Film and Video Creative
Mysterious Ways is a short film that I wrote, co-produced, directed and edited as my undergraduate thesis project. The film was shot on 16mm film and edited on a Steenbeck editing bed.
This project was truly a culmination of everything I had learned about film and about myself while an undergrad. It offered me an opportunity to have influence in every aspect of the project to present the exact narrative and emotional arc I had envisioned. And it also taught me some hard lessons in writing and editing which have had implications in all of my work since.
Taking video I shot while traveling in Puerto Rico, I cut it to look and feel like footage found on an old, rediscovered VHS tape. To complete this illusion I posted it initially on Instagram under that 'found footage' pretext, creating a light-hearted illusion of false reality.
These videos were some of my first explorations of fictional media presented as non-fiction, and I find blurring that boundary consistently fascinating in a way I hope to continue to explore.
Below is the text from the three separate Instagram posts:
1 - "So while I was home for Thanksgiving, I dug up the VHS tapes from the Puerto Rico vacation @spambarth and I took back in 1997. I'm gonna be uploading some of my favorite clips over the next couple of days. I'm sorry for the quality, the tapes were in pretty rough shape. This clip is from when we rented a scooter and went tandem for a few days!"
2 - "Here is another video from the VHS tapes I dug up recently documenting the vacation @spambarth and I took to Puerto Rico back in 97. In this one we discovered a sweet tower in the middle of the rainforest with a #sickview!"
3 - "This has to be my favorite clip that I discovered on the VHS tapes of my Puerto Rico vacation with @spambarth . Again I apologize for the quality, but when the footage was shoot nearly 20 years ago, you can't really expect much more I guess. In this one, Sam and I try various techniques to open a coconut we pulled from a tree right on the beach!"
This is a music video I directed, shot and edited for the local Philadelphia band Lucy Spacehead called “Let Things Roll”.
This was another fun project that offered the opportunity to create some beautiful visuals along with an intriguing narrative within the confines of music video conventions.
As a one-person team, I documented the unique and technology-driven filming process for the interactive web series #WarGames. In addition to my cinematography and videography background, my knowledge of consumer tech gave me a distinct advantage when I was also tasked with leading the cast and crew interviews.
This is a music video for the song “Lost Dreamers by the artist Mutual Benefit for which I was the Director of Photography. I was offered this job because of my great working relationship with the director Ethan Young, but also because of my particular comfort with and eye for shooting natural landscapes. I was involved from fairly early on, helping to select gear and prep shots even before the shoot began, and then I operated the camera for the majority of the production. I was not actively involved in the post production process once the main production had ended.
I have included this because I find it to be another example of a beautiful project I was lucky enough to be a part of. It also posed particular challenges because of the effects-heavy nature of the shoot, and I especially enjoyed the simultaneous consideration of natural beauty and high-tech requirements.
This is the music video for the song “Brothers” by the band UV Rays for which I was the Director of Photography. I was part of a small crew including Ethan Young, who was the director and creator of the music video concept. During the shoot I was the point person for lighting decisions, and Ethan and I traded off the camera operating duties. I was not heavily involved in the post production process.
As a director of photography and camera operator, this video highlights my ability to be a part of a project with a bold, chaotic look, and contribute to a visual style different from much of the other content with which I am often involved. This is also another example of a project where themes of technology and morality have crept into the story, and feels like a predecessor to potential future work in which I hope to bring technology out of the proscenium and make it part of the presentation of the work itself.
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For a few years before moving to New York City I worked for a wedding video production company. Once I had moved to NYC, I teamed up with another videographer friend to shoot a few additional wedding videos as freelancers, including this one for Alexia and Michael. As the one with more extensive experience, I was in charge of planning our shooting schedule and organizing the gear. I was also the primary shooter on the day of the event, with my friend Chris filming secondary angles. I then served as the assistant editor on the final product.
This project is not as purely creative as some of the others I have included, but I find that it not only further illustrates my comfort in operating a camera, but also presents an example of a more documentary style video. In addition it represents my creative expression even within the restrictions of work for a client.