ALWAYS A FIRE is a short documentary film on former New York Giant CHAD JONES—a star athlete from LSU whose promising professional career was put on hold by a tragic car accident before it even had a chance to begin.
The film details Chad's incredible rehabilitation and recovery from the horrific accident that nearly cost him his life. Comprised of intimate interviews with Chad and his trainers, as well as never-before-seen footage of his long road to recovery, the film provides an unflinching view of an elite athlete facing unimaginable tragedy and refusing to submit.
Directed by Nathan Caswell & Jeremiah Zagar
Produced by Jeremy Yaches
Cinematography by Zak Mulligan, Julian King, Mark Stetz
Production Design by Sophie Kosofsky
Graphics by Jonah Birns
VFX by Dorian West
Color by Seth Ricart
Sound Design & Mix by Tom Paul
Featuring music by World Gang, Dan Deacon & The Baby Boyz Brass Band
last year we got the opportunity to shoot a tv series called The Season presented by SAP for the NFL Network. the series followed human interest stories related to the game such as Brett Favre's last game in Lambeau field. the finale of the show, for last year, was the superbowl.
our approach was to cover this with tilt-shifts and we did that for a couple reasons;
to make the players look small. at the end of the year it all comes down to these 60 minutes and all of the records, stats, and trophies go out the window. it is also such a huge stage being the most viewed single day sporting event in the world, and that is such a large audience for so few people.
we also wanted to use tilt-shifts to simulate vision on the field and needing to see selectively to be a fraction of a second faster.
we worked with the NFL Network on the script (which ties into when we go into, and out of the tilt-shift lenses). we shot, colored, and edited this piece those most other episodes of The Season were handled by the NFL Network.
Filmed on the Tennessee Valley Trail in Northern California, this video was inspired by the 'Vimeo Weekend Challenge'. The challenge was to create a video under 3 minutes that was narrated and highlighted both extreme wide angle and extreme close-up shots.
"Created for the Weekend Challenge: vimeo.com/groups/weekendchallenge"
This December, we traveled to the Philippines for the winter holiday. I strapped a GoPro to my head for pretty much the entirety of the trip. Edited together this quick montage of some of our favorite parts in Manila and Palawan.