Highlights from the past few years of directing and shooting that includes documentary, commercial, broadcast tv, and music video content. I generally direct or shoot on a project and am often sent into the field by myself to acquire adventure content. However, I also light and shoot studio projects that range from product videos and commercials to music videos. Here is a break-down of the projects and my role in sequence:
1. "Muni" - Adventure Documentary short for Telus Optik Local ~ Director.
This film has been a finalist at film festivals in Canada and the UK. Camera operator was Michael Klekamp. Camera was Sony FS7.
2. "River Surfing" - Adventure Documentary short for Telus Optik Local ~ Director & Steadicam Op.
Camera operator was Michael Klekamp with the Sony FS7.
3. "underExposed" - Broadcast TV Series for APTN & CBC ~ Director of Photography.
Shot several episodes across Canada including mountain biking, skiing, dogsledding, and snowboarding. All shot on the Sony FS700.
4. "Future Legends" - Broadcast TV Series ~ Director of Photography.
Working solo, I shot two episodes in Kamloops, BC to provide the sports B-roll for the production company in Toronto. Shot with Sony FS7 including handheld moving shots while snowboarding.
5. "Beauty in the Backcountry" - Adventure Documentary short for Telus Optik Local ~ Director & B-Cam Operator.
A proper backcountry adventure with camera operator Michael Klekamp and two Sony FS7's.
6. "Conquering Ghost Ice" - Adventure Documentary Short for Telus Optik Local ~ Director & Field Producer.
Shot by camera operators Michael Klekamp and John Price with the Ghost Wilderness, this short film has been selected as a finalist at film festivals in Canada and the UK.
7. "Brewster Gondola" - Commercial shoot for Joe Media ~ Camera Operator with MoVi M15.
Shooting for Rory Hinds of Mine Films and DOP Barry Berona, I spent an entire day shooting with a fully rigged MoVi M15.
8. "Thule" - Product Videos ~ Producer, Director, & DOP.
Produced a series of product and safety videos for Thule Global. Shared the DOP duties with Rory Hinds of Mine Films.
9. "nextCity" - Web Commercial for City of Calgary ~ Director of Photography.
Two-day shoot with the Canon C300 in Calgary.
10. "Banff Tourism" - Travel content for Compass Light Productions ~ Director of Photography.
Self-shooting DOP with the Sony A7s and Zeiss ZF glass, spending two days with various characters around Banff, AB.
11. "Take It Slowly" - Xani Kolac music video ~ Filmmaker.
My first music video that I lit, shot, and edited. The string effects were accomplished in camera. Nominated for Best Editor at the AMPIA awards.4
12. " Painted Black" - Music video for Airrick Woodhead. Filmmaker.
Lit, shot and edited this piece using in-camera effects and VHS tape glitching - mostly shot on a very old VHS camera.
13. " Heartburn" - Video Art Projection Project ~ Filmmaker.
Experimental video art work where I shoot individual plates and then compose live along with audio reactivity for video projections.
Client: CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures
Project: Edit a short video to promote late season skiing at 11 of its lodges in Western Canada. As the largest heli-ski operation in the world, CH Video & Photography provides creative and post-production services to help draw new and existing clients from around the world through engaging and inspiring video content
Matt Hall and Evan Bianco, with Agile GeoSciences, hired me to create an 'uncorporate' video for their 'unsession' - a collaborative, brainstorming meeting to create a list of some of the unsolved problems in geoscience.
This project was shot primarily on the Canon C300 and used a mix of lenses including the 24mm tilt shift and then edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
Winner - Best Editor (Drama under 30 minutes) at 2013 AMPIA Awards
Winner - Best Use of Film, Animation, or Special FX at 2013 Digital Alberta Awards
During the Indie Band residency at The Banff Centre in the Fall of 2011, I was fortunate enough to meet Airick Woodhead and steal 4 hours from his insanely busy schedule to create an experimental video for his piece, Painted Black. We spent the first couple of hours with a GoPro attached above his head, playing around the woods in Banff, and then went into the TV studio with nothing but a VHS Pro camera and 4 strobe lights.
A little bit about the process...
I should emphasize that this is a fan video and not the official video for this song. However, after using it as a tool to experiment with various glitching effects, which seemed to suit both Airick and the music, I wanted to share it. Most of the graphics were created by glitching the VHS tape during the logging process and the process came about accidentally. I noticed that each time I started and stopped the tape, I would get a tiny glitch effect. So I repeated this process many many times and stitched them all together before laying them in a timeline and blending them together. Then using Sound Keys (by Trapcode) to reveal other layers, some Data Glitch (by Rowbyte), and some colour effects with Magic Bullet Looks, I was able to create this video.
In July 2012, I was honoured to receive a phone call from The Banff Centre's Artistic Director for Music & Sound, Barry Shiffman. I'd met Barry briefly in 2010 during the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), and was excited to learn that the Afiara Quartet, the all-Canadian string quartet who took second place at that competition, were at the centre and in the midst of recording the Beethoven string quartets. As noted by Barry to the audience that evening, this is the musical equivalent of attempting Mt Everest - a very apt analogy given our serene mountain environment.
Barry's enthusiasm and energy for chamber music is nothing short of inspiring and so, with a truck full of gear, I drove to Banff to cover the Afiara Quartet. Along with Barry, it was a pleasure to work with the talented musicians that make up quartet - Valerie Li (1st violin), Yuri Cho (2nd violin), David Samuel (viola), and Adrian Fung (cello) welcomed me to their rehearsal sessions and concert that evening for Beethoven's 'Serioso' quartet No 11 in F minor and it was a real joy to shoot them.
The Afiara Quartet have recorded several of the Beethoven quartets now and hope to complete all of them in the next two years. More information is available at afiara.com as well as banffcentre.ca/music
Special thanks to Brian Elliot, Jim Sutherland and Glen Crawford in helping pull this shoot off in very short notice.