I recently had a brush with death, and through that episode, I came out feeling very loved and loving. It also gave me a lot of motivation to make more personal work before I kick the bucket.
So, I’ve made this short film as a Valentine’s Day treat. I’ve reinterpreted the idea of Cupid to make this dark and quirky short.
After a lot of conversations with my partner, Kristy, Co-Writer Jeremy Welvaert and Cinematographer Joseph Fitzgerald, as well as a collaborative effort with Erika DuFour to realize our version of Cupid, this piece is exactly what I intended. Although, I tried to leave room in here for each viewer to bring their own interpretation to the visuals, I made some very intentional choices.
Click on the pic above, put your headphones on, and go widescreen…
Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy!
Video game music has come a long way! I find this somber track really evocative and kind of inspiring.
Schilling Film is proud to present our 2013 showreel!
We’ve logged some serious hours going through all the footage, but had a great time reflecting on all the work we’ve done. We’re super happy with how it turned out, and hope you’ll love it as much as we do.
Many, many thank yous to everyone who helped create these images. We couldn’t have made them without you.
Check it out. A Driving Pig.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Have fun, be Safe.
It is a chilly and rainy day here, perfect Halloween weather in my opinion. We look forward to parading the Chicago neighborhoods this evening with our 16-month son, Knox.
Talking to a man as dynamic as Heath Rave is always a treat; watching him work, is more like a gift. Heath inks like he lives: bold, vibrant, and strong. We’re super happy with this piece – thanks to Laura Madalinski, Kyle Olsen, Nick Anderson, Ian Scott, and Ben Rodig for helping us bring Heath’s story to life.
I feel fortunate to have been asked by ProGear to test out a new product called, CameraRibbon. This is an item introduced at NAB this year. CameraRibbon will be rented and sold at ProGear.
I found it easy to fall in love with the simple design and ease of use. Most jobs I shoot have an interview set-up, usually on tripod; and a vérité portion, usually handheld. The CameraRibbon is the first handheld rig that I feel comfortable using. It is super lightweight and its S-contour design is very comfortable on the body.
CameraRibbon is a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum with a handle and removable counterweights. The camera is mounted at a slight angle on the rig, and the Ribbon crosses your body at about a 35-degree angle. This puts your viewfinder/screen in your line-of-site and also keeps the handle at a close distance to maximize stability without wearing out your body after long periods of use.
Depending on the kind of camera you’re using, you may want to hold on to the handle with your right or left hand to operate with your other; whatever is natural for you. I’ve been shooting motion for many years and am used to operating with my left, so I hold the handle with my right. However, I got the rig into photographer Brian Kuhlmann’s hands for a recent shoot and without instruction he did the opposite, operating with his right.
So far, I’ve tested the CameraRibbon with an HDSLR camera, although there are a few different versions of the Ribbon optimized for different types of cameras. I’d recommend checking out the CameraRibbon website or talking to ProGear for more details. PortaBrace has also made a bag specifically for this Rig.
Dolan Geiman is an artist who gives found objects a new life as beautiful, rustic works of art. This living portrait is a glimpse into his Bridgeport studio, philosophy, and technique. Dolan is a very charismatic and genuine person, and shortly after meeting him, I thought he was the perfect subject for a short documentary.
“_____ on Brand” is a series of short films created by VSA Partners to capture the current thinking behind leadership brands—specifically, their origins and intent, audiences and ingredients, and business or societal impact.
A few weeks ago, I got a call from Greg Sylvester at VSA Partners to shoot the typewriter sequence for this original VSA piece, “IBM on Brand.” Greg, who directed the piece, had the great idea of tying the historic footage and interview together with visuals of a Selectric Typewriter, a very successful IBM product.
In this two-minute tour, the roots of the IBM brand are traced to the company’s management of its character. Narrated by Jon Iwata, IBM Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, “IBM on Brand” draws from VSA’s longstanding collaboration with IBM, which now spans nearly 20 years and encompasses their work as brand agency of record.
The piece went live earlier this week and is already getting a great reception. Iwata’s insights into how IBM manages their brand will surely resonate with any entrepreneur or business owner.
Liam Neeson narrates this trailer for the new film GIRL RISING, an amazing project that will inspire change in the world.
The film follows the stories of 9 different girls from around the globe. The visuals in this trailer, produced by Sarofsky, are a montage of the films interstitials, which means they work as the glue that holds all the stories together.
I was a Camera Operator on these images, working with Director of Photography Steven Piet.
I remember there being heavy wind and rainstorms throughout the night and the morning we started shooting. There was talk of postponing the shoot, but we ended up pushing forward. The fantastic fog that shows up in some of these pictures is the reward of us being ready when the rain stopped at sunrise. Accompanied by the score, these visuals create such a majestic, ethereal world, and have me VERY interested in seeing the movie.
The film comes out next week on March 7, and you can get tickets here.
I worked alongside DoP Steven Piet on these pieces. The scenes were unscripted, and we shot in real-time, walking blindly into new rooms without knowing anything about the lighting or layout. We used multiple cameras and cross-covered our subjects to make sure we were not getting in each other’s way. It kind of felt like being on a sports team, as we balanced our thoughts on screen direction, crossing the 180-degree line, exposure, and composition with a need to be very aware of the talents’ movements (and each other) as we travelled through the house.
I love working on projects like this that have such heart. Thanks to Steven and Erik Crary at The Shooting Draft for bringing me on to this project.
Here is the project website, keep checking back, at least one more episode is in the works… http://itsaaron.com/
Check out this fun video I shot!
I shot this on a Steadicam Flyer LE using a Canon EOS 7D in 60P. We shot on the last nice autumn Sunday of 2012 and the sidewalks were packed with people enjoying the day, which made shooting this a nice challenge. Enjoy!
This past weekend Kristy and I went with some friends to visit a tree nursery owned by their family. Visitors are invited to complimentary hot chocolate and get a tractor ride out to the different tree fields where they can cut down their own Christmas tree. Kristy and I tag-teamed between photographing and holding Knox. Here is a photo gallery of our adventure. After talking to Jerry Peterson, the nursery owner, who flowed with passion and wisdom, we think there is potential for a bigger project here.
I’m honored be a part of this amazing project. Aaron Rodgers, the Packers football player, is also a part of this great charity, the MACC Fund. Which helps the fight against childhood cancer. Here is the project website, keep checking back, more episodes are in the works… http://itsaaron.com/