On Set- Join Me Shoot

Another shoot with the talented gents at p3, this time teamed up with the also very talented Black Math guys.  The video was for JoinMe, an online video calling/collaboration service.  Morgan Myer was the DP for the spot directed by Jeremy Sahlman, and they rented my Red Epic which I operated.  

Morgan really stepped up his game on this one, with a perfectly even-lit cyc wall and great talent lighting to boot.

Now that's how you light a cyc.

Notice on the bottom left of the monitor the waveform with the solid green line going straight across from left to right.  This waveform monitor interprets the amount of light in the image from 0 (meaning total black) to 100 (meaning pure white).  Black Math wanted a clean white to be able key out if needed for the animation they were going to create over the video.  Having an evenly lit background is essential for this, and the waveform monitor notes how there is no variance in the lighting of the white background, which is not an easy thing to achieve on a 30'x40' wall.

Got to use some sweet cinema primes.

Got to use some sweet cinema primes.

Nothing says Italy like a Vespa (apparently).

Our setup for the "French Cafe" scene.

A fun shoot with some really talented people.

On Set- Mountains of Western Main Pt 2

Another shoot in the western mountains of Maine, following up on the same feature film.  This time I got to go up in the bucket and get some shots of our prop truck.  

View from the bucket lift straight down.

Up in the trees

We were pretty blessed with the weather and sun/clouds mix we got in the afternoon.  Spectacular sunset for the last few driving shots we needed to get.  

The director finding his shot overlooking a still-frozen Weld Lake with my Epic.

We also had a 2-axis gyro on hand for the driving shots, which was a huge help.  Almost impossible to get the driving shots the week before without it, so glad we had it on hand this trip.  Took me a minute to figure out how to get it up and going, but once we had the gyros running, it worked a beaut.  Strapped it to the roof of my truck for some following shots of the prop cars, as well as in the back for some leading shots.  Light was fantastic, too.

gyro rigged to the roof.

the whole rig, including the bucket lift we used earlier in the day.  It's good to have a truck for shoots like these.

This was the last day of shooting for the production, now headed into post for the next few months.  Can't wait to see this when it's finished sometime this fall, hopefully on a large screen!

New Office Space

Finally finished building my new standing desk for the office.  This has been a few months in the works, including a 3 month woodworking class at Portland Adult Ed, which was really helpful.

The Before desk setup.

And a detail shot of the mortise and tendon joinery, which I was pretty excited to learn.  

The finished After standing desk.  Wire management still needs to be figured out.