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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010
Posted in BTS

I am now trying out a monopod I purchased while traveling in Italy called Cullmann 741. I purchased a ballhead made by Giottos that came with a quick release plate which I have been putting onto all of my diy projects. This helps me go from one thing to the other fast while filming. So far the monopod and ballhead have made my shots more steady and given me the ability to walk around while filming. I will be checking the footage out with me walking around to see if it’s more steady than just with holding the T2i in my hands. Here are some photos.