So Max’s Kickstarter site has been up for about three weeks and has already surpassed the goal he set to allow him to publish his graphic novel in print. Congratulations, Max! Here’s a link to his site in case you want to check out the graphic novel Shattered With Curve Of Horn.
And here is the video I helped Max produce to use in his promotion. As I indicated in an earlier post, I shot and lit it myself. We worked in Max’s studio for most of the coverage and the interview. Then we used my studio for some of the more complex b-roll, including 60fps and 120fps shots of the pages falling the the book flipping. We worked with my Canon 5D for the interview, and shot the b-roll with my Sony FS100. Nick Heim of Junction Road Pictures handled the edit, and I think he did a superb job. Once again, congratulations, Max! (Did I mention Max is my nephew?)
I just spent six days shooting for the new season of Lizard Lick Towing, and it was a lot of fun. And a bit of a ball-buster. Two camera guys, lots of locations, in and out of vehicles, buildings, following the action, never quite sure what was going to happen next. Definitely keeps me on my toes! Sorry for the lack of photos. Everything was moving so fast there just wasn’t time to get any. Maybe next time!
Max Miller is a very talented artist who is getting set to publish his first graphic novel. Max has made his living as a painter for many years, and is classically trained in that medium. Recently, however, he says that the medium had begun to feel too “claustrophobic.” He had stories he just couldn’t tell within a single frame, so he dove headfirst into the world of the graphic novel. ”Shattered With Curve of Horn” is his second full-length graphic novel, and will be the first to be distributed in print, rather than solely on the Web.
I’ve spent several days working with Max to produce a video for his crowdsource pitch on Kickstarter.com, to help him raise funds to produce a bound print version of the novel. We shot the interview and some of the supporting b-roll at his studio near Raleigh, then shot more b-roll at my studio. For the main camera during the interview we used my Sony FS100 and for the profile shot we used my Canon 5DMKII. For the b-roll we used either camera, depending on the shot.
These are some still frames from the video, which is just in the early phases of editing. My friend Nick Heim of Junction Road Pictures in Raleigh has agreed to do the final cut as an in-kind donation to the project. Likewise, I offered my services as Director and DP as a contribution. I’ll get the video up as soon as I have it. Good luck, Max! (Did I mention that Max is my nephew?) ;-)
To see more of Max’s work, and to read/view the graphic novel “Shattered With Curve of Horn” which is being released serially on the Web, please visit Max’s website, www.artagem.com
The Interview, Sony FS100, Metabones lens adapter, Canon 28mm Ultrasonic Prime, f 2.8, ISO 1200
The Profile, 2nd camera, Canon 5D MKII, Canon 85mm Ultrasonic Prime, f 2, ISO 1200
Inking a sketch, prior to digitizing and coloring
From a shot where the pages drop in like falling leaves, shot at 60 fps
From a “flip-book” shot of the original pencil drawings, shot at 120 fps.
I’m working with Center Line Digital for four days this week. We’re shooting the next in a series of what Center Line calls Large Format Stage Productions, for IBM. The general idea is that we use a large live performance venue and the IBM executive or customer, gives his presentation on the stage, as though in front of a live audience. Behind him is a blackened stage and a 20′ x 40′ greenscreen. Center Line then uses its stable of highly skilled CGI guys to fill the background behind the speaker with 3D graphics motivated by the content, and which respond, and correspond, with what the speaker says. It is a really nice effect. We shoot it with three Sony F3′s, two stable and one on a dolly, and an Arri Alexa on a jib. I’ll get some photos of the production up if I can. In the meantime, here’s a link to a segment of a previous one.
In February, 2013 North Carolina State University asked Nick Heim to produce a short recruiting film for their Bioengineering Training and Education Center, also known as BTEC. Nick and I have worked together for about six years and he asked me to shoot and DP for his company, Junction Road Pictures. We shot over two days in February in some really interesting and very high-tech labs. Got to wear white coats and everything!
Nick Heim directing, as Dr. Acula
Tony Holderfield wondering if long hair could get caught in the machinery…
My little FS100 doing the job, makin’ pictures!
Bryan Hoffman assisted as gaffer and Tony Holderfield as key. I shot with my FS100, and Aaron Bitkoffer recorded audio for us.
The Hunt Library on NC State University’s Centennial Campus is a truly amazing facility, a state-of-the-art library with few peers anywhere in the world. It was designed from the ground up to be completely innovative, with every type of high-tech information system imaginable. This is a shot we set up in a specialized studio created for multi-media design and interaction.
Particle Productions was tasked to produce a 10-minute film for the library’s dedication, and Particle’s Producer/Director Phillip Dolan asked me to DP and shoot the film. We used two Sony FS100′s with Zeiss and Canon lenses, shooting to a cine-gamma picture profile developed by Able CineTech, which gave a nice, rich look while maximizing the latitude of the super-35-sized sensor. We used a variety of techniques including time lapse, shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon D600, in addition to a dolly, a jib arm and a camera slider.
Susan Knutter, Senior Librarian and Visionary
Former Governor James Hunt speaks about the library
I used an interesting technique for the interviews. I shot one camera on an MCU, locked off. The other camera we mounted on a slider adjacent to the first camera and shot a tighter lens for a close up, and I kept that camera in slight motion. I have’t seen interviews done quite like this, and the effect was very pleasant.
I shot the main camera on wide lens close to the talent. The reason for this was to bring in as much of the background as possible. The Hunt Library is visually stunning, having been designed by the architectural firm Snohetta out of New York and Oslo. Everywhere one looks is something to catch the eye, what I call a target-rich environment.
Shooting for New York’s Particle Productions and the Hunt Library
Interview lighting was accomplished with several banks of KinoFlo’s, heavily diffused for a very natural look. My friends Matt Moore, gaffer,and Tony Holderfield, key, handled the lighting, assisted by Adam Wamsley, who also shot much of the time lapse. Rebecca Moore Gann coordinated the job assisted by Paul Kilpatrick as PA. Brooks Lester and York Phelps handled audio, and Jordan Haywood came in for a day as camera assistant. Thanks, everyone!
The film should debut in March. I’ll post a link to it as soon as I have it.
Standing by to pick up a shot for Lizard Lick Towing
This was shot by a fellow cameraman, on location for Lizard Lick Towing. I’ve done a few days for them recently, and it looks like I’ll be doing more in December. It’s a good time, fun crew, good production staff, and lots of crazy things happening all the time. Maybe it’s not the best cinematography I’ve ever done – I’ve been specifically told to avoid beauty-shots because they will never be used – so it’s pretty straight-up actuality coverage. Still, good times! My thanks to my friend York Phelps, who is recording sound, for the recommendation!
Playing with my new camera and Zacuto handheld rig
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I shot this a couple of years ago for the Unwrapped show on Food Network. It’s pretty straightforward coverage, but it was a lot of fun, crawling all over the pickle plant, and learning more than I ever wanted to know about pickles!