I had a ball shooting with @erinimages at @badluckbar & @wrightdetroit!!! Nothing like good slow-motion fire shots. If you want to see how to shoot and edit slow motion footage like this, head over to @makingmoviestv on YouTube for today’s episode. (link is in the bio)
Testing out the new @moment #anamorphic lens. This little thing is so much fun! Everything was shot on my iPhone 7 Plus. The color is straight off the camera with no post production grade. Thanks @lofi_a2 for letting me play around last night! I’ll be putting up a @makingmoviestv episode on this lens soon.
Had a ball shooting with @brad.tennant today! He was a good sport when I asked him to lay out on a bridge, over water, in 30 degree weather. More coming soon! This one was just for fun. . . . #film #camera #cinema #production #director #filmmaking #setlife #cinematography #filmmaker #filming #onset #videography #videoshoot #cinematographer #videoproduction #cinematic #filmlife #16x9 #cameraman #detroit #dp #behindthescenes #videographer #filmproduction #filmcollective #makingmovies #framez #commercialproduction #filmmakers
Can’t wait for these ads to drop! Had a ball working with these amazing people and blasting tons of light through an infinite cyc. Nothing a 12’x12’ butterfly can’t handle. . . . #film #camera #cinema #production #director #filmmaking #setlife #cinematography #filmmaker #filming #onset #videography #videoshoot #cinematographer #videoproduction #cinematic #filmlife #16x9 #cameraman #detroit #dp #behindthescenes #videographer #filmproduction #filmcollective #makingmovies #framez #commercialproduction #filmmakers
2018 has been full of travel. I’ve learned there are right and wrong ways of going about it. Taking the time to get TSA Pre-check is one of the smartest things I have done. Having media credentials is a close second. Pre-check gets me in and through airports quickly, even with lots of gear. Getting media rates for checked baggage saves me a ton of hassle and expense. #themoreyouknow . . . #film #camera #cinema #production #director #filmmaking #setlife #cinematography #filmmaker #filming #onset #videography #videoshoot #cinematographer #videoproduction #cinematic #filmlife #16x9 #cameraman #detroit #dp #behindthescenes #videographer #filmproduction #filmcollective #makingmovies #framez #commercialproduction #filmmakers
Have you ever found yourself in an edit hole? I’m working on a really cool project and have been staring at this footage for far too long. I always have to remember to step back, take a break, and come back to it with “fresh” eyes. Things are coming along though! More to come soon.
This woman @cillamatography is the hardest-working, most talented, and constantly driven person I’ve ever had on set. She’s a beast behind the camera and a pleasure to work with. If you don’t know Priscilla, or haven’t seen her work, do yourself a favor and check her out. Don’t sleep on this one, she’s going to be big! Oh, and she just got engaged to an amazing man. I couldn’t be happier for her!
What a fun shoot today! I love documentary filmmaking. Working with @thestandardbistro to tell their story and hung out at @jakescountrymeats filming their beautiful farm. Next stop, interviews!
I’m blown away by all the comments, messages, and emails I’ve received about my hybrid photo/video posts. Cinemagraphs aren’t quite the right word for these so I’m just calling them “cines” . . Here’s a graphic I’ve put together to help visualize what cines are in the world of blended media. You can scroll through to see some examples I’ve put together. Still exploring this art form. Tossing up the idea of putting some tutorials out on it. What do you think?
A little over a year ago, I made a three minute short film in just two days with some amazing people. Now that film is competing in an international film competition. I’d love it if you’d check it out and let me know what you think. There’s also a short BTS video at the bottom on the same page. If you like it, throw it a vote! Link in bio.
Shooting in anamorphic is always an interesting experience. If you don’t know what that means, an anamorphic lens will squeeze the image horizontally (like smooshed clipart) allowing for more information to be recorded on the same sensor. Cameras that support shooting in anamorphic will open up the fill sensor and record with an aspect of 4:3. This then allows you to “desqueeze” the image in post, giving you a very wide field of view. It’s an amazing look! The EVA-1 (currently) doesn’t support anamorphic. That didn’t stop us! We used the anamorphic lens and shot in 16:9 instead of the preferred 4:3. The resulting image, when “de-squeezed”, was so unbelievably wide we had to crop the edges in post. Take a look at the wide FOV in this shot. You can actually see the edges of the lens on each side. I’ll post film grabs soon.
The art of the interview... much more about empathy than a formula. You can ask all the right questions but if you don’t invest in the interviewee, the responses you’ll get will be flat. Spend time and get to know who you’re speaking with. Don’t work your way through a list for the sake of getting story coverage. Ask questions that speak to where they are currently existing in their experience. Even if the subject is “corporate”, everyone has something interesting and compelling to say. Listen for it. Dig deeper. A good director finds the story within the story. @matthew_zacharias is a good director. I have learned a great deal from him.
The #48hourfilmproject is such a unique challenge. This is the second year I’ve participated in Detroit, and it’s always a wild ride. @juney.bae was an incredible director to work with. @cylent__ captured some amazing shots and we had some really fun talent to work with. If you have questions about the process, don’t hesitate to ask!
Location. Location. Location. Sometime you can’t get a location. In those cases you have to make them. For this shoot the client wanted talent to stand at the sink, face camera, and deliver lines. Since all bathrooms have walls and mirrors in front of the sink, we had to build a small set to accommodate. Behold, the two-walled bathroom! #noplumbing