Here is the 2011 Demo Reel of Cinematographer and Cameraman Taylor Loughran.
Continuing with the Underwater Cameraman Series, this time I’m presenting Marcelo Rodrigues, a biologist that started with scuba diving during his biology thesis and became a passion since then. Marcelo works as a videographer and travels around the world whenever he can, filming the underwater world. Thank you Marcelo for the interview, I’m looking forward to your next diving video in Maldives.
Alexander Benedik is an underwater filmmaker who is diving since 1998 and doing videos since 2008. In this interview Alex will tell us why he started with underwater filming and share with us some of his best experiences while shooting in remote locations like Alaska and Antarctica. You can learn more from him and discover what it is that has pushed him to start diving and doing these amazing underwater videos.
Alex: After 10 years of scuba diving I have started my underwater video career. In those ten years I had many of exciting and once in a life time experiences underwater. The key moment to start underwater video was in Bali 2007. I was alone on 5 meters with a dozen of very relaxed Bumphead Parrotfish that swam close around me for 10 minutes or more. The dive buddy with the camera was out of sight, so no one was there to capture this unique scenery.
Still in Bali I grabbed a German underwater magazine and did some research on video housings. Three weeks later I bought my first housing on a water sport convention in Vienna, Austria.
Alex: Good fellows of mine had a scuba license. I spent a vacation with them at Dominican Republic. They went for scuba and I was alone on the beach. It was really boring lying on the beach. For me it’s a waste of time. So I booked a scuba course. From that moment scuba became an obsession.
Alex: For this question I have to make a big swing. I was very lucky to meet an Austrian underwater photographer on an Egypt live aboard in 2002 or 2003. He is a really macro and critters specialist. He showed me some of his pictures. Until that time I had no clue about what you can really find underwater – if you have a closer look. Usually people see colored fish, corals and that’s it. We both share the same underwater interests, so we travel and choose our dive spots and dive vacations together since then. Only the cold water regions, like Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska, I dived without him.
Welcome back to Cameraman.com! First of all I would like to thank you all for your visit and for your support to the community!
This time I would like to introduce you with Glenn Harris, a cameraman, editor and director who works between New York and Los Angeles. Glenn has had a lifelong career in cinema and television. He began at the age of 2 as a child actor appearing in features and television – notably in the 80s classic “Say Anything” and a regular on daytime soap opera “General Hospital”. He switched to the production side after attending film school at USC. His hobbies include flying airplanes, surfing, and scuba diving.
Glenn tells us a bit about how he discovered scuba diving and a few tips of underwater filmmaking. As I’m also a passionate about underwater filmmaking I will be posting more interviews… so stay in touch!
Glenn: About a year ago I was looking for a new adventure. I’m from Southern California where most all of my friends and I grew up surfing and snowboarding. I love both of those, but diving was something not as many people seemed to do. When I breathed underwater for the first time, even though it was just in a pool, I was hooked.
Underwater filming then became a natural outgrowth for me. Filmmaking has always been in my life – through child acting, going to film school, and now leading a career in it. The difference though with underwater shooting is I was driven purely by a sense of exploration and adventure that I wanted to share with everyone.
I have had the pleasure to interview cinematographer Sebastian Cepeda, the Director of Photography of the coming science fiction movie The Rift. Sebastian was born in Argentina and studied Fimmaking in the SAE Institute. He lives in Switzerland and he is starting his third feature film this year as a Director of Photography. Before leaving you with the interview I would like to say that I’m also delighted to share our 10th interview on Cameraman.com. Thanks for your support! I hope you enjoy it.
Sebastian: I became a cinematographer because I love to tell stories and the best way for me to do that is with images. I’m a very visual person, writing was never my strong side, so I started drawing comics when I was around 10. Drawing comics was like storyboarding movies for me at that age.
Afterwards when I came to Switzerland at the age of 15 I decided to become an actor, but it was pretty hard in Switzerland. I had minor roles for TV as well as theater but then I realized that I wanted to be on the other side of the camera. I studied at the SAE Institute and had a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking. The school was good to learn some basics, but in my opinion the best way to become a Cinematographer is watching at a lot of movies, TV shows, music videos, pictures and other images. You get a sense for the lighting as well as framing. There are a lot of books too that were very helpful, one of my favorites is “Painting with Light” by John Alton.
Sebastian: The Rift is a low budget science fiction/thriller movie set in America. I got involved in the project thanks to the director Robert Kouba. I was his teacher at SAE and thought him “Camera & Lighting”. So after having my class he asked me if I wanted to be the Director of Photography for the movie. We had a couple of meetings and I was very impressed with him, being such a young guy and so talented, and he thinks a lot with images like myself.
I would like to present a very interesting interview on Cameraman.com. His name is Matt Kleiner, a filmmaker and cinematographer based in California and having an affinity for all things ocean. Matt’s imagery is strongly focused around the concept of water and the natural beauty surrounding coastal areas. With surfing being a huge influence in his life, he has used the act of wave riding as a primary source for his focus and creativity.
With three feature length films, several music videos and magazine covers to his credit, Matt’s imagery can be seen around the world. His films have been an official selection at numerous film festivals including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, International Surf Film Festival Anglet, Ombak Bali, Newport Beach Film Festival and many others.
Watch Matt’s Showreel of the first part of 2011 and then discover this short interview where he tell us how he started his career. The reel show some of his favourite shots from recent music videos, surf films, travel documentaries, commercials and short films. Filmed throughout North America, Australia and Indonesia.
The Swiss National Aerobatic Championship 2011 (SNAC) Trailer, filmed and edited by cameraman Yannick Barthe, is the main event of the Swiss Aerobatic Association (SAA).
The SNAC is a highly competitive event, held in the firsts weeks of September, where the pilot with the most precision and nerves is going to stand on the first position. This year the challenge is going to take place in Bex, Switzerland with about 40 pilots. Here is the trailer filmed by Yannick Barthe, who amaze us again with his beautiful aerial shots!
More information on the official website : SAA.ch
More about Yannick Barthe: Yannickbarthe.ch
Yannick Barthe’s work: Vimeo.com/aeromedia
Music by Chris Haigh with web license agreement. Edited with FCP7 and graded with Red Giant Software.
Filming Material :
Sony NEX-VG10 with RODE videoMicPro
GoPro HD Motorsport
Sony 50mm 1.8
Tokina 11-16mm 2.8
Tamron 90mm 2.8
Shoot35 DSLRmount and CINEfocus
Kessler Crane Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly
Manfrotto 525 with 503 HDV head
Director Kevin Otterness takes us behind the scenes of Carla Kosak’s “Don’t Want Your Man” music video.
Title: MAKING OF “Don’t Want Your Man” Music Video
Director: Kevin Otterness
Producer: Brian Tedeschi
Camera: Kim St. Aubin
Production Assistants: Joe Petrick & Jeremy Hawkins
Editor & Colorist: Kevin Otterness
Production Company: posthousepictures.com
You can check out Carla Kosak’s “Don’t Want Your Man” Official Video Clip here.
About Kevin Otterness
Kevin Otterness got his start in the film business at age 7 when his father took him to see “Star Wars” in 1977. Walking out of the theatre, Otterness knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Today, Otterness owns and operates CINEARTISTS and POSTHOUSE PICTURES, two independent production companies. He produces and directs independent films, music video’s and behind-the-scenes documentaries, and his clients have benefited from his artistic camera work and editing talents since 2000.
Prior to branching off on his own, Otterness worked for a local public access station, where he created and produced one of the most successful cable access television shows in the country, “Technical Difficulties Television.” TDTV was a weekly entertainment program known for its high-energy, edgy, MTV-style approach to entertainment news in and around the Chicago area. The show ran for seven years and won several local and national awards.
Throughout his career, Otterness built an impressive resume that earned him recognition for his work as a Director of Photography, his fast paced editing style, and his ability to make small-budget projects look like million-dollar productions.
In December 2010 Kevin Otterness released his music video directorial debut, “Life Without Love,” performed by Dave Sills and produced by Brian Tedeschi. One week later the behind the scenes of “Life Without Love” was released.
Otterness also worked with one of his inspiring directors this year, Michael Bay. Otterness was cast as an FBI agent in the upcoming film TRANSFORMERS 3 “Dark of the Moon,” part of which was filmed in Chicago. He also was cast in Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Contagion” also shot in Chicago.
Though he’s never seen himself as an actor, Otterness believes it helps him as a director understand where his actors are coming from when on set.
In 2011, Otterness released his second music video, “Don’t Want Your Man” performed by Carla Kosak.
Otterness also plans on involving other Chicago area filmmakers in some other projects he has coming up this year.
You can follow Kevin Otterness on Twitter: Twitter.com/KevinOtterness
Facebook fan page: Facebook.com/pages/Kevin-Otterness/139381506121411
Kevin Otterness’s Blog: Kevinotterness.wordpress.com
Over the past year Canadian cinematographer Taylor Loughran had been working on developing, planning, shooting and editing a 25 minute mountain bike film called “You Like This”.
I discovered the film and was amazed by the quality of the images and the diversity of the shots including aerial shots, dolly/crane shots, etc…a Mountain Bike Film done with passion and hard work. As Taylor says:
Good things come to those who work. So, work hard, know what you want, and don’t let anyone tell you different!
If you like “You Like This” go ahead and take a look at Taylor Loughran’s interview below.
I had the chance to get in touch with Jed Rothenberg, founder of LandingPadBA. LandingPadBA (LPBA) is an alternative city guide and online agency from Buenos Aires, Argentina. LPBA author Rex Racer did this interview and I’m publishing again here on Cameraman.com. The interview is about US cameraman Paul Schlindwein that moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina a few years ago.
Paul: The daily grind! I was working 22 days a month just to break even. It really began in England. We were pub crawling on a canal boat through the Midlands during a film festival when I was chatting with some friends.
We were talking about how if Bush was reelected in ’04 that I was going to leave the states. Well, he was reelected and I began to make plans to leave. I wanted to go someplace south of the equator, so when the fallout came I’d be far enough away. I needed an international airport with direct flights for work, so it was down to Sao Paolo, Lima and Buenos Aires. I hate Sao Paolo. It reminds me of Houston, TX, except in Brazil. Lima is a bit too dangerous. So here we are.
I had actually been here before, 30 years earlier, while my sister was studying here. I decided to make 4 trips to Buenos Aires before I made the big move. I networked, researched job opportunities and then liquidated everything I had in the states.