Video/TV Production for over 20 years!

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Schrader & Co. Construction Services TV Campaign

I was contacted to do some TV commercials for Schrader & Co. recently.  They had seen my work for the Parade of Homes tour I shoot in the Capital Region and liked my style.  They wanted to have a classy looking ad that represented what their company is all about.  We discussed it and decided on doing some testimonial spots for them.  Getting actual customers to talk about their experiences working with them.  I live over two hours away from the locations for these shoots, so we decided to do them all in one marathon day of shooting!  While busy, everything went off without a hitch and the interviews resulted in some great comments.  It can be tricky to edit down a 10 minute or so interview to just :30!  You have to have the company name in there, then tell the “story” of dealing with Schrader & Co. and have it all fit into a 30 second TV commercial.

Here are the three different spots, keeping the logo and theme music the same in each helps make them part of a campaign, instead of just three separate commercials.

Bear’s Den TV Commercial

It’s refreshing when you can work on a commercial that is intended to be “silly”.  This commercial was produced by adworkshop.  I did the shooting and the editing for it.  They had the bear costume shipped in from China!  We shot it out of sequence, doing the store shots first when they were less busy in the morning and then the river shot last in case the costume got ruined (which it didnt, but did take a day or two to dry out)!  There are several of these, each one has a humorous end tagline after the logo.

 

…more photography!

We went camping recently at a very secluded 18,000 acre hunting camp in the upper Adirondack Mountains.  I always get up for the sunrise when we go camping.  80-90% of the time, it’s either cloudy or just not much color.  Well this time it did not disappoint!  The color and clouds were spectacular.  I was shooting both video and still pictures so there was flurry of activity for about 8-10 minutes during the peak color.  This is a panorama I stitched together in Photoshop from 3 different shots (I then cropped it slightly for better drama):

CLICK IMAGES TO SEE LARGER!

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This is one that is closer and a single shot.

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Shooting in RAW is definitely the way to go so it can be dialed in afterwards in post!  I also used a tripod and set it to a 2 sec. timer shot so there is no shake in the camera from triggering it.

This is one from the next morning, again a panorama stitched together from 3 shots:Cooperage Morning PanoramaSmall

…and a few more!

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Short film “The Country Life”

This is a collection of clips for a documentary I am making on William Miner of Chazy, NY.  He was a philanthropist from the turn of the century who made his fortune in the railroad industry.  He developed a state of the art farm in the early 1900′s that still is functioning today.  It will be a historical documentary on his life that should be completed in late 2015.  These clips were shot with the Canon C100 and recorded on a Ninja 2 recorder.  Shot mostly with the Tamron 70-200 F2.8 IS lens.  I love that lens for getting telephoto shots!  It’s tack sharp and very fast and clear at f2.8.

This is a slower paced short, to match the feeling of a lovely country farm in the heat of summer.  Pour a glass of cold iced tea and enjoy!

 

“A Simple Beauty” Scenic nature film

This is a collection of some recent scenics I shot for stock footage sales. I recently got the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 IS lens. Its $1000 cheaper then Canon’s 70-200 and the quality is excellent! I’ve used both and I cant tell a difference in the video! Plus…its black and looks like it’s a part of the camera better then the white model of Canons. That white can reflect more in glass when you are shooting and just looks….weird! Almost all the shots are with this new lens, with a few Tokina 11-16mm F.2.8 shots in there as well.

Anyway, all this was shot on the C100 and recorded on a Atomos Ninja 2 at 24p. The overcranked shots of the water was shot at 60i (Shutter speed of 120) and retimed in FCPX 10.1.

Nothing ground breaking here, just wanted to test the lens in the field and figured I’d make a little film instead of a “test clip” reel.

 

 

Focusing on…Nature Photography!

I’ve been shooting more and more stills with my DSLR  Canon 7D lately.  It started with getting Lightroom and Photoshop leased for $10 a month.  I really needed Photoshop for the Charles Steinmetz documentary I was editing to clean up all the old archive photos.  Once I had the programs, I started watching online tutorials (can never stop learning) and was intrigued by what these two programs could do.  I never shot much in the RAW format, I found the files too big and the workflow too cumbersome, but with the new software, the image possibilities were to enticing not to give it a try!  What RAW does is basically record on your CF card the exact data that is hitting your cameras sensor.  This allows you to change almost any setting after the fact!  You can adjust color balance, exposure, sharpness, bring back detail in the white parts, pull up detail in the shadows etc…  It basically allows near complete tweak-ability  after you get back from shooting.

 

In the past you had to expose for the highlights and let the rest go into darkness, or expose for the shadow areas and the highlights would get blown out, but now you can get both to be properly exposed by shooting in RAW and tweaking in Lightroom and Photoshop after the fact.  Is it “cheating”?  I guess in a way…however it allows me to present the image closer to how I saw it in the filed, which before was always a compromise.  Some times I do “paint” the image up with some added highlights and shadow areas to give it interest that werent really like that in the original scene, but to me it’s almost a blend between painting with paints and photography.  It’s an artistic interpretation that is opening up a whole new level of “fun” for me!  Here are a few examples:  Click on them for larger views!

 

 

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“Drawings” TV Commercial

This is a TV commercial I shot and edited for adworkshop.  They wrote and produced the spot for North Country Savings Bank.  Like all their work, it’s very clever and fresh!  It can be a challenge to work with kids but I must say this all went down without a hitch.  I shot it with my C100 which I mounted on a jib arm to get it directly over their heads looking down on their drawings.  Anne Rast and Kari Hoffman were the Producers and Directors on the commercial and lined up the kids, the location (LP Elementary School) and created the “drawings” in various stages of completion for the kids to color in!

 

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