Another Impromptu Photo Session

Posted October 18, 2013 by Sean Pollock
Categories: Cary, North Carolina, Photographs

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A couple days ago, I was at Bond Park in Cary with one of my friends and his girlfriend.  He wanted me to bring my camera so I could teach him more about the fundamentals of photography.  While I was there, I took some portraits of them.  Here are two favorites.

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Posted October 1, 2013 by Sean Pollock
Categories: Cinematography, Durham, Greensboro, Music Videos, North Carolina, Videos

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I recently collaborated on another music video project with gospel/hip-hop artist Kareem Alston (aka Remo Soul) for his song “My Glory”. Here it is:

In case you missed his first music video (“This Dream”), here it is:

If you like what you’ve been hearing, check out Remo Soul’s Facebook page here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Headshot (David)

Posted September 9, 2013 by Sean Pollock
Categories: North Carolina, Photographs, Raleigh

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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)

Posted August 18, 2013 by Sean Pollock
Categories: North Carolina, Photographs, Raleigh

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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.

Interview: Joe Anderson (Straightline Productions)

Posted July 24, 2013 by Sean Pollock
Categories: North Carolina

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On occasion I do interview setups.  Recently I interviewed Joe Anderson, president of Straightline Productions, a video production company in Durham, North Carolina.  For the past several months, I’ve been working with him on the “Observer”, a TV pilot project which he is working on as unit production manager.  Here are two snapshots from the session.

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ANN’S PUB Cast Portraits

Posted March 20, 2013 by Sean Pollock
Categories: Filmmaking, North Carolina, Photographs

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I’m currently signed up to do the cinematography for a short horror film called “Ann’s Pub”.  Written and directed by Jerry DeMario, the project is currently in pre-production.  As an addition to the movie’s eventual website, I’ve begun taking portraits of the various cast/crew members.  Here are two of the main actors:

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As a possible visual idea for an eventual movie poster, I shot and created this image:

Ann's Pub Promo Picture

The objects being held in each hand represent different symbolic elements featured in the story. The director wanted a representation similar to that of Kali, a Hindu goddess who has several arms.

Short Choreographed Martial Arts Fight Sequence

Posted February 19, 2013 by Sean Pollock
Categories: North Carolina, Raleigh, Videos

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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)