Archive for January 2013

New Film Project: Lao Warrior

January 27, 2013

“Outside of Darkness” marks my first feature film as a cinematographer.   The next feature which I’ll likely be working on is “Lao Warrior,” a martial arts film co-written, starring and directed by Kenji Saykosy.   It will mainly be shot in North Carolina.   An experienced teacher of mixed martial arts (MMA), Kenji hopes to establish himself as a star in martial arts films.  If successful, he could very well become the first of Laotian descent.

A few days ago, a Kickstarter campaign was started to raise funds for the film.  You can view the page here.   The donation periods on February 24th around 10:20pm.   It is an ambitious film and your support would be greatly appreciated.

Here is a video which I shot for the pitch (edited by Megan Reid):


Impromptu Portrait Session

January 19, 2013

These days I’m usually doing shooting and editing video but still do photography from time to time.  Recently I was hanging out with the actor from one of my films and his girlfriend.  I happened to have my still camera with me so we decided to do an impromptu photo shoot and retouched the photos.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Progress in Cinematography

January 16, 2013

As I have been fairly busy as of late and have not made myself enough time to maintain this blog, I’ve decided to change that by making some new posts.  Here are some shots that I lit and shot which I particularly like, most of which are from the upcoming movie “Outside of Darkness” (the trailer can be viewed here):

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Most of the examples employ pronounced lighting ratios and close-ups.  My past experience as a photojournalist (where getting closer shots of subject matter is valued) and my love of the visual style of film noir play a large influence.