Video/TV Production for over 20 years!

Misc. Videos

“Grace Guitarz” promo video

Nothing I like better than making a promotional video for a small company doing great things!  Grace Guitarz is just such a company.  It consists of two people (and their dog Bullock) making world class guitars.

Tom and Tracy are some of the nicest folks you could ever hope to meet.  They converted their old garage into a wrokshop and formed GRACE GUITARZ.  Their work is impeccable and if you get some time check out their website for some more information and high resolution to their work.

This was filmed over almost 8 months of time, thus the winter and summer footage in the same short video!  Sometimes it just takes a while to make it come out just right.  We were waiting for one of their house concerts in the summer to really show that they eat, sleep and breathe music!

For those who are into production details, I used my Canon C100 for the interviews shooting in Clog profile.  Then I used my Sony A6300 shooting at 120fps for the broll.  This allows for those super slow motion shots seen throughout the film.  I think slow motion is sometimes overused lately.  However, I felt it really showed the detail and craftsmanship of what they were doing.  I noticed things when playing it back in slow motion that I just didnt catch in real time.  The bits of dust coming off the sanding block, the particles floating in the air during the cutting of the wood… all microscopic details that show when you can alter time!

 

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More Cumberland 12 Movie Theater policy videos!

These are always fun to make!  This summer we made three new policy videos for our local movie theater.  These run before the movie and are a lighthearted way to remind people to not bring in food, be annoying with your cell phone etc.

My friend and colleague Todd Brunner and his family were again used as “the annoying ones”.  I also had many friends, neighbors and some theater employees help to fill out the crowd.  Everyone was trying to keep from laughing as Todd and his antics are quite hilarious!  The manager has said he has seen real results from the “Dick and Mary” spot we created last year, with fewer people talking on their phones during the movies.  That’s always great to hear!


Interviewed on TV for “Heart’s Delight”!

I was fortunate enough to be asked by Thom Hallock to appear on the program “Mountain Lake Journal” and discuss my documentary “Heart’s Delight: The Story of William H. Miner”.

I got my start working at this station in 1990.  Its the PBS affiliate in Plattsburgh, NY and started as “WCFE” then became “Mountain Lake PBS”.

We taped for about 35-40 minutes and it was cut down to about 13 minutes.  I am clearly better behind the camera but was happy to be able to discuss the program and William Miners life and legacy.  The segment below starts with the program trailer, if you have seen that already, you can skip to around the 3 minute mark.

An interesting behind the scenes note, I was just diagnosed with a herniated C6-C7 disc in my neck and was in a lot of back pain.  It really hurt to just sit still so that’s why I am moving my arms so much!  That, and I am of French-Canadian decent!  Enjoy.

 


SUNY Plattsburgh Music video!

This was an incredibly fun project to work on!  When Paula Bachman of the SUNY Plattsburgh admissions office started to talk about making a music video for incoming accepted students, I was excited and nervous at the same time.  The idea was to show the students and staff of the college dancing and singing to the song but also to show as much of the campus “in the background” as we could. With the possibility of hundreds of participants, and as much as 30 locations for a 3 minute song, it was a little unnerving to think about pulling off.

Luckily Paula would handle the coordination with all the students, groups and faculty and try to schedule them in as few days as possible.  (She is AMAZINGLY organized)!  We then mapped out the locations of the campus we wanted to include, then what parts of the song would be lip synced and what parts would be danced too.  Then as the list of participants came in, we decided who would sing what parts.  We used a small bluetooth speaker for location playback off of an iphone.  It was difficult to pre-plan much beyond that as we never knew how many would show up or what they had for props etc.  We also had to think fast to design the shot for each as most people only had 15-30 minutes.

Everyone was really into it and made shooting fun!  Usually once we nailed the “action” we would rewind that section of the song and then shoot it several times.  I used a 11-16mm wide angle Tokina lens on almost every shot so we could see the campus “in the background” and did the entire shoot handheld to give it the energy and drive it needed.

The biggest challenge was clearing the rights to the music!  It took SUNY Legal over a year to do it!!  The music industry has GOT to make that easier.

Anyway, please enjoy this video, 3 minutes…and several weeks of work to make!

 


William H. Miner documentary preview

I’m happy to present a “coming soon” preview trailer for my next documentary called “Heart’s Delight: The William H. Miner Story”.  I’ve been working on this off and on for almost 3 years now!  It’s a passion project of mine and I’m finally done with all the interviews and am entering the writing/editing phase.  It’s a massive undertaking as William Miner had a very complicated and “rich” life!

More to come for sure but for now, please check out this short clip.  Narration by my friend Greg O’Brien.


DJI Inspire 1 – New quad copter!!

I recently acquired the DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter for shooting aerial video and stills.

DJI Inspire 1

It’s an awesome platform to shoot from.  As you can see the camera is built in and sends a full HD signal down to the remote so you can monitor the shot from an iPad.  It can shoot 12MP stills and 4k video!  It is also bigger and heavier than the Phantom model I was using before and that means more stability in the air.  The camera is gimbal stabilized too so the footage is rock solid.  The range is also very impressive!  In the video below, the last shot is of a train and I was over 3000 feet away at the furthest point.  This video is all made with shots from the first day I flew it and is more of a test video than anything.


Jumping the K120 – Lake Placid, NY

What’s it like to fly through the air at 80 miles an hour off a 120m tower on a pair of skis?  It’s something I always wanted to know!  The ski jumps in Lake Placid have always dominated the landscape since they were built for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.  I’ve been up to the top a few times covering corporate events up there, but was never fortunate enough to see it being used.  The smaller 90m is used year around, but the 120m takes a lot of effort to get up and running and just one 45 degree day can melt the ramp surface.  With the warming temperatures of the last decade or so of winter, it hasn’t been open…..until this year!

A friend of mine is a ski jumper and mentioned I should come get some shots of it in use.  Luckily the technology of video has come so far so fast that there are now some new tools to show this sport in a way that wasnt possible just a couple years ago.

I just received my new DJI Inspire 1 aerial drone and its the perfect flying platform to get super stable shots!  Couple that with the incredible GoPro action cameras and we were in business!  I hope you enjoy the video, its the closest many of us will ever want to get to going off a massive ski hump like this!