The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has received some significant updates: more images of the Shasta pack,
California’s first wild wolf pack in a century, were captured by remote trail cameras! [x]
The Supernatural Camera Department, Jared, Jensen and Director of Photography Serge Ladouceur join in the “Slates for Sarah” campaign to honour camera assistant Sarah Jones. Jones was a 27-year-old second camera assistant who was killed while seven other members of a film crew were injured when filming on train tracks in Savannah. Many film and TV crews across the US and Canada have posted pictures of film slates with Sarah’s name on them as part of a tribute. source
Pic posted by Jose Manzano (standing to Jared’s left).
State evidence suggests new wolf may be in California’s Lassen county
June 22, 2016 - New evidence released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests there may be a wolf in Lassen County. The information — not yet conclusive — includes photos from four trail cameras between August and May and a hair sample from one of the sites. While DNA test results were inconclusive as to whether the animal is a wolf, dog or wolf-dog hybrid, the fact the animal persisted through the winter in this remote location leads agency officials to believe the animal is likely a wolf. The animal is not wearing a radio-collar, so its movements will be detectable only by trail camera, tracks, scat and sightings.
“We’re crossing our fingers that another wolf has arrived in California as part of the ongoing recovery of wolves across the West,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Wolves continue to prove what scientists have said all along – that California has great habitat for wolves.”
The first wolf in nearly a century to enter California was OR-7, a radio-collared wolf from Oregon that dispersed from the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon and entered California in late 2011. OR-7 ranged across seven northeastern counties in California before returning to southwestern Oregon, where he found a mate and has now had litters of pups for three consecutive years. Then, in August 2015, California’s first known wolf family was confirmed from trail camera images captured in Siskiyou County. Named the Shasta pack, the all-black wolf family was comprised of two adults and five pups. And in December 2015, wolf OR-25, also originally from the Imnaha pack, crossed the border into California for three weeks before returning to Oregon, and has made several more forays into the Golden State since that time.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife also reported this month that scat samples from the two adults and four pups of the Shasta pack collected last October have been DNA-tested, and the results indicate that both the breeding male and female adults are related to wolves from Oregon’s Imnaha pack. Of the four pups whose scat was tested, one is female and the other three are males
Gray wolves (Canis lupus) are native to California but were driven to extinction in the state by the mid-1920s. After OR-7 dispersed from Oregon into California, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the state to fully protect wolves under California’s state endangered species act. In June 2014 the California Fish and Game Commission voted in favor of the petition, making it illegal to intentionally kill any wolves that enter the state. In 2012 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife convened a citizen stakeholder group to help the agency develop a state wolf plan for California, and then circulated a draft version of the plan for public comment in early 2016. The agency anticipates releasing the final version of the plan sometime this year.
“With the potential confirmation of another wolf in California, we’re glad that that these magnificent animals are fully protected under state and federal law because each new wolf we gain is critical for the species to be able to recover here,” said Weiss. “We drove this species to extinction here and we are extremely fortunate to get a second chance to see these ecologically essential and beautiful animals return.”
Today the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders is marveling at one of the tiniest cameras we’ve ever seen. Ryan Howerter, a graphic design student at Colorado State University, created a functional pinhole camera using a single 2x2 stud LEGO brick. He was inspired to try turning a LEGO brick into a camera after learning about an even tinier pinhole camera made out of a single pine nut.
“Being a fan of Lego bricks, I had to carry this idea to its logical conclusion,” he told CNET. And that’s just what he did.
Howerter specifically selected a black LEGO brick as the most suitable color to block out light. After hollowing out the brick, he inserted a piece of brass shim stock with a pinhole poked through it and covered the bottom of the brick with black tape. Then he placed an itty-bitty piece of photo paper inside the brick, resting against the back, and exposed and processed it to create an incredibly small photo of a tree on the CSU campus, the very same photo the minifig is holding in the photos above.
“The most challenging part is definitely trying to get an actual photo out of it. It’s far too easy to over or underexpose the paper or film. I think it was about a 10-second exposure for the one held by the minifig,” Howerter says. He’s still trying to get a workable negative from the brick camera due to the difficulty of processing such a small piece of film.
Over the past year, an unspecified number of officers in the 9,900-person department tested cameras in the field. According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who announced the policy on Tuesday, the department may start using 800 cameras sometime in January. Steve Soboroff, the LA police commission president, approximated that the first two or three years of the program will cost $10 million.
City Council and a civilian oversight commission will have to approve the new policy before it can go into effect. After Garcetti’s announcement, Councilman Curren Price called for a specific timeline of the program’s application and additional information about the logistics involved.
At a news conference, Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed his approval. “This is a huge step for law enforcement. No other major city is even close to implementation.”
I’m going to start posting some iPhone shots of camera department during productions I’m working… I’m currently on a 5 day Ford shoot in Austin, Texas with a brilliant car DP, Dana Christiaansen. We’re shooting all over Austin with 2 Epics and an ultimate arm.
The Department of Justice has unveiled a program that will equip
police officers with nearly $20 million worth of body cameras among as
many as 50 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
The Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Partnership Program announced on Friday puts aside $17 million in
competitive grants to go towards body cams, as well as $2 million
for training and assistance and $1 million to help evaluate the
I worked as a Property Master and in Art Department for a couple years and now work as a Camera Operator/Assistant. Aside
from the COUNTLESS times that men have tried (sometimes forcibly) to
stop me from moving heavy objects — even when I remind them that it is my
job, I have several stories to share with you:
While working as a Prop Master on a
commercial for a grocery store chain, the male producer asked me
cheerfully and casually if I was dating the Art Director (on set this is
my boss and the person who hires me). He got very embarrassed when I
asked him if he would ask a man if he was dating his superior.
I showed up to set to work as the Set Decorator, approached the camera
department to say hello to the 2nd AC, who was a friend. The DoP asks, “Are you the makeup girl?”
as the Art Director on a low budget indie, I was driving around with my
PA. He said, “You drive pretty good for a woman, no disrespect.”
When I was still pretty green I confided in a friend, who is also a
producer, that I hoped to quit working in Art Department and someday
become a Director of Photography. He asked me stone cold serious: “But
how will you learn everything?”
This one makes
me cringe: a friend of mine was the sound PA and halfway through the
show the Boom Op was fired. She took over the boom the next day and when
she walked onto set with the boom for the first time, our first AD (who
was a pig through and through) said aloud, to everyone, “Look at this
girl and her pole!”
Very recently I was
texted by a producer saying that he hoped when I arrived for the job that it
would be “Friendly smiling Jane, not grumpy Jane.” I texted him back
is, of course, the flip side of all this, which is equally misogynistic
and damaging: the thought that, as a woman, you’ve been hired only because you’re a woman — because you’re cute, because you’re fun to have around, or because the producer/AD/whomever is so advanced that they just want to hire women and it doesn’t matter whom. I call these people “misogynists in sheep’s clothing.”
this I say: Fuck it. Take the jobs, take the money, and do it better
than them. Don’t let them disrespect you and as someone a few posts back, “call them out” when they say something sexist (if they
are, then eventually they will). It’s not easy. Sometimes it’s very
uncomfortable, but you are in the right and you deserve respect. I have
yet to get pushback when I call them out. Usually I get an apology. And
when it’s your turn to hire or recommend someone for a job, hire the
girl who you know does it better, too. The best thing we can do is stick
together! I see a lot of suspicion/resentment/fear around other women
in the workplace, which I think comes from this patriarchal idea that a
women in these roles is a novelty, therefore there may only be
room for one of us. But we are not in competition, and don’t let them
make you think that we are. We are collaborators and we are stronger
together! And we have to stick up for others, too. I hear sexist
comments the most, but I see homophobia and racism too, and we can’t
stand for any of it.
Love what you’re doing, thank you. It’s so important to share.
Officials: First wolf pack photographed in California since 1920s
San Jose Mercury News: Officials have captured the first photographic evidence of a pack of gray wolves in California since the 1920s. The pack, which consists of two adults and five pups, was found after a lone wolf was spotted earlier this year.
Photo: The wolf pups, in an image recorded by a trail camera. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)