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Lighting Basics: Going With What is Available
Nov05

Lighting Basics: Going With What is Available

The exciting thing about the Arri Alexa, F-3 and the new wave of DSLR’s is their high ISO range to minimum [...]

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One Day, 197 Set ups, 12 Shooters & 9 Navy SEALs to bring Jeep COD (Call of Duty) Ride Experience to Life
Oct20

One Day, 197 Set ups, 12 Shooters & 9 Navy SEALs to bring Jeep COD (Call of Duty) Ride Experience to Life

When I was a kid, I had a fascination with Halloween. Our son, Myles, has inherited this same [...]

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The Importance of Being Mobile
Oct14

The Importance of Being Mobile

“Have a safe flight. Someone from production will pick you up.” How many strange [...]

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It Came from Above – Shooting a Documentary in the Field
Sep16

It Came from Above – Shooting a Documentary in the Field

This summer, my phone rang and my friend, Erica Tremblay, was on the other end of the [...]

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"Sports Authority" with the The Kessler V3 Crane and Revolution Head
Sep06

"Sports Authority" with the The Kessler V3 Crane and Revolution Head

When director Peter Odiorne asked me to shoot Sports Authority “Shoe,” the [...]

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Dark Energy: Lightning in a Bottle for the HDSLR Revolution
Aug06

Dark Energy: Lightning in a Bottle for the HDSLR Revolution

Over the last 6 months, I have been under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with a company out of [...]

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Lighting Basics Series I:  Where to place your KEY LIGHT
Jul08

Lighting Basics Series I: Where to place your KEY LIGHT

One of the most popular requests was for lighting instruction. In the HD world and film, lighting is king. Knowing how to light and not just rely on available light is what being a cinematographer is all about.

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Maxing Out Your Indie Budget: “Remus” by Julien Lasseur, Elite Team Assistant & Media Manager
Jun24

Maxing Out Your Indie Budget: “Remus” by Julien Lasseur, Elite Team Assistant & Media Manager

To begin, I’m not claiming to be an experienced filmmaker. I merely want to initiate a dialogue about producing [...]

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One Sunrise: In One Day, One Moment, A Turning Point Captured Across America for Prudential
Jun18

One Sunrise: In One Day, One Moment, A Turning Point Captured Across America for Prudential

We employed Technicolor’s Cinestyle on its maiden voyage. This picture style seemed to work well in [...]

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PRO NIGHT: HDSLR Filmmaking with Jacob Rosenberg this Thursday, May 26, 2011
May24

PRO NIGHT: HDSLR Filmmaking with Jacob Rosenberg this Thursday, May 26, 2011

In February of 2009, I walked through the doors of Bandito Brothers production company and I realized at that moment this very talented [...]

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Final Days of Deadfall: Giving the Stag Horn Saloon Life, Texture, and Color: KINO FLO
Apr22

Final Days of Deadfall: Giving the Stag Horn Saloon Life, Texture, and Color: KINO FLO

It is so sad saying goodbye to Montreal. I love this amazing city. The crew was the [...]

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9 5Ds Capture The Power of a Shot on Goal for Yahoo Sports (WORLD CUP) 2010
Apr08

9 5Ds Capture The Power of a Shot on Goal for Yahoo Sports (WORLD CUP) 2010

In May of last year I was hired to shoot a web interactive game for Yahoo sports in the LA Coliseum. The Director Jason Zada…

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Deadfall’s Camera Breakdown: Artistry Meets Organization
Mar26

Deadfall’s Camera Breakdown: Artistry Meets Organization

Prepping a movie is one of the most important tasks you have as a cinematographer. You can design the whole movie-organize, create, and schedule it in a way that is best for light.

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AAA Behind the Scenes: Episode One “The Drag Strip”
Mar18

AAA Behind the Scenes: Episode One “The Drag Strip”

In January of 2011, I was asked by “The Gentlemen,” Brett Snider and Billy Federighi, a very creative and humorous, directing at Bandito Brothers, to shoot a series [...]

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Designing the Visual Landscape of Deadfall
Mar10

Designing the Visual Landscape of Deadfall

When Stefan Ruzowitzky and I sat down to talk about the look and feel of this film he immediately showed me these Todd Hido shots. They blew my [...]

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Zeiss: A Cinematic Journey on "Act of Valor"
Feb26

Zeiss: A Cinematic Journey on "Act of Valor"

When I started to prep “Act of Valor” in April of 2009, we were using Canon glass on the first 2 days of shooting. The hot girls on deck and the interrogation scene [...]

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Lighting Series Number 4:  "Into the Blue" Sunset for Hours
Feb15

Lighting Series Number 4: "Into the Blue" Sunset for Hours

When John Stockwell asked me to do a film set in the Bahamas about sunken treasure, greed, fun, and really hot chicks I was in. I had never done a movie on the water.

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Prepping Deadfall
Feb09

Prepping Deadfall

One week ago I was slated to do two amazing car commercials for the Bandito Brothers, one for Yokohama and the other for Hot Wheels. The spots both had a very unique style and approach. One would be shot with our hybrid 35mm motion picture film and [...]

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Marines: Where’s the 5D Contest II, “For Us All”
Jan17

Marines: Where’s the 5D Contest II, “For Us All”

This 60: commercial was filmed over 5 weeks on 3 continents. My Elite Team members and I brought to life a public service announcement for the Marine Corp that humanizes the warrior. Three and four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have weighed on the American public.  The concept is a story called FOR US ALL[...]

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Lighting Series Number 4: Extending Dawn on the Practice Field in “DrumLine”
Jan04

Lighting Series Number 4: Extending Dawn on the Practice Field in “DrumLine”

My phone rang on an evening in the late summer of 2000 while I was directing a Children’s Hospital commercial in Kansas City. It was Tim Bourne, a Hollywood Line Producer. He asked me if I had read the script he sent me a week ago.

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