My film, Marlabs Campus, was published almost exactly a year ago. This new film was part of that same project but was under an embargo until the client could publish it. The campus film featured Marlabs’ recruiting and hiring program, this new film celebrates Marlabs’ corporate mission and philosophy.
Shot almost entirely on the Canon C300 with a mix of slider, sticks, monopod, and handheld work. There are a few older clips of their server room shot with a Canon 1D Mark IV. Lighting, as has been the case, is via my Litepanel 1x1s filtered to mix in with the ambient light.
I have had the pleasure to work with NJ SHARES for seven years. This fall we made the jump from stills work for their annual report to a video to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, tell their story, and inspire donations.
I directed, shot, and edited the piece. I also shot the still images you see within the video; NJS’ annual report covers and marketing materials.
NJ SHARES is a statewide non-profit which provides energy and utility assistance to low and moderate income individuals and families in need. Since 1998 NJ SHARES has helped over 175,000 households with more than $70 Million in assistance.
This was shot on the Canon C300; a mix of handheld, sticks, slider, and monopod work. The interviews were lit with Litepanel 1×1′s and SOLA Eng’s, as needed.
This past August I had the opportunity to work with Sheyenne Brown, an up and coming actor and performance artist, for a spread for Middlebury Magazine. Sheyenne was developing a piece called, Shower Me, based on the guests attending a baby shower. The assignment was a challenge and a blast.
A challenge because no theater spaces were available on site (Columbia University) so we built our own in a small seminar room. I have some BTS photos in a previous blog post, All the World’s a Stage. I went with my LED lights for this, 3 – 1×1′s and 2 3.5″ fresnels, so that I would be able to see the light as I shot. It also worked out perfectly because it kept the temperature in the room down, kept the kit cable free (the 1×1′s ran off of batteries,) and helped facilitate Sheyenne’s performance (no constant flashes going off.)
The assignment was a blast because it was such fun to work with Sheyenne. She jumped right into character and was a trooper, willing to run through each character’s vignette twice.
I also wanted to confirm that Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks works fine in terms of tethering the Canon 1D X. Tethering works in both Aperture 3.5.1 and Canon’s DPP v3.13.45.
A reminder, too, for all programs running in Mavericks where you need them to run in the background (e.g. FCP X, Aperture, DPP, Photoshop, etc.,) be sure to turn off “App Nap.” Go to File Menu > Get Info (command – I) and select “Prevent App Nap.”
Updated 12/2/13 – Corrected C300 firmware number and link.
Fun shoot I worked on this past September, TV commercials and print ads for Pine Brothers’ Softish Throat Drops featuring Martha Stewart.
The commercial was produced by Rider McDowell, directed by Fred Wolf, and DP’d by Bob Franco. I shot the stills for the print ads and was 2nd cameraman plus grip for the video.
30 second spot:
10 second spot:
The set was the Lyndon Johnson Suite at the Waldorf=Astoria Towers in New York City.
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- Marlabs Mission and Philosophy
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- C300 Firmware 126.96.36.199.00, Canon Tethering under Mavericks, and App Nap
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- Longer Look - Canon 17mm f/4L TS-E Lens