C-47s.... Inkies...Rocky Mountain Legs....
And wondeful phrases like "Fuck the Truck".
Some of these are codes for other things (C-47s mean Clothes pins) others are ways to remember things (Fuck the truck, the "male" end of a cable always goes to the recording side of the Rig...)
But today, some of these terms have been abused, even mutated into a form of intimidation rather than education. A way to say "I know more than you, and if you don't know it, you may not deserve to be here".
RED is a professional camera, but it's not built only for professionals. As the RED101 DVD gets out there more and more, I am getting feedback from people who really opened my eyes to something.
A lot of people want to learn, but are really worried about asking "dumb" questions.
When I made the DVD, I went out of my way to not use terms that are not already in normal everyday language. I was not 100% successful, but we tried really hard.
We put the 101 in the title to let people know that this was a good place to start, and that we would honor and respect their desire to get into the world of RED / Movie making / commercial making / ect. By speaking to them as intelligent people who simply lack a lot of experience.
This is why, as a teacher I tend to avoid more advanced subject matter (I may change someday so don't hold me to this). Advanced tutorials are easier since experts are just basically "sharing their knowlege" and speaking in the language most comfortable to them. When doing a "101" tutorial, you can take NOTHING for granted. You can assume NOTHING. You must respect the viewer, but you must also avoid the temptation to speak in terms you have learned over the years. Instead you must remember what it was like to know very little about a given subject, understand that, be compassionate with that, and finally, deliever that information in such a way as to answer people's questions. You have to ask yourself not only "what is the questions" but "Why are they asking it". And finally, you have to cover the senses:
They need to see it.
They need to hear it
They need to read it
Usually all at once.
If you are out there in this world, remember that there are no stupid questions. The DVD is there for you. Chris has the online tutorials, and the people here (Like Steve Gibby and others) will accept ANY QUESTION with respect and a true desire to help. If some bonehead judges you based on a desire to learn, then don' t worry... He's not very popular. :)
The DVD was a lot of work. And it was hard, but the support and feedback has proven to me that there are a lot of people out there who need information at ground zero. I'm honored to help, and expect more in the future... We've already begun.
By the way.. The "film terms" and phrases.. If someone on set uses them and you don't understand. Say loud and clear "I have no idea what that means, can you explain it please"? Trust me when I tell you, 5 or 6 people nearby will be listening for the answer as well, and while they may not say it, you will be the most respected guy/girl in the room.
Thanks to "Bill" who inspired this post..