I recently jumped on a crew for My Tupelo Entertainment as an AC for their Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures”. It was great to escape the edit suite for the weekend and head up into the redwoods on location at The Brookdale Lodge. Back in the day the lodge was one of the most popular tourist destinations in California. Gangsters, celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, and even the late President Hoover would vacation there. Throughout the years there were murders, drownings, and mysterious secret passages rumored to have been built underground. There are several stories of ghost sightings in recent years and it was our job to go in and re-create them.
Getting the camera set up and ready for a long day of shooting.
There were basically three camera crews over the course of the two-day shoot. My crew shot all of the re-creations. A second crew shot miscellaneous b-roll around the lodge and throughout the town. The main crew moved in for an all-nighter after we wrapped to shoot all of the main action for the show.
Behind the scenes
I was a little nervous going in not because I didn’t think I could do the job, but because I hate scary stuff. It really wasn’t too bad until the DP called for a piece of gear I left in a room across the lodge and the only way to get there was by headlamp because there was no power. Needless to say I sprinted a lot that day.
We shot some pretty creepy looking stuff. One scene in particular you can see in the upper left photo. Earlier in the day we filmed the girl in the photo “drowning” in a Hilton hotel swimming pool. We basically took a GoPro and swam around underneath her. The shots turned out pretty cool. When we returned to the lodge we set up that room fully lit with tables and chairs to look just like it did when everything was open. Then we removed all of the furniture, left a couple lights on, drenched the girl from head to toe, and had her stand super creepy in the middle of the room. I hope she doesn’t ever see it on television because it will probably scar her for life!
I was contracted to do some offline editing work for a reality show on TBN called Travel The Road. This is the online version of a village scene I cut from the remote island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.
It’s been a while since I’ve shot or edited anything for myself. I’ve spent almost two months doing contract work in San Francisco, editing at Intel, cranking out graphics for New Balance, and most recently working on a medical project. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a steady influx of work since becoming a full-time contractor, but getting out and enjoying a fun shoot like this with no expectations is why I got into this business in the first place.
This is a little something I threw together after an awesome sunset shoot on the beach with Tyler Fox from Santa Cruz Waves.
I recently completed some After Effects work for a client. I was given a mountain of advertising pieces from all over the world that New Balance needed for a media sizzle at one of their conventions. I had to design for three separate screens with the center being 1920×384. It also needed to follow the beat of an Enrique Iglesias song which I won’t include here due to copyright. I was fortunate enough to acquire some footage shot at the actual event. Check it out!
A few days ago I headed up to 4 Mile beach to scout some locations for a potential short film. As I was walking out to the beach a man stopped me and asked if I was shooting photographs. I told him what I was up to and he asked if I would like to shoot him rescuing a stranded baby elephant seal. So I quickly threw down my gear, grabbed my camera and sprung into action. Minus the bad audio and lack of planning it turned out to be a really fun and unique experience. I am considering following up with the center to possibly do either a series on their rescues or possibly a documentary, but for now I wanted to throw this together so everyone could see the important work the Marine Mammal Center is doing in our area.
As I was digging through some of my footage to rework my demo reel, I decided to throw together some of my collection of scenics and surfing I’ve been shooting since moving out to Santa Cruz. It’s a work in progress and still lacks a lot of really great shots I want to get, but I wanted to show how amazing this place really is.
My wife spends some of her free time volunteering for the United Way of Santa Cruz. She got involved in planning a large charity auction and gala. On display would be one of the worlds largest private Marilyn Monroe collections. Being that my wife is so generous, she “voluntold” my services to create promotional videos for the event. So I sat down with the committee and we decided to create a promo for their website and local television. The day before the event the collection would also be on display for people to check out before it tours Europe next month. In addition to the promo we decided to create a short documentary about the collector himself. This would give people an opportunity to learn more about the collection as they walked through the exhibit. Special thanks to Will Duncan who performed the interview and shot 2nd camera.
Tim and Will aren’t your typical missionaries. These guys have been spreading the gospel since 1998 to over 70 countries in some of the most remote locations on the planet. They are now in their fifth season of reality television on TBN and I’ve been fortunate enough to get on board as a series editor.
I’ve cut a few scenes already for the show including their travels to Vanuatu , a remote island in the Pacific complete with active volcano, where they visit one cult tribe that worships a former Navy sailor and another that worships the current Prince of England. In another scene they travel to the Salomon Islands to visit a skull shrine and disciple to some of the local tribes.
It’s dramatic. It’s fast-paced. It’s exciting. Check out their website at traveltheroad.com or tune in to TBN every week at 11:30/EST.
Well, that settles it. I’ve officially gone independent. After nearly nine years of working a full-time job, I’ve decided to become a full-time freelancer. I was fortunate enough to get a few gigs lined up before leaving my job and things have taken off rather smoothly.
Although I love to get out and shoot whenever I can, I’ve decided to focus my career on editing. My true passion lies in digging through hours of footage and figuring out the best way to put a story together. I decided the best way to start was to get my edit suite out of our guest bedroom and set up shop in the garage. I partitioned off half of the space for my suite and the other half is a surfboard storage area/gym/workshop. Now I can jam out and crank on edits any time of day and not worry about disturbing my wife or the occasional house guest. It’s still a work in progress, but everything is set and functioning.