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.
A company called Style My Heart (my wife Ranya’s company) which makes almost everything and anything creative jewelry wise has made me something random called Nuns Knickers for my dslr setup and Mattebox. This is basically what it is. A mattebox comes with usually a multitude of foam donuts or circular inserts to help block light coming in from behind the mattebox and above the lens. This donut usually needs to be changed out depending on the diameter of your lens. And because I have a Rokinon 14mm which has a HUGE diameter because there is a non removable lens hood and the glass is just huge to get the wide 14mm angle I can’t use the same donut for let’s say my 55mm. I would have to unscrew the donut holder and place in another donut to fit a smaller lens. This takes too much time in the field while shooting. So I did a little research and found 2 companies that make these universal light blockers. First is Zacuto‘s Universal Donut found here with a video to demonstrate installation. This is just a little too expensive for me so I check out the second alternative with a company called Genus. They have one called Nuns Knickers which I find very funny so I am using this as the name for my homemade one. Here is the Genus one which is definitely a little cheaper than Zacuto’s and differently made as well. I went another route and had my wife make me one with draw strings built in. I had some bose headphone bags and doubled them up to make sure light wouldn’t get through and cut a hold in the bottom of each. Also, cut them way down because I only need about 3 to 4 inches or even less between the mattebox and lens. So far this had been working great. It can be a little difficult to get the draw strings around a smaller lens but so far it works. The pictures below show some of the earlier versions which was slightly too large. The “Knickers” have been cut down to about 2″ now and seem to work better.