And the thing about putting your job title and company name at the bottom of posts is that RedUsers can then put your comments in context ... everyone has an agenda and of course my posts represent the hopes and aspirations of our small company - I make no bones about it ... but at least everyone knows where I'm coming from and can take my comments with a big pinch of salt if they want to.
Anyway, enough of this petty griping ... let's get back to the discussion.
1) Local 600 is now taking steps to strengthen the role of the DIT for on-set and near-set dailies work as well as their traditional camera and data wrangling responsibilities ... this will have some implications for all of us (well in the LA area anyway).
2) what is not clear is where on-set ends and near-set begins in terms of union jurisdiction and working practices ... Blair, when you park your DIT van out in the parking lot on Union gigs do they classify you as Union or non-Union?
3) Digital Dailies (whatever that encompasses) is gaining momentum .... again, I'm talking about near-set and not just on-set ... solutions from many companies (yes Mike - Technicolor as well) provide incredible processing power in a mobile form factor .... we can do things at half the price working off a cart or out of a Pelican case that were unimaginable a few years ago ... so if Producers can save a shit load of money doing things that used to be done within the sanctity of our facilities - what is to stop them doing it? ... and not just using our carts and services ... there is no rocket science involved in putting together a digital dailies lab and having your own personnel run it ... already I have DITs coming up to me wanting us to train them in Express Dailies and Resolve 9 so they can become 'on-set colorists'.
The original issue highlighted in this thread is how and in what ways the post-producton industry is evolving and changing? ... having worked in the computer industry for twenty-five years before I set up our post-house, I can tell you that we "ain't seen nothing yet" .... Hollywood TV and film production is actually behind the curve in terms of the adoption of digital technologies and new working practices ... however, once Moore's Law takes over an industry the rate of change increases exponentially.
Digital Dailies is but the tip of the ice-berg for some fundamental changes coming our way ... how to best respond to those changes and adapt to the new opportunities is really at the heart of what I'm discussing here ... your considered and relevant comments are most welcomed.