My partner Sarah and I travelled to New Mexico in the summer of 2011 to visit her family. Naturally, I brought my camera along since I knew there would be a variety of scenery that I was not used to seeing while living in New Brunswick, Canada.
Throughout the trip, I got plenty of footage of the family pets, Bert (cat), Thame (cat) and Flye (dog). Thame at the time was well into his teen years and was living on borrowed time. Sadly, Thame passed away a few years later. I was lucky to have a chance to meet him and provide Sarah's parents with a video of their pets to cherish.
Harlem Shake videos became an internet sensation in February of 2013. I decided to throw mine into the mix using my wonderful cat, Rambo.
Putting it together was quite easy. I simply filmed Rambo doing what she normally does for a few hours, and using some After Effects trickery, I masked and composited several Rambo clones onto one background.
The video became quite popular, it's now up 721,000 views on Youtube and climbing. In 2013 it was selected for the Internet Cat Video Film Festival at the Walker Art Center.
Rambo the cat came into my life a bit unexpectedly, but I'm very happy she did. Originally a shelter cat, Rambo had enough energy and personality quirks to last a lifetime. I've had many cats over the years, but none quite like Rambo.
My apartment was small, so I'd routinely take video of her while she was playing around. I decided to put together a compilation of the footage as a summary of her day to day life.
I put it on youtube and the video became pretty popular, garnering 140,000+ views.
My sister was visiting home and brought her newest companion a long with her.
Cali is a young pomeranian mix with a ton of excess energy. I had my latest companion with me as well, a newly purchased Panasonic GH2. I decided to shoot some footage of Cali in the backyard in order to get better acquainted with my new camera.
The GH2 provides a pretty stunning image for the price, and I was happy with how this quick little test came out.