Rockaway wins Catalina Film Festival

Congratulations to my friend, director John Budion... and everyone involved in this amazing little film.  We shot it last summer in East Rockaway, Long Island... and I'm glad that it is beginning to get the recognition it deserves.

 

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Stephen Colbert Emmy Award Spots

We recently did some promos for Stephen Colbert's hosting gig for this year's Emmy Awards.  I thought he was great...but if you want to see a quick shot of my back or Adam Miller's ears while filming, check out this clip from Entertainment Tonight.

Sure... White Cyc is easy you say... but don't forget we had to deal with his glasses reflections. 

Stephen Colbert via Deadline

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New Martha and Snoop

We had a great time shooting this spot for "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner."  Martha and I discussed which were the most important fruits and vegetables to get organic while eating likely not organic vegetables at the craft services table.  Watermelon, by the way, should be organic because it absorbs so much surrounding liquid, despite having a thick, non edible outer shell.  

For a promo, it got a ton of press: 

Refinery29

Buzzfeed

UsWeekly

Vogue

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Martha Stewart: Behind the Scenes

I’ve done a few spots now with director Micah Perta for VH1’s series, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”  The next one, I’m really looking forward to sharing.  But in the meantime, I discovered that apparently Martha was happy enough with the last one to add a behind the scenes tour of the shoot on her website.   If she wants to call the overhead diffusion a “sun scrim” then that’s what it is.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Last year, during a refreshing period of narrative projects, I was fortunate enough to have director Jon Watts bring me onto the upcoming Marvel pic, Spider-man: Homecoming as an additional unit DP.  I shot Main Unit Splinter and VFX Unit work both while the company was here in NYC as well as abroad.  I can’t take too much credit for the trailer, unless you love trains…in which case, you’re welcome:

Summer Narrative Projects

It’s been a busy summer, as I ventured back into the world of narratives for a while.  In July, I shot a movie for director John Budion, tentatively titled Life Now, Life Then.   Thereafter, I shot pieces for the CBS show “Supergirl,” a few pilots and splinter unit for the new Spiderman: Homecoming.  Also fun, was that I had a broken arm for most of this.

I also shot two great shorts for director’s Micah Perta and Walter Strafford, that should be coming around this year.  The former stars Olivia Wilde.

But there’s nothing like a few months of making movies to remind you how much you love commercials.

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Game of Thrones, I'm Available.

Here is the latest film piece that I had the pleasure of shooting for Saturday Night Live.  It is an amazing thing to watch these sets go from script to shoot in 36 hours…then airing that night after we wrap.  And, if GoT is impressed with the facsimile, I’d be happy to make my way back to Ireland or Croatia for a little while…

NBC SNL Game of Thrones Sneak Peak

PHONE LOVE

I recently did these series of “experiments” with Ashton Kutcher for Motorola newest phones.  And after spending some time at the Motorola headquarters, I am pretty convinced they are the best smart phone available right now.  We also got to break a lot of iPhones.

HERE is one of the spots,

and

HERE is another.

 

ONLINE CINEMATOGRAPHY SUMMIT

On January 20th, I’ll be one of a few cinematographers presenting at the Big League Cine Summit on Cinematography.  It’s accessible for 24 hours and free.  I’ll be discussing lighting for sports commercials versus lighting for beauty work.  Perfect if you’ve ever sat with me in a bar discussing Briese lights for 2 hours and thought, “if only I could watch this on my computer…and with slides.”