My New Book

SHOWDOWN AT SHINAGAWA: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil


Coming November 18th: I'll be reading at Weekday Wanderlust in San Francisco

Roving Camera Album: Click Photo

Sony F65 camera with SR-R4 digital video recorder, 18mm Leica lens

Dragon’s Cheeseball Rig


A cheeseball rig is a setup where necessity spawns bizarre offspring, where crewmembers put the gear together in a new and odd way, often because of a missing item, which would have made life much simpler. Like the NASA guys ingeniously kluging together an improved air scrubber on Apollo 13, using only materials on hand … duct tape, baling wire, paper clips. Innovation in the face of adversity.

Most of all, it has to be funky.

At least four or five times – and twice in the last year – I’ve had the pleasure of working with a gaffer in China, a lighting professional from Hong Kong with the unlikely name of Dragon Lau. Dragon often works with Andrew Leung of Asia Films . . . CONTINUE READING: Dragon’s Cheeseball Rig