Episode 2 of the Mya show is now live on YouTube! In this episode, Mya teaches you a simple way to make delicious ice cream at home. Mya and her dad tested out different recipes and found this one to be the best. When we started shooting, she kept talking about how much she loved the ice cream and wanted to share it with me! Believe the hype. This homemade ice cream is hard to beat! =)
A few months ago, there was a video making waves online that starred a cute little girl doing a beatbox to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Turns out her mom, Jasmine, is a good friend of mine who I used to dance with back in high school. Her daughter, Mya, had been making fun videos on YouTube and when she released this beatbox video, it went viral and was mentioned on Ryan Seacrest’s blog as well as the Huffington Post.
Not soon after, PBS Kids reached out with a show offer for Mya. They loved her personality and knew she has potential for an entertaining and educational online series. When Jasmine told me about the opportunity, I couldn’t pass it up.
We shot two pilot episodes. PBS wants a kid and parent-friendly show that will educate as well as entertain. After brainstorming several topics that Mya could tackle, we finally boiled it down to two.
Working with Mya was a blast. It didn’t take her long to get familiar and comfortable with me and my crew. After just a few takes feeling a little shy, she started to let loose and really have fun with the camera. I think she enjoyed the topics a lot and just has a knack for performing (she must get it from Jasmine!). It was my first time working with a kid but Mya did all of the heavy lifting. =)
The show page is now LIVE on YouTube and the first episode is up! We’re all excited to see Mya with her first official show. We will be shooting a new video each week and you can be sure that Mya’s charm will brighten up your day!
I met Russel Thompson when I shot a Yelp video for his salon in San Francisco. It was a successful shoot and he loved the video so much that he called me back to create more videos for him, such as the unveiling party for Operation Relaunch Career and a few other how-to videos that would loop in the salon.
Carmichael Salon has grown and made a name for itself in the City. They recently moved to a new location right by Union Square were planning a party to celebrate 5 years of business. Russel called on me to create a video that would be screened at the party and also be used as their new promotional video. It was meant to encompass the whole experience of getting your hair done at the salon in their new location.
I’ve created many concept films for wedding couples, but this time I was brought on to capture the wedding event for my beautiful cousin Cristina and her new hubby, Matt.
The wedding took place at Tilden Park in the hills of Berkeley, CA. I brought on Ryan Sarmiento of Blank Canvas Studio, for whom I’ve been a second shooter for many times for his clients, on board to help me capture the day.
One thing that caught me by surprise is the amount of effort it takes to capture a wedding day properly. It’s a non-stop rush from prep to the end of the reception! It reminded me of the 48 hour film projects I participated in, except there are no second takes. That’s the pressure that comes with filming an event, so we made sure we had our gear ready for it.
We shot with one camera each during the bride and groom prep, three cameras during the ceremony, and one camera each for the reception.
The amount of footage was overwhelming, but I charged forward with some modern approaches to wedding films. For example, the idea of time-shift editing a wedding is something fairly new to the industry. It’s the idea that you don’t have to present the day in the exact order that it happened; in fact, that would probably make for a more boring film because of it exactly what is expected. In all my years of shooting and editing, I was pleasantly surprised to find that telling the story of a wedding day can be very much like any narrative film. It made me appreciate the skill of editing an event even more because you have to create an engaging story in the edit room since there is no script; you are creating it as you piece it together.
Here is the result:
Congratulations, Cristina & Matt!
Photographer – Gem Photo
Caterer – Mirgalia Catering
DJ – Quantum Music Event Planners
Caricature Artist – Tucky Illustration
Florist – Katharina Stuart Floral Art and Design
Baker – Torino Baking
The publisher had set up professionals in the design industry to talk about what makes California unique and the place for innovation and style. It took half a day to shoot all of the interviews. They were all very passionate about the leaps and bounds that California has been making in the industry. And as I browsed through the various magazine layouts that were provided to me, I became thoroughly impressed by the living spaces that are being created here in my home state.
The video can also be found on their website at http://www.californiahomedesign.com/advertise.
Last Sunday, we came back to the mountain to tackle Tough Mudder again. This time, we brought more of the family!
There was a total of 12 members on Team Pants Noodle (cleverly named by my nephews): 6 guys and 6 girls. It was another awesome experience tackling 11+ miles and 20+ obstacles on the mountain. Real proud of the first timers who grit their teeth through the whole course. And we did set a record that NO ONE else on the mountain can brag about: the first AND last team on the mountain! We didn’t even realize it until the MC ran through the final obstacle with us. #GetYourMoneysWorth
We captured the day on three separate waterproof cameras. With a much larger team than last year and 3x as many cameras, you can imagine the amount of footage I had to go through. I was able to slice down all of that footage into a short highlight reel that encompasses our whole experience.
Congrats, fellow mudders.
One day in May of 2011, while listening to the “Braveheart” station on Pandora (i love my epic movie soundtracks), an ad was displayed that showed a silhouette of people marching through a blazing fire with the words “Tough Mudder – Probably The Toughest Event On The Planet”. With the height of the music playing, envisioning William Wallace’s march into the battlefield, I clicked on the ad and found myself totally intrigued with this event.
Four months later, I found myself staring at the mountain at Squaw Valley with 5 other brave souls on my team, ready to tackle 11+ miles, +2300′ elevation, and a flurry of military-style obstacles that included 12 foot walls, crawling in the mud through barbed wire, swimming through freezing cold lakes, and getting shocked by 10,000 volts of electricity.
I brought with me an Olympus Tough camera (waterproof, shockproof, dustproof) that proved to be a soldier itself. I played around with the footage we shot and here is the result!
Overall it was an amazing experience and ultimate challenge. It also forced me to get healthy and back in shape, which has benefited me in my daily life (even my blood pressure is now at a normal level).
We are back for Tough Mudder Norcal 2012 with a bigger team and new, anxiety-filled faces. I missed documenting a few opportunities last year because of battery life, but we are bringing plenty of cameras and power to document the whole experience. Plus, this mountain looks to be much meaner: more ICE obstacles, more ELECTRICITY, more MUD!
There’s no greater motivation than the fear of failing yourself or your team on that mountain. Somebody give Pandora’s marketing director a raise! And thank you James Horner for inspiring the epic.
I was brought on board with Bing Lim, who is producing the show and I didn’t know too much about the shoot, but it sounded a lot of fun to do. I was impressed by the high-level of wardrobe, make-up, hair and talent that each cast member had.
The commercial will air in the San Francisco Bay Area through Comcast on several channels. Be sure to support your local arts and community!
While traveling through Peru, I stumbled upon a volunteer organization in Arequipa. I had always been looking for opportunities to give back while using my skills. The enthusiastic staff happily invited me to document a day in the life of the volunteers at the Flora Tristan English School. These volunteers are doing awesome things for these children and their families who don’t have very much. It was humbling to see how much time and effort has already gone into the school and the all the projects they have lined up for the future.
If you ever find yourself traveling through Peru (say, on the way to Machu Picchu?), and have time to volunteer, take a look at www.HoopPeru.org and see what opportunities they have to offer you!
The Claremont Rug Company, located in Rockridge, CA, was in need of a video to promote their latest acquisition: a substantial collection of antique rugs collected by 3 generations of a New England family.
Working with Jan and Christine was great. They have three beautiful showrooms with gorgeous rugs, most of which I was just beginning to learn how to pronounce! I learned a great deal about antique rugs and have a new found respect for them as exquisite art pieces.