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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!

 


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.


Bluff Point Golf Resort 2013

Bluff Point Golf Resort is one of the oldest golf courses in America.  It’s located on the shores of Lake Champlain, NY, near Plattsburgh.  Last year the owner contacted me about shooting some footage to highlight some of the unique features they offer.  Probably the main one is the lodging rentals right on the course.  They have great “cabins” which may sound rustic to some but are actually quite cozy.  There is also access to a private sand beach, horseshoe pits and more!   This is an example of a video a client can put on their website by embedding it from YouTube at no cost.  People love to watch video on websites now and there’s no better way to really get your message across then with video, narration and music all cut together into a 2-3 minute message!

 


Epic soccer action!!

I made this video as a recruitment tool for the SUNY Plattsburgh Men’s Cardinal Soccer team.  It’s my third year doing one for them and was struggling to find a “new” way to do it.  While researching I found the speech “I am a champion” and with that it just came together.  I shot this at  just two of their games during the Cardinal Classic weekend.  Luckily they scored alot of goals!  It’s really tough to make a highlight video without scores.  Having shot alot of sports highlights over the years, I’ve learned to move around the field alot and get different angles.  It’s also hard to make a dynamic video when all the shots are from the same angle and framing.  Finally I shot some of this at 60 fps, called “overcranking” so when it’s played back at the regular speed of 30 fps, it will have very smooth slo-motion!

Crank this one up!

 

 


TV Commercial-Bluff Point Golf Resort

This a TV spot I made for Bluff Point Golf Resort in Plattsburgh, NY.  They are one of the oldest golf courses in the country!  It’s very scenic being located right on the waters of Lake Champlain.  It was a pleasure to work with the owner Paul Dame and his staff, as well as my niece Emily and her friend CJ who are seen in the cabin section!  We are going to putting out an extended video for Youtube soon that explains the cottage rentals and golf course in more detail!

 


My Demo Reel 2012

Check out my Demo Reel for 2012!  Its just a collection of some of my work from all areas of what I do.  A little bit of everything thrown in with some cool music.  If you are thinking of hiring me, this is a good place to start checking out what I do!  Then click a category across the top of the page that is more in line of the type of video you are looking for and give me a call to discuss rates.  Asking what a video costs is like saying “What does a car cost?”  It all depends on the options!  Are looking for a KIA, a basic model to get you where you need to go, or do you want a Lamborghini, something very high end that makes people say “Wow!”?  Either way, call me and we can discuss it and figure out the best way forward.  With over 20 years of doing this, from National TV shows to Weddings, I am confident I can help you get your project started on the right track!