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Two different videos…one event!

For the graduation ceremony at St. Lawrence University this year I was asked to create a highlight video.  Get as many shots during the ceremony as I could, then take some sound bites and edit something together for facebook, youtube, etc.

I then found a real cool song on artlist.io that I subscribe to for music clearances that was called “One”.  The Lyrics are about taking your best shot to being a success but was definitely geared toward a younger audience.  I pitched the idea of doing another version to this song for instagram.  Luckily the college agreed to give it a go!

Its an interesting view to see the two different videos done COMPLETELY for two different audiences.  First is the more formal/traditional one, then the 1 minute version that was on instagram.


Rock this Place-Butcher Block Restaurant

Plattsburgh has many great eateries and bars now.  The downtown scene has exploded with a wide variety of options from Himalayan food to Greek, Mexican and other fine dinning. The place we tend to go to the most though is uptown on Rt 3.  The Butcher Block Restaurant!  It’s where my bowling league goes every Thursday night before we bowl and also where my wife and I dine often.

Last year they did a major renovation to their bar area and a few years earlier started an outside bar for the summer months.  I discussed doing a new video with the management to showcase the new look.  We originally discussed doing a simple “virtual tour” with my camera on a gimbal showing a walk through the place.  But that wasn’t going to show the “vibe” of the clientele too well.  Instead we did a couple nights of filming both inside and out.  Showing people having fun, showing the wait staff and some of the food and drink, even some of the live bands as well!

When it came time to edit, I was searching through the music that I have rights to use (copyright cleared) and found this awesome tune that is a mix of big band and EDM dance music!  I knew it would fit perfectly with the visuals I had captured.  Music always drives my edits and finding the right cut can be tough but when you do….it’s magic!

Check it out below…since the two days I uploaded it directly to facebook it has over 5K views and was shared by almost 80 people.  As close to viral as this small region gets!  The folks at Butcher Block are thrilled as many have come in saying they saw it.


Always & Forever

Short film to test out my new SONY A7III. Sort of a love story to my wife! The early shots represent life without her, sort of stark, lonely, struggling to “get off the ground” (leaf), barely hanging on (blue tarp) but then when she arrived in my life all was “wiped clean” (car wipers) and we’ve never looked back! Shot in 1080p 120fps. I only had crop lenses to use at this point, mostly used a SONY 50mm F1.8 and and SONY 35mm F1.8. Shot with EOSHD ProColor 3 settings and then added a slight film grade with filmconvert. All shot completely handheld, which when slowed down to 120 frames a second looks really smooth.

 

 


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!


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!

 


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!


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.

 


“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!

 


Plants are cool, too! Episode 5

Sorry for the long delay in updating the website.  I just get so busy and forget to add new stuff!  Here is the next episode of PLANTS ARE COOL, TOO!  We shot this the same time as we did Episode 4 in New Mexico.  This is a different location and a different subject.  We trekked into one of the most remote sections in all of the continental US to search for species of plants that have not been discovered yet!  It was also incredibly hot!  True desert heat of around 110 degrees + and NO SHADE!!  The camera kept on ticking though.  Check it out when you get 15 minutes to spare.

 


Whiteface Lake Placid – Summer Passport video

I shot and edited this video for adworkshop in Lake Placid.  It’s a fun video showcasing the Summer Passport from whiteface.com.  It was all shot in one day.  Kudos to Kari Hoffman for putting together the tight schedule and lining up the “actors”.  The song is very catchy and it’s licensed from audiojungle.net.  I’ve been using them for a while now because you can license music for @$17 a song.  Very reasonable and it’s quite good!  I had heard this song on there and was waiting for the right project to use it on, I was excited to hear Kari say she thought it would work perfectly for this video. 

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to jump off an Olympic size ski jump.  Luckily, Kari’s husband Taylor is a ski jumper, so he and his buds took the gopro helmet strap up and did a few runs with it!  Pretty cool stuff so make sure you make it to the 1:45 mark!

This video is a good example of using the right camera for the right job.  Most was shot with my Canon C100, however, the GoPro 3 was used on the POV car shots, stuck to the outside of the Gondola and on the ski jumpers and luge/bobsled riders.  I also used my Sony EX1 for the overcranked shots of the ski jumpers going slo-mo into the water.  Each camera has it’s strengths, and you need them all to get the job done sometimes!

 

 

 


Plants are cool, too! Episode 3

Our latest episode of “Plants are cool, too!”  is now online!  This one was shot right up here in Upstate New York and features a plant called “Skunk Cabbage”.  Our host Chris Martine visits Rachel Schultz to learn all about this amazing plant that can generate it’s own heat and smells like a “Zombie”!  Find out how and why by clicking below.

 


Return to Moose Pond

UPDATE June 2012:  This was chosen as one of the five short films to be shown at the Lake Placid Film Forum!!

 

I usually do non-narrative short films. This one is different! My wife, son and I love to go wilderness camping. Where you canoe in with a tent, food and all you need to a remote site. The last several years we have not found the time to go, however our son is getting older and soon won’t be able to go with us, so we made sure to get away the summer of 2011.

It was a special trip and one that I felt needed some narration to explain how I was feeling about it all. Most of the music is by a friend of mine, Scott B. Adams from the CD “Listening to the Adirondacks”. Check him out on iTunes!

I hope you enjoy what is surely my most personal film to date.

On the technical side, I used a SONY EX1 and a Canon 7D along with a Konova slider. Only had room in the canoe for a real junky tripod, hence not much panning or tilting! I shot the 7D footage with the Technicolor cinestyle preset and graded with Magic Bullet Looks.

Let me know what you think of this departure from my normal videos!


Balloons!

My son and nieces and nephews wanted to make an action movie a few summers ago. We even had a few extra kids from the neighborhood join in. This is what resulted from nearly 2 months of on again, off again shooting (tough to get everyone back together!). It is all in good fun and I hope everyone can see the “violence” is tongue and cheek!

Its a little long, (8 Minutes) but the bloopers during the credits show how challenging this actually was to shoot! Its quite a departure from the usual videos that I post!

Shot in 720 24p with my Sony EX1 and Letus Extreme. Most is overcranked to 60fps for the slo-motion. Color graded with Magic Bullet Looks. Enjoy!