Category Archives: VIDEOS

ROCK CRAWL AT BIG BEAR

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It was another successful trail run for Steel Rock Films and Bestop.  As someone who had almost no off-roading experience three years ago, I can almost call myself an expert after several trail runs with Bestop in 4 different states across the country!  Each run has its own unique flavor to it- beautiful views, crazy jeep rigs, dangerous maneuvers, and filming challenges.  After a few 100 degree Jeep shoot days in Moab and Missouri or freezing temps at 13,000 ft in Colorado the weather in Big Bear, California seemed almost too perfect.  Sunny – mid-70’s.  Its what I’ve come to expect after living a month in Santa Monica.  The purpose of the shoot was to capture the new products – Bumpers – Dusters – and Tops of the Jeeps without the marketing being too over the top. Secondary, its supposed to capture the thrill of a day of off -roading and highlight trails in Big Bear.  And third, some of the footage will be used at this years SEMA auto show in Las Vegas.  The video will most likely be added to the Bestop Facebook Page.

After meeting our Jeepers for the first time in the morning we hit the trail grabbing spectacular shots along the way.   Equipment, like always on a trail run is at a minimal.  However, I did add one of my favorite pieces of equipment – The Cinevate Atlas 10 Slider (pictured above).  This provided some awesome tracking shots over branches or rocks.  I ditched the Glidecam for this shoot.  As for the other equipment – a small Manfroto tripod that I can extend one leg out and use as a mono-pod.  This is what I used for about 80% of my shots.  The rest of the shots were handheld with the HoodEye viewer that I could use for support when it was pressed against my eye.  Nat sound was provided by a small shot gun mic made by Azden.  I also picked up the opening comments with the shotgun mic.  It doesn’t do quite as well as wireless lavs but when you are on the go you have to make it work.  I tied down everything in the back of the Yellow Jeep which was my ride for the day.  By using less equipment I could easily jump in and out of the Jeep without having to put anything away.  The idea is not make the shooting take over the day.  Let the Jeepers do what they would normally do if there was no camera around.  You get happier Jeepers and natural documented footage.    My Lowepro camera bag carried my extra lenses and batteries but I pretty much stuck to the 16-50mm 2.8 Tamron Lens on the Nikon D7000.  The bag got a bit dirty (pictured above) but thats the price you pay as an action sports videographer.

Editing was done with FCP.  Colored in FCP.  I experimented with some new light leaks overlays that I got online and overlayed them to help with transitions and add a more cinematic experience.

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WEATHERED

CLIENT:  THE ANNEX

THE ANNEX COLLEGE MINISTRY SERIES INTRO:  WEATHERED.

This video is comprised of almost every time lapse shot I have done over the last couple of years.  Luckily, when the Annex came to me and asked me to do an intro video titled:  “Weathered,” I had the perfect kind of footage in my video library.  Colorado is an awesome place to take timelapse shots, so enough explaining, just watch the video!

The water shots were done with my Nikon D7000 and a 35mm lens with some plexiglass and a kitchen sink.  Here are some photos from the shoot:

H20 HIGH DIVE

CLIENT:  DoTheDive.com

an H2O shoot at the Air Force Academy.  We had to get creative on this shoot… throwing the Go Pro off the diving board, hanging the camera over the edge of the high dive and making the diver appear to dive off of the highest platform even though she jumped off the lower one.  It was also family weekend at USAFA which provided quite an audience for the shoot.  All in all, a pretty good shoot and a nice outcome for the video.  Steel Rock Film’s 4th video for DoTheDive.com.

TECHNICAL:

Nikon D7000 (35mm 1.8, 70-200mm 2.8) Sony Z1U, Go Pro Hero, Slow Motion done in Twixtor, edited and colored in Final Cut Pro, Text in Live Type, exported with Compressor.

 

 

TRUTHSTORIES INTRO VIDEO

Intro video for First Presbyterian Church of Boulder’s sermon series called “Truthstories”  The challenge was to come up with a compelling intro by just using some of the pastors notes.  After several days of coming up with no ideas I came up with the idea of making the Bible come alive, giving it a life of its own, just like the stories that are told in the Bible.   All of the words in this video appeared somewhere in the notes or in the book of Luke.

[BEHIND THE SCENES]

20110908-030230.jpgTo make the appearance of the Bible coming alive I used some lighting a little help from a fan.  With the fan off camera the video creates the illusion that the Bible is flipping its pages on its own.  A few filters were used to make a completely black background by crushing the blacks and saturation in the filter: Color Correction 3-Way.  I used the effects:  Dazzle and Bloom together for the light reflections on the Bible.

BESTOP COMMERCIAL

Back in January of this year, I traveled to San Diego and then to Barstow, California to shoot some Jeeps and Trucks off-roading.  Here is a 30 second commercial spot that I put together this week for an off-road racing event that Bestop will attend and air the spot this month.

TECHNICAL:  Shot on Sony Z1U.  Edited in Final Cut Pro.  Slow-Motion with Twixtor.

For more on Bestop log onto http://www.bestop.com

For more videos from our shoot in California.  Log onto my vimeo page:  http://www.vimeo.com/steelrockfilms  and look for [BESTOP CALIFORNIA]

COMING HOME [BOULDER, COLORADO] The Annex Opener 2011

THE ANNEX COLLEGE MINISTRY OPENER 2011

I love producing videos for The Annex, a college ministry in Boulder, because I was involved in the ministry for 4 years when I was in college.  I made some of my best friends and met and married my wife at this ministry.  I do not know where I would be today if I did not have this ministry.  Over the years I have produced many videos for The Annex and each one seems to get better and better…

THE VIDEO:  Well, it was one of the most challenging videos I have ever done but definitely worth it.  There was also pressure to top last year’s opener that I did (attached in a post bellow) so you will need to be the judge. Inspired by the video MOVE on Vimeo, this 3 minute video is comprised of about 150 different shots.  I didn’t want to make it exactly like MOVE so we had to add our own elements.  Timelapse, Glidecam shots, and quick editing added character to this video to set it apart.  The video kicks off The Annex year and depicts college life in Boulder.  The character is this year’s Annex intern Jay J Matott.  The cool part about being a filmmaker is that I can pick shots that are meaningful to me.  The opening timelapse shots came from an overlook within walking distance of our apartment.  I get to see this view everyday!  The first shot with Jay J was taken at my freshmen year dorm courtyard: Sewall Hall.  I thought it would be fitting to start the video’s journey from where my Boulder journey began in the fall of 2005.  Over the years, I found myself walking in the same places that the video takes you.  Although much of the campus has changed with several new buildings, it still has the same unique CU character as it did when I got there 6 years ago.  Some noteworthy places in the video are the Coors Event Center (basketball stadium), Folsom Field (football stadium), UMC fountains, Old Main (The oldest building on campus), Boulder’s famous Pearl Street, and First Presbyterian Church (Where The Annex meets).  It’s only fitting that the soundtrack is called ‘Coming Home’ because little did I know, just like many other out of state freshmen, that when I drove over the hill on highway 36 looking over the Boulder valley that I too would one day call Boulder home.  Enjoy the video.

TECHNICAL:  Walking scenes shot in one day on Nikon D7000 (35mm 1.8)  Timelapse shot in June (18-200mm) A few B-Roll scenes were shot on JVC GY-HD100U from last year’s Annex shoot.  Edited with Final Cut Pro.  Slow motion with Twixtor plug-in.  Music: Diddy – Dirty Money – Coming Home ft. Skylar Grey mixed with Instrumental Version.  Check out the behind the scenes info in the post bellow!

A HISTORY OF BOULDER

CLIENT:  ANNEX STUDENT MINISTRIES

Kick-off video for University Ministries Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder service.   The video gives a historical account of First Presbyterian Church and the University of Colorado.  Edited like it was presented with an old slide projector.  The video then goes into the video I made for the Annex opener last year.  The last portion of the video has no audio because the Annex band was playing Hillsong’s “Tear Down This Wall”under the video.

LIGHT OF THE SKY

Almost 1,500 photos were taken on one of the most incredible Colorado evenings I have ever seen. The amazing sunset over Boulder was immediately followed by a severe lightning storm over Denver and every shot was taken less than a mile from our apartment!

BEST OF THE BEST

new vimeo channel of my favorite Steel Rock videos:

http://vimeo.com/channels/steelrockfilms