Best Buy: Future Innovators

Here is the latest commercial production I worked on as a camera operator. The Malloys directed, Adam Kimmel was our DP, Crispin Porter + Bogusky was the agency and HSI was the production company. One of my favorite songs by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros was used as the music for the TV spot.

I was happy to get the call for this job. We shot primarily on 2 RED Epics but they sent me off on my own with my Canon 5D at times to capture b-roll at some other locations and and that footage seems to have cut in just fine with the RED footage. We shot it in a documentary style, mostly handheld and I set up a few time lapse shots and did a few slider moves. Here is the 30 second spot.

A Study of Light and Death

The Salton Sea, I’ve been fascinated with it since I first heard about it. Created in 1905 by a flood of the Colorado River, it is the largest body of water in California and more salty than the Pacific Ocean. With no outflow the salinity rises by one percent each year which results in massive fish die offs. A briefly booming tourist industry lies rotting in the sun like the fish that line the shores.  Continue reading “A Study of Light and Death”

Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse took place on May 20, 2012. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. It was the first annular eclipse in the continental U.S. since the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994 and there won’t be another one of this magnitude visible in California until Sept. 23, 2071.

When I heard there was going to be an eclipse I was excited to try to capture it in a time-lapse. Having just returned from shooting a Best Buy commercial in Philadelphia all my gear had been shipped to my camera assistant’s house and to complicate things further my truck was in the shop getting the engine rebuilt. I managed to get a lift to pick up my equipment but by the time I retrieved everything I had missed the first part of the eclipse.

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The Last Day of Twenty Eleven

This year to ring in 2012 about a dozen friends went in on a large cabin in the mountains at Big Bear Lake. Felice made Beef Wellington for our New Year’s feast which was amazing. I got a small keg of New Castle which we kept in the snow and there was also plenty of good wine and whiskey to imbibe. We did a full day of snowboarding, some hiking around the lake, a little off-roading and a lot of Cabin Chillin’ in the last days of 2011. Continue reading “The Last Day of Twenty Eleven”

Photo Shoot for The Tasting Kitchen

I happened to run into Chef Casey Lane from the Tasting Kitchen restaurant yesterday and he was anxious to get some new photos of a few dishes, so this afternoon I did a little photo session for them. The best part was getting to eat some of the food after we got the shots.  The burrata and brocolini salad was amazing… oh and I think the shots turned out pretty well too. Continue reading “Photo Shoot for The Tasting Kitchen”

Don’t Stop Believing

SantaCon is an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill. There is also some drinking involved.

This year was my very first LA SantaCon and I was joined by my little helper Dee Dee and by Bad Irish Santa Mick. This video was shot entirely with a telephone and edited with some frustration in FCP X.

“No force on Earth can stop one hundred Santas!”