When it comes to life experiences, 2017 is going to be a difficult year to beat! In Auggie’s first year, I worked on more projects, cooked more meals, slept less and travelled more than any other year. Some travel highlights include Mexico City, Sydney Australia, and Kaduna Nigeria. More details on those trips and a few other new projects coming up. Before that, here is a collection of favorite shots from our summer trip to Whidbey Island, Auggie’s first ride on a skateboard and our first family vacation to Hawaii!
DIRECTOR | LOS ANGELES, CA
I just wrapped this 3 month long project directing and editing several ads for Samsung's new fitness product line, Gear. The casting and locations were all incredible. I think we struck a nice balance between story, fitness philosophies and product. I really enjoyed collaborating with the Edelman folks again and working with my favorite production company, Kontent Partners. Thanks Eddie, Starla, Ellina, Michael, Kort, Tyler, and Max for these sweet Behind the scenes shots!
DIRECTOR | KADUNA, NIGERIA, AFRICA
I mentioned this project in my last newsletter, but wanted to share a little more about the most memorable travel job I've done so far. We shot this in under a week including the travel to Kaduna, Nigeria in the middle of their monsoon season. It rained so hard the roads frequently turned to rivers. Small children carried smaller children on their backs and live stock wandered freely through the villages where we were shooting. Although most Nigerians live on less than $1 a day, I saw happiness and joy that I rarely see in the US. Instead of Playstations, Instagram and Netflix, they spend their time making food over fires, telling stories, and playing with children. I left wondering who has it better. Thanks Color Creative, Chad, Ellie, Sam, and Tyler.
DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHER | SEATTLE, WA
I had the extreme pleasure of filming Harvard Professor of Psychology, Steven Pinker for a soon to be released project. It was truly a dream come true. I studied Psychology at the University of Washington before falling in love with filmmaking. There will always be a special place in my brain for the science of Psychology and Steven Pinker is the best in the field. Here are a couple behind the scenes.
CINEMATOGRAPHER | SEATTLE, SPOKANE, WA
I was honored to work with DNA Seattle & John Keatley again on a new round of TV commercials for my favorite credit union. We shot for a week in Seattle and two days in Spokane, WA. Speaking of Spokane, I hadn't been back to since living in a Holiday Inn while shooting this awesome indie film for Myst creator, Robyn Miller 6 or 7 years ago! I was happy to see Spokane has a great food scene now and it the city appears to be doing better than ever.
DP/DIRECTOR | SEATTLE, WA
Here are a few frame grabs from a short series of stop-motion product demos. This was one of three projects I shot at Seattle Grip & Lighting in the month before it closed. Never having attended film school, a lot of my early learning happened while crewing on productions there. Big thanks to SGL and our awesome Seattle crew!
EDITOR | SEATTLE, WA
Speaking of early career, it really started thanks to an interest in making skate and art videos when non-linear video editing software (Adobe Premiere) was first accessible and beginning to be slightly functional. This lead to a job editing a documentary about the MLS Champion, LA Galaxy in 2002, which then lead to a job as a full time video editor for an Ad Agency in downtown Seattle. Aside from all the sitting that's required, I still love editing! Here's another recent edit for Brooks, directed by the talented Andrew Franks at Kontent Partners. Thanks, Andrew, Craig, and Michael! I also had a blast shooting pickups for these with cinematographer, Chris Bell.
DIRECTOR/DP/EDITOR | SEATTLE, WA
Thanks, Joe Garber for helping bring these animations to life! It was fun to learn all about blockchain technology and the booming field of digital advertising. I've always loved the process of translating complicated ideas into short animations.
DP/PHOTOGRAPHER | SANTA MONICA, CA
I was honored to work with one of my old friends and favorite designers, Corin McDonald on this project for Dr. Murad of Murad Skin Care. We spent the day in Santa Monica photographing and interviewing him for his new website and an upcoming video project. I loved learning about Dr. Murad's holistic approach to medicine. Like all of my favorite doctors he values good food, art, and doing what you can to live a low stress lifestyle.
That's it for now! Thanks again for being a friend and having an interest in what I make. I couldn't do it without you!