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Re: education and getting started in telecine

Frank Smith writes...

>I thought it might be useful for students to get a little history of
>colorists and see what paths their careers really took to lead to their
>current positions.

>I would be interested to find out the history of some of the other
>and maybe by passing your stories along some students could benifit by your

     Frank, my path was not too different from yours.  I was a TV-R major at
Syracuse, and took a lot of film courses.  Upon graduation in 1969, my uncle
Samuel invited me to join America's fighting forces to help wage a little
skirmish in Viet Nam.
     As the draft board was preparing to enlist me, I joined and was
promised to be trained for Military Occupational Specialist training 84c20,
Motion Picture Photographer.
     I  was sent to Ft. Monmouth for training, but I guess those Syracuse
courses worked because I was named "Honor Graduate" of my class.  I was then
sent to Ft. Ord, California where I worked with the Army Combat Development
Group in taking instrumentation photography of things like missile tests.
     After eight months, I was assigned to Vietnam, and spent 1971 as a
combat photographer for the US Army.  After a brief stint getting to know
the Photo Lab,  I had both still and motion assignments, and worked with
Filmos as well as Arri S cameras.  About nine months into my service the
local USO discovered that I could play bass and I wound up getting relieved
of (some) duty to tour the country with a few performing shows.  When that
was completed they gave me one more big still assignment, then it was back
to Ft. Ord, where I rejoined the CDC.  This time I was off the
instrumentation duty and got to shoot, edit, and score a wide variety of
films including one recruiting film that was actually fairly decent!
     Soon enough, my time was up and I was released to an unsuspecting
public.  Naturally, I had some steam to let off so I joined a rock'n'roll
bar band and spent three years immersed in the joys of making music.  But
after a while I started to grow tired of Peanut Butter and started taking
day jobs doing freelance video production for ATT Long Lines and other
industrial clients in the area (which at this time was North New Jersey).
     I blinked and I was married.  After three years, my first child was
here and it looked like it was time to find a more secure lifestyle.  I
picked up a magazine and saw in it a list of video postproduction houses in
New York City, and started sending out resumes to every of them on that
list.  When I got to D, elation!  Devlin Video called me in for an
     At the interview, they learned I had film experience from the Army, and
video experience from college and freelance work.  They thought I might fit
in operating a device called a telecine, and...
     So that's my tale!  I've had a pretty wonderful life, in retrospect,
and I thank my lucky stars for the way it turned out.  As a final bonus, I
get together a couple of times a month with my fellow editors from Shooters
and we get down to some jammin'!!

     Peace and Happiness to all this Holiday season,

Bob Lovejoy
Shooters Post & Transfer

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