2019 has been a busy one. Im currently DPing a new NBC show called ‘Bring The Funny’. Here’s a BTS shot from the other day. Lighting with a 10k though light grid, a Hudson Spider, 2 blondes bouncing as a book light fill, and Cineo Units hung from the rafters with a light grid 12x12 diffusions rag.
Months and months of shoots all around the country are finally going to air at primetime! My role in this giant show was to film these contestants poetically, in ways that help to reveal their story. It was also to film fun or dramatic show opens that would hook the audience in.
Here’s an Idaho open that I shot. (Watch in HD!)
Love what the editors together in that clip. I don’t get brought in for color, so there are small adjustments I would make here and there, but overall it’s fun.
Some of the shots I have get mixed into packages. In this next package, I didn’t shoot the interviews, but I did the stylized shots based on his moving story.
Well Season 2 of The Four is officially wrapped! Overall, it was a great season. I'm proud of some of the beautiful shots our team got. Always a team effort and we did the damn thang!
Here's, also, a couple shots I snapped.
American Idol has finished and Season 2 of The Four on FOX has begun! I'm DPing this season, and am looking forward to the first episode airing June 7. I don't have any fun pictures to share just yet, but check it out!
It has been a busy year, and I'm very thankful for it.
I've been DPing American Idol season opens with Supervising Producer, Ryan Goble. The many voices in charge of a large show, like American Idol, changes the script a bit when it's all said and done. So, ultimately we had tight, commercial style openings, that got chopped up with the live show recaps(which didn't look as good!). We filmed on Alexa Mini with Cooke s4i prime lenses, on my MoVI. Definitely my favorite camera/lens combo at the moment.
When I get the time I'll post some of what we shot on here. In the meantime, here's some screen grabs from the various openings.
American Idol has released the first promo for the first season. It's always fun to see months of work get cut together. It's pretty much a montage of a number of the different intro packages that we shot. Enjoy!
Hello holiday season! Thankful for so many things, the least of which, perhaps, is that my belly is nice and full. This nice, little break gives me a second to update the blog!
For the past 2 months, I've been busy at work shooting the first season of American Idol on ABC. That's right, it's back! I shot the last 'final' Fox season of Idol, and was brought back to make this new season look bigger and better.
My tools of choice this season were an Arri Alexa Mini, Cooke S4i Prime Lenses, a MoVI Pro, and a ReadyRig to support whole thing. I had to operate with a small unit most of the time, as the show is quite the beast, and has many moving parts. Without a focus pulling AC, I attached a small finger focus adjustment. This allowed me to shoot with super shallow Depth of Field to create a more cinematic look.
We filmed all over the country in this time period, filming short, cinematic home stories to capture the lives of contestants that were auditioning. Even more fun were the creative show opens and closes, since these were more like small commercials. We travelled with very few lights, so finding great locations and great light that fit into our various segments was key.
As you'll see in a few screen grabs, we also filmed to an anamorphic frame 1:2.35
'Blogging' about my week to week experience is clearly not my strength, because I don't stay up to date on this website enough. That said, I'm pretty excited that the '30 for 30' ESPN documentary series, 'Year of the Scab, that I DP'd and was directed by the very talented John Dorsey, is airing tomorrow night, September 12th.
While a good amount is stock footage, as the strike happened in 1987, I filmed most of the interviews. We travelled to the homes of the replacement players, some of whom are now peewee football coaches, and filmed emotionally moving verité.
Good morning! Thought I'd share a few screengrabs with ya from the new show, 'The F Word' in which I am the Segment DP, and also, film tasty F'n close-ups for promos, too. here's a few straight out of camera.
I worked with a great director, John Dorsey, on two projects last year that are making their debuts now. One is a 30 for 30 documentary called, 'Year of the Scab', that has debuted at the Tribeca film festival and is closing out the AFI Film Festival. The other, is a new series for Red Bull TV, starting June 5, called 'Visions of Greatness.'
It won't embed for whatever reason, so you can check it out the at:
I don't have the full HD version available to me yet(so be sure to watch in the HD provided), but here's a clip of the fast paced food recipe clip I DP'd, provided by the show online.
I wanted the kitchen to feel very natural. We ND'd the windows on the back wall, had soft back lights rigged behind him above the refrigerator, keyed him with 4 Skypanels shooting through a 12x12 double diffused, walked in lite fill from camera side and gave little accents to the background. In the end, it turned out looking great!
I moved to California in January and since have been super bust traveling all across the country DPing numerous projects--but neglecting my website. Well, as one is about to air tomorrow, I'm back! 'The F Word', a new Gordon Ramsey show in which I DP'd all the field shoots, airs May 31!
Filmed a pretty fun music video a few weeks ago. Here's two quick screen grabs!
Had a great crew these past two weeks working on a spot with MTV and the Army.
Finally gave my reel a little upgrade!
Had a fun commercial shoot the other day, with a lot of sweat on all ends..
Where has Summer gone? It flew by and I was busy and having fun on many shoots throughout. Here's a screengrab from a recent music video I shot.
I've fallen a touch behind with posts about shoots, so here's another one from the past 2 weeks. Had the great pleasure of filming a documentary series in which one of the talent being filmed was legendary, Wyclef Jean. Here's a few screengrabs from the shoot.
I'm back! I've had the pleasure of filming a new documentary series for TruTV that harks back on some of the best comedy films in history. This was an interview driven series that was shot in locations all over the city. The interview screengrabs below are with actor, comedian Keenan Thompson, and ESPN host Cari Champion.
I just wrapped up a very fun trip to Miami, which was vibrant! Shooting with the Vice and Director Adam Goodall, once again, we shot some edgy and fun content.