At the end of last year I began working with Joo Lee, a British Korean, and owner of Korrito with a idea to create a mini doc series on Korean food in Korea and the UK. Joo runs Korrito UK a Korean BBQ/Burrito street food business based in the heart of London.
There was a ton of freedom on this project and I took it upon myself to develop a more stylized approach to the series. As the director and cinematographer on this project I was also able to work with a handful of talented individuals as well. I’ll post the final videos once they are released toward the end of April.
In collaboration Nils Clauss and I co-directed CHOA, a short documentary featuring female Korean ice hockey player Choa Choi. The project was shot in association with UIC/Yonsei University. You can view the project here.
Nils and I are very thankful for the Vimeo Staff Pick award and are planning a few more collaborations throughout 2014.
Just a few days ago John Mark Mcmillan released his first single, “Future / Past” from his upcoming independent release, “Borderland”. I collaborated with the Calnin Bros to shoot a live performance video that premieres today on Relevant TV in conjunction with the Itunes single release.
“Borderland speaks to the idea of the ‘place between places,’” says McMillan, “which is where I feel I’ve been living as a person, as an artist, and as a believer for a couple of years. While few things describe the Christian experience more than the ‘place between places,’ it is also a concept everyone can relate to. We all walk lines between work and family, love and responsibility, art and commerce, passion and business and so on. Many of these songs are my commentary from a life between the crevices and on the verge.”
Please click here to view the live performance video of Future/Past. To view on Relevant TV click here. To purchase the track on Itunes please click here.
We shot this piece with two RED cameras using 24-70 zooms. Some of the close ups of John Mark were shot using a 35mm 1.4 Zeiss ZF lens. For lighting we wanted a simple approach and with quick falloff into the crowd so that the sense of space was larger and to give it an intimate feel.
– (1) Skirted 20×20 Silk Overhead
– (4) Studio 2k Thru The Silk
– (7) Diffused Source Fours Overhead
– (3) Floor mounted Par Cans for Backlight
Director | Calnin Bros
Director of Photography | Adam Hobbs
Camera Operators | Adam Hobbs, Chris Calnin
Lighting Techinican | Rodney & Co.
DIT | Jacob Lewis
PA | Matt Clum, Scott Jones
Here’s a list of highlights from 2013. This year was full of surprises and I’m very thankful for all the opportunities and collaborations that happened throughout last year. 2014 is going to be awesome!
Highlights from 2013:
– Seeing Hong Kong and volunteering in Thailand with Katie.
– Finishing a 20 episode tv show in Seoul called Semipermanent.
– Collaborating with the Calnin Bros stateside.
– Beautiful Cambodia and seeing Angkor Wat for the first time.
– Shooting my first feature (before 30! a past goal of mine) which is titled Finders Keepers: Stranger Than Fiction.
– Katie and I finding a church that we attend in Seoul.
– Traveling back to the southern U.S. for summer and seeing friends.
– Losing my Iphone three times in Korea and having it returned back to me every time!
– Working with Pioneers in Nepal
– Australia! I lost my Iphone here for good.
– Hugging a Koala Bear and hiking the Blue Mountains.
– Meeting with other creatives in Seoul.
– Collaborating with Nils Clauss
– Visiting Fiji with the HUMAN crew.
– Experiencing more of Korea through a food documentary project I’m currently working on.
– Feeling like Seoul is becoming Katie and I’s home.
– Long chat with cinematographer Stephen Murphy in London.
– Seeing family, friends, and Moses over Christmas 2013.
Goals for 2014:
– Regular excercise (Production is a physical job… I’d like to do this for a long time).
– New Reel in 2014.
– Shoot more with a light meter*
– Communicate goals and aspirations more.
– Edit less.
– Be “present” more with family and friends.
2012 was great year full of new adventures and fun projects. Very excited about new partnerships and future projects on the horizon for 2013. Thankful for awesome friends, family, and especially my amazing wife Katie. Let’s make 2013 awesome. Happy New Year from Hong Kong!
Thanks to MODE Advertising I got the opportunity to work with Bauer Hockey. Mode is a talented design/interactive shop based in Charlotte, NC. Below are still frames from the completed site for the new Bauer RE-AKT launch. MODE contacted me to help produce and edit 10 vignettes surrounding the new technologies included in the RE-AKT’s revolutionary helmet design.
The RE-AKT is the first of its kind and is part of an effort to reduce concussions in the sport of hockey. This job was purely editorial after some shifts in the schedule. All footage was shoot by Bauer’s production outfit on 5Dmk2 and transferred to Apple pro-res and colored in Resolve. I edited a total of ten vignettes that profile the technology and inner working of Bauer’s revolutionary new helmet design. Working with MODE’s design team was awesome and I was happy to be apart of the campaign to launch Bauer’s new helmet the RE-AKT.
Working with Soomo Publishing is always a good time. Director and very close friend Tim Grant pulled me in to shoot the latest satirical video piece titled Bad Romance – Women’s Suffrage. This video is the follow up to our previous collaboration Too Late to Apologize – A Declaration. Both videos are used as marketing material for Soomo and with close to 4 million views on Too Late Apologize I’d say they have been successful.
Production for Bad Romance – Women’s Suffrage was smooth and fast. We shot over two days in The Broadcast Group studios. Although the budget was nowhere close to Lady Gaga’s 2 million, Tim and Production Designer Jeffery Barrows did an amazing job creating the look. They transformed a 20,000 sq studio space into numerous different sets.
Here are a few lo-rez still frames.
Camera wise we shot on the Sony F3 with Sound Devices Pix240 recorder and Leica Cine-Mod lenses. The camera package and lenses were provided through Edit at Joes. Although the Leica primes/zoom were cine-modded still lenses they worked flawlessly throughout the shoot.
Sony F3 w/Leica R 80-200, Pix240 Recorder, and DP6 monitor from SmallHD.
The Leica R 80-170 2.8 zoom is extremely sharp and helped us with speed. Tim and I work almost without talking and that was good considering the 60 or so setups we had per day. The shoots pace was crazy fast, but I couldn’t have done it without 1st AC Greg Hudgins and Gaffer Bob Schaner… major props to those guys. Overall it was an excellent shoot and Soomo is a pleasure to work with.