THE BLOG

15
Sep

Chef Holly Jivin at Bazaar, Los Angeles

Bazaar is a fascinating restaurant in Beverly Hills, decorated with artifacts and curiosities from around the world. However, it is quite dark and a challenging environment to film in due to reflective surfaces. We used nearly 2000 watts of light just to raise the overall light level in the room, in addition to the interview lights used to illuminate our chef’s face.

23
Aug

Product photography for “Color” brand screen protectors

We’ve done a wide range of images for Color brand screen protectors. Clean, crisp product images were shot against a white background, “live” shots of the product in use were captured with models, and additional images were created to highlight the products’ durability.

Color did a major promotion with Instagram, paying “influencers” with massive followings to take and post photos of their phones in front of an interesting scene, with the scene visible on screen. The image of the train seen here was one of several examples that were used to promote the campaign and inspire the influencers to go out and get interesting perspectives. The image itself is a composite of two images of the train, with the screen image simulated.

02
Jun

East Bay Prison

The 1930’s era prison we filmed this scene in had amazing textures. The producer of this short film had previously tried to create a prison in a studio, which proved to be an expensive and disappointing effort.

We got it right this time around, in spite of being in a hurry. The production was paying two sheriff’s deputies overtime by the hour, so we wanted to work quickly. For the gimbal stabilized shots, I would do one take, check the playback and move on.

23
Nov

Packaging design for “Color” brand screen protectors

Nordstrom placed a major order with our client, Color Glass, and the chain’s buyers had some specific requests regarding the packaging. Produced by Monark using Adobe Illustrator, the final packaging has a clean look, and employs glossy finishes and embossed UV coatings. This product was a success at Nordstrom, and the national retailer subsequently requested custom designed screen protectors with stars and other details, for which Monark produced both the product design files and the packaging. The images in this post were snapped by my client when the packaging arrived, so this is a packaging design example only, not an example of product photography!

23
Oct

PSA for a Silicon Valley Charitable Organization

In this promotional video, Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers, introduces several prominent recipients of grant funding from the Mission City Community Fund.
Working closely with the organization’s leadership and the SF 49ers, I wrote the script for this piece, filmed the interviews using a two camera setup, and edited the final piece for screening at a Silicon Valley gala event.

05
Mar

Los Arbolitos timelapse

Sometimes you have to make a shot work, even if it’s not initially what you hoped for.
This timelapse was filmed over a period of more than three hours, with 30 second exposures at 45 second intervals. The footage was initially a disappointment: the frames were underexposed, lacking in contrast, and the light in the VW van flicked on for only a brief second. Worst of all, the camera’s sensor overloaded, resulting in a large number of “stuck” pixels across the sky.
AfterEffects was used to correct exposure (as well as possible) and to track and remove stuck pixels. Finally, the light in the van was spread over a greater number of frames and gradually faded out using mattes and layers.
I particularly liked the effect of the stars from the opposite side of the sky reflected in the van’s windows.

14
Aug

Kostow’s Halibut


In this excerpt from the television show Lives of Style, Executive chef Christopher Kostow reveals the secrets behind one of his extraordinary creations. Shortly after this segment was filmed at Meadowood in Napa Valley, he was awarded the prestigious Michelin 3-star rating.

07
Sep

Bringing old photos to life to tell the rhino story…


This composite was created as part of a sequence explaining how wild rhinos are captured in Nepal for transport to other areas of the jungle.

Photoshop was used to create a series of layers using samples from the original image. The layers were then transferred to AfterEffects, arranged in 3D space and “filmed” with a virtual camera moving through the layers.