Heading to Park City

Heading to Park City

Exciting news to kick off 2015. Papa Machete, the film I co-produced in Haiti, will be having its US Premiere at Sundance. Dolphin Lover, a short doc I produced, shot, and edited, will be having its World Premiere at Slamdance.

Excited to finally head out to Park City for the festivals with two projects. Though coming from an 80 degree beachy winter in Miami I’ve got a lot of cold weather gear to buy.

Papa Machete trailer below.

Dolphin Lover to come soon, but let’s just leave it with the Slamdance logline. The true story of a man with a porpoise.

Shooting with the Sony FS700 & R5 4K Recorder in Haiti – Video Update

Shooting with the Sony FS700 & R5 4K Recorder in Haiti – Video Update

We finally got most of the gear up and running and kicked it up a notch to start filming the machete fighters in slow motion on a steadicam.


To break down the setup, we’ve got the Sony FS700 (left) owned by DP Richard Patterson. This camera was released with a future 4K upgrade in the pipeline which just came out. The 4K requires two additional devices, the HXR-IFR5 interface (center) and the AXS-R5 recorder (right). The IFR5 interface connects to the camera through the SDI port and the recorder holds the SSD media for recording. AbelCine rented the R5 recorder to the production at a discount and the IFR5 was purchased from Sony.

To me, more appealing than the 4K from this setup is the ability to shoot unlimited slow-motion at 2K at 120 fps. Normally when shooting slow-motion on the FS700 you only have an 8 second window to record the action, then you have to wait for the camera to buffer the recording before you can shoot again. It’s a lot of down time and not ideal for recording machete fights with subjects not used to the technicalities of film production. This setup lets us record slow-motion at 2K (or 4K with buffering) for as much memory as we have, which is 20 minutes of action on a 512 GB SSD card.

I’m writing a full hands-on review of the experience when we’re done with production for Filmmaker Magazine, so there will be lots more information about the camera and some of the issues we ran into. There will also be a lot of insight from Richard, who will have worked with the setup firsthand for two weeks.

Follow the project on Facebook and help support it at the GoFundMe page.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll work on answering it.

Production in Haiti – Rum, Sugar Cane Fields, and Cap Rouge

Production in Haiti – Rum, Sugar Cane Fields, and Cap Rouge

Been in Haiti for the past few days for the currently untitled Haitian Machete Fencing Project. It’s a short doc on Tiré Machet, a martial art of machete fencing mastered and taught by professor Avril.

It’s going to be very cinematically shot. We’ve got the Sony FS700 with the just released 4k recorder along with a Steadicam. Been having some issues with noise with the Sony, which will hopefully be resolved today. I’m writing up a full report of shooting with the 4k for Filmmaker once the shoot is done.

Over the weekend we went location scouting. Found this amazing 200+ year old fort on top of the mountain named Cap Rouge, explored some sugar cane fields right next to our hotel, and met with the professor for the first time. After sipping some rum he gave us all our first lesson.

You can check out some of the highlights in our first video update.

Retirement Communities and Evangelical Churches for the NY Times

Retirement Communities and Evangelical Churches for the NY Times

Earlier this year I co-produced two video pieces for the New York Times. The first was on retirement communities in South Florida that are seeing an increase in baby boomers moving in but were still working. They didn’t want to retire, it was just a good real estate deal and when they do end up retiring they’re already set up.

The other video is on an Evangelical church in Central Florida that is in support of immigration reform.

Both were shot with the Panasonic GH3. For the retirement video, some areas were a little sensitive to larger cameras. So I shot some parts with the FiLMiC Pro app on the iPhone. Turned out great. I kept the subject mic’d, had the receiver and sound recorder in my pocket. Footage sync’d up great.

For the driving shots I used a suction cup camera mount stuck on the inside of a partially lowered window, pointing out.

Working Smarter, Not Harder – My Documentary on Life Hacking

My final year in college I took on an additional project that wasn’t required. During college I got immersed in life hacks and GTD and productivity pr0n. I had always been about finding the most efficient way to do something, and I always had a lot of projects I wanted to do but would get sidetracked with procrastination. Thanks to the internet I realized I’m not alone – there were tons of blogs and books that wrote about this. Lifehacker.com, Getting Things Done, 4-Hour Work Week, etc.

So like many people I read the books, read the blogs on a daily basis, and toyed around with a lot of to-do lists app, calendars, and productivity systems. And it was a lot of fun. But eventually you realize you’re reading about productivity and doing things you think are productive, but they aren’t really.

You can also look at the rise in productivity blogs as a response to people looking for solutions in how to navigate work in the modern age. Emails, texts, Twitter, Facebook – we’re constantly getting pinged, which challenges us to find ways to handle all this information while performing complex and creative work.

These were ideas that really interested me and I wanted to explore further. So I went out to California to interview these writers on a variety of topics, ranging from creativity to the challenges of the modern worker. I was fortunate enough that some very busy people gave me a few hours of their time, from Tim Ferriss to David Allen.

What came out of this was a short documentary called You 2.0 along with 3 hours of extra interview clips that I know anyone like me would find extremely interesting. I’ll say that You 2.0 was not the film I had set out to make. My original ambitions were a feature film, possibly following a few modern workers who forgo their current ways and completely embrace everything in the various productivity books and blogs, to see how things work out. But that didn’t work out (however, it’s still an idea that’s still been on the back burner. Let me know if this is something you’d find interesting).

Interviewing the people in the film was an enlightening experience. It by far had the greatest effect on what I decided to do post college (remain independent and make movies).

You 2.0 iBookYou 2.0

So I’ve had the film and interviews available online for about 2 years now. But now I’ve adapted it to some cool mediums. Here’s how you can get it:

You 2.0 – The Interviews on Life Hacking [Kindle] – Free ’til Thursday and Prime members. $0.99

I edited some of the transcripts from the interviews into an eBook, which you can get on the Kindle store. From Monday, October 8 to Thursday, October 11, you can download this for free. It’s also always free if you’re a Prime member on a Kindle. After Thursday it will only be $0.99.

You 2.0 – iBook – $7.99

This is my favorite format and it was a lot of fun to make, but obviously you need an iPad. This is a multimedia iBook. It contains the short film, plus a chapter for each person interviewed, featuring their extended interview clips and the edited transcript from the interview. You get the best of both worlds in a fancy iBook format.

Some interviewees just have an extended interview, and some just have edited transcript. But most have both.

You 2.0 – Documentary and Interviews – $9.99

This is everything as a DRM free MP4. Put it on your iPad, iPhone, computer. Listen to it in the car. Basically you can watch this whenever and wherever you want. Plus you get a PDF of the interviews.

Here’s the full list of everyone in the film:

To celebrate this launch week, I’m giving away 5 downloads of the iBook. Just tweet this post and I’ll randomly select 5 tweets. Make sure my handle @C47 is in the tweet so I can track it. Or just click here for the full tweet.

Double Robotics – Making a Video in 4 Days

The time between phone call and finished video was about a week for Double Robotics. Below is the final video for Double and the story of how we shot it.

The time between phone call and finished video was about a week for Double Robotics. Below is the final video for Double and the story of how we shot it.


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