Civilized Animals. Cool Window display @ Coach in Woodfield Mall.

Civilized Animals. Cool Window display @ Coach in Woodfield Mall.

One of the many highlights of my job are the interesting people I meet and places I see.  It’s not everyday those people are  long-standing heroes of mine.
I was recently asked to work on an upcoming documentary being produced by Regressive Films about Chicago’s Wax Trax music label and the person we interviewed this particular day was Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails.  His music, collaborations, and projects have inspired me for over two decades.
In a book I read recently, The Art of Immersion, the author, Frank Rose cites a clever marketing campaign Nine Inch Nails did prior to the Year Zero release.
I have a lot of respect for Trent as a brilliant musician and after that book also as a business person and entrepreneur.
He was humble and easy to talk to.  After the interview was over, I approached him to make his portrait and here is one of my favorites from the shoot.
Thank you to Joe Losurdo, Chris Tillman, Julia Nash, & Jamie Bayer for bringing me onto this project, and Karen Brody for her fantastic grooming!

One of the many highlights of my job are the interesting people I meet and places I see.  It’s not everyday those people are  long-standing heroes of mine.

I was recently asked to work on an upcoming documentary being produced by Regressive Films about Chicago’s Wax Trax music label and the person we interviewed this particular day was Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails.  His music, collaborations, and projects have inspired me for over two decades.

In a book I read recently, The Art of Immersion, the author, Frank Rose cites a clever marketing campaign Nine Inch Nails did prior to the Year Zero release.

I have a lot of respect for Trent as a brilliant musician and after that book also as a business person and entrepreneur.

He was humble and easy to talk to.  After the interview was over, I approached him to make his portrait and here is one of my favorites from the shoot.

Thank you to Joe Losurdo, Chris Tillman, Julia Nash, & Jamie Bayer for bringing me onto this project, and Karen Brody for her fantastic grooming!

Sunset Park

Sunset Park

A few months ago I was asked to work with Ogilvy's internal production house, Eyepatch on a couple of recipe video's for Pinnacle Vodka.  We made two of them at the time for Pinnacle’s Facebook page.  The concept took off and this recipe reached past the internet into broadcast.  I also shot the recipe for Hot and Spicy Cider. Since then there have been several more of these recipe videos made, you can view all of them here.

Welvaert - Experimental capture using iPhone’s panoramic function.

Welvaert - Experimental capture using iPhone’s panoramic function.

Knox is eager to begin his next phase of ninja training

Knox is eager to begin his next phase of ninja training

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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.
We shot it with a RED Epic on location at Odd Machine, and I used Final Cut Pro X to edit for the first time. 
Click on the pic above, put your headphones on, and go widescreen…
Happy Valentine’s Day!  Enjoy!  

SHARE THE LOVE

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.

We shot it with a RED Epic on location at Odd Machine, and I used Final Cut Pro X to edit for the first time. 

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.

Source: Spotify

A winter wonderland wind races the rivers rapids.

These are frame grabs from an ongoing project in Allegan, MI.  A looping video version is running on schillingfilm.com

Have a safe & happy season, from Schilling Film!

Source: Spotify

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.

Source: vimeo.com

 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.

 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 MadalinskiKyle OlsenNick AndersonIan Scott, and Ben Rodig for helping us bring Heath’s story to life.

Source: vimeo.com

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.

Brian

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.

Brian

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.