Excited to share the teaser for the Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass a feature film I had a pleasure to work on as a co-DP this winter with very talented director Victor Vu. Set in the mid 1980’s in a poor rural countryside village of Vietnam, the film is a nostalgic story of two young brothers who share everything but also compete with each other for the attention and affection of a young girl who lives nearby. Produced by Galaxy Media & Entertainment, distributor Fortissimo Films will start sales at Cannes.
We all know someone who can’t keep their hands off their phone, who is constantly taking selfies or checking their friends latest tweets. That’s way in our latest collaboration with Aircastle, this coming holidays we wanted to help re-teach the basics of human interactions. Here they are: TUNED OUT KID, FOODIE PHOTOGRAPHER, TABLET DAD and PHONE ADDICT. Now, put down your phone and enjoy the holidays.
Every project offers a chance to do something for the first time. There is always that feeling of uncertainty and excitement beforehand and of course a lot of research. In our latest collaboration with Aircastle for the back to school Future Shop spot we wanted to create bright sunny atmosphere. Usually that is not a big deal, unless you can only shoot at night, and on the shortest night of the year during the June Solstice. HERE it is, can you see the stars?
Directed by Elizabeth Lazebnik, Liompa is an emotional look at a man on his deathbed, as he realizes that all his dreams and accomplishments are coming to an end. Starring russia’s most talented and versatile actor, Aleksey Serebryakov.
In our resent collaboration with AIRCASTLE directors Will Beauschamp and Jamie Cussen for Harvey’s spot we wanted to create that analogue, everything in focus forever, 90’s effect – complete with slow zooms and really abrasive editing/blocking. Here it is, just like Jamie said: “It should be amazing, in a terrible way”. Harvey’s // BBDO // Soft Citizen // Aircastle
A Somali hero lives in exile. Each day with his artist’s pen, Amin Amir speaks out against the suffering he left behind, uploading political cartoons that draw over a million hits a month. Now, Amin finds himself at the center of another struggle: the growing crisis of gang crime and the transplanted Somali youth of Edmonton. AMIN AMIR will be making its world premiere at the Edmonton International Film Festival.
Daniel D’Alimonte and I spent a day at Technicolor Toronto doing colour grading for his latest short Cold Feet with colorist Ross Cole. It was great to collaborate with someone who can understand you so well: your ideas, your intentions, your style. Thank you Ross.
Wrapping up another collaboration with director Daniel D’Alimonte and his latest short “Cold Feet” as part of Canadian Film Centre programme. Strong script, great performances and highly anticipated short film to be released this coming June. The project would not be possible without generous support from Panavision who supplied us with all necessary camera equipment, William F. Whites for lighting package, Technicolor for data management and color grading and last but not least our hard working crew. Photos by Rick O’Brien.
At the very end of 2012 I had a chance to collaborate with very talented director Stephane Dirschauer shooting his latest short film Trois Nuits Et Une Mort staring fantastic cast: Martin Desgagne, Marilyn Castonguay and Pascal Contamine. After using Canon C-300 on several commercial shoots I knew it was the right camera for this film. It handled all the tight spaces, dark exteriors and driving scenes perfectly. Big thank you to my crew.
This year Toronto Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 90th birthday, therefore Toronto based agency LOOPMEDIA came up with an idea that will help to promote TSO. Together with Dylan Macleod CSC, we captured some of the most intimate moments of live performance. You can watch full video HERE
Today was the official launch of the ad campaign by ATU Local 113 called Protecting What Matters. Together with AIRCASTLE we spent over three months working on 23 print ads, 2 web videos, three TV and one 90 second theatrical spots. Capturing TTC maintenance workers in operating subway tunnels, maintenance shops and service facilities was an exciting challenge, therefore we decided to use extreme slow motion approach to create the right atmosphere and communicate the message. Our weapons of choice were Phantom Flex by Vision Research and Red Epic provided by SIM Digital, Lighting and Grip by WHITES and Colour Grading by AIRCASTLE. Huge THANK YOU to our crew who were always on the ball no mater how many thousands fps cameras were set for. The theatrical version is playing in virtually every movie theater in town, or if you miss it, watch it HERE.
Safe Room, is a semi-autobiographical short film directed by Elizabeth Lazebnik offers a child’s eye-view of a family confined in a “safe room” hiding from chemical attack during the Gulf War. One of our main objectives working on this film was recreation of the “safe room” atmosphere. Collaborating closely with Elizabeth and production designer Irina, we wanted the audience to experience what “safe room” really felt like. The film premieres at tiff 2012.
Pearls of the Far East receives Cinematography award at Asian Film Festival of Dallas. Sensual imagery and breathtaking visuals of the Vietnam landscape highlight this deeply emotional chain of stories. Told from the points of view of seven women, ranging from childhood to late in life, PEARLS OF THE FAR EAST touches on the lives and secret longings of its characters, who all seek a different form of love.
Another collaboration with AIRCASTLE and this time we are working on series of commercial spots that we are planning to capture in extreme slow motion. Phantom Flex is the latest and the most powerful addition to Vision Research arsenal, capable of capturing up to 10,750 fps. We are going to take you behind the scenes of one of the most controversial companies in Canada and capture people in action in places you have never seen before.
In April, I flew to Vietnam to reteam with director Cuong Ngo to shoot a film for HEARTBEAT Vietnam program that raises funds for children with cardiac disease. “The Journey” is based on the true story of Cao Hung Vy, whose will to live overcame long odds and extreme suffering and pain. The film was shown in theatres and special events and raised enough money to save over 300 children.