I’m passionate about storytelling, and creating. Whether its directing, or shooting I love the process, the work, and the reward. Creating is a long arduous task to work towards and achieve, but the rewards are unrelenting. What is that compels someone to work long hours sometimes with little sleep or food, working in cold or unforgiving circumstances, waiting patiently for the moment when the light plays perfectly in the right spot? Passion for the craft. You must work hard to hone your craft, a constant student of your subject, always ready to learn never willing to quit, the first one on set, and the last to leave, a diligent hand ready and willing to work. You must be willing to take and give advice, provide leadership by example, extend and receive respect. This is my job, and I love it!

A Little Inspiration

Let's face it, we don't always feel creative. I'm always on the look out for great sources of inspiration. Sometimes l need a little…

Using Google Earth and Helios For Location Scouting

Using Google Earth and Helios For Location Scouting

It has been said that 90% of good cinematography is pointing the camera at something that looks good, and for me a large part of that equation means shooting the…

FreshDV NAB 2011 Video Coverage

FreshDV NAB 2011 Video Coverage

Welcome to FreshDV’s coverage of NAB 2011! The FreshDV crew is in Vegas for NAB week, bringing you video coverage from the show floor. If you can&#8217…

Courage Under Lighting

Courage Under Lighting

Recently I had the opportunity to direct a music video for a local Chicago band called Flatfoot 56. On this particular project, the narrative would be completely shot on a…

Fuze Movie Announced

Fuze Movie Announced

Before the days of FCP theater there was a software called SyncVue Pro. SyncVue was a remote collaboration software that piggybacked off the Skype infrastructure to allow realtime collaboration and…

SALE Power of Lighting DVDs

Just got an email from Bill Holshevnikoff producer of the “Power of Lighting” DVD series as well as author of the Arri Lighting Handbook. He is running a…

Camera Blocking – A Case Study

Last year I had the opportunity to worked as Director of Photography with Tim Zwica on his new project “The Nest,” a 35-min horror short shot on…

Location, Location, Location

You have heard that they key to success in retail, and real estate is your location. Well a lot of the same can be said for filmmaking. There is no…

iPhone Apps for Cinematographers

So I’m a self proclaimed Apple fan boy like all good geeks. Here are a few of the apps I have been using regularly on my iPhone 3Gs…

CalDigit HDElement RAID Review

CalDigit HDElement RAID Review

Storage. It’s always an issue. It seems that no matter how large a hard drive I buy, in a short matter of time I’ve filled it…