Archive for June, 2011

ENG Crews in Arizona & Los Alamos, NM

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

While covering wildfires in the west and south sections of Arizona, ENG crews battle thick smoke and an extreme lack of sleep. I found it amazing that the firefighters could work so hard with less sleep then we had. Our ENG crews working for NBC, ABC, and CBS would get up at 1:00am so they could be on site by 2:00am and live at 4:00am. Yeah, 4:00am Arizona time for a 7:00am morning show hit EST. The Wallow Fire was in the northeast part of Arizona and the Monument was in the south. The Las Conchas Fire is the fire we are currently working near Los Alamos, NM.

The press is allowed in the evacuated town of Los Alamos with a proper press ID. That’s a little tricky with my sat truck operator (from Peak Uplink) who didn’t have an NBC Network ID. We had to talk his way in or no Today Show live hit. After some scrutiny the officer relented as most police were very accommodating to the press. Also very accommodating were the residents and shop owners. One restaurant turned out hundreds of meals to the firefighters. They had a welcome sign to firefighters and the press to come in and get free food. My audio tech, Matt Radlauer, and I went in to get something and ended up helping load a hundred or more meals into trucks for the fire crews. The restaurant folks looked tired after that, so we didn’t bother them and headed to a pizza joint by our hotel.

As the summer continues, Crew West ENG crews prepare for the MLB All Star game that will be held in downtown Phoenix July of 2011. We look forward to a busy July providing services for all of the major networks including ESPN, MLB, and Fox.

-Jim Farrell, President

Arri Alexa in Phoenix

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The Arri Alexa seems to be the new trend in capturing great images and in sound while also being portable and affordable. While most films cameras, require a different position for each task involved whether loading film, pulling focus, composing the shot, and supplying power, the Arri Alexa has simplified itself in all aspects. With an easy to use and read LCD interface, changing settings to the files it records, the resolution or format the camera, and audio settings. The Arri Alexa has also swapped for SxS cards as its format for recording. Although delicate in handling and still vulnerable to corruption, the ability to replace film with SxS cards and still create a magnificent picture is well greeted. The Arri Alexa is a new tool for your production to have the high end look of film without the cost.

Satellite or Crewing Needs in Arizona

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

With red flag winds, very low humidity, and an excess of fuel in our forests, Arizona is under extreme fire conditions with several blazes burning right now in the state. Satellink West and Crew West remain heavily involved in the coverage of the Wallow Fire, Monument Fire, Horseshoe Fire and Portal Fire, and would be happy to help you with your satellite or crewing needs. 888 444-2739.