I have recently begun using the Sony FS700 for video capture. I know I will still be using my Canons as well but I plan on doing most of my primary shooting on the FS700 unless specified by my customers. That said I needed to get a little test time on the new baby and what better way to test out slow motion than a video shoot at the beach with my beautiful wife and a nice flowing dress to catch the wind. We had a lot of fun right until the mosquitoes showed up,,, by the thousands then I had to carry her across a hot parking lot to the car to save her from being eaten alive. It was worth though as we got some pretty good footage. here is a sample of what the FS700 can do in its 240FPS mode.
I have been working with DiBacco Films for some time now and we reached an agreement that will have me filming my second film for them starting this July 20th. The movie is called Dark Minds, here is the story synopsis:
Jennifer Williams is a professional psychic that has helped the local police solve open case crimes in the past. She has a track record with the local detectives and solved a national case that had huge media attention a few years back. Dr. Fenton is a psychiatrist that is also a psyhic but no one knows that he has psychic abilities. While Jennifer uses her abilities to help solve crimes and fix the patients she has, Fenton is using his abilities to molest young girls and have sex with them under hypnosis. The bridge between the two is Beverly, a confused 20 something that is searching for answers and still grieving over her parents death. While Jennifer tries to help Beverly, Fentons goal is to seduce her. The two paths cross when Jennifer finds out that Fenton has been destroying the Innocence of young girls for years. Jennifer sets out to stop Fenton from hurting Beverly and anyone else. It’s an emotional battle of wills that all takes place in the unnavigable maze we call the mind.
More information on the cast can be found here at IMDB: Dark Minds on IMDB
This morning I met with Eric Anderson, well known local special effects artist, and spent some time walking around the Armory located in South Portland Maine. The Armory served as a national guard outpost for many years. Once it was abandoned it eventually made is way back into the hands of the town of South Portland.
Seeking a creative use for the space the town council has been working with Hollywood veteran production designer and art director Eric Matheson who has worked on such films as Empire Falls, The Cider House Rules, and Amistad to name only a few.
Mr. Matheson is leading the Fore River Sound Stage company and is spearheading the efforts to renovate the aging armory and configure it to become a focal point for film production here in the state of Maine and New England. Clearly there is work to be done but given the natural beauty of our state and depth of talent that can be found here and through out New England it seems only fitting that there should be more opportunities for major film production here in Maine. If you agree please feel free to contact your congressman and ask the hard questions on state initiatives and incentives for the film industry. Who knows perhaps someday a film about Maine will actually be able to be filmed here as well.
A big thanks to Eric Matheson and Eric Anderson for letting me spend some time in this remarkable space.
Through our good friends at VR Marketing we had the pleasure of developing a business promotional video for Vacationland Bowling and Recreation Center located in Saco Maine. The goal of the video was to showcase the fun that can be had for all ages at Vacationland Bowling. Ry Russel of VR Marketing directed our extras who of course had a blast bowling on the Candlestick lanes. We even gave them a taste of “Glow Bowling” where the normal lights are turned off and the disco lights kick in changing an already fun evening into a real party. To further promote Vacationland Bowling and Recreation Center as a great way to beat cabin fever we have spun their promo video into a 30 second TV commercial which will be aired on WGME 13 soon. Here is the commercial.
I mentioned in my last post that Whitney and I worked at a fashion show this past Friday. That show was hosted by Fashionable Giving of which we have become the official photographers and videographers. This event was held on behalf Miss Wheelchair Maine Monica Quimby and the Advocacy Organization. With the Christmas holiday so close it seemed only fitting for the theme of the show to take on a Christmas flare. To that end Lingerie De Amor and “Restless Threads” of Saco provided both Christmas and Boutique wear for the models. Here are just some of the photos we took that evening. As you can see it was a very festive event!!!