We’re finally finished! After two and a half intense months of filming and editing, I’m excited to present the documentary that has taken up most of my life of late: Hatchery AND Wild!
Luhr Jensen’s Kwikfish ruled on the Nushagak River!
It’s been busy… To date, my favorite project is one I completed over this summer: the homepage video for Alaska King Salmon’s website! Not only did I find the beauty of Alaska as incredible as I’d always imagined–the mountains surrounding Anchorage literally took my breath away–but the guys at the camp were fantastic people to spend the week with. Not only did they respect me and my work, but they were constantly making sure that every guest felt as comfortable as possible. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a group of guys work this hard. Check out the video below!
This is a slider-practice project… crazy fun!
As a new intern at Picture This, I’ve discovered a crazy exciting opportunity: taking available equipment home over the weekends. This first weekend, I just about flipped at the chance to take home the Sony FS700, a fantastic camera that stands out to me because it records video as fast as 960 frames per second, played back at the users choice of a standard frame rate (30, 24, 60, etc).
Tis the season of paperwork! For the last few months, I’ve been on “production break,” doing the less-fun side of self-employed filmmaking: paperwork. Sometimes that necessary evil makes me want to scream. Besides financial and project-specific paperwork, the monster of Market Research awaits my trembling soul.
Looking back, I haven’t sat down for a day to dig deep into what’s going on in my field for several years. It’s far too easy to get obsessively consumed with my own projects while the constantly changing world of media moves on. So this week I made myself a cup of tea, found a comfy chair, and proceeded to visit Uncle Google and the sites of my cinematography heroes (Ray Roman, Philip Bloom, and StillMotion, to name a few).
Between paperwork and research, I’ve kept my creative side satisfied by shooting footage of my family. The following short film is definitely a personal piece, capturing a handful of precious moments. Please enjoy The Professor and the Ham:
After growing up on standard-def prosumer camcorders, I cannot explain how much I love DSLR 1080 24p footage for events. Recently, a friend in the wedding video business asked me how that relates to the DVDs I give to clients. Are they 1080p? || Read more
My first documentary (completed in 2011) is finally online!
There’s something to be said for a project without a due date. In October of 2007, I heard my great Aunt Hope tell a riveting childhood story of escaping a flood in the small town of Malott in Okanogan County, WA. At sixteen years old, I was considering documentary filmmaking, and the story sounded like a great opportunity to test the waters! If only I’d known how much time it would cost me…
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While on family vacation, we made a quick visit to Battery Harvey Allen at Cape Disappointment. This is my short montage of clips capturing mood using natural light and simple movement.
I can’t describe Tianna and Andrew’s wedding using cliche words like “beautiful,” “romantic,” and “cute couple.” Maybe if I added “times one hundred” to each phrase I’d get a little closer. What an honor and a pleasure to tell their wedding story and join the fun on their special day. Really, this is one wedding video you have to watch…and I don’t always say that. A rare sort of sweetness encapsulated the whole event:
fun technical stuff
I shot almost all of the footage with my 5D Mk II on a monopod with my favorite fluid head. Shooting an entire day without an assistant or second shooter can quickly become overwhelming, but with the adaptability and portability of a monopod and a 24-105mm zoom lens, the task is surprisingly manageable. For those who know my past woes, I finally invested in higher-capacity CF cards to supplement pitiful 4GB’s that I naively bought years ago. In the past I’ve struggled with using a monopod, but I found this tutorial by StillMotion to be extremely helpful: http://bit.ly/NLCjUJ. While my monopod isn’t half as high-tech as the ‘pod shown, I tried their techniques and found that I could pull of shots I’ve envied for years. Honestly, fancy equipment and gadgets aren’t what make cool shots. Sure, there’s a certain amount of quality tools you need, and there are fancy gadgets needed for specific moves, but believe me when I say that I’m still learning the magic of my $45 monopod! That’s the main lesson I took from this last filming adventure: push equipment to it’s fullest potential, and never stop looking for ways to get more out of what you already have.
Another lesson I “reinforced by experience” at this wedding is equally important: always have at least one backup audio recording device during any one-time event. You never know when a technicality, miscalculation, or equipment glitch will slap you in the face. With so many elements to juggle shooting solo, play it safe. I’m beyond glad that I did.