Monthly Archives: May 2017

Maple Leaf Commercial

Shooting with director Andy Hines, we shot this commercial that chronicled the life of Corey Joseph from the Toronto Raptors back through time to the moment his mother named him.

Andy and I decided to shoot anamorphic and ensure that the camera was always fluidly moving. We mounted Hawk Anamorphic Lenses onto a Arri Mini on a Movi 15, and had Movi operator Yuri Tereshyn or I moving through each scene, to help give the feeling of travelling back through time.

Here are some set stills and the spot.

Key Crew was as follows:

  • Movi Op – Yuri Tereshyn
  • 1st AC – Marc Pierce
  • Gaffer – Shon Christian
  • Key Grip – Jordy Toms
  • DIT – Gavin Keen

Technical:

  • Camera – Arri Mini
  • Lenses – Hawk Anamorphic V-Lite Primes
  • Movement – Movi 15, Handheld

Lincoln Commercial

Shot this car commercial for Lincoln with director Noah Marshall. We chose to shoot this with older lenses, shooting with 1970s Canon K-35s. Their wide aperture and warm coatings lent well to our look. Below are some set still and the spot.

Key Crew was as follows:

  • 1st AC – Marc Pierce, Paul Taylor, and Colin Doering
  • Gaffer – George Petras
  • Key Grip – Derek Teakle
  • DIT – Gavin Keen

Technical:

  • Camera – Arri Mini & Arri SXT
  • Lenses – Canon K-35 Primes and Angenieux Optimo 19.5-94mm Zoom
  • Movement – Russian Arm, Process Trailer, Dolly

Forty Creek Whiskey Commercial

Working with directing team Common Good, we set out to make a one-take commercial that would take the viewer through the whole story of the whiskey without a single edit.

Michael Walker built a set comprising of 5 different environments, and the actors would lead us from one to another.

Steadicam Cam Op Jason Viera was invaluable in nailing a very difficult series of positions to make the shot look smooth and effortless.

For lighting Gaffer Nathan Monk and lighting board op Desiree Lindon assisted me in setting up a complicated set of cues to make the transitions from one set up to another. Key Grip Jordy Toms rigged it all to pullies allowing us to baffle out sets and light as fast as possible.

here are some set stills, behind the scenes video and the commercial.

Key Crew was as follows:

  • 1st AC – Marc Pierce
  • Gaffer – Nathan Monk
  • Key Grip – Jordan Toms
  • DIT – Gavin Keen

Technical:

  • Camera – Arri Mini
  • Lenses – Zeiss Master Primes
  • Movement – Steadicam

BMO Weightless

Shot this commercial with Phil Brown directing. A wife wishes her paraplegic husband an opportunity to travel in a zero gravity plane and feel weightlessness.

We shot the plane portion on stage, using a fantastic rigging crew of Marco Bianco and Steve Shackleton that gave our talent, John Cassidy, the opportunity to be flown around the plane set. Jamie Macfarlane designed the plane set to mirror the actual Zero Gravity planes. My team and I lit the plane to be true to reality, and tried to keep it all as soft light as possible. To help create the sense of weightlessness, Phil and I decided to use a combination of Technocrane (ScorpioCrane) and Handheld camera work, shooting just slightly slow motion. On the Scorpiocrane, we mounted the Alpha head, with it full roll attachment, allowing the camera to be stabilized and be able to do unlimited full 360 degree rolls.

Being a bank commercial it is a bit rosier in the final transfer than my taste, but the overall approach worked out. Hugely impressed with all the crew at Alter Ego Post for their VFX work. Nice work Darren Achim, Dan MacCarthy and Andrew Thiessen.

here are some set stills, some behind the scenes video, and the spot.

Key Crew was as follows:

  • 1st AC – Jay Vetesse
  • Gaffer – Nathan Monk
  • Key Grip – Jordan Toms
  • DIT – Kent McCormack

Technical:

  • Camera – Arri Mini
  • Lenses – Zeiss Master Primes
  • Movement – Handheld, Dolly, Scorpio 37′ Crane with Alpha Head and 360 roll ring