The AFC (Association of French Cinematographers) Micro Salon began Friday February 12. We arrived from cold, snowy New York to cold, snowy Paris–where it has been one of the coldest winters ever. Local remedy: a vitamin C mix of 4 freshly squeezed oranges, 2 lemons and a grapefruit. The bright night light, above, rotates atop the Eiffel Tower, 4 miles away from our hotel. If it could be adjust for pan and tilt, it would make an excellent night-exterior single source light, already pre-rigged for most of Paris.
We stayed at the Terrass Hotel in Montmartre, near the Micro Salon, and also a few short blocks from the Moulin de la Galette, Renoir’s “location” for his painting “Bal du Moulin de la Galette” (1876. Musée d’Orsay).
There were many mills for grinding wheat and pressing grapes on top of the hill of Montmartre, dating back to 1717. In the 1860s, the Moulin de la Galette was turned into a popular dance hall.