Updated Gear List for 2024

Note: image above is from 2021. Read on for the full updates!  CAMERAS Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 w/ EF and PL lens mounts Sony FX9 with 28-135 f4 G Lens Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (BMPCC6K) Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.7K GIMBAL STABILIZATION DJI RS3 Pro gimbal package Support arm and vest for RS3 Pro […]

The Gift of a Heart

In this touching story, a heart transplant recipient forms a lifelong bond with the daughter of his heart donor. For this 10-minute episode on Health Central, I was camera operator for the dialogue sequences, drone pilot, and gimbal camera operator. Watch the full video HERE

Testing Autotrack on the Phantom 4 Pro

One of the most surprising things about DJI’s updated Autotrack feature is that it doesn’t just follow a moving subject at a set distance. It organically tracks the subject, panning up and down and changing distance from the subject to keep it in frame. The result is a much more organic, natural camera movement than […]

Chef Jonathan Zaragoza for Vitamix

Filmed and edited by Michael Thomas for Vitamix. Jonathan Zaragoza’s restaurant only serves one thing: the most incredible birria you’ve ever experienced. But behind the laser-like focus of his family restaurant, Zaragoza is a surprisingly inventive chef with Michelin-level plating skills.

Chef Holly Jivin at Bazaar, Los Angeles

Bazaar is a fascinating restaurant in Beverly Hills, decorated with artifacts and curiosities from around the world. It’s also a dark and challenging environment to film in due to reflective surfaces. I used nearly 2000 watts of light just to raise the overall light level in the room, in addition to the interview lights used […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]