Welcome to the Cinematic Immunity blog. I'm your host, Louis Normandin. I am a working cameraman living in Los Angeles and I have been working in the world of film and television for nearly 20 years. This is the first entry in my new blog, Cinematic Immunity: The art and craft of movie making and the stories that define it. For those of you who are not aware, Cinematic Immunity is a term in the world of movie making that defines the construct that as a member of a film crew, one can get away with things that they normally wouldn't because they are after all, "making movies". This can be any number of infringements that the general public, or civilians may have to endure. Maybe a film crew is holding up traffic during a busy rush hour or making noise at late hours in residential neighborhoods. Perhaps we may be trampling plant life to get the lighting right and the shot in the can. After all, this is what we do. Then again, we do it to ourselves and each other. Most film makers and their crew love what we do and are willing to go to great lengths to do it. But how far are we all willing to go to be a sought after professional?
Just today I was confirmed for a working trip to the Ukraine. We will be heading out there to shoot some segments that are to be posted to a server here in California and broadcast on their Wednesday and Saturday show this week. We leave in two days so now the race is on to make sure that I have all of the proper shooting equipment and personal gear ready to go.
The Ukraine is currently experiencing an upheaval of their government right now. 70 protesters and medics were recently killed in the city of Crimea. Sniper rounds were found to be the cause of many of their deaths. In short, we dont know who the next long term governing body is going to be over there and with all of the violence that has occured and Russian forces that are laying the groundwork to annex Eastern Ukraine , no one really knows what is going to happen over there. Our team is going to go over there, shoot (ahem, record) what we need, and get out.
Our security team is top notch, at least from a guy who knows more about lighting, cameras and clients than security and intel. I am not worried but I would like to point out that in this situation, I have to trust that the people in charge know what they are doing and are capable of making the best decisions regarding my personal safety. For those of you movie makers out there, please remember that in show business and in life, anyone can screw at anytime. Look after yourself. On most jobs, other people may be responsible for your safety but what good is someone else's responsibility and repercussion for failure to that responsibility if you are dead. This is in part being brought on by the recent train accident that recently occurred during the Gregg Allman biopic, "Midnight Rider" that was recently shut down on account of the death of camera assistant, Sarah Jones. But more on that to come. Meanwhile, take care of eachother and remember, It's just a movie.