New for 2017 gear-gear-gear…

This will be a pretty quick post as my friends at the Wallingford Chocolati are about to close. Been like a nutty squirrel adding some outstanding gear to my production kit. A rundown since our last visit:

  • 3x Dracast LED lights with 2x V-Mount batteries. (Perfect for travel and interviews off the grid).
  • Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art lens. (An amazing lens. Maybe the best one in my kit. I know have a crazy fast zoom lens kit including the Tokina 11-20 f/2.8, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, this new Sigma and the outstanding Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II.
  • Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II (It’s hard to say that the Sigma is actually a better lens then this the latest version of this venerable workhorse. Let’s just say the Sigma is a little bit easier to work with indoors. I am very proud of this Canon lens. A must have for event photography and video).
  • DJI Ronin M. (I picked up this amazing gimbal from a friend. What can I say… It’s an amazing piece of kit. I can’t wait to start using it on set.
  • DJI Osmo+. Why the Osmo+ when I already have the Ronin? Well, let’s just say it is very light and compact. For quick shots, it will come in very handy. For larger crew jobs or for when we have more time for setup, I will definitely be excited about bringing out the Ronin. For a quick walk and talk. Osmo all the way.
  • Mavic Pro (That’s right. I’m going aerial! After seeing what my good friend Jeremiah Kaynor can do I figured it was finally time for me to get a hand in the game. I’m excited to see what I can do with this).

In addition to these things, I’ve also added a few support items to make the experience more enjoyable. I’ve got a custom “Easyrig” type harness to support the Ronin on shots lasting over 15 minutes. This is going to help sooooo much. I’ve seen my friends struggle with this and although I’m sure I will be challenged at times I’m excited to have this little “crutch” to help ease the pain. For both my Osmo and Mavic I’ve picked up some small ND filters to maintain a proper shutter speed and exposure. Well, the barista has warned us he is about to close. Better wrap things up.

Let me know if you need my help on any of your shoots; aerial, gimbal camera or hybrid positions. I also have one of the nicest sound kits north of Hollywood. So give me a shout for sound as well. I just love to create, to work hard making amazing film and video with other hard working professionals. It’s a little weird branching out from sound mixing. But actually. as my sound career has taken off I never stopped being a hard-nosed DP and mercurial (though well organized) director. Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog. I promise to add some photos and correct spelling errors soon. Cheers! Happy 2017! (Update 1/22/17, spelling corrected and images added. Enjoy).

DJI Ronin M camera gimbal
Ronin M
Dracast Hi CRI LED Lights
DJI Mavic Pro
Canon 7D MII, Tokina 11-20 f/2.8, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 Art, Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art, Canon 70-200 F/2.8L IS II. Super fast, mobile zoom cinema kit.
DJI OSMO. Great for grabbing quick shots with motion.

Directing a Music Video for Afton Prater

This creative one-day music video shoot reminds me of the importance of a creative and resourceful production crew.

Directing a Music Video for Afton Prater in Seabeck WA.

I had a unique opportunity to direct and co-DP for this music video featuring NW talent Afton Prater and an army of young line dancers from Kitsap County. Afton is a bright young star on the rise and with her talented band and supportive community I know she will go far!

The Dream Team

My producer Suzanne Finnell of Beverly Boy Productions did an amazing job helping me gather a solid crew, develop and adapt our shot list and deal with changing conditions in the field. March 26th, 2016 started out nicely but ended in pouring rain. A typical spring day here in the NW. We filmed on some the country roads near Seabeck Washington. Our dream team included co-DP Jeremiah Kaynor who did some amazing work on his gimbal.

Disaster! (averted)

You will notice one aerial shot of Afton walking along the road. Shortly after that Jeremiah’s DJI Inspire quadcopter experienced a mechanical malfunction and landed in the pond. Due to some quick work with towels, a blow dryer, and a big bag of rice the Inspire was mostly okay. While the quadcopter was getting repaired gaffer Casey Schmidt jumped onto a jeep and helped us gather a long tracking shot that really works well in the video. Our PA, Lucas Chapel went above and beyond to help make everything come together; allowing his vehicle to be used as a show car and doing work as an AC, sound mixer, and best boy to help keep our show on the road.

The Rains

Once the rains began to fall my team’s resourcefulness really came into play. Suzanne helped keep us going through shot after shot. And Afton was a real trooper singing and dancing for multiple shots and locations over a 10 hour day. No complaints from her,though. Her shining light helped show the way. This is only my second music video. But a real joy. I moved away from Kitsap County back in 2000 after 4 years working as a counselor at Kitsap Mental Health.  I’m glad to see that the folks there still have great compassion and creativity. I’m always impressed with the relaxed pace of life there, the warm, friendly people and the romantic countryside.