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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.


Merrill L. Thomas Inc. – Company video

This is a video I worked on for adworkshop in Lake Placid (an advertising and marketing agency).  They did all the concept and producing and directing, I was the videographer and editor.  It’s nice to be a part of a team for projects like this one.  It allows me to really focus on the shooting, and what is the best way to tell this story visually.  I used a variety of cameras on it, my main camera the Canon C100 for the majority of it, but also set up a second camera for the interviews, the Canon 7D DSLR camera.  I used the GoPro on a handheld gimble and the Inspire 1 for some aerial shots.

Editing is always a hidden craft, but it’s really driven by finding the right music.  I usually piece the narrative together first (on this project from a script supplied by adworkshop), then find the right music to give it energy and convey the mood.  That then drives all the edits of the cut away footage or Broll as we call it in the industry.

Check it out!  Merrill L. Thomas Inc. is a great company and I am happy to get to know them better working on their video.


Adirondack Autumn (2015)

It’s been a slow to start but quite spectacular autumn here in upstate New York.  I love this time of year and try to get out to shoot as much scenic footage as possible.  Many years I have big projects and hard deadlines that keep me from driving around the mountains during the roughly one to two week period when the leaves are at peak color.  To me peak color is when there is still some green trees mixed in as well.  Enjoy this short video of the footage I collected this year.


Curtis Lumber TV Commercials

I’ve been doing some new commercials for Curtis Lumber.  Their headquarters are near Balston Spa, NY.  We have been working with the wonderful Rachel Jenack as their spokesperson.  We are moving fast on many of these shoots and locations, hoping to get a take in before a cloud comes over or a truck goes by and Rachel usually nails it in one take every time!  Here are a few of our recent spots that air in the Capital Region of NY as well as Upstate NY and Vermont.


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.