“Tales” featured news and dirt of Richmond’s film, video and audio production community from April 1997 til November 2016. Browse the weekly entries below or search for specific names or events.
No More Tales

No More Tales

In April 1997, the world (and the web) were very different places. That’s when I launched “Tales from the Grips,’ featuring news and dirt of Richmond’s film, video and audio community.


Back when it started, the web was a relatively new phenomenon for local companies, especially for a sole proprietor. In doing research, I determined that my new website had to do more than showcase my resume. Since the local chapter of the International Television Association had recently disbanded, there was no local outlet for the production community to come together or communicate. And that was the beginning.


Back then, email was relatively new, so I faxed notices to local production companies asking them to contribute news. Once it caught on, there were more than 2000 hits a week, especially on Mondays, when the new “issue” was published.


Due to changes in the way we communicate, I’m bringing “Tales” to an end. Between list serves and social media, everyone communicates their news more efficiently.  Much of the news on “Tales” has been supplanted by casting notices and crew searches. There are still some job postings and occasional “hot poop,” but I’ve just lost interest in cutting and pasting other organizations news.


So, this marks the end of “Tales” after almost 20 years. How’s that for poop!

For those who wish to reminisce, the issues of “Tales” since SIFTER started are under the “Tales” tab (duh).


Week of November 7

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Week of October 31, 2016

Frankly, friends…I’m getting bored with this.


Most of the news that I get is casting notices…and they come from the Virginia Production Alliance listserve.


I used to get all kinds of juicy poop from the production companies and individuals. That seldom happens anymore.


As a result, I’m considering ending Tales from the Grips in the near future…unless I start getting more input from you!



Week of October 24, 2016

Tudor Productions is looking for an experienced handheld & tripod camera operators to shoot a live concert on 11/6. Looking for Sony FS7’s and FS5’s for rent (need 5). Also need 2 PA’s for set-up, cable handling and strike. Send an email if interested.


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