-91567292/Rachael King is the Founder and CEO of Pod People, a global audio production and staffing agency with thousands of talented audio professionals across the globe, and clients like Netflix, PEOPLE, Vogue, Spotify, Twitter, Travel + Leisure, and more. She has spent more than a decade helping brands and organizations - from pre-seed to Fortune 500s - share their stories across every medium. In her spare time, she makes chart-topping fiction romcom podcasts, such as Showmance and Vote for Love. See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachaelgking/Jason Saldanha is the Chief of Content and Business Development for PRX. His previous position was with The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF), where he served as the Managing Director of Communications and Audience Experience, overseeing the production of more than 130 live events in venues across the city of Chicago each year. Previous to CHF, Saldanha was the Director of Marketing for Virtue Cider, a craft brand for Anheuser Busch. Formerly a senior producer at Sound Opinions, the music and talk show from WBEZ (distributed by PRX), Saldanha has also previously served as Managing Producer for the Emmy nominated, six-hour radio drama "The Man in the High Castle" on resistanceradio.com for Amazon Streaming Television, and producer for the "How to be Amazing" podcast with Michael Ian Black. See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-saldanha/Matty Staudt has been in broadcasting since he cracked a mic at the age of 16, and has been an on-air host, morning show lead and Executive Producer at such legendary stations as WJFK in Washington, DC, WNEW in New York City, Alice Radio (KLLC) and Live 105 (KITS) in San Francisco. In 2007, Staudt redirected his radio career toward the new world of podcasting - becoming a pioneer at Stitcher as their first Director of Content. He has been a consultant for top companies like Premier Radio, Cisco, CA Beef Council, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital, creating branded content podcasts, coaching hosts and producers and formulating dynamic podcast strategies. In 2016, he was thrilled to return to radio when he joined iHeartRadio as the radio industry's first Vice President of Podcast Programming. Today, Staudt is the EVP of Podcasting at Amaze Media Labs, making podcasts for Fortune 500 companies, and is also the Founder of Jam Street Media. He is currently teaching at his Alma Mater, West Virginia University, and resides in Los Angeles with his family. See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matty-staudt-44698b8/About MEGATRAX. Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, Megatrax is a leading independent production music library and custom music house serving the broadcast and media industries. Renowned worldwide for its commercial-quality recordings and award-winning composers, artists and arrangers, Megatrax offers 19 distinctive catalogs comprising over 200,000 tracks in every musical style and genre.Founded by composers Ron Mendelsohn and JC Dwyer in 1991, Megatrax offers its global clients "Greatness Through Simplicity". The company maintains state-of-the-art recording studios in Los Angeles and offers custom scoring services for all media as well. Megatrax's libraries, tracks, and composers, artists and musicians, are constantly elevated to excellence by the talented creators who craft exceptional content on a daily basis from every corner of the world.Throughout history, creators have always used incredible tools when producing the works of art that inspire and challenge the world. Michael had his Air Jordans; VanGogh had his impasto; Jimi had his Stratocaster; and the global multi-media industry has Megatrax. The executives at Megatrax - creators themselves - have one goal in mind: to marry simplicity with greatness, so that the right track can be delivered perfectly, every time.
How Eclectic Encore Props Transforms City Streets To Look Old In Movies
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Should You Shoot Your Film or Documentary With an iPhone?
November 22, 2021There's no doubt about it: the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 camera capabilities are pretty incredible. The three-camera system on the Pro and Pro Max models feature Night Vision, Deep Fusion, Lidar, and HDR/Dolby Vision, all of which help create professional-looking still photos and videos.Plus, iPhones are inherently versatile. They allow creators to edit right on the phone or with an outside editing app or software. They're portable; the biggest version, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, is still just 6.3 inches tall. And as far as cameras go, they're affordable, considering you're buying or renting a device that can be loaded with software, serve as your cell phone, provide storage for your content, and boast a great camera setup.So: based on these factors and the cameras' advancements, should you shoot your film or documentary with an iPhone?We think it's a good idea in many cases. Here are the features that have us convinced, plus some tips for how to shoot video most effectively with an iPhone for professional-looking footage.The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Camera Overview and Upgrades. iPhone 13 General UpgradesThe iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max offer a few upgrades from their predecessors. First, the Super Retina XDR display now comes with "ProMotion," which means a refresh rate of 120Hz for video streaming, gaming, or any "live" animation. It makes it feel exceptionally smooth-no buffering or glitching in sight.The battery life on the 13 models are about 1.5 to 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. Plus, you can get up to 1TB of internal storage on these phones, so you can shoot and store with abandon. Here are even more details about each 13 model.iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Camera ChangesCamera-wise, there are a few new features that make the iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max ideal for creating professional video. First up is the change to the zoom capabilities. With a 13 Pro or Pro Max, the Ultra Wide camera offers 3x optical zoom in and 2x optical zoom out, a bit more than the 12 models./figcaption>Secondly, the Pro and Pro Max lenses are also upgraded. The Wide camera has a large sensor and a f/1.5 aperture. The Ultra Wide has an aperture of f/1.8. These larger apertures mean that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max can let in more light, offering improved quality when shooting in low-light environments or at night. And with the features that we're used to from the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, Deep Fusion for amazing texture and Night Vision for handling low-light situations, the cameras are well-equipped to handle whatever comes their way.What really has filmmakers and creators talking this time, though, is the ability to shoot in "Cinematic Mode." This is one of the major advancements that the 13 models boast. Essentially, users can seamlessly (and automatically!) shift focus from one subject to another within the same frame. In the production world, this is called "rack focus," and it feels professional, since filmmakers often use this technique with traditional cameras. You can choose a subject to "track," or you can let the camera do some of the work for you by focusing on the subjects who are facing you and not on those who are looking away. There is also a manual option so that you can control exactly who or what is in focus, without changing the shot./figcaption>And! You can edit the focus either while you're filming or when you're editing, which is an incredible feature. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models offer Dolby Vision as well, but filming with an iPhone 13 while using Dolby Vision in Cinematic Mode lends itself to a super professional look.Another major camera change is the ability to shoot macro photography with the iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max. This means you can get very, very close to a subject for crisp, accurate detail when shooting.Finally, Apple describes their new "ProRes" feature as "an advanced video codec used widely as the final delivery format for commercials, feature films, and broadcasts, to offer higher color fidelity and less compression." In other words, ProRes lets users film in a way that's comparable to other professionally-run shoots-right on the iPhone. (Full disclosure: this feature isn't yet available but should be via iOS 15 update later this year.)All of this to say: the camera capabilities absolutely provide the opportunity for professional documentary or filmmaking. If you're going to do it, here are our tips.Tips for Shooting Video with an iPhone 13. Consider Your LightingIt's true that the cameras on the 13 models are great at capturing detail, even in lower-light environments or at night. And if you're planning to shoot primarily in the daytime using natural light, this shouldn't be too much of a concern. That said, we'd recommend utilizing a light source to ensure that your lower-light situations are as clear and crisp as you're hoping for. Since the iPhone cameras are still small compared to a "regular" camera, you're looking at more difficulty capturing perfect clarity without first double-checking your lighting plan. There are plenty of rentable lighting options available, if you're so inclined./figcaption>Plan Your Shots Ahead of TimeNo matter what, planning ahead is in your best interest when filming. Even if you're going for an "organic" feeling documentary, ensuring that you know where your storyline is going next is key to creating. Storyboarding this way provides a sketch of the shots you'll need, the subjects you'll want to focus on, the lighting components, and more. Really, just about everything rides on this part: we recommend doing your best to plan ahead inasmuch as possible.Use a StabilizerIt's hard to shoot a professional-looking iPhone video without a stabilizing device. Even the most steady-handed person can make an iPhone video look shaky. Stabilizers make video look seamless, professional, and smooth. Unless you're going for a deliberately shaky film a la The Blair Witch Project, investing in a stabilizer and tripod is definitely worth it./figcaption>Rent a MicrophoneAs you know from reading our opinion above, we think that iPhones are incredible. However, their small size means that they simply don't have the best quality when it comes to microphones. If you're shooting a film or documentary on your iPhone, you'll definitely want to utilize an external microphone source. This will ensure that you pick up on sound that's at a distance from you and not have the subject sound as far away. If your sound quality isn't great, it's distracting and amateurish. Something like a small boom microphone or a directional video microphone can help./figcaption>EditThe iPhone itself offers editing capabilities that are helpful for quick on-the-go edits and changes. But there are plenty of apps that are great for editing video shot on an iPhone. Apps like Darkroom and Filmic Pro can take your iPhone video and make it feel professionally-produced. Combined with the powerful and cinematic features that are already embedded when videoing with the iPhone 13, these apps can really make your project "sing."When combined with a few extra accessories, filming on an iPhone can produce high quality, professional video. We think that it's amazing that devices this small can be this powerful. Filmmakers and producers no longer have to rely on uber expensive equipment in order to create professional documentaries or films. Plus, with rentable iPhone options and iPhone accessories, it's even more doable.Renting iPhone Filming Kits, Accessories & Setup:About eTech Rentals. eTech Rentals a national technology solutions provider located in Southern California specializing in rental technology integration. eTech is committed to long-standing client relationships and consistent, reliable local service, trusted by expert event planners, film and entertainment production companies, and businesses in California and nationwide.Learn more about eTech Rentals at: https://www.etechrentals.com/
The animal wrangler: Jamie Stimach on why raccoons make great costars
By: Thomas Wheatley | November 22, 2021Atlantans is a first-person account of the familiar strangers who make the city tick. This month's is Jamie Stimach, of Universal Animals, as told to Thomas Wheatley.Never work with kids or animals. I hear it every day. That's why we have wranglers.I'm originally from Seattle. My dad, who works with me, and I moved here in 2015 to be closer to the film-production industry growing in Georgia. We started our own company, Universal Animals, the following year. My boyfriend is a stuntman and also an animal wrangler with us.I call myself an animal casting director. We've done well over 100 projects, maybe close to 200, over the past four years. Commercial, print, events, TV, film. I'm also a walker on The Walking Dead. I've probably been a walker 40 times, including being what is called a "hero walker," where you get the full prosthetic makeup.I always wanted to work with animals. I only had dogs and cats [growing up], but my grandparents had a farm in Washington with chickens and goats. I went to school for animal science. I wanted to work at zoos. In between my classes, I started as an animal trainer on set. Then, I started doing my own casting and sourcing animals.How would I typically cast an animal? I got a call for a commercial in Nashville that needs a dog that can grab blankets off a bed or nose around in them. I've built a database of more than 5,000 animals across the country. I know who to go to for what animal and what skill. There are animal superstars, like Crystal the Monkey, who's been in The Hangover and Pirates of the Caribbean, and the orange tabby from Captain Marvel. A day rate for an animal actor would be maybe $300 to $500.We work with farm animals and exotics like squirrels and foxes. Right now, we're casting and prepping vultures and wolves. Personally, for on-set handling, I specialize in reptiles. I'm trained and certified to handle venomous snakes. I took a course through the Amphibian Foundation, which works with endangered species, here in Atlanta.I was terrified of snakes growing up. When I started learning about them and doing these classes, I fell in love with them. I have a thing for animals that people are afraid of, like snakes and sharks. I really like working with them because most people do not. I like showing people they're not going to hurt you.Every day is different. I currently am trying to cast six dogs for a commercial. The other day, we had a frog on set that had to wear a Christmas costume, including special antlers. We had an Air Bud-type movie with more than 10 outfits for the dog. We had pajamas and sports outfits. We milked a rattlesnake's venom on set during MacGyver. I had to take a Eurasian eagle owl to a commercial in Alabama, and it had to sleep in my room. We formed a really good bond, so I took it out of its cage.We do all kinds of visual effects. Once, for a shoot with a pack of wolves, we had to create a fake deer carcass that they're all eating. Props made an animal-safe structure (we work with the Humane Society on every set) that looked like bones, and we took raw meat and tied it everywhere on the "ribs." We released the wolves, and they started tearing it apart.I love working with raccoons. They use their hands like us. They wash their hands in water. They have cute personalities. I had a bond with one named Rocky. Squirrels, too! Hugh Jackman was really great with two dogs. Gerard Butler was excellent with dogs. Sometimes, you notice a change when the animals come on set; the cast gets excited because animals bring joy.You have to work with animals. You have to gain their trust. It takes time, especially for birds of prey like owls, ravens, and hawks. One little thing on set can turn the animal off for the entire day. Everything can go wrong, and we have to make it work. On set, we always have a bait bag, a clicker, a whistle, and a laser. And a squeaker.I love that animals are-I don't want to say innocent-but they're so loving. They don't judge humans. They don't expect much from us, and we can please them. I don't know how I got so lucky. I work with my dad and animals. I'm my own boss. I get to travel a lot. I don't like calling it a job. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me.This article appears in the August 2021 issue of Atlanta Magazine.
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