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Sunday, December 19, 2010


The most dreaded, boring task of post-production.

I have 18 shots to rotoscope in my newest music video and it's taking around 6-8 hours to roto per shot. And not very long shots, mind you. They're 1 or 2 seconds long each.

Here's a little (not very revealing, of course) partial screen grab of the one I'm doing right now:

When it's done, I can scratch off my list as shot #7.
Only 11 to go!

By the way, I've also just directed a 5 minute short film a couple of weekends ago. We were fortunate to get everything for free, a Canon 5D and a couple of lenses (thanks Adam!), audio and audio guy (thanks Tom!) locations (thanks Jess!), etc. It'll go into post-production next year.

And I forgot to mention, but I ended up being Seamus MacGarvey's camera assistant on a short film for charity. I was supposed to have been the director's (Jason Armstrong Beck) AC, but he ended up not shooting, so Seamus had to put with my limited knowledge (almost hit him when I lifted the dolly head up - damn hydraulics). But I was on hand passing him lenses and fixing the camera monitor/camera menu settings and loading cards. It's just I've never operated a dolly before... until that day. Now I know!

It was very inspiring to see a big Hollywood DP shooting with pretty much the same tools accessible to me. And also a good lesson in how to light, how to deal with crew, etc. Seamus always has funny names for things; that's one of the ways he helps keep a good vibe on the set. And he's Irish, so... Anyone know an Irishman who's not happy and nice?

OK, so now you've distracted me from the rotoscoping! Gotta go.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Music Video

Just spent all of last weekend shooting a music video for the artist Jon Mesek.

Last night I put together an effects shot which included the artist performing 4 different characters in a funky Williamsburg freight elevator and it looks great! And the comping worked really well!

We shot with the Canon 7D and it was the first time using it for me. And first time shooting in slomo, believe it or not. I tested it out in my editing computer and all works fine. The artist sang to a song that was sped up 201% and when I turned the 60fps clip into 30fps using Cinema Tools, the lips match perfectly!

I'm excited to cut it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Locksley - The Whip

Check out the music video I just finished editing!

To watch in HD, click play and then click on the video window.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Fight Club on Blu-ray

It's been a while since I've watched this movie, one of my favorites of all time.

Even after September 11th and everything that happened in the 11 years after the movie came out, the message still applies to our times. And then we had the stock market crash! Must've been sweet for Tyler Durden...

Here's a great quote. I love how Martha Stewart was arrested years later.

Tyler Durden: Fuck Martha Stewart. Martha's polishing the brass on the Titanic. It's all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and Strinne green stripe patterns.

By the way, if you haven't watched this movie in a while, it's time you watched it on Blu-ray. Even though the non-DI grading process dates the movie in a way, it also gives it a genuine grittiness that fits it like a glove!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Telepathy Poster

Here's the official poster for my short film Telepathy:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Panavision Tour: 3D

Today I was over at Panavision in Manhattan to check out their 3D setup.

I was introduced to an Element Technica rig with 2 "Panavised" Sony F35 cameras (one horizontal and the other vertical pointing down at a 2-way mirror). Very similar to the rig used in Avatar.

Sound confusing? Check the picture below:

The rig is setup by the rig technician and there's a new person in the crew! The stereographer (or convergence puller). He uses the wireless remote (shown below) to control the convergence and I.O. (inter-ocular distance).

Here's a view of the back of the camera(s) rig:

Detail on the attached 3D monitor:

And a 3/4 view of this "monster":

If you look closely in the mirror in this picture you'll see the lens behind the lens reflected from above.

The guys over there had the camera hooked up to a JVC plasma who displayed 2 interlaced images per frame: the odd (or upper) field for the left eye and the even field (or lower) for the right eye.

We put our glasses on and it was awesome to see my hand pop out of the TV when I moved it closer to the camera! I saw myself in 3D! Who would've thought, after all these years?

Anyway, this rig can accommodate both side-by-side and vertical setups. You use side by side for wide shots, because the "eyes" don't have to be so close to each other; and you use the vertical setup for close-ups and medium shots, because at that point the "eyes " do need to be close enough for the effect to work.

One thing I learned today was that, depending on the venue, you need to adjust the convergence. Meaning, Avatar as we saw it in theaters would make us throw up in our 3D TV's at home... The good thing is that convergence can be changed in post. Unfortunately, I.O. cannot be changed in post, so if your shot isn't gonna work for home theaters, it couldn't hurt doing one take for each purpose.

That's it for today kids!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Telepathy at the Hoboken Film Festival!

Great news!

My short film, Telepathy is part of the official selection for the Hoboken Film Festival 2010.

The film will be showing at Cedar Lane Cinemas ( 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666) on Sunday, June 6th at 4:00 PM.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Yet Another Sketch

Again, don't mind the image quality or framing, these babies (Nikon D-90 for medium shot and HVX for the wide shot) were running solo...

It's better if you watch it on Youtube.
Just click on the video.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Comedy Sketches

I just started a youtube channel with some funny sketches I "wrote".

The reason I put quotes on "wrote" is that I basically write a short treatment of what is going to happen in the sketch but let actors choose how to get there.

For this first sketch I just told the actors what the premise was. The ending was figured out on the spot.

This is a lot of fun and very liberating to do! No script to worry about.