Posts Tagged video
little stop motion i shot for maidenform
another couple of quick videos i shot for maidenform
i shot (and was the superstar) in this web commercial for scotts lawn care
so the wizards over at magic lantern have figured out how to hack canon software to shoot raw video. no more compressed .mov files – but real raw video. it’s gorgeous. kind of dreamy, even. but it IS a hack, and the workflow is a little less than dreamy. like everything else, once you pass the learning curve it starts feeling more comfortable. there are still some bugs in the system and glitches happen – but it’s an open-source work-in-progress and gets better daily. i actually shot this piece a few months ago and the quality of the builds lately have been a lot more reliable.
i whipped up this spec commercial to get my feet wet with the whole canon raw process. my inspiration was, “what if a girl loved running so much she ditched her date to go running?” so i built the storyboard, called a couple friends, and we went for it. it took maybe 4 or 5 hours to shoot everything. my favorite part of the night was shooting the running scenes. i conned my friend sam to drive me around on his moped so i could track our runner. we dropped off everything but the bare bones at our base camp and headed to our location. now imagine this, me on the back of the moped, sitting backwards – wearing a backpack on my chest with a c-stand arm jutting out supporting my key light (a small LED setup) – holding my steadicam merlin 2 rig – and best of all, i left my gaf tape at our base camp, so i had to cover the moped’s brake light with my leg so it wouldn’t hit my actress – all the while trying to balance and not fall when speedway sam took off like he was racing a funny car in the quarter-mile.
big hug and sloppy kiss to all the wizard-magicians over at magic lantern for making raw video on an SLR possible. xoxo
i’ve always been fascinated with the concept of beauty and why people feel attractive or unattractive. one might feel attractive for having a particularly strong facial/bodily features, and another might feel unattractive for having the same features. as styles and fads come and go, the light by which we perceive ourselves is constantly flickering. it’s so wild to think about. in 2007 i decided to post ads on craigslist and some other online classified ad sites searching for people who felt ugly or unattractive who would be willing to let me interview them and take their photo. i interviewed and shot 4 people, but i ran out of free time and the project got buried under the massive pile of everything else in my brain. now, years later, i was digging through the mountain of stuff in my head and found the project. i changed the art direction a little and added video to the mix. now, finally i give you i am unbeautiful.
andrew mager doesn’t try to bend the spoon. that’s impossible. instead, he realizes the truth: hackers bend the spoon. i shot this spot for andrew’s cameo in new relic’s nerd life video.
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while i was in miami i called katherine villari, one of my favorite models, and asked her if she’d be down to shoot a late night video. i had a vision of what i wanted: dark, contrasty black and white video of katherine in the pool set to operatic music. katherine has a certain air of mysterious elegance, and i knew she would be perfect for what i was after. when she was on her way over, i did a quick scout of the pool to brainstorm. by the time she showed up, i had a loose storyboard in my head and was ready to roll. of course, katherine nailed my vision and after a quick two hours of filming, i knew i had what i needed. i flew home the next morning, and by the time i landed in NY i had it all chopped up in final cut – and by the afternoon it was ready to show. it’s cool when a last-minute idea materializes so quickly.