The View From The Bottom, SoldLine Intern Blog Week 8
By David Rokos, SLM Summer Intern

After driving the 65 hours we spent on the bus the week before, it was nice to have a shoot right here in Chicago last week. Granted it felt hotter here than it did when we were in Dallas (it’s all the humidity), but we lived through it and were glad to be home.
Here’s a video of my week, but read on below to hear about it all!

Monday was a pretty relaxed day. I came down to the city and we all went to a meeting with the American Osteopathic Foundation to talk about their 2010 award show in San Francisco. The meeting went well, and afterwards we went to M burger, so it was a good day.

Talking about the awards show SolidLine is producing in San Francisco with the AOF staff!
Talking about the awards show SolidLine is producing in San Francisco with the AOF staff!

The next day was really busy. I drove to the SolidLine city apartment, dropped off my car, got into the SLM Tahoe, and drove them to the office. From there I took the truck and drove it up north of the city to a rental house, picked up some gear, drove it back into the city and dropped the gear off at the office. Then Ed jumped into the truck, we stopped again at the SLM city apartment to get Michaels SolidLine Media scrubs (Michael loves comfort) and then drove to the SolidLine truck barn just outside Rockford, IL. We dropped of the Tahoe, got into the SolidLine bus, and drove back to Chicago and parked the rig at our film permit location on the UIC campus. Phew! I was tired, but then we had a full night of shooting up ahead!

All the traveling was worth it though because it turned out to be a really fun shoot. We were filming some staged scenes with actors to go along with the latest Transparent Health production, which is a documentary series on patient safety. I feel like I know the UIC hospital quite well at this point as I have filmed there numerous times this summer.  We loaded in quickly and started setting up shots. This shoot was different than our other shoots because we had two different shoots going on at all times. Greg was set up with our big “A” camera to film the main shots on the dolly and jib with the actors while Ed and Michael worked with the B-Camera and was picking up different B-roll shots we needed for the opening of the video.

Mike P, Greg, and Ed having fun on the shoot.
Mike P, Greg, and Ed having fun on the shoot.
Kromm is sad he was left out of the fun.
Kromm is sad he was left out of the fun.
Excellent makeup job.
Excellent makeup job.
Is that a ghost?
Is that a ghost?

That night I was lucky enough to sleep at the luxurious accommodations known as the SolidLine city pad. We got a few hours of sleep and then had to get up to go into the office. The day went by pretty fast, I did a few audio tests with my recording equipment because I am going to be recording some foreign language VO for the SolidLine in September, and then we headed off for another 8+ hour night of filming at UIC.

Another successful week down at SolidLine. Next week I am going to be doing some editing in the office and we are shooting at least one of the days. I will keep everyone posted.

The Dr.

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