Posted tagged ‘moviemaking’

New Cinematography Reel

March 13, 2015

I recently updated my cinematography reel.

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.

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

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):

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.