Archive for the ‘Misc.’ Category

This blog has been relocated!

September 25, 2011

Thanks for stopping by to check out my work!

I have moved my blog over to a different domain, but don’t worry. It’s the same blog with the same cool stuff, just a different look and address! You can find all of the old posts from this page archived at the new location, so there’s no need to hang around here!

Head on over to and let me know what you think!


Something with tentacles…

June 29, 2011

Wedding season is in full swing, which means I have tons to talk about. But I need to get some editing done before I blog about this year’s experiences. I will say I’ve done 4 weddings so far, and I already have a lot of fun stories to share.

So, until I get those posts up, I figured I’d throw out a teaser for an upcoming project. Here is a poorly white-balanced storyboard frame from an action-romance featuring some wicked tentacles.

Allison Petty helps out by standing in as the victim

The cast and most of the crew are set, we just need to finish some prop-making and then find time to shoot it! If you are interested in helping out, please contact me! My email address is

Lots of photos

May 15, 2011

This was going to be just another “Hey, here’s more animals I ran into this week” post, but I realized as I went into my mobile photos that there are still a lot of things you are missing if you aren’t connected to me on Facebook or Twitter.

And even if you are connected, this is a place where I can put some of these shots together, share a little about them, and even post links to the work that came from them.

This was the inspiration for the post:

Spring-loaded garter

On our way out to lunch a friend pointed out a garter snake slithering up the hill outside the office. I wasted no time in following it up the hill with the camera, but halfway up I turned just in time to see a larger garter snake coiled up. I’ve been bitten by snakes that I went out of my way to touch, but I’ve never had a snake go out of its way to strike at me. Check out this slow motion shot and see how far this guy went to try and hit me.


Casting Call!

April 22, 2011

Are you the greatest actor of our time? How about the greatest actress of our time? Somebody who is kind of thinking about acting but doesn’t know where to start? Aspiring to be an extra that crosses the street in the background?

Are you in Central Illinois? (Or willing to travel here…)

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, I want you to act in one or more of my 3 short comedies! And I really mean short, each project should only require one day of shooting.

Follow the link for more information!


Hardwood floors

March 27, 2011

When can you claim new hardwood floors as a business expense? When you’re only buying 30 square feet to use as a prop for a photo shoot.

Just enough floor space for Keller to shuffle around

Keller is our biggest baby client, coming in every month for the first year of his life. We’ve purchased and fabricated several props, but Alida really wanted the look of a hardwood floor for this shoot. Hit the jump to see our setup!


Potter brownies

March 21, 2011

I’ve never read the books, but I’ve always been a fan of the Harry Potter movies. I also love satire, so things like Harry Potter Puppet Pals really make me laugh.

I’ll warn you now, most of the links I am going to share in this post will contain foul language. Hit the jump for more.


A Christmas movie

January 28, 2011

I’ve been sitting on several half-written scripts for a long time, whining around that I don’t have enough free time to work on them.

After talking to some friends I realized that if I don’t just dive right in I’ll never get anything done. So over the holiday I shot a short Christmas comedy based on the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

It’s a very short satire, so I can’t say much without telling the entire story. While I’m editing, I’ll leave you with some photos from the shoot, taken by Alida Sullivan (my wonderful wife), Adam Casner, and Mitch Morrison.

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Senior Portraits

October 11, 2010

As wedding season draws to a close we are starting to book more family and senior portraits. This weekend we got to spend some time with Taylor Irons.

Alida hard at work

Now, I don’t know if it’s ADD, our tree-hugging nature, or a combination of both, but we just can’t help getting excited about the animals we encounter on our shoots.

While shooting in Central Park, we noticed some squirrels flirting and chasing each other. Taylor and her mom were amused as well, so we all paused to watch them.

Their hormones overrode the usual instinct to stay far away from humans, and they came right over to us. The male took a break in the bushes about a foot away from Taylor’s mom, so Alida snapped a few photos.

He's just playing hard-to-get

Casanova is now ready to chase his mate into the street some more

So that was pretty fun. If you think the squirrel photos are cool, wait until you see the shots Alida got of Taylor. Whenever they are posted, I’ll make sure to link to them! Check back soon!

Multiple roles

October 1, 2010

When I’m not shooting video alongside my lovely wife, I wear many other hats. Sometimes I lug equipment and give moral support, sometimes I’m actually in the shot.

This is a poster for Richland Community College’s showing of “Macbeth.” We set up a backdrop and I got to dress up in a cloak. I also had a reason to dig into my knife/sword/sharp stuff collection and find a blade that would accent the photo.

Yes, that's my hairy arm. It's also my dagger.

Most of the time I don’t get to be the star, but I still end up getting a few photos of myself in the process.

This is me striking a sexy pose on the set of a photo shoot for the Thrive Entertainment Guide.

Why am I so good? I used to watch a lot of "America's Next Top Model"

After standing in to test the lights, we brought in our subjects. The focus of the article is psychics and Janet from Troupe Dynamic was one of our models.  Now it was my turn to duck down in the back and work the fog machine.

This is the final product, seen all over the Decatur area on the cover of Thrive!

Make sure you grab a copy!

One more thing, you might remember our Troupe Dynamic videos that we were producing every month for Thrive. Although we haven’t done one of those in quite a while, the Troupe is still alive and well. In CARTOON form!

I'm the bearded one on the far right, if you didnt know.

You now have plenty of reasons to pick up a copy of Thrive. Cool articles, awesome photos, and me as a cartoon. Get on it.

“Life in a Day” shoot

September 15, 2010

Life in a Day” is a “global experiment to create a user-generated feature film documenting a single day on Earth.”

On July 24, over 80,000 people filmed an example of their lives and entered it into a contest on YouTube. The winners will have their footage used in a film directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott. That film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

I didn’t know about this contest until my friend and co-worker Adam asked me to help him film his. I decided helping with his would be fun enough, and didn’t actually enter the contest myself.

So Alida and I took a night to go over to Adam’s house and film an example of his day. Not only did Alida and I get to film, but I got to act. Check it out!

While we were filming that night, there were a lot of distractions. As soon as we arrived at Adam’s place, he was filming a huge spider with his iPhone. Ever the spider enthusiast, I jumped up and did a little filming with the 5D.

After shooting for a while Adam realized he needed cigarettes, a necessary prop, so we ran to the gas station. When we were about to leave I noticed a huge katydid on my car. I had to get out and have a look. It was pretty fun, it just sat on my hand and appeared to be biting its fingernails.

Once we got back to the house and started filming the smoking bit on the back porch, I saw a cicada hanging out on the screen. Do I even have to say that I picked it up and filmed it for a minute?

So here’s a little behind-the-scenes video. It’s actually a video of all the things that distracted us from our goals that night, but “behind-the-scenes” sounds more official. Either way, enjoy.

So it’s been almost two months, and they’ve started narrowing down contestants, and we seem to have made it through the first round. As posted on his blog, Adam was asked to provide all the raw footage from the shoot. The footage is in their hands, so now we wait and find out if our faces will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Wish us luck!