From one-man-bands to leading large crews on set, I have masterful knowledge of the most modern production technologies and how to use them for projects of any scale (got gear questions? I’ve shot with everything from stripped down SLRs to Alexas). I feel very much at home in the studio and on set after creating for clients such as IBM, Lowe's, Hallmark, and Discovery Channel.
Breaking news, sports, editorials, portraits, products, weddings... I’ve seen it all.
Starting my career in journalism has given me a solid foundation on which to tell stories. It began at a newspaper where the purist in me loved the challenge of telling a story in a single image. I built on that at the broadcast job that came next, recognizing and embracing the moving image as a valuable narrative tool. In my next life in the agency world, I was fortunate enough to be able to utilize that experience telling client stories in a variety of formats from corporate videos to mini-docs to photo essays and editorials.
#exploretocreate is one of my favorite hashtags to use these days and is an idea that I buy into completely. Although I got a late start catching the travel bug (I received my first passport just 3 years ago), I've done my best to make up for lost time. Since then I've spent hundreds of hours in the air getting to places like Thailand, Iceland, Budapest, Norway, Paris, Amsterdam, and Africa. Beside the quality time spent experiencing new things with my wife, the desire to create is the main thing that draws me to traveling as far as possible and as often as possible. Of course the opportunity to create content for brands is always a bonus.
One of the things I love most about video production is coming up with creative solutions to unique problems.
Few problems seem daunting after having to create snow in a North Carolina July. Once I was tasked with creating a chilly outdoors set in the middle of summer for Lowe’s. Within hours, I had conceived a giant idea consisting of a circus-sized tent and industrial snow-makers. Lowe's Troy-bilt Product Innovation Video
Shooting 360° video of a safari in Africa is ripe with potential problems. Figuring out how to keep 22 GoPros powered, sorted, safe, and agile was a tall order. I came up with a few contraptions that allowed us to capture extremely close and unique perspectives of animals in their natural environment. Hallmark | 360 African Safari
When a client presented us with a concept that required shooting from a dog’s POV, it seemed like an easy execution until we started testing different options. To keep the camera secure and stable, I ended up building a custom dog vest using a tactical harness, a kneepad, 6” diameter PVC, and a GoPro. Bass Pro Shops Cash Adventure Scratchers
The client wants a first-person POV video but needed a professional look with changes in focus? I’ll build a helmet-mounted rig, complete with focus motors and wireless transmitters.
My accomplishments as a Director of Photography have equipped me with a wealth of knowledge regarding the production process. Consulting with creative and account teams at all stages of development, I have helped guide projects based on budget/capabilities and solved problems before they become issues. I also have a deep understanding of the most modern production technologies, not only knowing which tools are needed for the job but how and when to utilize them. I've been involved with every part of preproduction, including assembling a crew, communicating with talent agencies, location scouting, securing resources, commissioning/building custom props, and overseeing art departments.
Need to figure out how to control fog and make it fall? I've done that too. IBM z13s Launch
What about a long term timelapse of a two year construction project (with a budget that was woefully underscoped)? No problem. Citrix HQ Timelapse
I'm comfortable leading in all stages of the creative process. When IBM wanted to do a series of videos on the accomplishments of its many patent holders within the company, I devised the look. IBM Patent Series
When our agency had to pitch for a Lowe's RFP, I came up with the idea for our video for GE light bulbs. Lowe's: RFP
When Citrix needed a timelapse of the construction of their headquarters in downtown Raleigh, NC, I figured out how to do it, set up and moved the cameras over the course of 2 years, and edited the quarterly videos. Citrix Timelapse
When Centerline wanted to produce a fun internal video about life in the office, I suggested we do a hyperlapse of our office and then figured out how to execute and shoot it. Centerline Internal Hyperlapse
Having a significant hand in the opening of Devolve Moto and the development of their brand, I've created most of the original content on their site and social channels. This targeted content, along with my community management and strategy guidance, has helped establish the company's brand and image.
Thanks to my dog's instagram presence, my fiancé and I haven't been burdened by the cost of treats and swag. Lucy has over 5k people seeing her on their feed.