The Film School Playlist

I went to photography school, still owe $20,000 in student loans, so as I’ve grown in my use of video I’ve decided to forgo formal education and learn through youtube.  This playlist is my “film school”, covering tech stuff like frame rates, creative software tutorials like After Effects, and advice on marketing, budgeting, working well with others.  It’s an ongoing list of great resources that I invite any burgeoning filmmakers to like, share or subscribe to.

Worm Face and How It Got Made

I recently had to re-do a piece from my Scream Queens series and took the opportunity to film it for your viewing pleasure!

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Sally Mann on NPR

NPR’s Terry Gross did a recent interview with photography legend Sally Mann on her book, Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs.  It’s up there with the top “uncomfortable” interviews Terry has given, where she picks a controversial point and continues on and on about an early series of photographs Sally took of her children, often nude.  Sally got clearly annoyed at some point as well, stating “it’s only 70 pages of a 500 page book.”

Boundaries are a tricky thing with artists, and I’m not sure if Terry understood that in her curious method of questioning.  Basically, artists think boundaries don’t apply to them because they are on a metaphorical mystic quest for knowledge and understanding.  Any lines in the sand should be crossed because to not cross them is censorship and cowardice.  That is true of all the great artists I can think of.  They ignore “no trespassing” signs, appropriate the work of others’ into their own art without asking, and usually the thought of consequences or audience reactions doesn’t occur until well after the work is assembled.

What do you think?  Do the great artists you know color within the boundaries?  Is there a time where you’ve had a creative impulse that you’ve reigned in because of the possible consequences?  I welcome your responses in the comments below!

Water Baby – underwater fashion with GoPro

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While shooting at the Frank Ockenfels Palm Springs Photo Fest workshop, Frank challenged us to do things we had never tried before- stay away from our usual methods of photographing.  I realized I had always avoided using my small cameras for still work, relying on my current Fuji X-T1 and all previous incarnations of DSLR/ Mirrorless to do the heavy lifting during my shoots.  When I started using the smaller instax mini camera last year and taking the shooting seriously, the interest in that work dramatically shot up, so I decided this was a good opportunity to seriously try to get some cool still images out of another kind of camera, my GoPro Hero Black 4.  DCIM100GOPROG0451755.

We had a hotel in Indio rented for the day and access to the pool.  Typically you’ll get a model who wants to do underwater, but no pool, or have a pool but no photography allowed.  DCIM100GOPROG0431751.

The GoPro transmits images to your phone while you are shooting via wi-fi, but my phone was so close to death that I basically shot blind.  You can shoot 30 frames at once at 12mp, so it’s not quite the crap shoot as it sounds.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1743. DCIM100GOPROG0361738. DCIM100GOPROG0161714.This last one is from my usual Fuji X-T1, backup in case nothing from the GoPro came out.  Since we naturally spend a lot of time in and around water during the Arizona summers, I’m already lining up as many underwater shoots as I can fit in a schedule!hotel day pspf (456 of 482)

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New Xerox Transfer Work of Ancient Images

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The main series I presented at Photolucida to reviewers is the xerox transfers that I’d been referring to as “sketches,” though I’ve since been informed that’s a terrible name.  Several reviewers wanted to see more of the work so I’ve been making dozens of new pieces over the last couple weeks.  This photo was originally taken in 2009 at one of my earliest model shoots- nothing I would dare keep in my portfolio, but it turned out to be ideal for this particular project.

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The Lily Drone and Why It Matters

My Facebook feed exploded today with the number of people posting about the not-yet-released Lily camera, a waterproof drone camera you throw to activate.  The Lily tracks your movements via the tracking device you keep on your body, say, in you pocket, rather than you having to control it with a remote; essentially, the drone is an assistant with a mind of its own.  Lily.camera is offering pre-orders at half the price, and being someone who hadn’t yet jumped on the drone wagon, a

1. autonomous camera that tracks movements

2. that is $500 off list price and

3. is smaller and therefore easier to transport than the DJ Phantom

won me over.  Preordered.  It won’t start shipping until February 2016, but that just gives me enough time to get shooting scripts and concepts together that will make effective use of the Lily.  It already feels like buying another set of hands, shooting aerial B-roll.

Little Big Head

While shooting at the Frank Ockenfels Palm Springs Photo Fest workshop, Frank challenged us to do things we had never tried before- stay away from our usual methods of photographing.  I realized I had always avoided using my small cameras for still work, so I decided this was a good opportunity to seriously try to get some cool still images out of another kind of camera, my boring old iPhone 5s.

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