Layers and Contrast

For this commercial the name of the game was how to create contrast for our day exteriors on a overcast day as well as how many layers could we create for our day interiors paying off of moody vibes where we have to create the light sources ourselves. We had an array of frames including a 12×12 HiLight, 12×12 Solid, 8×8 Grid Cloth, 12×12 Ultrabounce, Three Forza 500’s, One 300D II, Titan Tube 8 Kit, Aputure MC 12 Kit.

Camera: RED Komodo in 4:3 Anamorphic Mode
Lenses: Sigma FF Primes with Kowa Prominar
Filtration: HBM 1/4

Virtual Production 101

Here are the BTS photos I managed to snag from my first Virtual Production shoot. Lighting wise we had two LiteMat Plus 4’s, two Nanlite 720B’s with Light Domes plus grid, two Aputure 200’s as our back light rigged up on the Truss, an Aputure 60x as a hair light, two Amaran LED Panels plus some RGB tubes for the night exterior scenes to work in some color.

Camera: Sony Venice Cine EI 2500, 144 Shutter, 5600K
Lenses: Sigma FF Primes
Filtration: Black Glimmerglass 1/8

Mentor For Change

Providing some screen grabs with fixture notations to help follow along as you listen to the podcast. Feel free to shoot me a DM on Instagram if you have a quick question on any of the shots!

Camera: RED Komodo
Lenses: Atlas Orion A Set
Filtration: HBM 1/4

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Kobalt 10 – Treehouse

Day exteriors on a super tight schedule can be tricky, especially when you have “extra” shots being thrown at you as they eat up the schedule quick. Here’s a look at how I approached this commercial for Kobalt Tools with the story of a father and son building a treehouse together as part of a Father’s day promo.

Lighting The “U”

Throwback to 2018 filming 3 music videos in one location. The challenge here was the lack of man power and fixtures along with filming a live session happening in real time. You can see the fixtures I was working with from the lighting diagram and how the band was placed made for an interesting time to say the least. Hope you can take something away from this breakdown!

The Everyday Office Space

What do you do when you have a normal location with everyday furniture, top light everywhere and not a lot of room? Well hopefully today you’ll find out and take away a little something from it. We go with a lot of haze, color contrast and back light for one scene. Switch to using existing lighting, diffusing what we can, adding a practical bulb in the mix and clever placement of our fresnel. Finish off with a library that could have looked better but in the end a lot of contrast, mood and eye light helps.


BTS and Lighting Placement

3 Looks, One Room

This setup was for a retainer client to create original content geared towards nutritional and exercise self-improvement. It was all talking head with a teleprompter for all scenes and we wanted some variance in the scenes but to not spend a lot of time moving locations. We chose to stay in the kitchen area and play with shades of light to help create essentially 3 looks in one room.


BTS and Lighting Placement

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