For the past two years Eric Arndt has been part of Fletcher Camera & Lenses’ Chicago and is now transitioning to Fletcher’s Michigan offices to lead the marketing efforts for that operation.
“Continuing to build our Detroit operation (opened in 2008) is a top priority for us,” says Zoe Borys, General Manager of Fletcher Camera & Lenses’ rental division. “Although the Michigan film incentive is currently being reviewed, we are committed to growing and supporting the day-to-day commercial and corporate business in Detroit. It’s our goal to invest long-term in this market, providing the latest equipment, technology and educational resources to the area.”
Says Arndt, “Fletcher Camera & Lenses is like family to me, and I’m proud to work with a company whose name is so well-known and respected in our industry. They’ve given me a great opportunity to nurture the active film and commercial community in Michigan – a state that I think has a very bright future in this space.”
Ardnt joins Fletcher Detroit's long-time film rental house veteran, Steven Oatley and part-timer Devin Laster in running the Michigan office. Recent inventory additions include Arri ALEXA and Sony F3 cameras with RED Epics coming soon; RedRock Micro DSLR rigs; and additional Angenieux Optimo Zoom lenses. "This office is committed to continue Fletcher's national reputation of hosting regular educational events for the crew as well as producers," explains Arndt.
The glamorous film nostalgia of the precious past is holding hands with today’s 21st- century cutting-edge technology, all contained within the walls of the iconic Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios. Their extraordinary collaboration brought to life Hollywood’s first true movie studio that has a structure like no other — it’s a genuine landmark representing a remarkable piece of history on the well-known Sunset Boulevard. In fact, as you drive by, you’ll pass the location where the first feature-length “talkie” movie was produced (The Jazz Singer).Read more...
The popular TNT series “Men of a Certain Age,” starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula, doesn’t have the usual TV-show look. Instead of static camerawork and flat lighting, the show has an edgy, indie film look, thanks to Cinematographer Mark Davison and Director/Cinematographer David Boyd, ASC. “David was the original DP, and when he moved on to direct the show in the middle of the first season, I took over as DP,” reports Davison, whose previous TV credits include “Boston Legal” and “Entourage.”
While Avatar’s success has triggered a lemming migration into the third dimension by directors of dramatic fare, the ripples are also lapping against the bleachers of spectator sports and other live events. But while a movie can always be fixed in post, a live event is a beast of a different stripe that has, at best, a 10-second time-delay buffer. Nevertheless, ESPN’s early commitment to 3D seems to have spurred many to get off the sidelines and into the live 3D game.