Karma Rivero - Aliso Edition

At the end of a recent Nutri System Spot (story coming soon) I was approached by The GoCo to shoot a spot for Karma Automotive. Specifically, the Karma Aliso, which has a specific paint color based on the waves of Aliso Beach, CA.


With a short prep, we traveled down to Aliso Beach and shot waves for the morning. Unplanned, and with the film gods smiling down on us, we met a local artist/painter who was doing a still life of the shore. Our artist was a priceless addition to the spot and we couldn’t have planned it better.

After shooting at Aliso, we traveled up to Balboa Beach in Newport, CA. Balboa is a picturesque area and allowed a convenient place for us to put the car out on the beach without a lot of effort (i.e, not a dune buggy). We then captured images of the car with the pacific ocean as our backdrop.

Both inside and outside the car included fixed point and gimbal work, in addition we had some sunset aerial work that was critical to finishing out day. Couldn’t have done it without and can’t thank my team enough…

Christine Hodinh - 1st AC

Colin Burgess - Aerial DP / Drone Pilot,

Jennifer Cohen-Harriman - Gaffer

Jerry White - Key Grip

Zack Zeidman - Grip / Electrician

FedEx - Overqualified

I recently had the pleasure of shooting a fun spec with director Nathan Caywood for FedEx.  The premise was a comic demonstration of how easy FedEx is to use.  At the head, our 'Boss' has to fire his well-meaning employee after the employee implemented using FedEx to do all their shipping.  This devolves into how easy FedEx really is,with more absurd employees being fired until we finally see him fire a house plant.


Nathan and I both knew we wanted a simple, yet fun look.  Our palette and shots depended heavily on our production designer, M.J. Kang.  M.J. did an amazing job at creating the office world and giving it a truly "lived in" feel.  As always, a fine line between funny and cluttered.


At that point I was given a great space to light, with my gaffer Caleb Phillips, we rigged a menace arm over the set to give us the top light that an office would have.  With little tweaks, we got out of the way to give the actors room to perform and the rest is on the screen.


Thanks to Evan Wilhelm, 1st Camera Assistant, Michael Seabolt, 1st AD,  Teaghm Bashet, Andrew Lemon, East Side Camera and most of all Sabrina Howells for bringing everyone and everything together.

The Hidout screens at HRIFF

It was a great weekend at the Hollywood Reel International Film Festival, getting to see the Hideout up on the big screen. Proud of our work and the audience really liked it.   Excited to collaborate on the next one.


"The Hideout" Gets a premier date

I am happy to announce that the short film I shot "The Hideout" has a screening date at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.  February 18th, 2017 @ 2pm. Save the date.   Click here for more info.

"The Hideout" goes to the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

The short film I shot, "The Hideout", got into Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and I couldn't be more proud.  The little-short-that-could started as a great script, written by Maninder Sani and directed by Chandan Gupta, Gaffer Giovani Knox, 1st AC Danny "Benny" Baily, 2nd AC Lauren Wolfe and others, with help from Mike Carter and everyone at Panavision Hollywood and Kimberly Villa at MBS Lighting.

It is happening at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles in the end of February.  It's a prestigious film festival that gets a lot of industry folks from town dropping by and checking stuff out.  So we are really excited to be a part of it!  

We don't have our screening time yet, but will pass on all those details as they come in!

Thanks to all!