|Photo by Warren Workman|
To escape from the loathes of day to day monotony, I've had the opportunity to work on several local independent low budget to zero budget films as a Director of Photography or Gaffer. After all, motion and picture and still photography are very closely related and I take pride in titling myself as a Photographer and Cinematographer. It's funny how many video guys are afraid of still photography, flashes and strobes while many still photographers are afraid of video and motion picture.
I am a hybrid and have bridged the gap that separates the two.
More images and reckoning after the jump...
|Filming the Utah Flash Mob at the 2011 Holi Festival of Colors|
Photo by Scott Jarvie
|On the Set of The Last Time |
Photo by Amy Savannah
Every serious photographer outside of amateurs and soccer moms with cameras needs to understand the basics of obtaining a proper exposure manually, dynamic range and latitudes of cameras, and how to build and shape light. Cinematographers do the same thing. They use the baseline knowledge to obtain a basic exposure whether it be panavision film camera with 15+ stops of range or your run of the mill prosumer video camera. With the advent of DSLR cameras having the capability producing decent video, the medium has forever changed. Photographers and Cinematographers have slowly been stepping in to a new hybrid world. DSLR's have even been used in production of some large TV series.
|On the set of Zombie Prom|
|A 40 ft. dolly track shot on the set of Zombie Prom|
While I haven't stepped in to using a DSLR in my video production, the quality of video and performance in low light situations as well as the ability to capture a more cinematic look by obtaining a shallow depth of field makes them the biggest bang for the buck for amateur and independent film makers on a budget. My only reasons for not crossing over to using a DSLR for video mainly lie within all the support gear needed to make them usable and the codec they record with.
|On location for Zombie Prom|
Photo by Rachel Jensen
|Photo by Rachel Jensen|
|After Filming the Utah Flash Mob at the 2011 Holi Festival of Colors|
Photo by Jay Simmons of Midlight Photography
|On the set of The Last Time.|
|In my Basement Studio filming the pilot of our children's web series, Bad Arnie|
|An all-nighter during production of Zombie Prom|
|Chris Thompson evaluating my composition and lighting during production of Zombie Prom|
Photo by Rachel Jensen
|Chris Thompson and I holding the burned radio we used in The Devil works in Mysterious Ways|
Photo by Kami Coleman
|Preparing for a dolly shot during the 2011 48 Hour Film Project|
Photo by Matt Thompson
And I certainly love shooting weddings, families, and children. I love taking a bride and making her feel as if she and her images belong on the cover of a mainstream bridal magazine. I love the reaction of parents as they see the completed images of their newborn child for the first time. But now and then, I need a break to shoot an original concept "just for fun" where I can expend the built up stress and creativity that I've been holding in during the normal day to day photography I feed the monkey with.
In the end, hold onto your passion. Take time to enjoy the reasons why you picked up a camera in the first place. Shoot for yourself.
|Director Thom Rockwell visualizing a shot in during production of Zombie Prom|