I’m still here! But man, times are busy! I was approached several weeks ago to shoot a marketing video series for Missy Brown to kick off her new brand M Sqaured Photography. It is to consist of two shoots and a short interview session which will all be spliced into 3 short videos for potential clientele. When she offered me the job, I was more the happy to take it on and bring a lighter note to all the edgy film work I had been doing.
This past Saturday consisted of fresh-off-the-altar bride/model Katie Cunningham and another fantastic model Kaitlyn McGrath. The shoot was the take place at a newly established venue called The Ice House. 10AM; We started makeup/hair prep at model central i.e. Josh Eskridge’s loft and the fun started. We had a incredible group of friends that pitched in, which made out for a great time! Missy Brown, Joey Goldsmith, Chris Klapheke, Josh Eskridge, Peter Dedina and not to mention Micah Ruelas and Hank Walton!
Going into this I had a few ideas of the style, it would be long dreamy stedicam shots with a smaller shutter speed for better smoothness and motion blur, quite the opposite of what I had done for “Exposure”, that being more handheld, intense dramatics and a faster shutter speed for that “Saving Private Ryan” look.
The Ice House consisted of a labyrinth of floors and abandoned levels that Josh and I got very lost in. What was supposed to be a 5 minute scout turned into 30 minutes. The place is a haven for fashion photographers and you better believe a business card was passed onto the owner! I really hope I’m able to have the opportunity to shoot in The Ice House again in the future and really take advantage of those upper levels.
With this particular shoot we started in the cellar, a dark brick-walled basement that looked like something out of Underworld. The spaced was cramped, so the stedicam shots would have to be confined. But, by jumping over stacks of concrete, wood planks and swinging around tight corners I was able to capture some cool footage, in the process being covered in dust and remnants of an ancient under structure.
Once we returned to the upper levels it was like someone had opened the door to a entire new game of fun. Running around with my glidecam like a clown, I’m not sure what people thought of me. The area was wide open and I fully took advantage of it and started rocking the styled shots I originally had planned.
We closed up the 7 hour shoot on the roof where I believe to get some of the best shots of the day. Plenty of open room and the low sun flaring my off lens just appeased my appetite for epicness. But, my stomach wrenched when suddenly my camera wouldn’t let me record and it simply read “Card Error”. Without a second though I popped in my backup 32GB and setup for the next shot. In the back of my mind I’m thinking “Oh shit, all the footage I shot from today is on that card”. Nevertheless we finished out the last set and had a awesome dinner at Doc Crows. We said our goodbyes and exhausted from the long day I decided to head home.
Anxious to work the memory card problem I went straight to my PC to import all the footage. No go. “Card Error, Please format”. I was flabbergasted, what am I going to do now? I ended up trying several solutions to no prevail and eventually gave up and crashed out.
The next day I decided I would face this head on and a few hours later I had recovered all the footage off the card and backed it up to my hard drives. Close call! But a lesson learned, Luckily I had the backup card and luckily there is software out there that can save your ass in these situations.
We still have more footage to shoot, but here is the teaser trailer and some un-color corrected screen shots for Missy Brown and her awesome photography.