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Here are some instructional videos I create for Carmichael Salon in San Francisco, CA.
Welcome to my new website!
This is the result of over four months of hard thought, research, and work. I met with Methanie of Methanie Design and after a couple meetings, we were able to narrow down the goals of my website:
1. to showcase my video work in a clean and polished way
2. to make navigation simple, fast and intuitive
3. to have each video section stand on it’s own so users have all the info they need on one page, but can easily access more info and see more videos if desired
4. to make it easy to contact me and locate me on social networks
5. to have a Content Management System (CMS) that would allow me to easily update my site with new content
This site has been a long time coming, as ideas for it really began from the original launch of my site several years ago. I’m happy to have a site that tackles all of the goals listed above, and in style!
Please feel free to browse through each of my pages as you’ll see some new content as well. I hope you enjoy the site as I enjoyed being a part of creating it. Much props to Methanie for the cool design, hand-coding, and patience! Also, thank you to my colleagues at BAPVA who helped immensely not only in my transition to the DSLR workflow but also by generously sharing their knowledge and experience to help me structure the business properly.
Part of my goal in re-launching the site is to commit myself to creating new content on a regular basis. So in the coming weeks and beyond, I’ll be posting new videos and blogs… including my latest wedding concept video. Stay tuned… this one’s gonna be BIG!
Today I brought out my new toy: Canon 60D. My cousin Ricky, aspiring photographer, came along so I could help him explore shooting HDSLR video with his Canon 5D Mark II. It was a great day to walk the streets of downtown San Francisco and grab a variety of shots while going through the multitude of settings available on our cameras.
But the best part of the day was looking for some undiscovered talent to pull off an impromptu 2-camera shoot. And we found what we were looking for as the escalator slowly took us up from the Powell BART platform to the exit: a small crowd, a strong, raspy voice and a hard-strummed guitar filling the air of the busy train station.
We were quick to setup our cameras. And here’s the result:
This guy was DOPE. And the two strings didn’t even occur to me until I got my close-up shots! Who needs six?!
For our first time shooting HDSLR video together, I think it worked out pretty well. We were both stoked for the footage we captured; we downloaded, transcoded, edited, and graded the footage the moment we got back home.
I was very impressed by the performance of the 60D. Loved, loved, LOVED that articulating LCD screen. Brought me back to my Canon GL1 days! And as far as matching footage with the 5D, I think it did an accurate job.
Looking forward to creating more shorts like these, finding new talent and capturing interesting stories to get some hours on the new gear!
Shot on the Canon 60D w/ 17-55mm 2.8 IS and 5DMK2 w/ 24-70mm 2.8 L @ 1080p, 24fps, 1/200, f2.8, ISO 1600. Graded in FCP.
It’s hard to believe my time as an edit intern Revision 3 has finally come to an end. It was an awesome learning experience. All the folks were super easy to get along with and treated me as one of their own.
One of the things I experienced at Revision3 is the heat of the deadline… on a daily basis! They are cranking out shows like there’s no tomorrow. I learned how to edit AppJudgement, Scam School, Tekzilla Dailies, Digg Reel, and Diggnation. I also spent some time in their studio and Josh taught me so much about the responsibilities of each position on a TV set. I remember at one point during a Tekzilla studio shoot, there was a seemingly complex segment which required close-ups of a product while the hosts are talking. The communication between the Producer, Director, Camera Ops, Hosts was seamless! It was great to observe professionals doing what they do best. The Internet is alive and booming; it’s no wonder these guys are at the forefront of the TV movement in cyberspace.
As an editor, all the guys there were completely helpful in getting me up to speed. I learned some tips and tricks in Final Cut Pro that I will carry on in my career. Thanks to everyone at Revision3, especially the editors Mau, Jdert, and Graham for being so generous with their knowledge and time.
Last year, my friends and I competed in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project. It was the first time for all of us, and we were in for quite the weekend. In planning for it, I knew I wanted the experience to be captured on tape (yes, i said “tape”!). This was also the first time the folks I put on this documentary team (Antonio Galvan, Mike Nunez, Cedric Reyes) were in control of a project this big, let alone a documentary at that. I tried my best to give them a crash course in the basics of shooting for the edit, and let them loose.
Fast-forward almost one year later, and now the final segment has been completed. Much props to the whole team, especially to Antonio who was stubborn enough to stick to finishing the edit at a time when the momentum and excitement of the weekend had all but vanished (their original deadline was just a few weeks after that weekend. it was meant to be a quick project for them to get their feet wet… then it became stuck in “post-hell”).
His relentless pursuit of the final edit pushed him to edit a couple of hours each night after work for the past several months, and he successfully turned hours upon hours of (to be quite honest) mundane footage into the memorable story of our experience competing in the 48 Hour Film Project. Not only that, he edited this bad boy using iMovie. iMovie?!!? I don’t even know how to use iMovie!
Also, if you haven’t seen it, here is the final edit of our film, “Ties that Bind”.
Stay tuned this summer, for the dates of the 2010 SF 48 Hour Film Project have just been announced. ROUND 2! The Madness continues…
From October 19-22, 2009, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend Re:Frame San Francisco, which is described as “4 days of intense shooting technique, business management, HD workflow, branding & marketing, creative storytelling techniques, social media and much more!” and it did not disappoint. Chris Dumlao of San Diego based Starcross’d Creative had been suggesting I attend this conference for awhile now, and I was lucky enough to land a ticket just a few days before it started.
This being a conference primarily for wedding videographers (or wedding “filmmakers” as they should be called now) at first made me a bit hesitant to attend. Being a film school guy, surrounded by film school geeks, that stigma that comes with the anything labeled “wedding” still exists, but after attending this conference, I am convinced that can be challenged and eventually broken. I was impressed by the quality of their images as much their abilities as storytellers. These creative professionals are truly bridging that gap between the wedding videographer and the filmmaker, and I found that very inspiring.
I learned so much not only from each of the speakers but also from the attendees. I was a typing maniac on my laptop the entire four days and ended up with almost 40 pages of solid, valuable notes. It was an open environment for everybody to pick everybody else’s brain freely!
I owe a huge shout out to the founders of Re:Frame SF: Kristin Bliss, Bruce Patterson, Julie Hill, and Jason Magbanua, for assembling an “awesome” conference. And huge THANK YOU to the speakers who traveled from far and generously shared their expertise and knowledge of the industry: Joe Simon, Kevin Shahinian, Oleg Kaylan, David Robin, Dennis Lennie, Jasmine Star, Leila Khalil, Alex Hill, Loyd Calomay, Angela Desveaux, and Philip Bloom.
Here are some highlights of the conference:
Our classroom for four days.
Me in sponge status. (photo by Philip Bloom)
View from the rooftop. Mini-SF!
Toys! (playing with gear from Zacuto and Jag35)
Spoiled with some of the finest cuisine.
Work hard, play hard.
With the hot thing being same-day edits, there were a handful of cool videos that documented the action and were posted right away to share! Here is one of them shot by Cinematographer Philip Bloom using only stills from a 5Dmkii and a 7d DSLR:
More videos can be found on the Re:Frame Vimeo Page!
To all of the attendees I met at the conference, I am excited to be a part of the community and share the future of filmmaking and event filmmaking with you. For everyone else reading, I hope to share more stories and even some lessons learned from these guys in future blogs. It’s just too much to cram into one post!
And please stay tuned for a new concept film that I will be posting soon!
Last weekend, after several months of planning, dozens of meticulous emails, an ever-changing pre-production meeting date, auditioning actors, and an overall feeling of excitement, nervousness, and exhaustion, my crew and I stepped into the ring with 70+ filmmakers to compete in the 48 Hour Film Project. It was a near non-stop weekend of madness, with barely enough time to contemplate what was being written, shot, or edited. I hand-picked a hefty crew of amazingly gifted people and assigned each of them to a specific task. Though each member of the crew had various levels of production experience, I knew this was a team that could work well together even under such a tight deadline. As Dan (writer/editor) mentioned, “I’ve never been on a production of this magnitude without seeing one argument on set!”
I never thought I’d use this word to describe something, but the synergy of the cast and crew created an uplifting experience that pushed each of us towards this one goal, as Claire (wardrobe/set design) described, “to make a film that people won’t throw tomatoes at.” In the few moments on the shoot when I had a chance to observe how cast and crew members were getting along, I remember seeing a lot of smiles and laughter. But as comfortable as we were together, when it came time to work, we made it happen.
Still, the weekend definitely had it’s bumps in the road. The biggest one for me being that I lost my cousin Chris to the stomach flu, who was supposed to help me direct the film. But Bing, one of the writers, willingly took the load that I cast upon him so that I can focus on being cinematographer, which was an arduous task in itself (seeing that I would have to create a shotlist on-the-fly and make sure I had enough coverage of the scene for a good edit). With such a large cast and crew (22 total crew members and 5 actors), you can imagine the chaos and interesting challenges that took place. That is why I designated a team (Antonio, Mike, and Cedric) just to document the whole weekend so people can get a feel for everything that happened behind-the-scenes. It’s also a chance to give credit to each hard-working crew member who was integral to the production in one way or another. Documentary coming soon!
I’m so friggin’ proud of my cast and crew and what we accomplished in such a short time frame. Tomorrow night is our screening at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Our film will be screened with short films created by 13 other teams. I’m very anxious to see the kind of response our film will receive as well as see what other aspiring filmmakers created last weekend. It should be a great night to celebrate our accomplishments, no matter the results (awww…).
Team Name: ENZ Entertainment
Movie Title: Ties That Bind
Movie Screening Location: Roxie Theater
Times: 7:00 PM w/ Q&A and 9:30 PM
Date: Monday, June 15th, 2009
Host: 48 Hour Film Project – San Francisco – www.48hourfilmproject.com/sanfrancisco
Here is the link to purchase tickets:
(Tickets are expected to sell out as they have done in previous years. Get them right away.)
Hope to see you all there!