Saturday, May 22, 2010

iWraz Commercial

This is a commercial I worked on a while back as a 2nd AC. It was a two RED ONE shoot, one of which was provided by NYLAHD. The DP for this one was Zachary Spira-Bauer.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Cinematography Reel!

Finally! I've updated my Cinematography Showreel with work from late 2009 - present. I decided to keep this one short since my last one was way too long. I definitely feel solid about this one I've really progressed since 2009. Check it out!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Eric G. - "Riding With You" Official Music Video

I was the DP for this music video. I learned a lot from shooting this. Check it out.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lee Charms "Heart Breaker" Music Video Stills

These are some stills taken on my camera phone of the shots I DP'd with Kentrell Stoakley for the "Heart Breaker" music video. Check it out.

I'm sorry for the poor quality. will update to a higher res.

Lee Charms "Heart Breaker" Music Video Shoot

Yesterday, I worked on the new music video for Lee Charms' track, "Heart Breaker". The video was shot in a studio in Brooklyn, the home base of NYC Jibs and directed by Lameika George. My good friend and partner, Kentrell Stoakley, filled the DP shoes on this one and did a great job with his choices of color and composition. I was an AC/Gaffer swing for most of the day but he allowed me to take over and Co-DP a few scenes (of course he was there so I matched his existing footage but with a little bit of my own style) which will be going in my new reel soon.

We shot on Lameika's Canon 7D with a rented lens package consisting of a 35mm EF, 50mm L, and 70-200mm L. NYC Jibs provided us with a large collection of toys. My favorite for the day was the "sub rental" HMI Joker package, which was our main work horse for the day.

The day wasn't perfect as our shot list for the day was a bit ambitious for our reserved time in the studio. I didn't count but the shot list spanned two pages of 12 font, single spaced haha. The day started of really slow for various reasons and four hours were chopped off our morning. We started shooting around noon. Although we started late and didn't get all the shots we wanted, What we did get was pretty amazing.

During a dance choreography scene, I ended up using a 2k tungsten with diffusion as a key and bouncing the 400w HMI's off of the white flooring as a low angle fill which, mainly cast highlights in the dancer's shiny clothing.

Lee Charms received a phone call on the shoot asking him to perform on the BET show, 106th & Park which is great news that people are watching him, especially for us up & coming filmmakers. Check out Lee Charms' music at this link.

Shout outs to Kim Brannon (AD) who I haven't seen in about two years, Chris Johnson who I also haven't seen in about two years (since the last Lee Charms video), and Jared Frost for kicking ass as an amazing grip. Also shout out to Michael Milia from NYC Jibs who provided us with great hospitality and made sure we had everything we needed.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"NO" to the NYC MOFTB $300 Film Permit Application Processing Fee


The film industry in New York City is under siege. The state production tax credit extension is still held up in Albany without approval for another year, having run out in June 2009. Films and TV shows are going to Canada, Los Angeles and other areas with better production incentives. And now Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (MOFTB) plan to assess a $300 fee for filming permit application processing.

In a quote from the Wall Street Journal in response to the question of whether this fee would deter new business, "Everybody I've talked to about this—and I've called a number of producers—they couldn't stop laughing because it's $300 one time," said Mr. Bloomberg. "They go anyplace else, they pay $1,000 every two weeks. And it's such a small percentage of their budget."

Are these producers independent producers on limited budgets? Are these producers of short films or internet content? Are these producers documentary filmmakers? Mr. Bloomberg and the MOFTB don't seem to understand that this sort of fee will most certainly have an effect on low budget films, short films, documentaries and independent TV pilots in the city. $300 is enough to pay a principal actor in an ultra-low budget SAG film for 3 days. $300 is equipment rental for a day (or an hour). A low-budget or short film with a budget of $20,000 has to count every penny. In a low-budget film, $300 can be the difference between filming in New York City or somewhere else.

We, the undersigned, hereby state that this $300 filming permit application processing fee is not acceptable to those of us who work in this already fragile industry, which brings in millions of dollars in revenue and employs thousands of New Yorkers. We believe this fee will inhibit, and possibly cripple, independent and low-budget filming in the city and we are dismayed by the proposal. It is estimated these fees will only bring in under a million dollars a year. Compared with the possible loss of both revenue for our city and jobs the film industry provides, this fee is not worth the damage it could potentially cause. Please do not allow this fee to further erode an already declining number of productions in New York City. In this struggling economy, now is not the time for a new fee. Whether a production is a major studio film or a short film by an independent director on a shoestring budget, New York should be the film capital of the world – for everyone.

Click here to sign the petition! Spread the word!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Eric G "Riding WIth You" Music Video Shoot

Three weeks ago, I was the DP for a christian R&B music video. The artist was singer, Eric G. The treatment was co-written/directed by Dan Norton and I and this project was intended for Dan's final project in his Production II and Editing classes in SVA.

We initially had two months to plan for this thing, but we both became massively busy and Dan had some important family matters to deal with, so we didn't really start getting cracking on the pre-production until a week or two before the shoot. We had about 3 or 4 meetings asside from our private brainstorm sessions.

Either way everything got changed on the night before the shoot due to many factors. We stayed up all night making sure everything was atleast 90-100% good before shooting. We shot for an entire weekend on barely any sleep.

We shot on the Panasonic HMC150, which I have to say is an awesome little camera. I loved using it with the SG Blade 35mm adapter and Nikon AI-S primes. We got some gorgeous footage.

We ended up running into a few problems during production. First, we were kicked out of almost every other location but luckily, Dan and I planned for this in advance and we were prepared to search for secondary locations. Also, we planned to shoot a concert scene where the main character goes to an Eric G concert. The problem was that SVA couldn't give us more than a three unit Arri package so we were hoping that our friend, Randy, who is the AV tech at crossbridge church would lend us some PAR cans to light the small venue. It turned out he was extrememly sick that weekend and not to mention he didnt have the lights in his posession. We ended up working with what we had and the footage didn't come out bad but, it would have been so much better if I had the gear I needed. My strategy at that point was to shoot as tight as possible using our 100mm lens. That gave us some room to move lights around for different shots. It was a pain in the butt but it worked out.

I think the best part of the shoot was getting to play with a Fuji Instax camera which prints little polaroids (which are now called instant film :P) Check it out:

A rough cut is finished and Dan is conducting minor tweeks to the edit so it should be posted online in about a week. Below are a few performance stills that a grabbed using my camera phone. Sorry that they're a bit low quality (LG Dare :(

(Don't worry, that's not interlacing!)

You can check out Eric G's music on his website at