Had a great experience this week operating on Showtime's The Chi. This season's DP Abe Martinez has been a long time friend and mentor to me dating back to our AC days. Thanks for the opportunity Abe!
Really into this example of both color and using real life sources to light your interviews with. This past year for me has been all about getting outside of normal interview conventions, whether that be playing with scale or composition. Color is another great way to stand out - doesn't work in every situation, but it really pops here.
Frame grab from Vogue: Model Citizen a film about five Sudanese models.
United Skates was featured as one of Timeout's 10 best movies at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival!
My brother is a Grip/Electric in New York and I got a chance recently to have him on a shoot here in Chicago. Wish he was on every shoot!
Happy to announce that United Skates, a documentary some friends of mine have been working on for the last five years will have it's world premiere at the Tribeca film festival in April! I've been working on this doc alongside them filming some of the Chicago content and the characters here have grown to be good friends! So excited for these two filmmakers and their film baby to hit the streets!
For more information on the film visit their website
Have a baller Monday!
A couple of photos from the Chicago Women's March. I was happy to see people are still energized to act one year later. The march is becoming such a positive, triumphant happy event that you walk away from feeling like the world is going to be ok.
Watching the nephew get pulled into a movie. Film is powerful in a lot of ways, but the ability to hold a 5-year-old kids attention for an hour and a half seems like black magic.
A couple BTS pics of a fun shoot I directed for Urban Initiatives. What a fun gig! Thanks to the folks at Optimus for having me on!
Photos by CJ Richter
Went to a screening of Errol Morris's new documentary THE B-SIDE: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait photography, and it was wonderful. The film looks back at 70 year-old Elsa's long career and legacy. Being in the same trade a lot of what she talks about really resonated - the struggle to get into the perceived 'cool' group of photographers, a fascination with the facade some of her subjects like to project in front of the camera, and a looks at how decisions she made in her career affected her life. Anyways, enough ramble -- good movie -- check it out if you can.
Here are some BTS from a music video shoot I did recently for the band Ha Ha Tonka. While the video will be pretty After Effects heavy, there was still plenty of work to do in shooting this! Music videos will forever be long grueling shoots, and this was no exception, but it was all shot in studio -- it was nice for once to focus on craft like lighting and performance rather than running around trying to shoot a crazy amount of setups in a day.
Really looking forward to seeing the final product and congrats to the crew on a job well done. The band is supposed to be playing the song on Conan so the video will be sure to get lots of eyeballs!
Photos by Jon Hamblin
Moonlight, if you haven't yet seen it is a stunningly beautiful film that immerses you into the life of it's main character, Chiron like no other film I've seen before. Maybe it's just how tense and nervous most of the film makes you feel - you just never know what's going to happen, and you always feel like whatever comes next could cause you pain. The color palette of this movie will stick with me for a while. Go see it if you can!
Democracy in action is a beautiful thing.
New year, new tools. Added the Arri Skypanel S-60c to the lighting kit. This thing is bright (think Joker 800), tunable to any color so you can match those pesky florescent office overheads, and has a programmed library of all Rosco and Lee filters. I'm excited to see what this helps me make this year!
Launched a couple of short videos on The Atlantic Monthly website today in conjunction with Lincoln Motor Co. They are portrait pieces on people in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The videos live on a site (HERE) that also includes writings and reportage photography all about the neighborhood. I produced and directed these pieces, and am very proud of how it all turned out!
What a weird time it's been for this country in the past year, right? Whatever your affiliation, go out and vote today if you haven't already - it seems especially important this time around.
The trailer for the film Midsummer in Newtown is up. I spent the summer of 2014 traveling to Connecticut to operate the B Camera on this film. It was such a surreal experience being a part of this project. I feel lucky to have met and spent a lot of time with the kids featured in this film - their ability to pick their lives up and move forward after such an insane thing happened to them is inspiring to say the very least. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and was the runner up for the fest's audience award. Thanks to DP Matt Peterson and the folks at The Documentary group for having me on this project, it's not one I'll ever forget.
A great example that shows you can always find a creative and fun way to tell the story in what would've otherwise been another boring commercial. So good!