Early 1960's 8mm Projector Technology
Working with a few projectors like the 1961 Swiss made Bolex 18-5 and a 1969 B&H Automatic 8mm/Super 8, I was able to create a 4k transfer system. This system required a replacement incandescent projector bulb with a modern LED and Halogen bulbs. Upgrading the projector like this, I was able to keep the heat to a minimum and increase the effective lumens.
Pro Tips Working With Film
Air and water pollution from old factories and unsustainable systems need to be questioned. We cannot let powers go unchecked, and so this body of work will speak for me when I am gone. This digital footage is to give the next generation a look at our current world. Hopefully, this honest and sober portrait will help the young see the errors in our ways.
Risky Actions = Best Videos
Technology leads the way
With tools like 'daylight mapping', you can find exactly where the sun is going to hit a surface (like a mountain’s face) and know exactly the spot to catch the best angle. New technologies like this are available on all mobile phones and give you so much flexibility to plan out great shots that can even light indoor places, like Coors Field, perfectly. No doubt that technology will play a big role in how a stock cinematographer can make a great business case as to why they are extremely valuable.
Baby stock video learning curve
You have to be extremely patient and nimble to catch those rare baby moments that make stock videos gold, and your baby a stock video superstar. Really shoot everything your baby does, and then just spend all your Saturday nights marveling at the cuteness and editing out those rare moments.
Big picture baby assets and legacy
Reach out to me if you are a model as I might want to invest in you. I see stock video production as a long play, in the range of 5-10 years as video in small business advertising, and even consumer consumption will peak. Shooting mostly in 4k helps keep us ahead of the curve as we see UHD resolution (3840x2160) as the next leap in mass technology adoption coming soon. Remember how long it took to go from 480p television to 1080p? This leap took a long time, because the video production industry had to sync up with the TV makers and content delivery companies like Comcast. All these pieces had to come into place to upgrade the entire system to 1080p HD resolution. In 2015, now it is even broadcasted for free over the public airwaves in the United States and elsewhere.
4k TV mass adoption is ~5 years out; invest your time with me to create assets that will grow in value as the world changes to 4k video consumption. Invest in yourself by building a portfolio of video assets that you can actively sell.
Letter tiles are really fun to make for great introduction and title sequences. You need to introduce a concept in a fun way? Do you want to break up your boring videos and throw in a really fun tester? These clips are really great to use to keep your audience awake and make them solve a quick puzzle in their head. Have you ever seen the American TV show, 'Wheel of Fortune'? It is an addicting game show where everyone like to guess what the word is from the missing letters. It is tons of fun, and these videos will give your viewer the jolt they need to try and guess what is being spelled out. These tiles are similar to scrabble or boggle, but are not.
I will spell anything (almost)
Give me the words you want (and some direction) and I will be able to make you custom videos for this. As you can imagine, the sky’s the limit, as far as what we can do with this. You want tons of words coming in and out? No problem; I can make it happen. I have male and female hand models that can be used as well. Or if you want a dogs paw or other interesting production, just let me know.
Have you ever wondered what a Croatian penny looked like? Or how about the currency of a country that is not even around anymore, like the Yugoslavian 2 Cents? Or maybe 1 Dram of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is more your style. ;)
Tons of Exotic and Wacky Countries
With over 100 different stock videos of wonderful rotating coins, you cannot go wrong. We have all of these coins in our stock footage prop vault, so if you want multiple shots, we can set up the studio and start getting you great videos.
Coin Videography is Hard
Turns out, shooting coins is pretty hard, as you have to get the turntable speed right without wobbling. The hardest part is getting your lighting setup to give you a desired light reflection or not. I played with different backgrounds and lighting, and found what works for different sizes and colors of coins. As you will see, the first set of coins were not the best videos. :( But the most recent ones are brilliant, so trust that we learned our production lessons and will give you the perfect ones upon request.
Have you seen real uncirculated fiat paper currency from all corners of the world? Some of these look fake, but they are not.. Are they worth anything? Well, no. ..it's fiat, and it always goes to zero eventually. :)
Political Statements in Stock Video
For this unique project, I went for an extra exposed look to give the money the feeling of being created out of ‘thin air’. Just as a fiat currency is created out of thin air by the central banks, I wanted to try and emulate the idea that money can be both created and destroyed at the simple spin of a wheel. From the glory of a force as mysterious as a bright light, a brand new banknote comes and then goes.
Crisp, uncirculated notes are key
All of these notes were in insanely great condition, but still, it was pretty hard to get them to stand up completely straight without a lot of trial and error. Eventually, what you see is using small wall putty balls to stick the bills upright. I found that both the corners and the middle were needed to keep the bill from falling over. Fun project. I also have these in the stock footage prop vault, so please let me know if you want a bunch of awesome shots with these authentic, mint condition banknotes from around the world.
These are 1/16 inch thick of 100% real exotic wood. These are used to put a wood look on just about any surface and make a really cool effect when rotating with a strong light source, as the paper currency collection have a similar effort of overexposure to give a strong lighting effect of nature. I wish you could smell each one of these, as they have a subtle difference and really set the mood for the exotic place these woods came from.
The Madness Behind The Art
I wanted to express my love for nature, especially forests. Forested land is the most sacred and wonderful place to be when you need to recharge and feel the peace and serenity around you. Going to the forest is like going to the light in some religions, and so the videos reflect the need to feel warm and secure in the beauty of nature, just like a religious experience for some. All the videos start with just the bare edge of the wood to show how fragile and delicate even the most powerful tree can be. These trees have been cut down to the finest display of elegance and tenderness, and then build up to show how unique and random the inside of a tree can be. Like a fingerprint or a snowflake, each tree’s wood pattern showcases the massive scale of the universe.
These are stashed in a humidor to keep these ultra-thin real wood pieces from warping in the Colorado dry mountain air. There are about 50 total veneers in the vault, so let us know your ideas about how we could custom shot these for your next project.
Timelapse--- a stock video videographer would not be complete without pointing the camera on something and speeding up the playback. Doing a cityscape or a cloud timelapse video is a right of passage to earn your ‘just like everyone else’ degree. Yay! I have done a couple of timelapses of plants growing in the night that came out pretty good. They are only at 720p though, so it is not even worth putting up. All I am saying is, look out for my timelapse stuff, because I am going to do some real innovative and fun shots.
Rocks… do you love rocks so much like me? Here is an awesome collection of 50 videos of specimen-quality rocks from all over the world. These include gemstones, minerals, and other samples that are great for teaching about earth science or even more advanced geology.
Technical Rock Rotating Details
Each rock is rotating on a turntable and had to be manually set up to get the best picture quality possible. Lighting is tricky on these, as some of the subjects will reflect and others… well, not so much. I used a lot of 3 point lighting with 100watt equivalent compact fluorescent bulbs to get the light wrapped around every nook and cranny of the rocks! You can even see a few where I have to use a black leather piece to give more contrast to a white rock. Each video is just over 15 seconds long, so this is roughly a 4 rotation per minute speed.
Custom Rock Work Available
As you guessed it, these rocks are in my stock footage prop vault, so you are always just a call away from getting any shot you want with these gems. ;)