Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mr. Lassiter's Opus

Lassiter goes nuts!I'm telling ya, my Cameratology professor was TOUGH. He was all about the fundamentals, you know ... wides and tights, tripod reliance, shooting in the can. I learned a lot from him but only when I wasn't ducking hurled camera batteries. Rumor had it he'd suffered a beat-down during the great Food Lion Uprising and was never the same. You think Barton's grumpy, this dude was a menace! A single flashframe could send him into a frenzy and he'd start swinging tripod legs until everyone low-crawled out of the room. Once I saw him dropkick a Goth kid for 'breaking the axis', then half choked two frat boys with an old press-pass lanyard when they kept forgetting to white-balance. During the last semester some kids dosed his coffee with hallucinogenics, but he just turned off all the flourescents and ranted about mapbooks for an hour. Then there was the time I spilled Dr. Pepper on his save tapes. I thought he was gonna bust a blood vessel. Hmm?

Yeah, well - okay , so that's not my old Cameratology professor. Fact is, outside of a Masters in Ribbon Cutting Smotherage, I got no sheepskin at all. No, that's Tom Lassiter - certified camera guru and one heckuva nice guy. He was gracious enough to encourage my interest in his Why Most Web Videos Stink session at ConvergeSouth. The resulting hour proved quite popular and I got to use the term 'bowel movement' to describe a particular internet vid. Perhaps academia wouldn't have been such a hassle after all...

2 comments:

Carolyn said...

Actually, you ARE in college...sort of. There's a kid in my class this semester who looks kind of like you. I wrote "stu" next to his name on my roster so that I would have an easier time putting a name to a face...I hope I don't screw up and actually call him stu. He sits in the back of the class, too, which is where I suspect you would linger...Mr. Lenslinger, do you have something you would like to share with the class?

Fec said...

Thanks again for the great session.