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Rob & Erika – Love Story Video

Here’s another love story video I shot back in April. Rob and Erika were great to work with. Come to find out both Rob and Erika have connections to the area I’m from in New York, and they also knew some of the other couples I’ve shot weddings for in the past (military connections). Of course I didn’t know any of that before we met, but it was very cool to find all that out.


Tyler & Natalie – Love Story Video

As soon as March/April hits it gets super busy around here…so I’ve got some catching up to do with my blog posts. Here’s a love story video I shot back in April for Tyler and Natalie. They were a lot of fun, always smiling and laughing. Thanks to Emily Lesher Photography for introducing us.


Utah Wedding Video – Alex & Hannah

This is a wedding I filmed back in August at the Salt Lake City temple. What a fun and happy couple! I can’t help but smile when I watch this video.


Utah Wedding Video – Justin & Emily

This is a wedding I filmed back in August at the Mount Timpanogos temple. There was a ton of construction around the temple at the time, so we were really restricted in where we could shoot without getting scaffolding in the background. It was a great day though, and I had a lot of fun filming this couple.


Budget DSLR Video Gear List

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It’s kind of crazy these days how cheap things are getting. You can have almost a FULL (semi-professional) DSLR video setup now for somewhere around $2000 or less! Crazy. So for all you people out there looking to break into the DSLR film world without breaking the bank, here’s a low budget gear list for you. For some of the items I also have a more expensive option in parentheses in case you want to upgrade a bit.

Canon t2i/t3i camera (Canon 60D or 7D) – $400 (make sure to check slickdeals rather than Amazon)
Canon EF-S 18-135mm lens – $300 (even cheaper sometimes from online classifieds)
Canon EF 50mm 1.8 lens – $100
Variable ND Filter (52mm) – $15
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod (Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod) – $125
Velbon Video Fluid Head (Manfrotto Fluid Head) – $50
Varavon Slidecam Lite Slider (Konova Large Slider) – $250
Flycam Nano Steadicam (Glidecam HD1000) – $150
LCD Viewfinder – $50
Z-96 LED Light – $80
Zoom H1 Audio Recorder – $100
Lav Microphone – $25
Rode Videomic Pro – $225
Lowepro Fastpack 200 – $65

Other (more expensive) lenses:
Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens
Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens
Canon EF-S 18-200mm lens

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Now keep in mind that you might want different equipment depending on the kind of filming you’re doing. I like to stay mobile and travel as light as I can, especially when I’m shooting weddings. So things like the t3i, manfrotto tripod, and slidecam lite are all very lightweight and work well for that purpose. I also take very good care of my equipment, so even if some of the items listed above are not the greatest build quality (i.e. they’re plastic) they work just fine for me because I baby them. If you have any questions on the gear above or need recommendations on other equipment just leave me a comment.

Happy filming!

Sherlock Holmes Ink Effect Tutorial

I love it when movies have good title and credit sequences, and in some movies they turn out to be better than the movie itself. When I saw the first Sherlock Holmes movie I thought they did a really good job on the credit sequence. Here is that sequence in case you need a refresher:

This was years ago now, but I thought the ink effect in the sequence was great so I decided to figure out how they did it. Here is what you need to do:

The whole effect is pretty much done with ink drop footage and luma mattes in After Effects. The logic behind the effect is to use ink drops to transition from video footage to a still image (drawing) and back again. Sounds easy enough, but the trick is in how you use the ink drops to reveal the drawing.

Basically what you need to do is take some footage of ink drops and put that footage on a layer above whatever it is you want to reveal (like a sketch in the sherlock holmes sequence). On the sketch layer you change its trackmat to “Luma inverted” so that the sketch is revealed as the ink drops fall/spread (but make sure the ink layer’s visibility is off). You may have to color correct the ink footage to get it black and the background white (or the other way around if you’re using Luma rather than Luma inverted).

Here is a link to some free ink drop footage to get you started:


Baja Broadband TV Spots

This is one of three TV Spots I worked on lately for Baja Broadband. I did editing, motion graphics, compositing, and color for the spots.


Utah Wedding Video (Pre-shoot) – Robert and Cherry

This is a pre-wedding shoot that I filmed for Robert and Cherry, who are getting married on Saturday in the SLC Temple. They are a beautiful couple and were great to work with. I’m excited to be filming at their wedding and reception as well.

I’m so glad they wanted to do a pre-shoot. With a pre-shoot you get good lighting, beautiful shots, and a lot less people in your backgrounds. And best of all you get to relax on your wedding day knowing that you already have beautiful footage set aside. Definitely a good choice.


Utah Wedding Video – Justin & Gina

Here is the wedding video I filmed and edited for Justin and Gina, who were married on November 23, 2011 at the Timpanogos temple.


Utah Engagement Video – Justin & Gina

This is an engagement video I shot for Justin and Gina where they tell the story of how they met and fell in love.

While normally I would love to be able to get everything right during the shoot, sometimes a little post-production work is called for. For this video I did some work in post to get a few of the shots exactly how I wanted. Here’s an example:

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The difference is subtle, but you can probably see that I raised the exposure on Gina’s face in the second image. I loved the composition for her interview with the tree and rock wall in the background, and I needed her in the shade for even lighting…but her face ended up being a little too underexposed. My reflector would have been a nice solution during the shoot, but luckily adding a little more light after the fact wasn’t too difficult. Here’s how I did it.

If this was a still image / photograph that I was correcting all I would have to do is just put a mask around her face using an ellipse shape, give it a feathered edge, and raise the exposure inside of the mask. But since it’s a video that won’t quite do it. Even though she was sitting fairly still during the interview, every now and then she moved around. So if I used a static mask over the top of her face she’d just be moving in and out from behind it. So to do this in a video you just have to add one more step…a motion track. In After Effects I did a motion track of her face. That way I could link the mask to her movement so that every time she moved around the mask stayed right on her face.

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And Voila! Subtle, but I think it makes a difference. Now next time just use your reflector…