First Post of April 2016

17 04 2016
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It’s been a great and busy start to the year.

Welcome to the second installment of my blog for 2016. That’s right everyone: it’s been that busy kind of a year for me where I haven’t had time to do much else. But with pilot season nearly coming upon us, it’s now more time spared for writing about what’s happening around me.

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From a earlier shoot. Working with 10k lights.

 

Between my first post of the year to now, a majority of the work I’ve done has been on union shoots as an applicant. So far, it’s been a fun journey. Getting to work with large lights and going up high in a aerial lift for a film/tv show is not something many people can say they do for a living. Before I applied for the union, I heard mixed opinions about it. Some were very positive about while some were against it because of past experiences. So at first, I was of course nervous and over cautious but as time went on, I got more comfortable and my experience working on union shoots has been positive.The learning process and understanding how everything and everyone operates has been something that will stay with me. Grasping this along with trying to erase my bad habits has still been a work in progress but I’ve been improving greatly compared to when I first started.

And before I go, here’s a trailer for one of the shows I’ve worked on. “Luke Cage” is set to premiere on September 30th on Netflix.





New Commercial for Company 1

25 01 2015

Good morning this Sunday. Today is another edition of my blog.

Taken from a recent shoot. Credit: Company 1 Productions

Taken from a recent shoot. Credit: Company 1 Productions

We’re now on the tail end of January. For most of us, January tends to be a brutal month as work is usually scarce so it’s a sigh of relief to see it come to an end. As we turn to February, we see a few productions start up and are in need of crew. Recently, Greg Meola just released a commercial for Company 1 in the event that productions are looking for camera and lighting support.

Detailing everything in his arsenal of equipment, Company 1 is the place to go to if you need lighting equipment and/or camera support for any project. And with the spring season coming around the corner, it’s wise to contact Company 1 sooner rather than later.

Links:

Company 1 Productions

Company 1 Productions Facebook Page





First Post of 2015: Part 1 of the Stefanie Perry Transformation

16 01 2015

Hey what’s up everyone? The first edition of my blog for 2015 is officially here and what better way to kick things than with a new video for Couture Modeling!

Video Still. Kristin performing her magic on Stefani.

Video Still. Kristin performing her magic on Stefani.

We managed to shoot everything earlier in the week. Kristin came up with a great idea for a look and we were fortunate to have Stefani Perry be available to be the model featured. Due to time constraints for some, getting everything that we needed was a tough task. We ran out of daylight for one shot I wanted to do and I didn’t have enough time to switch equipment for another shot. Fortunately, we worked with what we had and I’m happy with how it came out.

For this video, the footage used were the ones shot on the shoulder rig. I mostly shot with the 50mm lens and switched to the 24mm lens on a couple occasions. For post production, I did some color correction and tweaked exposure settings for some shots. Because I only used available lighting, I experimented with the grain removal tool to help reduce noise. While it was very handy, it was causing the program to crash so I ended up only using it on a few clips instead of the whole video.

Left: Makeup Artist Kristin Pardee. Right: Stefani Perry.

Still from the video. Left: Makeup Artist Kristin Pardee. Right: Stefani Perry.

So thanks to everyone who helped out and I hope you like it. Be sure to check out the links below and keep an lookout for part 2 later down the road as I’ll showcase the photos taken after the shoot!

Links

Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page

K Renee Makeup





Photography Session: Ben, Marla, and Alexis Jones

7 12 2014

What’s up everyone? Welcome to the first post of December. With things starting to slow down with the nearing holidays, finding work and staying busy tends to increase in difficulty. But along with that, it also gives me more time to blog, so I guess that’s not a bad thing. Today is another edition of the photography session. This past Friday,  I shot a handful of models at Couture Modeling and a good number of them came out well.

 

Model: Ben Franz

Model: Ben Franz

In the above shot, Benjamin is by one of the old buildings outside of the studio. With the overcast weather, the lighting in this shot is all natural with no equipment other than my camera. We first shot under a nearby alleyway and for that location, I shot at f/5.6 with shutter speed at 1/125 and ISO at 500. We took some quick shots at the building on the way back to the studio and because I rushed, I didn’t tweak my settings to compensate for the change of location. So in post, the major tweaks were towards lowering the amount of exposure and adjusting the contrast.

Model: Alexis Jones

Model: Alexis Jones

Out of the three photos today, this one is my favorite. This was shot in-studio as Alexis was showcasing hiphop inspired clothing. During the series of shots, we did some with her sitting on the ground. After a couple shots, I originally thought of tweaking the lighting but I started to like the dim look as it gave everything a different feel. For this, I shot at f/5.6 with shutter speed at 1/125 and ISO at 250. And post-production wise, I only brightened the pic a tad bit and nothing else.

Model: Marla

Model: Marla

And in the last photo, I shot marla in studio as well. Settings wise, I shot this one at f/8 with shutter speed at 1/125 and ISO at 200. And like alexis’ photo, little post production work was done.

And before I go, here’s a behind the scenes video of Friday’s shoot that was shot and edited by Shimmy Chase Banks. If you watch carefully, the back of my head makes a guest appearance. So that’s it for today. Be sure to check out the following links below and until next time, cya!

Links

Couture Modeling

Alexis Jones Facebook Page





New Couture Modeling Video and BTS footage of “Back in Time”

14 11 2014

What’s up everyone? We’re now approaching the midway point of the month. At this stage of the year, productions slowly began to shut it down as the holidays are right around the corner. But not to fear as I have some great news to share.

 

Model Kaela Garrett on the streets of New York. Photo Credit: Lendell Simmons

Model Kaela Garrett on the streets of New York. Photo Credit: Lendell Simmons

Nearly a month ago, I shot bts footage for Couture Modeling as a photoshoot was held in NYC. Shooting around Central Park and Times Square, Daniela Velez and Kaela Garrett showcased a variety of outfits for the fall season. Due to the busy schedule I had afterwards, I wasn’t able to finish it till this week.

Though it’s short, I’m happy with how it came out. Special thanks to The Beat God for providing me with the music. In case you’re wondering, it’s from the song, “Like Me,” by D3V featuring The Beat God.

From left to right: Jay Aron, Actor Christopher Lloyd, and Lee Leshen.

From left to right: Jay Aron, Actor Christopher Lloyd, and Lee Leshen.

If you grew up during the mid 80’s to early 90’s, you’ll remember the Back to the Future films that were very popular during that time frame. If you’re itching to know more about the franchise, Jay Aron is currently putting together an documentary on the series and the impact it has put on society even to this day. Shot by Ari Schaeffer, the above video is a behind the scenes look into production as they prepare to interview Christopher Lloyd (although it’s mostly Jay struggling to put together a stand). So to be sure to check out the facebook page to get future updates on the progress of the documentary and when it will be released.

Links

Couture Modeling

Back In Time





Post NYC Marathon: What happened during the hiatus

9 11 2014

What’s up everyone? Welcome to the post NYC Marathon edition of my blog. Yes, it has been nearly a month since my last post due to the NYC Marathon.

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In the weeks leading to the city’s biggest event, I was doing various tasks that involved working with different departments of the New York Road Runners. Initially, I was responsible for sorting timing equipment for each checkpoint of the marathon. Later on, I would be assisting the transportation department in moving cargo and people throughout different locations in Manhattan and Staten Island. On the day of the marathon, I was stationed at Mile 26. After setting up timing equipment, I kept an eye on the system as I helped cheer on over 50,000 runners  finish the last 300 meters of the race.

As part of a partnership with the NBA, basketball legends such as Dikembe Mutombo ran as a 24-man relay team over the course of the marathon.

As part of a partnership with the NBA, basketball legends such as Dikembe Mutombo ran as a 24-man relay team over the course of the marathon.

It was a overall great experience to once again be a part of. Watching thousands of people run by you as they get within arms reach of the finish line is something you just have to applaud.  And now that we’re a week away from the race, let’s look at other things that have during my hiatus.

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While I was bobbing and weaving through the hectic traffic of New York City, the film, “Hollidaysburg,” was released on iTunes. Starring Rachel Keller and Tobin Mitnick, the story centers around five friends who return home for thanksgiving after their first semester of college and discover how things have changed or not changed since high school. Directed by Anna Martemucci, the crew consisted of Meena Singh (DP), Chad Dougherty, Stratton Bailey, and a collection of talented individuals. For $9.99, you can download it off of iTunes and based on the reviews, it’s worth the purchase!

Emily is now an official member of the Cirque Du Soleil.

Emily is now an official member of the Cirque Du Soleil.

And another set of good news during my hiatus occurred for one of our favorites here in the Hudson Valley. If you’ve been on set with her, you will eventually see her pull off the feat of balancing a ladder on her chin, juggling multiple bowling pins, and doing a multitude of crazy things. That along with the many talents she possess has earned Emily Carragher a spot with the Cirque Du Soleil. Congratulations and good luck, Emily!

Links:

New York Road Runners

Hollidaysburg

 

 

 





First Post of October 2014: Latest video from D3V and Latest Pics from Couture Modeling

1 10 2014

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to the first blog of October! What a way to end September for me as I worked on a great short film and ended the last week of the month by working the Bronx 10 mile race. This month is off to a potentially good start as I’ve been contacted by a few production companies about working on their upcoming projects. So while I’m keeping my fingers crossed, here’s a few other things that have been happening as of late.

Dev McCray

Dev McCray

In music news, D3V released the video to his latest single, “Like Me” featuring D.O.C. Released this past Sunday, the video has already accumulated over 1,000 views. So give it a watch and if you haven’t already, get his latest album, Labor II, which is currently available.

The Skins

The Skins

In other music news, The Skins will be at the upcoming CGBG festival on Oct. 9th as they will open for keynote speaker, Billy Idol. Started in 2012 ,the CGBG festival has become one of the biggest music and film festivals in NYC, making it huge step for the band to be the opening act to kick it all off.  The festival will take place throughout Manhattan from Oct. 8th to the 12th, so there’s plenty of events that will be offered. Click on the link below for more info and how to get tickets to watch the Skins rip it on stage.

Model: Michelle Michalko Photo Taken by Lendell Simmons

Model: Michelle Michalko
Photo Taken by Lendell Simmons

Model: Christian Medina Photo taken by Lendell Simmons

Model: Christian Medina
Photo taken by Lendell Simmons

And in the last piece of news, Couture Modeling has released new pictures. Taken by Lendell Simmons, who’s in charge of the company, the photos above feature Christian Medina and Michelle Michalko. If you check out the website, there are more pictures that have recently been uploaded. And if you’re interested in modeling and want your picture to look like the ones above, there’s contact info on the site as well.

Links:

D3V Twitter Page

The Skins Twitter Page

The Skins Facebook Page

CGBG Music and Film Festival

Couture Modeling