Posted on Oct 05, 2012
Posted in BTS

I had the most fun shooting these last couple days with friends than I have had in a long time.  It was the best experience being able to work with professionals outside of my day job and doing something creative.  Matt McDonald @TheMcDo is the mastermind behind these short comedy sketches that we filmed during a 2 day time schedule.  He setup everything, organized everything, and even had a casting call with real actors who were more than happy to help out with his scripts.  The crew was even laughing during each take when the actors pulled off each line written by Matt.  I was really excited that I could be apart of this whole thing and that I could help with providing some production equipment to pull off the shots needed.  After it was all said and done I think we all came away from this experience really happy to have worked together while making someone’s vision (Matt) come true.  Now we wait for the final piece to see our work in a complete short piece.

As far as behind the scenes info is concerned I put 2 GoPro cameras to the test to see if I could capture our activities during production.  Dealing with GoPro placement while also trying to DP the shots for each scene was sometimes a challenge as you will see in the video and images I provide.  There were times that objects obstructed the camera view but was able to capture some of myself in the corner of the image.  I was able to use my experience with my Glidecam to help with some scenes as well as my awesome Atlas 10 slider from Cinevate to help add some movement for some shots.  We used some really nice Zeiss ZE glass which was either rented or owned by a crew member and we shot on Canon 7D’s which was my first time using since I own 2 Canon T2i’s.  I have to say that this camera is definitely a step above of build quality and seemed way easier to balance on my Glidecam HD4000.  I might have to upgrade someday. 🙂  Either way I am ready to work on more projects with any of these guys.

So, here is the video shot with 100% GoPro cameras.

 

And some pictures from the GoPro angles.

Posted on Jun 03, 2012

First I want to thank Gustaf Fjelstrom from Coakley Heagerty for contracting me to help with the Santana Row Fashion Show.  I was honored to be there and help shoot the entire day of models as well as the Row stores and atmosphere.  It was a great learning experience for sure while being able to use my camera gear in order to capture everything needed for that day.  Also, I enjoyed shooting along side my colleague/screen writer Matt McDonald and audio expert Manol Manolov.  We were all lucky that the weather wasn’t too hot even though in the end I was burnt from too much sun and forgetting sunscreen.  But the breeze was nice and we were given a tent for shade.  Thanks to my wife Ranya and her company Style My Heart for following me around the entire day capturing some behind the scenes photos of myself actually working.  This has never been done even though I have always wanted to capture some of the work that goes into getting the images during projects.  Also, keep an eye out for a possible video from Gustaf and the Coakley Heagerty company for a Santana Row video showcasing what we captured that day.

Thanks to Cinevate for their amazing quality built product that can withstand everything you throw at it.  Everything from my Atlas 10 slider to the Titan Mattebox with a Simplis rails system has been able to not only help with production value but also has helped with giving my company the professional look I have been wanting for a long time.  And my wife Ranya for making me those “Nuns Knickers” the night before the shoot.  They came in handy and worked great keeping the light out from behind the mattebox and lens.

Here are some of the bts shots Style My Heart captured of myself working.

 

Posted on Mar 22, 2012
Posted in BTS, cinevate, dslr rig

I am still in shock that I get to participate in creating a music video for a very talented musician and long lost high school acquaintance Chris Ely.  The first music video I get to participate in is for his song titled “Lost Souls”  from his Album “Can’t Stay for Long“.  You can find his entire album on iTunes and Amazon for purchase.  Now back to the first day of shooting this music video.  We had a half dozen dslr cameras on this first day.  They consisted of Canon 7Ds, T2i’s, 60D, and T3i from what I remember.  We utilized my glidecam hd 4000, my new cinevate atlas 10, a pico flex dolly, and multiple Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 monopods for shooting this day.  I have to say that all of these things helped imensely with the production value but ultimately it was the creative eye from all of the shooters handling their cameras that made each take worth every second.  Also, the entire band was a joy to work with especially when they recognized our equipment and talked to us about it.  It’s surprising how many people actually know about DSLR stuff and have an interest in it.  The guy in charge of this whole thing is Matt McDonald who I met at my new day job editing corporate videos for Cisco here in SJ.  You can also check out his website here.  We will have another shoot for the storyline of the song Lost Souls at the end of March.  After that the editing (all done by Matt) should begin and be pieced together for a cool music video.  I can’t wait to shoot the rest of this and to see the final product of our work.  It’s great working with such professional people doing fun stuff like this music video.

Here are some photos of the shoot which took place at Westgate Church.  All photos were taken with my iphone so the quality isn’t that great.  But it is what it is. Enjoy.