Another exercise in cutting to music. I took some archival footage/informational footage from the US Department of Energy’s films on what to do in case of a nuclear bomb. I’m fascinated with films like the classic “duck and cover,” films they showed school children during the 50s and 60s. I cut it to a song from Steve Aoki, Diplo, and Deorro.
Been a busy month! Covered the Independent Film Festival of Boston once again for LonelyReviewer.com. We shot a ton of Q&As, some of which can be viewed here. We finished the first season of Boston Open Screen at the Coolidge last night, taking a hiatus for the summer. Also, I just put the finishing touches on something that had gotten lost deep in my vaults, “The Interview,” a little piece I shot back in 2011. Lot’s of good stuff in the works!
In testing and familiarizing myself with the Blackmagic, I’m filming little moments/situations/environments with the new 4K camera. This latest short I shot in my Uncle’s small Garage/Workshop. Lit only by two overhead fluorescents, and the first shot in a dark parking lot, the images this camera puts out have a lot of life.
The community is abuzz with the finally shipping Blackmagic 4K Cinema Camera. We got one at work, and I couldn’t wait to take it out and see what it can do. I hit the Charles River in Cambridge to get a bit of Boston at sunset. I took that 4K footage into a 1080p timeline and cut this little test out.
First impressions of the camera, I really like the touchscreen and the metadata entry features. I can see that being extremely helpful while on a shoot. File sizes are enormous (which is to be expected), but the imagery is gorgeous. The internal battery doesn’t last long at all. I got about 30 minutes out in the cold yesterday. I’ll stick with it to see how long at a better operating temperature, but, external batteries seem to be a must either way. More little shoots to come!
September 2013, along with two longtime friends of mine, Adam Van Vorhees and Phil Healy, we took up the reigns of the decade old Boston Open Screen. It’s a great concept, a 90 minute long “open mic night” for film and video. You bring any piece under 10 minutes, and we screen it. No prescreening, submission process, nothing. Completely open. It always makes for a great evening.
I’ve used the monthly event as a motivator in creating something new to screen monthly. Which is where things like Jaden Smith: Real Tweets, and this music video I created for the new Major Lazer song “Come on to Me” come from. This little project I pulled some archival footage from sources online and pulled together a story about the Cold War. It was a fun one to edit, and I hope you enjoy.
Listening to some podcasts, the twitter feed of Jaden Smith (son of actor Will Smith) was brought to my attention. I was looking for a reason to make a silent-film inspired call back, so I thought this project would be fun.
Inspired by the title cards from D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance,” I created my own Jaden Smith Twitter feed video. Check it out!
I’ve been dying to cut together a piece using one of DJ Vice‘s remix tracks, “Down by Life” by the artist Elliphant. I’ve always love cutting to music, and I had some time-lapses and other b-roll sitting around. So I cut it together, enjoy!
I’ve been experimenting a lot with 3D text, and I wanted to do an experiment that used those elements with more advanced lighting – essentially looking to make the text a part of the scene. My source material was random footage I’ve gathered in my travels the last few years. I picked some inspirational call outs and this was the result.
The color correction was done in Final Cut Pro, and all the graphics were done in After Effects with Element 3D!
Thankfully the Blizzard of 2013 has come and gone, and only resulted in a brief 8 hour power outage. I thought it’d be fun to set up a timelapse of the storm. I set it up on my Canon T2i and had it run from 8:30am Friday, February 8th, till the 3pm the next day. Unfortunately, I still haven’t picked up an AC Power Pack for the camera, so I had to stop 2 separate times for an hour to charge. Despite that challenge, I think it does a good job representing the ~2 feet of snow we had dropped on us over the weekend.
The video was linked to by WBUR (Boston’s NPR Station), Watertown Patch, and the Watertown Tab. Thanks to all who checked it out!
I’m excited to announce that my short film, “friends I haven’t met yet,” will be screening for the month of November at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA. The Coolidge is an amazing venue, and one of the most beautiful theaters in the country. It’s an amazing art-deco theater that is independently owned, and not-for-profit. It’s exciting for my Boston-themed film to be screening there, and I’m thrilled for people to be able to see it on the big screen!