CINEMA & VIDEO
“Tell the story … and if necessary, use words.”
PROSPECT HILL PLANTATION
Jefferson County, Mississippi
[4:58] Prospect Hill is an important historical antebellum plantation located in Jefferson County, Mississippi. It is in danger of being lost to weather and time. I wanted to let the location tell its own story emotionally with the camera, as others have written plenty.[The raw footage was shot over the weekend of 9/6-7, 2014; using a Canon 70D and a GoPro Hero 3+ Black. P/P editing done w/Adobe Premiere Pro CC; Motion-Control included: a slider, a jib crane, a video monopod, and a video tripod. The movie also contains a time-lapse sequence. Solo project.]
NATCHEZ IN MOTION & LIGHT
Time Lapse Sequences
[3:18] A series of time-lapse sequences strung to gather and put to licensed music. Summer of 2014.
THE RUIN OF ARLINGTON
[5:07] Arlington is an antebellum mansion (built before April 12, 1861), and is located in Natchez, Mississippi. Currently ranked 2nd on the State of Mississippi’s most endangered historical sites, my hope is that this tragic story will have a good ending.[The raw footage was shot on 8/23/2014. Cameras: Canon 70D (Main), Canon 5D Mark II (B roll), GoPro Hero 3+ Black (time-lapse portion). Lenses: Rokinon Cine 8mm, 14mm, & 35mm. P/P editing w/Adobe Premiere Pro & After-Effects CC (1920p x 1080p / 24fps (23.976) / H264 codec). Solo project.]
ST. MARY BASILICA
[4:19] Recognized as an architectural masterpiece among Roman Catholic churches in the south, it is the spiritual home of a vibrant St. Mary Catholic community today. The construction of this place of worship was begun in 1842 as the Cathedral of the newly established Diocese of Natchez. The St. Mary congregation takes pride in the basilica’s colorful and prayerful setting, and welcomes visitors from near and distant places. St. Mary Basilica, also antebellum, is the city’s central landmark.
A MILLION MILES AWAY
Filmed In & Around Natchez, Mississippi
[5:42] This movie is dedicated to my family, friends, and my children who live far away. You are always in my heart and on my mind. It represents my reflections on family and loved ones who have passed on, in particular my great aunt, my brother, and my father. I also wanted to convey beauty, nature, longing, grief, hope, friendship, faith, creativity, photography; and of course, my love of cycling, adventure, and the quest to find oneself. The footage was shot using various cameras over the last few weeks of summer 2014. The other cyclist in the video is my friend and training partner Tommy Graves.
Clear Springs Recreation Area, Franklin County, Mississippi
[1:27] A short Go-Pro video while mountain biking at Clear Springs Recreation Area, on Richardson Creek trail. The recreation area is part of the Homochitto National Forest and is run by the United States Department of Agriculture. It is my favorite place to go mountain biking.
Jib Crane / Boom
Carbon-Fiber Two-Rail Slider
Syrp Genie Motion-Control Device
This equipment is utilized to capture the unique, creative movement shots that will set your cinematic movie or video apart. Creative processes in pre-production planning and preparation are leveraged (including storyboarding if necessary), as well as post-production editing using industry leading Adobe programs such as Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC.
Tascam audio recorders along with pro level Rode and Shure microphones are employed for high-quality audio, either as your final audio track, or as a scratch track to sync with your own audio. I can deliver high quality video & audio that you need for your movie.
JIB CRANE ACTION
To give you an idea of what is available, here is a short, sixteen-second example of the dynamic, unique motion that my jib crane can give to your movie or video. Move far beyond the simplistic pan and zoom camera moves that are old and quite boring. I won’t put your viewers to sleep when I create your video – I will WOW! them with moves like this!
VIDEOGRAPHY, CINEMATOGRAPHY & MOTION
What’s the Difference?
Video / Videography: this is what I use to describe a basic “filming” of a project that does not have as extensive an edit, or scene changes, or the use of sophisticated or elaborate camera motion techniques. [I use the word “film” to describe “digital motion projects,” as simply a shorter way to describe the overall genre; “film” is a hold-over term from the 8mm “Super 8” film days.] “Videos” are what one often sees for weddings, plays, recitals and speaking events. The camera is usually locked down on a video tripod or monopod, and panning and zooming are basically the extent of what camera motion is used. The scene times between cuts to another scene are usually very long. Audio quality can vary, from a simple microphone on top of the camera to a lavalier mic, but not a whole lot effort is spent on getting super high quality audio, just sufficient audio quality. Finally, the editing process is usually much more simplified, for the reasons given above. There is certainly a valid and useful place for video and videography, and it is almost always less expensive than a more cinematic film, depending upon the length of the video. Use this also as a basic guideline, not an exact definition … if you do that, I think the terms “video” and “videography” will make much more sense without being too restrictive or definitive.
Cinema / Cinematography: this category of “films” has much more extensive use of camera motion, scene cutaways (usually no longer than five seconds before there’s a change in camera angle or scene), and things like depth of field and cinematic looks are much more in play. I call these types of films “movies” and the category above as “videos” – although the terms are often used in a wider sense as well. More sophistication in telling the story is brought to bear, and storyboarding and pre-production is usually much more extensive in such productions before actual filming begins. Camera motion using sliders, jib cranes, steady cams, as well as widely varied camera angles, and fields of view (super-wide, wide, medium, tight, close-up and super close-up) are utilized as well. Finally, compositional elements such as variation of color temperature and lighting also lend more mood and feel to a movie. In my mind, videography is more “event” focused, whereas cinematography is much more about telling a story. More attention is paid to getting high quality audio and sound effects as well, which makes a significant difference in the viewing experience. Shotgun mics on boom stands or use of a boom operator are often employed, as well as recording into specialized digital recorders for syncing to the motion track in post-production. This results in higher quality audio for the movie as opposed to simple video. Lastly, editing and post-processing is a major focus, and how the movie is edited in post-production brings a higher-quality and cinematic feel to the movie, as well as having more extensive intro titles and rolling credits at the end. All of these factors drive up the costs of producing cinematic movies, even if they are “movie shorts” lasting from three to eight minutes.
Motion: This is a category descriptor that I use for films or segments of films that are chiefly made up of such things as time-lapse; time-lapse with motion; a slideshow; animation; or short clips that feature a lot of camera movement and action to them using dynamic motion-control devices such as sliders, jib cranes, dollies, quadcopters, and so forth. Sometimes “motion” is a stand-alone project, other times it’s simply a part of a larger film project (such as, “Let’s put some dynamic motion into this scene!”). It is also true that “motion” can mean all of the three categories I just described (for example, the menu tab for this website page), so in a very real sense “motion” has both a macro and a micro definition.