In the off chance that a DP asks me before he goes off to a shoot what kind of footage I would like, I always answer lots of coverage and points of view that I wouldn’t be able to see with my own eyes. I think this is the difference between a DP that can bring quality to your video and one that can’t. It’s easy to shoot what we can see with our own eyes, but the ones that can find something else, something we don’t see or normally notice, those are the ones I love to work with.
An example I will use is from The Killers new Blu-Ray/DVD from the 2nd track “This is Your Life.” The video is directed by Dick Carruthers, who has a great background of live concert DVDs. It is a fantastic live concert, I’d highly recommend in for your HDTV setup and Blu Ray collection. Some of the shots are a tad fast for me, I end up wanting more. That may be because I’ve been to a couple of The Killers shows though.
I was the associate producer and editor of a new documentary, Growing Up Hockey. Garrett Smith, our awesome motion graphics artist, gave it a great look. Our premier sound designer and sweetener Nathan Hoffman touched it up as well.
The documentary goes through several factors in the hockey world such as getting over criticism from coaches, parents and others, making the cut, getting to the next level, adding mental toughness and more. It features interviews from Olympians, NHL All Stars, Stanley Cup Champions, NCAA championship coaches, NHL psychologists and NHL broadcasters.
One of the affiliates we work with is Saint Cloud Film. Made up of Jared Harris, Cole Webley and Julian Acosta, this group is one of our favorites to work with. They have done a lot of fun, detailed and impressive work. Check out their site at saintcloudfilm.com
One of my favorite spots to watch is directed by Cole Webley. His spot, Kodak “Memories,” was shortlisted at the Young Directors Award at Cannes in 2009.