Monthly Archives: April 2010

DIY Underwater Flash Housing

Here’s a little rig I set up earlier today for a shoot tonight with a friend of mine who is a landscape architect with ALL Landscaping of Northborough, Mass. Tonight’s shoot will involve a fountain, so to bring some depth to the water, I’m hoping to light it from within.

It’s always fun going to Wal-Mart and buying all sorts of weird stuff that will eventually be hacked into some kind of ghetto-style photo tool. If only those greeters knew what they were enabling…

Here we go:

1. Vivitar + Pocketwizard in a Ziploc container

2. Add water. And a brick.

I was hoping the frosted appearance of Ziploc container would act like a large Sto-Fen omnibounce to increase the size of the light source, but we’ll see how that plays out during the shoot.

3. Light that mother up!

Granted, this probably won’t work in water much deeper than two feet, but it’s cheaper than buying an underwater hard-wire rig to trigger lights.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Continuing with my recap of assignments chasing down actors and celebrities with the ladies of the Boston Herald’s Inside Track, here’s another event from Wednesday night where I got to see, live and in person, the coolest cake outside of Ace of Cakes.

Cast members of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” were treated to a cake replica of the title character’s famous monster at their Opening Night cast party at Teatro restaurant on Tremont Street. This thing was pretty sweet, lighting up and sitting up at the flick of a switch — they even had two dedicated engineers to make the thing move! I don’t know about you, but I typically don’t eat motorized food.

Pretty sure the cast knew who the real star of this party was… Very cool stuff!

4.21.2010 — BOSTON — Cast members of "Young Frankenstein" gasp as they see a cake replica of the star monster sit up at a cast party at Teatro restaurant. The cake was designed and made by master chef Jorg Amsler and assistant Jennifer Santos, with engineering provided by Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer.

4.21.2010 — BOSTON — Roger Bart, who plays the title character in "Young Frankenstein," cuts into a cake replica of the star monster, who is played by Rye Mullis, left, at a cast party at Teatro restaurant as cake engineer Judy Lee, right, looks on, on April 21, 2010. The cake was designed and made by master chef Jorg Amsler and assistant Jennifer Santos, with engineering provided by Lee and Adam Vollmer.

4.21.2010 — BOSTON — The cast of "Young Frankenstein" was treated to a cake replica of the star monster, with entrails and eyeballs as side orders, at a cast party at Teatro restaurant on April 21, 2010. The cake was designed and made by master chef Jorg Amsler and assistant Jennifer Santos, with engineering provided by Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer.

4.21.2010 — BOSTON — Roger Bart, who plays the title character in "Young Frankenstein," and Rye Mullis, left, who plays the star monster, go in for a closer look of a cake replica of the monster at a cast party at Teatro on April 21, 2010. The cake was designed and made by master chef Jorg Amsler and assistant Jennifer Santos, with engineering provided by Lee and Adam Vollmer.

An Actor Called Kevin Kline

Actor Kevin Kline, of “A Fish Called Wanda” and “Dave” fame, made an appearance in Somerville, Mass., last night to promote his latest film, “The Extra Man,” at the Independent Film Festival Boston. According to the synopsis, the story revolves around Kline teaching a young, former high school teacher how to be a male escort.

Either way, Kline was pretty low key and super chill at his appearance, opting to keep a low profile as he arrived to accept a special achievement award from the Film Festival. I was there to get some pictures for the Herald.

4.21.2010 — SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Actor Kevin Kline makes an appearance at the Somerville Theatre to promote his latest film,

4.21.2010 — SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Actor Kevin Kline makes an appearance at the Somerville Theatre to promote his latest film,

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