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More Commercial work

I’m not the best at keeping up on showing examples of my commercial work.  It seems like they get made, then it’s off to the next video project, with little thought of using them for my own promotional purposes.  For those of you coming here to check out examples of commercials that I’ve done, here are a few.  I’ve been doing all the commercials for Curtis Lumber (18+ locations in NY and Vermont) for the past several years.  First up is two testimonial spots (actual customer interview and comments, not scripted at all) one for Kitchen Design and one for Deck Design that features a video jib or boom.  Then a spot that is scripted about hardwood flooring with their spokesperson.  She’s wonderful actress from the Albany region, Rachel Jenack.  The fourth is an example of a scripted commercial from actual contractors, each reading a line that connects to the next to form a completed thought.

 

 

Next is a fun little spot for Pro-Care Hearing.  We wanted to make a hearing aide commercial but didnt want it to be doom and gloom and talk about what people can no longer hear but instead be positive by having people say what they LOVE to hear!

Finally here is a spot I wrote, produced and shot and edited for RotoRooter in Plattsburgh.  I worked with Charley Tagliarino of Growtrends in Plattsburgh.  He lined up all the talent.  You may recognize one guy in this and the ProCare hearing spot!


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!