Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Music Video: "Cognito"

I shot a music video over the weekend.

The artist was “Cognito” and the song was “Shift Kits”

It was a crazy production with crowds and motorcycle stunts and lots of off speed shooting. I volunteered to cut the video as I did a lot of in-camera stuff that needs to be treated a certain way, and I would be nervous about turning it over to an editor I was not in close contact with, so we shall see how it turns out. I’ve got just under 2 weeks to get a finished cut as the new album is out now and they want the video to go out with the promo kits. Below are some raw, uncorrected screen grabs from the first location. I will post a production journal in the “projects” section of my website soon.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Emmy Nominations

The :30 promo "busy people" got nominated for an Emmy! It's up against 2 other nominations from Bay Area stations, so wish me luck... The awards are in SF on May 20, it should be a gala evening and great chance to dress up and have a night on the town. Should be fun no matter who wins, but wouldn't it be a gas...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Skateboard Dolly

Just finished my DIY skateboard dolly. It measures 29.5" x 36".

It rides on 12 skateboard wheels that are built to run on standard 24.4" wide track.The frame is two 3/4" plywood sheets screwed together to make a robust 1.5" base. It's stained with IKEA black stain.

I originally used walmart skateboard wheels (4 for $5, cheap!) but they were just too bumpy. Even on the track it was just unusable. These things are so sensitive, that a blade of grass on the track can ruin a shot...Real skateboard wheels are expensive, so I saved my favor for a secret santa who just happens to own a skateboard shop in Louisville. (woohoo!) Real wheels and bearings make *such* a difference! I had to add like 60 spacers to make the newer, bigger wheels fit, but now it's smooth as glass.

It's also much lighter than the MSE Doorway dolly I have access to. (try lugging that thing up a hillside or getting it on a roof top!)
Since these photos were taken I have added black handles inline with the wheels, it makes carrying much easier.