Filmmaking

New Reel In The Works

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Sort of long overdo but I am finally working on a new reel for myself. The last one I did was like three years ago. As soon as it is done I will post it. Plus I will be recompressing and adding videos to the Video section. Trailers, clips, etc. I’m pretty excited for the new reel. Not only for it to showcase my work (and hopefully get more) but also because I am doing something new with it. I don’t want it to be the usual here are some shots over music. I hope it works as I think it might. Plus there will be some news regarding the upcoming short film. I’m keeping info a little on the low end right now but there will be updates very soon. Also hopefully some short documentary projects that I have been wanting to do for a long time. If anyone […]

Filmmaking

Meeting William Friedkin

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Admiring someone since you were a kid is something that can be a little intimidating when you get the chance to meet them. William Friedkin has been one of the filmmakers I’ve idolized and drew inspiration from since I was 9 or 10 years old when I saw ‘The Exorcist‘ for the first time and was so terrified I needed to know the director behind it. He was attending the Chicago Critics Film Festival for a screening of his classic film ‘Sorcerer‘ and was signing copies of his new book, “The Friedkin Connection”, and was nice enough to also sign other things and take pictures. I brought my original poster for ‘The French Connection‘ which I was so excited that he signed. Here is my signed poster. Not only was he pleasant but even after pictures he would ask if it turned out ok. You want so badly for someone […]

Geek

Within The Woods

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In honor of the recently released remake of ‘Evil Dead‘, which I really liked, here is the original 8mm short film that Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert made which gave them the inspiration, plus used to help raise funds for, the original ‘The Evil Dead‘. The quality is really bad, I think it came off a VHS which was a dub of another VHS and possibly even a dub of another VHS, but it’s still fun to watch.

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Testing the Kessler Crane Pocket Jib Traveler

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I got the new Pocket Jib Traveler from Kessler Crane and was able to test it out a little over the weekend. With winter slowly starting to dissipate in Chicago it has been too cold to go out and shoot stuff so it was nice to have some decent weather. The Pocket Jib Traveler (PJT) is perfect for someone like me. I like to remain mobile and to keep my gear as portable as possible but not limit the shots I can get. That’s why when things like the pocket dolly, or slider, came out and you could do small side to side dolly moves it added movement to your shots that you could only get before carrying a large dolly with you on shoots. The PJT opens up the chance of doing jib shots on the go which is so amazing. It’s not huge so you can’t do massive […]

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day Three

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What is one of your favorite films from the 1930’s? DODSWORTH (1936) D: William Wyler While there are so many other great films from this decade to choose from I always like to take the opportunity to recommend William Wyler’s ‘Dodsworth’ because it’s one of those hidden gems. Walter Huston plays Sam Dodsworth who retires so he and his wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton) can travel and see the world. They start to struggle with where their life is and where it might be going and this leads to some very honest outlooks on life making the film so endearing and heartfelt. It’s one of those movies you are surprised you never heard of before you see it. Turner Classic Movies plays it from time to time and if you see it’s on be sure to catch it. You will thank me that you did. The more I see it the […]

Filmmaking

Remembering Roger Ebert and Siskel And Ebert

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Growing up the young film buff that I was it wasn’t easy finding information on movies. Before the internet you couldn’t find anything with a few simple key strokes but instead your source was the books available in the film section at the local library or bookstore, a couple of film magazines if you were lucky enough to have a store that carried them, the film reviews in your local paper, and whatever might happen to be on television. So anything you could get was like mana from heaven. You cherished it. You cut out reviews and movie ads from the paper and made scrapbooks. You recorded anything that might have an interview with a filmmaker or, if you were lucky, a behind the scenes look at a film being made, and you watched it over and over. When you wanted film discussion you didn’t have message boards, Facebook, or […]

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day Two

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What is one of your favorite film epics? BEN-HUR (1959) D: William Wyler This has always been one of my favorite epics on many levels. The story of Judah Ben-Hur which goes through the story of Rome in the time of Jesus Christ with the Jesus aspects sort of a side story until the third act which also makes it one of the best Biblical epics as well. On a scale like very few (if any) films ever made it can be almost jaw dropping the mere scope of the film. Plus it was shot in MGM Camera 65 which gives it an aspect ratio of 2.76:1 (your standard widescreen film is 2.40:1). Winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture the film works on several levels least of which is the fact that despite its very long running time (222 minutes) it is never boring. Plus it has one […]