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Thursday, April 23, 2015

love interest

My latest collaboration with Alexa. Being that this film was set in the life of an actor, we felt more freedom to use film constructs in abstract ways that communicated the story.

Love Interest Trailer from Alexa Shackelford on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Prep for Love Interest

I am signed on to shoot a new short film titled "Love Interest" and will be posting some of my ideas for the film as well as information about it here.

I'm very excited about the film thematically. It revolves around an actor's conflicting emotions in his love life and we use that context to find creative ways to show his mental/emotional state.

Please check it out, like the page and donate any amount you can. It would mean a lot to us.

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I'm working on this board to gather my ideas about the lighting and composition I want to use:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pani's Box (2014)

I worked on Pani's Box last year and it was my first collaboration with Alexa, a talented actress and director. She stars in the film and you can see more of her work here:

Our intent with the film was to show the raw reality of the life of the two sisters in the story as well as mix in supernatural and dreamlike elements in a cohesive way. I used the color green heavily in post coloring as well as lighting to imply mystery, supernatural and other dark elements in the film. As a counterpart, we used purple/pink to connect with innocence and youth.

I rated the RED Scarlet at 640 ISO for this film. We shot on old manual nikon photography lenses because that's what we had on hand and I liked their soft quality for what we were doing.

In case you are curious, you can see my diagrams for all the interior scenes here(we sometimes deviated from them):

Monday, February 3, 2014

End times

"End times" is capture along the rocks in Dana Point. I heard some people walking away talking about a dead seal. Upon the sight, I reflected on death and wanted to create an image that was melancholic and harsh but not gruesome or morose. I also wanted to convey the passage of time so I used a 2 second exposure resulting in the blurry and soft ocean. As I was setting up the frame, it occurred to me that it was a lot like Dali's "The Persistence of Memory."

My focus here was to get the right composition with the sunset and horizon weighing on top of the frame and the long exposure. I had neither a timer, tripod or shutter release cable for this shot so I had to use rocks to balance, put my head down by the viewfinder and try to press the shutter release without bumping the camera.

View "End times" on DeviantArt

join me

"join me" is a dyptich composed of two shots I captured while walking at night in laguna beach. I was trying to capture a single image of these two couples that conveyed their individual moments and took these two pictures of them. As I reviewed the images though, I found that the best way to convey the relationships was not with either but with both.

View "join me" on DeviantArt.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Work in Progress.

Its been exactly one year since I created this website, I can tell you because I just had to pay to renew the domain.  As part of this next year, I'll be creating a lot more content to spread my love of cinematography so I updated the template to something more robust to display content better. Things will be moving fast around here so I apologize for the messy look some things have.

I'll also be finally updating my reel and continuing to do photography/cinematography. Thanks for following along.