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  1. 'Brevity is the soul of wit'
    But, a building can remain 'forever and a day'
    William Shakespeare

    1-11-11, symbolic, we had turned the pages and completed a chapter from our lives that we were never prepared for or ready to read. If I could spend another day with my father again I would make it last forever just like the ‘Building’.

    I met a lot of remarkable people along the way including a team of young aspiring builders, an ex British Tae Kwon Do Champion, a musician who composed a piece for the film ‘Black Swan’ and his grandfather who was still working at the age of 80.

    Shot over 4 seasons I thank my family and friends for all their support, and all the builders who worked tirelessly in completing the new grain store in time for the farmers to complete the harvest. The orange merc is now used for agricultural duties.

    # vimeo.com/31398105 Uploaded 8,256 Plays / / 143 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  2. Nominated for an Emmy at the 2013 50th Annual Emmy Awards!
    I wanted to take the prim and proper concert piano and pianists straight off the stage and throw them into the dusty, scary, grimy mess of the factory where these majestic black creatures are born.
    I have always wanted to make a video with a piano in it and finally got the chance to make this quick little video! I have always been mesmerized by pianos, even just the look of them. They have always had an ominous quality to them. Their shiny, black skin, and volcanic vibrations inside. I wanted to show the piano the way I saw them...as passionate, living beings that suck the creative life out of anyone who touches them and feeds it into the ears of the listener.

    Steinway let my cinematographer (Nathan Miller) and I into their factory to run around and shoot with some of their brand new crazy expensive pianos. It was a dream come true! They don't let filmmakers or photographers in very often, so I am very grateful that they let us do the things I did inside there!! Haha! And to work with the pianists, having fun experimenting on this was one of the best times I've had this year. I almost got heat stroke, I sprained my ankle, and almost died from the fumes in the factory, but I (we) survived it! And thank you, Clay, for enduring the craziness!

    Director, editor, sound design (Sony Vegas): Matthew Brown
    Cinematographer (Canon 7D and HV40): Nathan Miller (nathanmmiller.com)
    Piano Track Engineer: Steven Epstein

    Music by FRANZ SCHUBERT
    Arrangement for piano/four-hands by ANDERSON & ROE
    Performed by the ANDERSON & ROE PIANO DUO (andersonroe.com)

    Production Assistants:
    Greg Anderson
    Clay Doggett
    Anthony Gilroy
    Elizabeth Joy Roe

    Special thanks to:
    Steinway & Sons
    the Yale School of Music
    And HUGE thank you to the pianists for letting me beat them up, soak them, cover them in paint, and make them play their fingers off! You are two extremely talented people! WOW.

    BEHIND THE SCENES of the shoot...random fun moments, hehe... tinyurl.com/3nxq5x6

    # vimeo.com/31328220 Uploaded 115K Plays / / 288 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  3. A road trip straight through Israel. Had no idea what the complexities and diversity of the cultures were, but I got deeper and deeper, seeing all walks of life living together in this amazing land. The conglomerate of things happening in that tiny, but EPIC country (it's smaller than New Jersey!) packed a punch like a bustling beehive. I was overwhelmed and totally let Israel envelope me. I bonded with every flavor of person there... they were all Israeli. They were all beautiful people. (By the way, the title isn't spelled wrong, lol...read it again ;)

    Shot with the 7D and edited with Sony Vegas
    I edited this video with a fever, kidney infection, and $4 headphones! LOL.
    Music by the amazing John Adams (Harmonielehre_ Part III - Meister) amazon.com/gp/product/B000TH4VOK/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk3

    Featured in The Atlantic Magazine

    SPECIAL THANKS:
    -GONCALO DE ALMEIDA COSTA for touring me to the best places and meeting the best guides and locals!
    -KEITH RIVERS for letting me borrow his camera for the trip!
    -NATHAN MILLER for stocking me up on batteries and cards!
    Thank you guys for trusting me with your stuff! haha.

    # vimeo.com/30861381 Uploaded 221K Plays / / 555 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  4. Back from Archidoc's workshop in Lisbon, Portugal (set up by the famous La FEMIS french cinema school), here's a movie on this beautiful city with my friends from this workshop on writing documentary with archives. I'm preparing a creative film documentary on my personal archives... Stay tune :)

    GH2 24P
    Tiny Berthiot anamorphic 2X lens
    C-mount Fujian 35mm always @ 1:1.7
    ND variable LCW filter
    Shutter speed 1/50
    from 160 to 3200 ISO
    Edited on Premiere CS5
    No CC
    NO EX mode
    Nostalgic mode

    Music : Underground Sound Of Lisbon "So Get Up" mixed with vintage portuguese cartoon "As Aventuras Super Dinamo Fantasma de agua quente"

    # vimeo.com/31015180 Uploaded 13.5K Plays / / 71 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  5. It's been a while that I did not post movie here... Been working on upcoming Bordeaux contemporary art exhibition Evento movie, and on a documentary movie, both shot with GH2 and Nokton Voigtländer 25mm 0.95, soon online.

    And during this period a lot of things have changed in my life. "Life goes on... Goes to London... With Nokton" is a personal movie, telling those past two months. Ending love story and a WE in London with Nina, my daughter (for those who did not noticed, there's a lot of clue in this movie :) )

    GH2 24P and 720P
    Voigtländer 25mm 0.95
    1/50 shutter speed
    everything is shot @ 0.95 with a L.C.W variable ND filter
    Cine mode +2, -1, +1 and -1
    and dynamic black and white mode
    No color correction
    duration : 9mn

    Musics : Flash and the Pan "Walking in the rain", Grace Jones "Sunset Sunrise" and Thick Pigeon "Subway"

    # vimeo.com/27365630 Uploaded 15.6K Plays / / 118 Comments Watch in Couch Mode

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