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I’ll give you a really good example on how geography doesn’t play. I worked on a
project for an IBM global investor’s meeting. The meeting was taking place in
Bangalore, India. I was here in Atlanta at my desk. The executive producer was in
New York City. My animators were in London. The technical director was on the
ground in Bangalore. I had fabricators working in Singapore.” Carol explains
fabricators, “they are doing large graphic panels. I kind of lost out on the
conference calls because they generally happened at 3:30 in the morning. I sat at
my desk in Atlanta until the week before the meeting and at that point I flew to
Bangalore.” And it worked? A lot of the teams I’ve worked with let’s say the
Panasonic team my DP (Director of Photography) is in Atlanta with me along with
my executive producer. The creative director is in Los Angeles. We work with
other people out of New York and Chicago. It’s common on these large events that
the team gets together from all over.
Carol enjoys working on overseas projects. She says, “One of my favorite things to do is
the small overseas job. I have worked with my friend Bill for 15 years. We go with a camera
package and pick up a local crew China, Amsterdam or wherever we happen to be. .
.You meet fantastic people and it’s really fun working with crews. Crew people are the
same all over the world. There’s a certain mentality and way of being.”
Kate Farrell (Media Producer): Mommy Dearest
As a former Olympic producer, Kate is also respectful and attentive to cultural differences:
The guy I worked with the most is a French cameraman. He’s probably different
than some of his countrymen. But he was a top quality sports camera person and
he’d say ‘Katie why are you not telling me to go over there and shoot that?’ He
wanted to work hard, hard, every day and be challenged by his producer. But he
wanted to have an hour lunch no matter what. That was the European thing and
if I didn’t feed him at the right hour we weren’t going to have a good day. If there
wasn’t coffee and a little croissant in the morning things weren’t going to work out.
He and I shot profiles in Romania and Russia together.”
Kate, recognizing her cameraman’s need for more direction or decent food, is an example
of the mutual coordination that occurs on a fully functioning set and in everyday life. She
may not have her own children but she certainly has the familial experience of taking care
of others on the job while retaining a sense of humor:
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