I Read A Lot Of Productivity Books, And These Are The Three Best

My fourth grade teacher, Ms. Skinner, was a strong advocate of “organization.” Within the first week of the school year, she noticed my over-stuffed backpack, the vast assortment of unidentifiable miscellany falling out of my desk, and the papers spilling out of my three-ring binder. Ms. Read More …

Subtractive Lighting – The Secret to Outdoor Portraits

Everyone struggles with outdoor portraits. Every once in a while, the light is perfect, but all too often either the sun is shining into your subject’s eyes, or it’s flaring your lens, or it’s directly overhead causing unappealing shadows, or maybe it’s hiding behind dark Read More …

Great Lighting For Microbudget Video

No matter what camera you’re using, any shot is only as good as its lighting. When I was in film school, I was introduced to the Lowel Tota-Light, and I hated it. It was extremely bright, extremely hot, and extremely harsh. It took me about Read More …

Higher Production Value Through Cheating in Post

One of the biggest challenges of microbudget or “crew of one” filmmaking is elevating the level of “production value” so that whatever you’re shooting doesn’t look like a microbudget project. Or, more accurately, doesn’t feel like a microbuget project. “Production value” is a very general Read More …

BTS – "Dead Battery Anxiety"

A few months ago, I was hired by Slant Media to direct a series of web videos to promote Philips Electronics’ “Dead Battery Anxiety” microsite. This was a great project, based on a very entertaining concept: that the anxiety caused by rapidly-draining batteries could become Read More …

Sun Safety Awareness Video – BTS

I recently finished my second video for the “I Will Reflect” melanoma and skin cancer awareness foundation. The first video intercut several patient testimonials, and was well-received. In fact, even though I shot it over a year ago, it’s still perfectly relevant (and, since I Read More …