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We were blessed to be able to work with a composer from Japan, named To-Ki who is an awesome pianist.  Neysa was inspired by a track that he composed and their collaborative efforts birthed “Addicted”.  There are more things in the works for this international collaboration! This was also Neysa’s debut as an editor!

Enjoy and expect more things to come from Neysa and her team! Special thanks to To-Ki from To-Ki Music in Japan, to Gregory Ruben of NuFocus Management, Reggie Maddox of RoughMecca Mastering and Digital Distribution, StewArt Media Studios, LLC and Hit ’em Hard Entertainment, LLC

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I’ve just finished work on a pilot by a wonderful Writer/Director named Lonnie Jackson called “UPYRI” (pronounced You PIE Ree) it’s Slovak for Vampire.  The premise is, what if a vampire had the blood of Jesus, would it change him and how? I can’t go too deep but what I was a part of, was amazing.  From the talent to the team.  It epitomized all that I’ve been reading and writing about.  It does still take a family to raise a child and in this case, the child is this wonderfully inspired idea from the mind of Lonnie Jackson.

Mr. Jackson started out with a group prayer, which he requires to keep what he calls the “Good Vibes” going and of course to have every one on the same accord and to dismiss any mishaps that may occur.  Producer and 1st AD Danielle King lead the crew and cast at a steady pace.  Nina Patterson PA/Script Supervisor assisted with some set design and was upbeat. Still photographer and 2nd Camera Cymande Coburn was on deck helping out in any capacity that was needed and had great energy along with Facility coordinator, sound, grip, electrician DreQuan MeDallion who also assisted in every way possible, Writer and wardrobe Geveryl Robinson, Hair and Makeup Iasia Anderson and yours truly as DP/Gaffer.  Cast members Cameron Miller, Darren Radcliff and Barry Piacente rounded out the team.  Their professionalism and performance made the day. Even with some conditions being not so pleasant, the spirit of the entire cast and crew was undaunted and we moved forward eagerly to reach our goal.  It was refreshing to see things move smoothly on set and with convicted direction!  There is no “I” in “TEAM” and this team proved that statement.

Also check them out on http://upyri.tv/

Although this particular footage was not the footage shot, I look forward with painted breath to the final results.

Enjoy

Ok, so I got bit by the bug. I’m officially working on a project of my own and starting to do some screen tests as I develop the characters. Who would have thought that I would be doing something like this. It is a very interesting process with regards to the writing and I use a free program called Celtx for writing the script. To me it’s easy and very user friendly and best of all for us DIY/Independent Filmmakers, it’s FREE and for some advance features and options you will have to pay a nominal fee but it’s still worth in my opinion. I’ve been involved with several independent projects that has helped me to understand some of the basic fundamentals needed to make a film work and make the process of making a film a little less strenuous as if that is entirely possible.  Watching some of the behind the scenes on some of my favorite movies leads me to believe that even multimillion dollar films have issues that can drive you to drink!

There are lots of areas to cover while doing a film and some things you really can’t skimp on, while others if you do your research right, you’ll be able to come with some surprisingly effective substituions. So planning and planning and oh did I mention PLANNING is the key to making your project successful!  That’s why I chose to take my time and get it right. Sets, wardrobe, actors/actresses, extras you name it. Man, what an undertaking. You’ve got to be crazy for wanting to do a movie. Guess I’m crazy!

I’m eagerly waiting for the November 3rd and Canon’s big announcement so that the rumor mills can stop churning out gossip. Also as I’m getting more acclimated to my own gear I’m able to better get myself ready for upcoming film/video projects. I realize it’s not about how much stuff you have or even how expensive your stuff is, you need to know your stuff to get the best out of it, regardless of what it is.

Well let me stop blabbing and get to the fun! Here is my screen test of one of the characters of my movie…I’m still developing the powers and working it all out in After Effects and here is my first attempt. Also check out my new StewArt Studios film bumper! Enjoy!

So you got this smash film and now what do you do with it. I’m personally not near in producing my own film yet but I want to know what my outlets are. My roots are in the music business and we also have the same issues. Distribution…the elusive holy grail. You hear it all the time, “once we get distribution, we’re set” or better yet, “trying to get distribution is a b*tch”. Most distributors aren’t looking at you unless you are doing something big on your own. Which if you think about it correctly, then you don’t REALLY NEED THEM. With how technology is now, all you need is a little time and a plan to get things out. Jon Reiss and Sherri Candler present a creative way on how to get your films out without “selling” your soul!

This is a must read for independent filmmakers that are wondering what to do next with their projects, besides entering them in film festivals and like. If you get and get it now, it’s FREE in most formats except paperback until October 1st, 2011 and after that will be available for $4.99 which is still awesome for this kind of information, definitely this is a must have in your arsenal!

Hopefully this will inspire you as it has inspired me!

Check out their website
http://sellingyourfilm.com/

Thought I’d post a little more information on Erika Allen’s music video, produced and directed by Lyriqal Blyss of LB Productions and DP’d by your’s truly! This was such a fun project and I’m looking forward to more from the creative mind of LB.

I had the pleasure of being DP for Director/producer Lyrical Blyss for artist Erika Allen’s debut music video “An After Thought” – Find out more about this amazingly talented artist at http://www.erikasguitar.com/ – but while you are here, sit back and enjoy!

Well we are survivors of both the 24hr Film Race and the 48hr Film Project events here in atlanta.  DP was Leo Ricciardi and I was camera operator.  It was so much fun! The “Running in Time” team is so awesome! Maria and Leo know how to put a great team together and I’m just happy to be a part of it!

Here is the graphic for the film

The T2i handled it self well.  Actually this was the second time I’ve seen the over heating warning on the camera and thru it all she performed admirably. Can’t wait to see what is next.

Gonna start working on my shorts soon, so stay tuned!

Here is the link to check out the short – http://vimeo.com/25279514

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P.S. – Winner of Best Directing, Best Ensemble Casting and Best Choreography Awards in the 48hr Film Race Competition!

Here is the graphic for Running an entry from a team that I had the extreme pleasure of working with in the 24Hr Film Race Atlanta.

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Hello everyone, well O M G, what a great time I had during the participation in this years 24 Hour Film Race! I was honored at the request to join Leo Ricciardi, Director/Writer and a great team for an exciting 24 hour collaboration! To say the least we were all totally spent but had a great time!

Stay tuned for more…

First Official Video Shoot as a DoP

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Projects

Wow this weekend, was my first official video shoot where I was DP and Lighting Technician or Key Grip…not that I know anything about lighting seriously but I know what looks good and I know about exposure. It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Things we didn’t think about while preparing for the shoot, reared it’s ugly head as we ended up with 3 T2i’s on set and have to edit all 3. Note to self, need a clicker (lol)

We used 3 T2i’s, one with EF-S 18-55 stock lens, the other with the Canon 50mm 1.8 and then last with a Tamron 70-300. All were set to 60fps (to help with nice slow motion) – More to come…