Archive for the ‘Raleigh’ category


February 27, 2015

Last summer I took headshots of an actress.  Here is a selected photo from the shoot.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Headshot (David)

September 9, 2013


Last week I did a headshot session with David, a local actor.  He wanted an outdoor location for the shoot so I chose Spring Forest Road Park in Raleigh.  I first used the place to shoot a scene from my feature film project “Outside of Darkness” and was pleased with the surroundings when shot around sunset.  At the point when the above photo was taken, the sun was almost completely behind the treeline.  This left little direct sunlight falling on the actor, creating light that was considerably more diffuse yet still directional.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Headshot (Jonathan)

August 18, 2013


Recently I was asked to create a headshot for an Jonathan, an actor submitting for a role in the TV series Banshee.  I chose the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh as the shooting location, taking advantage of the open shade of the building and the overcast weather that day. I’m glad to say the headshot photos did what they intended to do: Jonathan got a part in the show.  He’ll be featured as an extra in the final episode of season two.

Short Choreographed Martial Arts Fight Sequence

February 19, 2013

In advance of principal photography for the martial arts film, Lao Warrior, I had the opportunity to practice shooting a fight scene. The short sequence here which I shot and edited (minus a score and sound design) was created as part of an acting reel for Kenji Saykosky:

I had no knowledge of the choreography when I came on set so, before any real shooting began, I asked the actors to perform their routine several times (minus the props) and recorded those rehearsal performances from several angles to get an idea what would work.

Despite the planning, some elements of the shoot weren’t expected. For example, the table had some its support taken away and was expected to collapse when the actor was thrown onto it but instead it slipped out from underneath him–running into me. Fortunately, neither the camera nor myself got hurt and the way it made the screen go black provided a really nice editing transition.

In all, the sequence was an enjoyable shoot and I had a fun time working with everyone involved.

Kenji Saykosy (martial artist)
Kerry James Leen (opponent #1)
Jonathan Carvajal (opponent #2)
Sean Pollock (DP/Camera Operator/Editor)

Doritos “Crash the Superbowl” Contest

November 17, 2012

Not long after creating my first commercial as a submission for a contest held by Buitoni, I began working on another commercial for entry in a contest, this time for the well-known snack maker, Doritos.   Unfortunately, I learned about the contest only a week before its submission deadline but the project team and myself were able to brainstorm, shoot and edit the video in time.


Compared to the 60-second time-limit allowed for the Buitoni commercial, the 30-second time-limit for this commercial was challenging as it required the storytelling to be even more concise and quick.   Writing, shooting and editing the project has definitely made me more appreciative of the effort and creativity put into the top-quality commercials that I see on TV and the internet.  Advertisers only have so little time to capture your attention and convince you to buy their product.

Joshua Eli (actor)
David Nelson (actor)
Kenji Saykosy (actor)
Andrew Cook (sound)
Sean Pollock (DP/Camera Operator/Editor)

2012 Buitoni Commercial Contest

November 5, 2012

One of my most recent works is a commercial that I shot and directed for a contest held by Buitoni, a company that specializes in various pasta products.   The intention of the commercial is to show that women love men that can cook (using Buitoni products).  Here’s my entry:

Because the main actor, Kenji, is a real-life practitioner and teacher of martial arts, I incorporated that element into the commercial.   As my first foray into creating a commercial from beginning to finish, I learned a great deal and even though I would definitely modify the message and delivery of the commercial if I had to do it again, I’m still pretty proud of the results.

The contest entries, after being reviewed by Buitoni, will be filtered down to fifteen, after which the winner will be decided by the public.   Please review the entries on Buitoni’s Facebook page and make your vote.  Voting lasts from November 6th until the 18th of this year.   My video is listed as “Sean P. (Durham, NC)”. Hopefully mine will be included in the top 15 and possibly win.   For those who vote for mine, I appreciate your support.

Kenji Saykosy (actor)
Victoria Vesce (actress)
David Nelson (sound)
Sean Pollock (DP/Camera Operator/Editor/Narrator)

Outside of Darkness: Portraiture

April 5, 2012

In addition to being the camera operator for the film project “Outside of Darkness,” I also provided still photography work for the website and other elements of the production.  The two actors seen together in one picture, Sharif Razzaq and Amber Martinez, play as Kael and Merrena, the movie’s main protagonists and onscreen couple.

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