Well only 15 years late but I finally have a blog. In contrast to my website, here I’ll share a bit more of all the work I have been doingÂ whether Stills or Directing. I’ll also share more ofÂ the ideas I hadÂ going intoÂ shoots and maybe how they did (or didn’t) work, behind-the-scenes storiesÂ and images, technical discussionsÂ of how we did it, and even what it was that inspired the work.
AsÂ my first posting I decided to go back to a few years to job I did for a short-lived show on Discovery Channel called â€œBig BrainÂ Theoryâ€ on Discovery Channel. This jobÂ was maybe a year or two into my breakthrough into the world of shooting commercially.
Typically I am given free reign when shooting network shows, crafting my own shots and set-ups separate fromÂ what the show is doing. Â But here I spent two days shooting portraitsÂ of the show talent, grabbing what I could alongside theÂ film crew. I was brutallyÂ sick but strangelyÂ Â enough I think that helped the work. Being so out of it I came in and was forced toÂ operate solely on on instinct, shooting directly fromÂ my experience. And in some ways tat helped me see things a bit differently, more directly. I found myself moving away fromÂ theÂ standard lighting the show was forced to do with their limited schedule and instead started looking forÂ alternate angles, different shots.
I think its a good example of how often you hear the “rules”, such as three pointÂ lighting, or nothing completely blown whiteÂ or pitch-black. Â Instead, by moving to a 90 degree angleÂ fromÂ the film crew shotÂ I was able to break those rules, shooting directly into lights or areas they had not lit. And in the end I think we got some good stuff that I still show in my portfolio today.
Ok, enough for now. PleaseÂ follow along and subscribe to my feed. And if you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you and will try to answer back (if I am working, please give me a few days). Â Â Ok thanks. More soon!
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