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One Point Perspective

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This is a little clip I put together one day when I was bored at the office.  RED Epic shooting at 96 fps on the Kessler CineSlider with motion control via their Oracle module.  Set to Neil’s “Helpless.”


We recently spent a couple days on a Herman Miller shoot here in Chicago.  A rented  loft space was the backdrop for creating vignettes of a small business, to show off some of HM’s awesome pieces.  The trick was to make the space feel super bright and airy.  While there was great natural light coming through the windows, it didn’t often carry far into the sets.  We augmented with 12×12 silks, softboxes, kinos, strobes and HMI, including our new favorite, the Jo-Leko.




A few years ago I got to shoot this awesome project, The University of Chicago Law School Library, for Cannon Design.  The architects created new spaces and refreshed the interiors of a building designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1950’s.

Last month we got to return to the site and use it as the backdrop of a new shoot for Cumberland Furniture.  The timeless and elegant pieces from Cumberland made a lovely juxtaposition with the architecture and we had a great time as always with  Rob, Travis and our art director Michael.




Scrolling down this page it seems all about making movies.  Don’t fret, I certainly am still quite busy photographing architecture.  After all, making movies is expensive!  Here’s a lovely little project we did with Gensler.  And by “little” I mean “not little at all.”

We’ve just caught up on the six or so shoots that were backed up in post production and I have a ton of stuff to post.  More to come ;)


Back in June, our crew descended on Shreveport, Louisiana to film our latest short film and entry for the Louisiana Film Prize.  A Man of Limited Emotional Means, or AMoLEM as we’ve been calling it, is based closely upon my own childhood.  It is the story of a boy coming to grips with his parent’s divorce and trying to understand, through the years, how his relationship with his father impacted his life.  We had an incredible cast and crew of about 20 folks who hailed from Chicago, Los Angeles and Louisiana.  Principal photography took place over 4 days in which I don’t think I ever got more than 4 hours of continuous sleep.  Oddly, I never seemed to feel low on energy.  It’s amazing how motivated you can be by working on something you are really passionate about.

Both first timers in their roles, Alejandra Valera directed and our own Vincent Emilio played the young CB.

Cameras were RED Epics, naturally.  Big thanks to my buddy Andrew Benz for loaning me his gear.  Lenses were my Cooke Panchro/i’s with a few scenes on my new Leica-R Summiluxes.  I decided to filter both cameras with 1/4 Black ProMist to soften the image just a hair.  The filters helped retain a very organic esthetic I’d had in mind from the beginning that built upon the already dreamy Cooke feel.

We’ve just recently heard that the film was selected as a finalist in the Louisiana Film Prize and we’re very excited to head back down to Shreveport for the festival this October.  We’ve also entered it in the Chicago International Film Festival and are looking into every other festival we can possibly submit to.

Below is a little teaser I put together…

And a bunch of production stills from the original footage…






And, just for fun, a ton of behind-the-scenes grabs…


Our roster of freelance assistants seems to be dwindling. If you’re into, you know, what I’m into, send us a message. We pay well, we’re cool to work with and you just might learn something.


We’re heavily into the pre-production phase of our next short film (as titled above). This will be shot entirely on location in Shreveport, Louisiana this June. The story is set in the late Seventies, which poses a number of challenges. Anyone got a ’75 Monte Carlo I can borrow? The plot follows a nine year old boy who is grappling with the conflict between his adoration of his father and the slow realization of who that man actually is.

My original idea is being developed into a screenplay by Ivor Irwin and the film will be directed by Alejandra Valera with your’s truly as the director of photography (naturally).

Check out our FaceBook page for more details!