Posts Tagged ‘8mm’

Winter in Louisiana

June 1, 2010

Last December I wrote about collaboration, and getting involved in a shoot with my friend Alaric.

Alida and I spent a couple very cold days helping out with his film, “Winter in Louisiana”. Alida took stills, and I was a general grip. I tried my hand at homemade explosives, attempting to create some squibs, but was unsuccessful. Alaric’s brother and I were able to improvise with some old firecrackers from their garage, and here’s hoping that looked good on camera.

Anyway, I thought it’s been long enough since the shoot, I should probably share some of Alida’s fantastic photos!

Me measuring for focus.

The 8mm camera they used

Standing lookout for cars. (Notice I wore boots this time)

A still captured from the 8mm film

I can’t wait to see the finished product, and will share it as soon as I can. Until then, if you want to see some of Alaric’s work, visit his site!

Collaboration

December 16, 2009

After spending a few years shooting video for the newspaper, I grew more and more anxious to branch out and do some more independent projects. As soon as I put the word out that I was interested in doing some creative work on the side, there was no shortage of opportunities.

Alaric Rocha is an extremely talented filmmaker and friend that works up in the Chicagoland area. He’s shooting a short 8mm film in February, and today I spent the afternoon doing some location scouting with him and his camera man. We sloshed through the woods and I did a little acting for a rough animatic. Here are a few photos from the adventure that left me with some scrapes on my arms and mud on my dress shoes (because I didn’t dress appropriately). When you are done reading this post, I highly recommend taking a look at Alaric’s site, www.bluebassoon.net.

Alaric acting

Alaric acting in the ditch

I should have worn shoes like that

Trudging through the woods

On top of that, I always have Troupe Dynamic to provide me with a rich creative outlet. If you aren’t already familiar with my work with the troupe, I’d suggest taking a look. While we plan on doing some short films and skits in the future, most of our time has been dedicated to funny top-ten lists for Thrive, a local entertainment guide. Check their site for our latest video every month, and check www.troupedynamic.com for the latest updates on our silliness. Disclaimer: The Christmas card from our December top-ten video features me faking nudity. As realistic as it may seem, I was not naked.

Our Christmas card is rather terrifying

And, as always, I get to work with the best partner ever: my beautiful wife. This Sunday we shot a second day of an engagement session. I’m really excited about the video for this one. We went to several different locations, and the couple was really fun. Here’s a frame I grabbed from Becky and Jeremy’s video:

Sunset kiss

So that’s what I’ve been working on over that past few days. There’s even more to write about, but those can wait until I have more to show for them. As the projects keep rolling in, I’ll keep posting them here. Hope you enjoy.

New cameras!

October 21, 2009

Today I received two cameras in the mail! One I was expecting, the other was a surprise from my incredible wife.

The camera I was expecting was the ATC2K Helmet Cam:

ATC2K Helmet Cam

ATC2K Helmet Cam

No, I don’t do any extreme sports. I don’t even do non-extreme sports. But I do like to film, and have always wanted a helmet cam. I can think of dozens of shoots that I’ve done where this would have come in handy, and I can’t wait to start using this. I already have a shoot lined up for the newspaper about bike safety, and I know I’ll be using my new toy for it. I’ll be sure to post a video here when I take the camera on its maiden voyage.

The camera I wasn’t expecting was the 8mm Revere Eight:

Revere Eight- Model 88

Revere Eight- Model 88

It came with the box, manuals, even film in it that I accidentally exposed when the back swung open. Whoops. This camera is awesome, and came out of nowhere. My wife rocks. Last year she bought me an 8mm Kodak Brownie.

8mm Kodak Brownie

8mm Kodak Brownie

Both cameras work just fine, so eventually I’m going to find a reason to shoot and edit some 8mm film.

Alida and I have been collecting antique cameras for years, and finally started displaying them at the house. Here’s what the collection looked like earlier this year:

Camera collection

Camera collection

Since then we’ve acquired a bunch of new cameras and about 5 more shelves. Now I have some more motivation to put the rest of the shelves up and take some photos. I’ll post some shots of our massive collection once I make it pretty.