My goal is to produce imaginative and eccentric pieces to parallel and visually represent my favorite music and sound. Inspired by the unpublished music of Brian Kantorski, KNEEJERK's mission is simple: unique aesthetic and edge-of-your-seat suspense. So, turn your speakers up and don't blink. KNEEJERK is a fast-paced non-traditional narrative of two mens playing a rhythmic game of Russian Roulette.

Video by Jordan Schmelzer
Audio by Brian Kantorski

Shot on a Sony HDW-700a HDCAM camera. The camera only shoots 1080i, so I used Adobe Media Encoder to convert to 24p. For the slow motion, I used Media Encoder to convert to 60p, and then used Cinema Tools to conform to 23.98. Edited and Color Graded in Adobe Premiere.

I had the opportunity to use the new Zabolights for this shoot. Check out my introduction video to the lights here: It was also my first time using a SMALLHD dp6 monitor for this shoot, and I must say I am very impressed. Any person or company who can afford one should get one.

Special Thanks to my parents for offering their basement and some delicious craft services!

Jordan Schmelzer: Director, Editor, Director of Photography, Producer
Brian Kantorski: Composer, Co-producer
Greg Nicholson: Asst. Director, Asst. Camera, Gaffer
Paul Geigle: Man #1 - Coveralls
Daniel Schmelzer: Man #2 - Sock Hat

Official Selection & Awards:
Columbus International Film + Video Festival
Best Shorts Competition - Award of Excellence
Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival


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