Video/TV Production for almost 30 years!

Posts tagged “NY

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.

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More Real Estate Videos!

I have had the pleasure to work with Merrill L. Thomas Inc. recently doing more real estate videos for some amazing high end properties!  Most are edited to music and are done mostly for social media use and promotion.  (All of them live on the website for that properties listing too).  Some however are more like mini-documentaries, telling the story of the property from a first person perspective.  With my documentary background from working at PBS for 11 years, these are right in my swing zone!  Below are some examples of both types that I have made with Nick Politi of Merrill Thomas.

If you have a great connection make sure and watch in 4K resolution!


“Caught in Time”

Another little video featuring my wife and a warm day in the Adirondack Mt’s of NY. All shot with the SONY A7III, a SONY 10-16mm, Sony 35mm F1.8 and a Sony 50mm F1.8 lens. Used a gimbal for only a few shots the rest were handheld.

I frequently head out to shoot stock footage to sell online.  It’s one of my favorite things to do and occasionally I can bring my wife out with me!  She is a real trooper about carrying tripods and lenses but also for being in my shots.  I’ve found nature shots with people in them tend to sell a little better than just pure nature shots so it’s fantastic that she is so cooperative.

This is real short, the song I picked for it was only 1;15 long but I really liked it and felt it matched the mood of the footage and the day.

 


“Living and Working in…” regional tourism videos

Last summer I had the pleasure to work on this series of videos for Northern Adirondack Board of Realtors.  It was also a chance to work with my former colleague Kari Hoffman, who was the Producer on these.  The idea was to highlight what select towns in the region are like to live and work in for potential home buyers.  We shot the vast majority of it, but some select shots were supplied by ROOST.  Kari did the rough editing in FCPX to flesh out the story lines, then I did the final edits by adding music and effects, B-roll and all graphics etc.

 


When the Cold Wind Blows-Scenic video

Shot this a few months ago but forgot to post it!  Was having fun shooting snow falling at 120 frames per second on the SONY A6300.  When played back at 24fps, or normal film speed, you get very smooth 1/4 speed slow motion.  This was shot out at Pt AuRoche state park near Plattsburgh, NY.


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.