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!
I periodically work with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on short artist docs. Here's a recent one on Chicago Artist Andrew Yang. His work is a very interesting mix between science and art. It involves found objects and things he constructs.
Another edit from the Tortoise shoot!
2 years married to this lovely lady!
Some buddies and I shot this band Tortoise recently for a record company. The band was about to go on an international tour and needed some promotional tour to send to cities before they came to play. This shoot was done on a shoestring budget and I really feel like we were able to get some nice stuff regardless!
Vacations are good for your brain if you can take them.
Tribeca 2016 official selection!
A film I spent much of last summer working on as a B Camera Operator is officially having its premiere at Tribeca 2016! Congrats to Matt Peterson, the director of photography and to Vulcan, the production company.
The film is called Midsummer in Newtown and here's what it's about:
The upcoming documentary Midsummer in Newtown is a testament to the transformative power of the arts. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, one grieving couple honors their daughter through music, while community children find their voice through a rock-pop version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
This film will premiere at Tribeca in April.
Throwing back to a Hilary Clinton spot I worked on a couple months ago in Iowa. Fun to be running around shooting in my home state again.
Had a great shoot with NBC sports over the weekend shooting some Olympic wrestling features in Iowa. I loved the chance to take the Arri Amira through it's paces on this hectic run-and-gun shooting schedule. This cameras amazing, with a lot of features that keep you rolling instead of playing with the menus when on documentary shoots. The highlight of this trip for me had to be meeting legendary Iowa wrestling coach and olympic gold medalist Dan Gable, who grew up in my hometown in Iowa!
Had to grab a quick photo of the lunar eclipse the other night -- see you in 2033 blood moon!
Nothing like getting out in dirt/heat/weeds when breaking in a new camera! Had a great time with the crew out in a small town outside Detroit this week filming for Outside Television. Still standing by the FS7 as a solid piece of machinery!
Just got my new Sony FS7 in the mail and this thing is amazing! 4K, 180 frames per second (HD), infinite ways to tweak the image, all in a great ergonomic body. I've already taken it out on a couple of shoots and it's changed the way I work!
I went up to Chippewa Falls Wisconsin this week to film this years Leinenkugel's ad for Outside Television. Highlights include a fun drone shoot around the brewery exterior, sunset on the lake and wrap beers with the boys! Can't wait to see how this piece turns out -- Thanks to the folks at Miller-Coors for this great experience!
Another fun shoot with the Shedd Aquarium! This time we got to go up on the roof, which had an amazing vantage point of the skyline I think few people get to see!
Thanks to the Shedd and the folks over at Optimus for the fun day of work!
Gifs are fun, but not as fun as fire pits in the summer!
And now for something completely different!