Reel | Moving PicturesJune 8, 2017 | Motion
My reel project is a moving image spot that is challenging to cut. That said, I encourage all DP | Directors to experience post editorial to understand the beat and motivation of camera moves. I begin by pulling clips from my most recent projects that I find relevant to my point of view while considering potential client’s perception of production depth. The goal of cutting a new reel is to keep my perspective in front of people. Each project I shoot, either for a client or personal work, convey’s my passion, what I’m good at, and my tireless work ethic. Sound is half of your picture so the overall reel planning begins with a beat. Once I get a feel for it I lay it down in the sequence and begin inserting clips that play well with the track. The two skateboarding spots featuring Jeff Fowler were originally intended for a 6:00 min music video. During pre-production, I scouted three locations and carefully choreographed the actual tricks and movement of the camera. The police were made aware and make a decision to shoot on a Sunday to avoid a lot of pedestrian traffic. The biggest challenge in cutting a reel is eliminating shots that you love but don’t play well with the overall beat of the spot to hit a predetermined length. The idea is to keep the viewer interested in watching all of it. Regarding the skateboarding spots, operating a drone with a professional pilot while I’m operating the camera moves with video assist in sync with each other can be difficult. That’s why storyboarding and choreography in pre-production are paramount. I had to know where the camera and Jeff, the skater, needed to be with respect to timing. For some of the immersive shots, I chase skated along with Jeff’s runs. The wind became a factor with gusts up to 25mph so some of the scripted shots were improvised. The long-form spot played better to cut two 60 sec spots, one about skating technique and one about the lifestyle of youth culture with a “Summer Loving” vibe. I’m my own worst critic and believe you’re only as good as your last shot. The reaction has been positive and has put me in front of art buyers, direct company marketing directors, and some really cool people. That’s where I feel most comfortable. My favorite part of these projects is approving the final cut and looking forward to new inspiration. I feel privileged in getting to know each subject and maintaining a relationship with them. Being awarded a project, especially from a spot you shot a while ago after looking it from a different perspective is pretty great and keeps you moving. I’m currently custom printing a new folio to show along with the new reels. I’m excited to keep the rhythm going with youth culture lifestyle.