Tag Archive for behind the scenes

“Save Me” Music Video BTS

Note: Frequent visitors to this website will recognize the name Matthew Ward. Matt is a friend of mine from college, who now works on amazing projects in Hollywood. When he isn’t working on VFX for Robert Zemeckis or DP’ing animated…

Behind the Scenes of “Set Yourself Free”

Behind the Scenes

If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the 13+ million people who have already seen “Set Yourself Free.” In this gorgeously filmed PSA, a cadre of nubile youngsters (of the type most often seen in Pepsi or Honda commercials)…

Food Photography Tips

Food is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Not only is it an enjoyable challenge, but I usually get to eat it after I’m finished! I’ve done a fair bit of food photography, and refined my system down to…

BTS – MMA Fighter Portraits

It’s always fun to photograph athletes, and martial artists are great subjects. Not only are they usually very interesting looking, they tend to be very serious about their sport, but not too serious about themselves. This makes for an enjoyable…

Shooting the Anti- “Deliverance”

If you’ve spent much time in Georgia or the Carolinas, you’ve probably seen the iconic, smiling pig head logo of the Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. Piggly Wiggly is easily one of the most recognizable and beloved brands in the South.…

Great Lighting For Microbudget Video

No matter what camera you’re using, any shot is only as good as its lighting. When I was in film school, I was introduced to the Lowel Tota-Light, and I hated it. It was extremely bright, extremely hot, and extremely…

Mixing AF100 & 5D Mk II Footage … On Purpose

I recently had the pleasure of shooting two commercials for the graduate studies program at The Citadel – the military college of South Carolina. I was hired by the good folks at Cognetix, who wrote and produced the spots. This…

Higher Production Value Through Cheating in Post

One of the biggest challenges of microbudget or “crew of one” filmmaking is elevating the level of “production value” so that whatever you’re shooting doesn’t look like a microbudget project. Or, more accurately, doesn’t feel like a microbuget project. “Production…

BTS – “Dead Battery Anxiety”

A few months ago, I was hired by Slant Media to direct a series of web videos to promote Philips Electronics’ “Dead Battery Anxiety” microsite. This was a great project, based on a very entertaining concept: that the anxiety caused…