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Friday, November 29, 2013
Welcome Reddit/Shitty Rigs Readers
No particular reason for this photo -- I just kind of like it in a horrifying end-of-the-world sort of way...
The unique and excellent blog Shitty Rigs (which earned a spot on my industry blogroll a long time ago) recently came to the attention of Reddit.com, resulting in a tsunami of new readers. This is a win/win for all of us that will doubtless result in many more photos of highly inventive bailing-wire-and-bubble-gum solutions to on-set filming problems.
That's a good thing. This industry tends to attract very creative people at every level, and it's not only fascinating but instructive to see how they find ways to get the job done despite a lack of resources. Indeed, that's often the most fun and satisfying aspect of this business -- coming up with an effective on-the-spot solution using what you've got to keep the machine moving forward.
Unlike the photo above -- which displays the dark side of mankind's creativity -- this kind of thing gives me hope for the future. Maybe that protean quality of human inventiveness will find a way around the monumental problems currently staring all of us in the face here on planet earth.
According to my Blogger tracking statistics, a fair number of Reddit readers found their way over here thanks to a link at Shitty Rigs. All are welcome, but given that a new reader could find this blog a bit confusing -- depending on when they land and what post currently tops the home page -- I'd like to point new eyeballs to this (hit the link, then scroll down) which has a list of direct links to a couple of dozen posts that have been popular with readers over the years.
I really do need to update that list one of these days... but until then, any new visitors should be warned that the very first post is a rather too-wordy tome that served as a champagne bottle broken across the bow of this blog when it launched back in 2007 -- just move on to the other links below and you might find something worth reading. Those who prefer an uncurated experience are free to wander the dusty digital archives to their heart's content, of course. The choice is yours.
However you came here, welcome -- and if you'd care to join the conversation, feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts or via e-mail at the link under those worn out gloves above.
And stay tuned...