Around the World

It wasn't something I anticipated at the beginning, but shoots have taken me around the world to over 30 countries. On some of the trips I kept journals and made lots of still pictures. On some the shoot schedule was too busy so there isn't much documentation.

  bluright.gif (1286 bytes) List of countries visited
  bluright.gif (1286 bytes) Journals

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At St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square during my first trip to Russia.
During a subsequent trip I came close to causing an international incident. One of the buildings behind this warehouse on an air base where I was shooting humanitarian aid supplies was a KGB building. The officer we got permission to shoot from (who sent these soldiers as escort) wasn't high enough on the totem pole and it caused a big stink.
JoshbaslThumb.JPG (11428 bytes) Taping Josh McDowell in Moscow.
At the killing fields outside Phnom Penh in Cambodia. These holes were mass graves. Approximately 100 bodies were found in each. A very sobering day indeed.
The Li River valley near Guilin, China. I always thought the strange, Dr. Suess-like formations in Chinese art were impressionistic. But these hills are all over this river valley. It's breathtaking.
Guilin (pronounced: Kwaa - Lin), China. The garden spot of China. It is a place they are proud of, and rightfully so. It's a beautiful area. But the level of the culture was at poverty level or just a notch above.
Willemstad, Curacao, birthplace and childhood home of my wife, Esther.
cove_thumb.jpg (4338 bytes) A cove on the western end of Curacao. As beautiful as it is above the water, the underwater panorama of coral and sea life is even more astonishing. I snorkled for hours in this cove without ever looking up.
The day Lenin came down in Bucharest, Romania. Camera is the Ikegami HL-53 w/Betacam-SP back that I shot hundreds of hours of tape with over the years.
They started taking this statue down the night before. I was standing there in the dark, watching the spot-lit statue and crew working on it when I realized that Ted Koppel was standing next to me. He and his crew got tired of waiting and left. The next morning we got the shots and they missed it.
In a Manila slum. It's a strange feeling to be in the middle of third-world poverty with a $35,000.00 camera on your shoulder. I have to keep telling myself that in the long run the best I can do for them is show their story. And to do that I need the camera.
An unusual shoot location: a bath house (banya) in Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan. With water everywhere, bare feet, and 220v lights, one is VERY careful!
First trip to what was then the Soviet Union. This was somewhere in the environs of Kiev, Ukraine.
In a Russian Flat in St. Peterburg. The lighting setup was typical of the rushed setups that are the norm with documentary video. Soft lights "butterflyed" in from either side and the window light doing the backlight kicker. For one or two people w/no window, one of these umbrellas would be closer to the camera as a key light and the other would be quartering from the back side as a kicker. Or a small direct light would be barn-doored down and used as a backlight.
In the middle of Mostar, Bosnia. Looks beautiful, but was very dangerous. The Canon L-1 was about as good as Hi-8 got, but DVC blew it away when it came along. The small size was vital as I often had to hide the camera.
In front of Ceaucescu's unfinished palace in Bucharest. With me is my former boss, Paul Read, managing director of Arrowhead Productions International, and Josh McDowell. Camera is a now ancient (and heavy!) Sony BVP-30, one of the original Betacams with tubes.
At sea on the aircraft carrier, USS Ranger. This shoot happened while the warship transited from Pearl Harbor to San Diego. What a trip! And my first forray into journaling. (Click on "journals" above to view it) Cam is the BVP-30. We rigged a couple of big backpacks to hold all our lights, etc. so we could move from place to place on the ship up and down ladders in one trip.
And somehow one must find time to keep up with the latest in the trade magazines. This can often lead to catching up with the backside of one's eyelids - something one often does without in this business.

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