Nobility pickup day #1

Yesterday we got some pickup shots for Nobility.  It was a pretty easy day, as we only had a couple shots to get to cover some newly rewritten dialog.  Small crew, one set.  Our original director was not available, so our 2nd Unit Director Alex Vesely stepped in and did a great job.  We should have two more pick up days coming up in the near future.

Behind the scenes shot as Alex (right) directs Adrienne Wilkinson.


At the Edge of Time additional screengrabs

Here are a few more screengrabs from At the Edge of Time.  I always enjoy shooting on multiple locations instead of being stuck inside a soundstage for a whole shoot.  Locations add a bigger scope to a film and bring all sorts of new colors and textures that help to create a more fully developed universe for the characters to inhabit.


That's a wrap for the holidays!

After 4 weeks of shooting, we've wrapped for the holidays on At the Edge of Time, a science fiction time travel movie.  We got to shoot in a few cool locations and even though the weather threatened to rain, we managed to stay dry on our exterior days.  Once the holidays are over, it's back to work for me.

Special thanks to my 1st AC Nick Forte for the killer job he did despite the challenge of pulling focus on still photo lenses, which is tough in the best of cases and near impossible in some of the wide open, telephoto shots we did.  He was solid the whole time.  Below are some screengrabs from the .R3D files.


Trammell Crow additional shoot

I've been very busy the past few weeks with shooting a science fiction feature.  During my two days off this weekend, I went up to Seattle to shoot a few more elements for the Trammell Crow job I did six months ago.  According to the weather, we were supposed to have rain, but got lucky and managed to only get lightly sprinkled on for a couple minutes at most.

We shot on Epic Dragon again with Zeiss Super Speeds.  For this segment, we wanted to capture the movement and energy of Seattle, so rigged the camera up on a DJI Ronin gimbal so we could move freely without the burden of a Steadicam.  The Ronin worked nicely (this was my first shoot using one) and the client was so pleased with what we were getting that they trusted us to get the last few shots and left early.  All in all, a good shoot.  I love the Seattle area and wish I had a little more time up there to explore, but had to get back to Los Angeles to wrap up the final week of the feature.

Here's a quick little peek at a couple timelapse shots:


Space Nebula FX elements

Today I got to experiment a bit and shoot some practical elements to create a space nebula.  In an age when CGI is over-used, it's a bit fun to get dirty and make my own practical FX elements.  No post processing or enhancing here folks.  Straight out of the camera.



It's been a while since my last post.  I just saw a rough cut of the Ed Tullett - Malignant music video this week and am pretty happy with it.  We have a couple little insert elements we want to shoot, so I'll try to knock those out this week.  There are a few abstract FX shots I've had on my list to try to achieve, so I'll be giving a couple of them a try.  I've also been at work trying to line up some feature film shoots early next year, and at least one or two are looking fairly promising.

T-minus one week until we go into production on the next movie I'm shooting, a sci-fi feature about a time traveling madman and the women who are trying to stop him.  Should be an interesting shoot with a very minimal crew, so it's going to be challenging at times.  With only one week to go, I'm busy getting the final equipment items rounded up and will be doing a final lighting prep later in the week.  We'll be shooting on RED Epic with Canon/Rokinon EF lenses.  Watching Interstellar last week gave me a couple ideas for some shots in the space scenes.  This shoot should take me up right until the Christmas holidays, so it'll pretty much finish out my year.  I'll make sure to post up some set pictures once shooting begins.


Space Command: Redemption, that's a wrap!

Yesterday we wrapped the second leg of shooting on Space Command: Redemption and that is a wrap on principle photography.  We shot 13 first unit days, 7 second unit days, and now we wait for editing and post to see if there are any pickups that are needed.  We had quite a few sweltering hot days, but made it through.

It was a pleasure to work with the many talented actors who came on board: Ethan McDowell, Sara Maraffino, Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Falling Skies), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate: Atlantis), Bill Mumy (Babylon 5, Lost in Space), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), Bryan McClure, Bruce Boxleitner (TRON, Babylon 5, TRON: Legacy), and Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black, True Detective, Deadwood).