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.
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.
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! – 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.
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.
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.
I 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.