I had the honor of being the Director of Photography on in interesting film following a nervous soon-to-be father. It was a blast and I certainly hope I get the chance to do it again.
"A soon-to-be father protects his invalid father from his opportunistic nephew."
Please email me if you'd like to see this great film directed by Matthew E. Robinson.
One of the films I worked on this past summer I was asked to be Production Designer on. It was a big task as the setting of the short film was an Indian wedding - traditional but set in America.
It was so much fun to learn about this culture and add to this world.
"A father must decide whether or not to stop his daughter's wedding when he realizes that she doesn't love the man she is about to marry."
Email me if you'd like to see this FSU graduate film directed by Rika Dharmesh Bhakta.
For the second year of our time at FSU, we have to select a specialization.
I wavered for a long time between Cinematography and Directing. Both work together so precisely to communicate the story, the characters, the emotion. I adore lights and the camera. But ultimately I decided to choose directing.
I did this for a myriad of reasons, but the main being I want more practice shepherding the overall vision of an entire piece. I think FSU is a great place for experimentation and stretching in that area.
Ultimately, directing is what I want to do, even though I also have a passion for cinematography.
Hopefully, in the future, I'll have the opportunity to do both.
Over the next year, I will spend my time developing, shooting, and editing my thesis as well as working on the other films of my fellow students.
Please enjoy a few snaps above that are from our insane production schedule this summer.
We shot 22 short films in a month and a half. We, 22 students, who half of had not touched film equipment until less than eleven months ago. We accomplished this nearly impossible feat. We had two days for each show to shoot. Each show had 5 days of pre-production for the ATL. Each show, we alternated to a new crew position.
I produced an action comedy involving stunts and pirates. I shot a dark comedy about the fear of fatherhood. I designed a traditional Indian wedding. And I directed a story that takes place in the main characters' imaginations.
In addition, I BTL crewed a wide array of fantastic, inspired stories.
I'm so proud of my peers and what we together have accomplished in spite of time and budget and weather restrictions. For the record, Florida is toasty in the summer.
We each had a week to edit our films and then spent a week editing someone else's. Now we go into a week of sound editing. On the other side of which, we will screen our films in Tallahassee, marking our transition into our second and final year of grad school.
We've all learned so much in the past year and grown as filmmakers. I can't wait to see where this next year takes us as we continue to collect artistic and collective skill.
My photoshop work was featured in Garrett Brown's PowerPoint at this year's Steadicam Operators of America's week long workshop in Pennsylvania. A few years ago when Garrett visited Asbury for one of our Steadicam workshops, he mentioned he always wanted an image of the camera and dolly he started working with that led him to invent the Steadicam, but had never been able to find one. After a few tries, I got the proportions right and I'm so glad to see it has been helpful to him!
If you haven't been through a Steadicam workshop, you should. It is vital to understanding how to motivate any type of camera movement and enter a deeper relationship of visual storytelling.