Radical Feelism – new video art with Corie Shannon

Corie Shannon is a model who I ended up working with based on a fun, talkative video posted on YouTube where she outlined some of her core beliefs.  We had the opportunity to shoot around Phoenix a bit and I finally got to use my Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, though it was on a completely unfamiliar steadicam so my work was less than steady.  The title of this, “Radical Feelism,” is based on a tattoo you can barely make out on the inside of Corie’s arm, and she goes into much greater detail in the actual video.

Bernardo – new video art with Meredith Adelaide

Some video pieces grow out of a plan, and others form organically; “Bernardo” is definitely one of the latter.  I had shot with artist Meredith Adelaide, and it went so well we scheduled another day the following week.  I had used up my more fully fleshed out concepts on our first day, so we ended up visiting the Phoenix Art Museum and shooting around the Salt River based on 2 ultra-basic FX ideas I had written in my notes (“light painting in firefly room” and “hovering with trampoline”).  There was a random encounter with a frog at the Salt River that seemed to shape the experience- Meredith randomly dubbed him “Bernardo”, and somehow he ended up being the focus of this particular video art piece.     A random encounter between a woman and a frog leads to a cosmic experience for both.  Filmed on the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera> and effects in Adobe After Effects.

Maggie in the Superstitions Wilderness

We have been having a pretty dramatic winter around Phoenix, meaning it’s a bit more grey and rainy than usual; the day after a storm you are guaranteed the sun will punch through and give you some amazing shots if you’re in the right place at the right time.  I went hiking with my family around 3 pm by the Peralta trail on the east side of the Superstition Mountains, and my daughter Maggie decided to get “experimental” with some of her posing.  All images shot on the Fuji X-T2, lenses were the 35mm 1.4 and 18-55mm 2.8-4.

Feast of Fury

Feast of Fury! – a short film created for the Independent Filmmakers of Phoenix Breakout Challenge!  One month to write, film, edit a 6 minute piece with a randomly assigned prop (tennis racket) and phrase (”Quantum mechanics are easy…”).  Featuring @luxbotlacheln Olivier Zahm, Jessica Kelley + her baby, Patton Werner, my wife and children, and a bunch of puppets.

This was a lot of fun to make, and it was an enormous learning experience for me.  There’s a showing alongside all the other films involved in the challenge this Thursday in a Harkins movie theater and just the opportunity to have my kids see themselves on the big screen will make it all worth it.

New music video – Satyr Comma, “Anticipation Ties The Knot”

Produced in the sweltering days of August where all photoshoots take place in water.  I did this for Phoenix electronic act Satyr Comma with model Lacheln using the Fuji X-T1 for the above water stuff and my GoPro Hero Black 4 for anything underwater.  Since Jessie (singer for Satyr Comma) makes jewelry, this doubled as a fashion video for her creations.

Lightroom 6 CC’s Amazing Panoramic Function at Papago Park

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When we get a great cloudy day in Phoenix, I usually forgo whatever plans I had for the day to go hiking in Papago park on the Phoenix/ Tempe/ Scottsdale border.  It’s gorgeous red rocks with small caves that don’t look quite like any other local place.  I put this together Lightroom 6 CC’s photo merge function, one of the few things I had still used Photoshop for in my workflow.

Chipmunk at the AZ Botanical Gardens

DSCF5968I don’t shoot a lot of plants so I typically avoid places like the AZ Desert Botanical Gardens, but my sister wanted me to teach her how to use her new camera, so we went out for a morning of shooting and encountered this fella.  Chipmunks and squirrels are so omnipresent that I usually don’t even try to photograph them, but this guy was in a thin tree and wavering around just to get at some tasty treat on the most precarious of perches.  Shot with a 55-200mm Fuji lens on the X-T1.