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Behind the Scenes – Jellyman Short Film

I got an email from Writer/Director Lauren Lang about her story ‘Jelly Man.’ We talked a little about the story as well as her vision for the film and once I read the script, I was sold. There was so much creative freedom on this project and we clicked on everything which made it so easy. Here’s a look at how we shot some of the scenes. Read more

How We Shot It: Wolfpack Boxing Club – Pittsburgh, PA

Wolfpack Boxing Club is a really unique facility nestled in Carnegie, PA (a little south of Pittsburgh). When I first went to scout with producer Sean Montgomery, my initial thoughts were to make a gritty and intense video similar to an Under Armor ad. But to my surprise, that wasn’t the story of Wolfpack Boxing. After talking to owner Jeff, I threw out all my initial ideas, deleted my notes and started fresh. This boxing gym isn’t a tough guy, train till you die, type of place. It is a welcoming, family friendly gym where you can get a good workout while learning a skill. Ok, if my initial thoughts were this off, I bet others were and this is where my story started. Read more

Custom Built Light Box for Product Shots

With some upcoming commercials focusing on a product, I was looking for a way to light the product quickly and still make it look great. I thought about different photography light boxes but wanted this product to be showcased in a bar, restaurant, or even in a kitchen. Photography boxes usually entrap your product with surrounding white walls. I began thinking about lighting it from underneath and making something myself. Luckily, it was successful and I’m going to walk you through how to make one yourself. Read more

Creating Daylight with the Hive Lighting Wasp

High output, daylight balanced, lights are something I can always use onset. The problem with using tungsten lights is how much power you lose once putting on a full CTB gel to convert them to daylight. HMIs are great for this but the problem is how expensive they are. I was lucky enough to try out a plasma light from Hive Lighting and I was completely blown away. Read more

Media Buying Now Available

So you spend money on a great video that you love but after posting on your social media channels it only reaches clients that already follow you. You then spend money on boosting your Facebook page but only get a few likes out of it. What you can you do to reach a bigger, new, audience? How about advertising on television or on the largest websites such as Fox News? I am happy to announce that I can now offer those services directly to you. Read more

Using the Kessler Pocket Jib for FlytRight

What I love about doing commercial work is the creative freedom you have. What’s better is when working with a talented director you trust so as a Cinematographer, you only have to focus on getting the best shots possible. Part of getting the best shots is having the right tools onset. We used the Kessler Pocket Jib on a recent shoot and I want to share my experiences with it. Read more

Where Are You Bobby Browning? – My Next Feature Film

Very excited to announce that I will be shooting my next feature this October! What is especially exciting is that the crew will be mostly the same as Crossing Streets, including director Marc Hutchins. It is a great script, with a solid cast and I am honored to be chosen as the Director of Photography. Read more

First Test with Canon C300 on Green Screen

Different cameras, sensors, picture profiles, and settings all factor into the image that is being recorded. The Canon C300 has a lot of flexibility and a ton of ways to get the exact image you want out of a camera. I’ve been currently testing out profiles for green screen shooting and here are my results after my first test. Read more

Using a Book Light for a Super Soft Key

“Hey Rob you wanna DP for me? We’re shooting a commercial for a truck liner company and need to shoot it in the back of a semi truck.” That was the call I got from Sean at 323 Productions and although I’ve never lit in the back of a semi, I was up for the challenge. In this post I want to break down my lighting setup, give credit to the idea, and share the results. Read more

Dracast LED Panel Review

I was lucky enough to get a Dracast LED panel to evaluate and I was extremely pleased with the build quality and results of the light. In this post I’ll be reviewing color temperature, build quality and run time. Read on to see the results and my overall thoughts of the light panel. Read more