Blog

Resume, Saynave BTS

This was a fun project. The fine people at MalixMedia (Director Alex Reinhard, Producer Max Morgan) and DP Joe Grasso crafted an interesting concept for this music video. Problem solving is the name of the game. This project presented two unique challenges while working as a gaffer. 1) How do we trigger the air cannon? and 2) How do we rig our lights so the stands and lights are not in the shot? I love tinkering and building diy projects. So when I pitched the team the idea of a confetti cannon that the actor can trigger, they were all in. Confetti Cannon! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll4NDhxc0UQ&feature=youtu.be Behind…

Read more

Center For Literacy: BTS

Behind the scenes look at filming a project by yourself, during COVID-19. Working alone presents its own challenges, but if you have the right equipment, your job becomes easier (most of the time). Let's start by addressing the gear used (which was totally overkill) to complete this project. Our camera was the hallowed Alexa Mini, paired with an Atlas Orion 40mm 2X Anamorphic, T2 lens (woo wee). Since we were putting a teleprompter in front of our camera and lens combo (gross, I know), the 40mm was too wide for our teleprompter. The frame was so wide using a 40mm 2X anamorphic lens, that the…

Read more

1-800-Pack-Rat Project

Recently, I filmed a small series of spots for Pack Rat, along with the help of my talented friends, Adam Hribar & Tom Carson (info to their work below): Adam: https://www.adamhribar.com/info Tom: https://carson.film/ For most of the interview segments, we used a fairly simple technique of using silk to soften the light, and a bounce card to return ambient light By modifying natural light with a 6x6 frame of Magic Cloth, and filling from the shadow side with an Aputure 300Dii (with an egg crate), we were able to achieve a natural-looking image for this project. An unorthodox approached was used in grabbing the family…

Read more

Light Review: Aputure 300X

This is my first time reviewing a light. Let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akRbbutFhJw&feature=emb_logo I definitely do not recommend taking apart your 300X lamp, but if you do, it looks like they use a water-cooled block to keep the LED chips form heading up! This is what the 300X looks like after carefully removing the optical lens disc.

Read more

Visit Reading Project

So many filming locations in three days! Here are just a handful: https://vimeo.com/403204824 Motivated from the lamp in the scene, I hung an Astra 6x W/Crate above the lamp. From the background, I also set a Joker 800 HMI lamp to push light through the back window. It was also raining that day, so I also hung an umbrella over the lamp to keep the Joker dry. To highlight the ice skater, I placed a 750Watt Leko on the opposite end of the ice rink. I then operated the lamp by panning it on to our talent. We had an incredible team, with a talented…

Read more