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Old April 11th, 2003, 12:40 PM   #1
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Just wondering who here is in or around Orlando Florida?
I might be doing a job there this summer and may need to hire an extra cameraman or PA, or just find people who want to go out for a beer or two.

I'd also like to know from people in the area what Orlando has for small equipment rental houses where I could get light kits and extra gear from.

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Old April 11th, 2003, 03:17 PM   #2
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Beer?!

Hi Dylan,

Although I live an hour and a half away, I'm in Orlando just about as much as I'm in Clearwater.

Always glad to get together and make new friends! Drop me a note sometimes...

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Old April 11th, 2003, 04:11 PM   #3
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Hey Dylan,

I live and work in downtown Orlando, so I'll see ya when you get here. Orlando can be a wasteland when it comes to equipment locally, unlike some large cities, but we have some stuff.

Just to get you started, visit http://www.greenroomorlando.com site to see some of what's going on down here. This is just one humble site for the community, but it's something to start; they have equipment companies listed (Equipment link in the left menu).

Cheers,
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Oh, and if you're coming from BC to Orlando in the summer, and you're anything like some of the Canadians I know, I'd recommend some sunscreen, spf 2-billion. :)
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Old April 11th, 2003, 09:17 PM   #4
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Hey Dylan- I'm an hour from Orlando, close to the beach. As far as what Imran said, Orlando is like a major city, compared to where I live. People here haven't got a clue, when it comes to Pro equipment. But, it can be had.
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Old April 11th, 2003, 09:21 PM   #5
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I'm close to Phil, about an hour and a half away. You can borrow whatever I got.
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Old April 11th, 2003, 11:15 PM   #6
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I'm hoping the sun will dry out my waterlogged skin. :)

Thanks Jeff for the generous offer! I'm not sure what I'll need yet. Probably a small light kit for a few interior shots. I'm hoping to shoot most of it outside, since I hear it's pretty nice and sunny down there. I'll probably be looking for a crane as well.

Target date is mid June for possibly 8-12 days. What kind of weather should I expect there?

Imran, great link. Thanks!

Hopefully I'll get to meet as many of you as I can. I plan on adding a couple extra days of production time so I can finish early (heh heh) and see some of the local sights and have a few drinks with whoever I can.

It's still not a 100% certainty yet, but it's looking good.
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Old April 12th, 2003, 06:42 AM   #7
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Lets see.... Florida weather in the summer... Temps anywhere between 98-103 F, 100% humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms are pretty much the norm here. Of course, it will only rain when you need to do something :)

Then there are the bugs...
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Old April 12th, 2003, 09:53 AM   #8
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Should I bring a rain slicker for the camera?
For keeping my sweat off it? :)
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Old April 12th, 2003, 02:16 PM   #9
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Better safe than sorry. You can almost set your watch by the afternoon showers.
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Old April 12th, 2003, 03:57 PM   #10
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Between 1:00 and 3:00, almost every day.
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Old April 12th, 2003, 09:21 PM   #11
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Hate to be an ignant Canook, but...
Are you guys pulling my leg about the afternoon rain?
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Old April 12th, 2003, 09:58 PM   #12
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If you've got outdoor shots get up early and get them. You don't really want to be out mid-day. The light is harsh, the heat and humidity are worse. I don't think you'll be used to the humidity, it's oppressive. In the afternoon move your set indoors.
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Old April 13th, 2003, 12:16 AM   #13
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I used to spend two weeks a year in Florida on holidays with my parents when we lived in southern Ontario. We'd usualy stay in the Ocala forest and along the east coast. I loved the weather. Beautiful, perfect. Just the right heat and humidity.

However, that was always in late December, early January. :)
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Old April 13th, 2003, 02:55 AM   #14
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Hey Dylan,

I'm also a short drive (two hours) from Orlando and I tend to use any excuse to get up there and stop by my favourite coffee shop, Harold and Maude's; so keep us all updated and I'd love to come up and help out.

As for your wanting a crane, I'll be getting one at the end of May. Check out the website, see if it looks like something you mighht want to use:
www.ezfx.com
It'll have the full extention kit also, you can see a pic at http://www.ezfx.com/extension_kit.htm (but without the pan/tilt head)

And no one is pulling your leg about the Florida rain. It's super hot, extra-super humid, and it does rain at least for a while just about every day during the summer (heat + surrounded by water = lots of heavy clouds)

On the upside, if you should find yourself unable to shoot for a couple hours, there's tons to do in Orlando without going anywhere near a theme park!

Good Luck and Keep us posted!

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Old April 13th, 2003, 06:31 AM   #15
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We don't like the rain, but we prefer it to the state going up in flames. If it rains, it pours every day. If it doesn't rain, it is a drought and wildfires go out of control. We are NOT kidding.

Either way, we'll still welcome your Canuckness to our corner of the pits :)
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