ALAN JACKSON | BRIDGESTONE ARENA 4.11.15

So remember when my daddy let me drive to have a good time last week, way down yonder at the Bridgestone arena around 5 o'clock somewhere? (For those of you who didn't catch it, I just successfully made 5 Alan Jackson puns. You're welcome.)

Back to reality. A buddy of mine called me up to come shoot this show(opened by Jeff Foxworthy & Jon Pardi with Alan Jackson headlining) and it was a blast. Shooting in arenas never gets old for me. To me, the most important aspect of taking photos and videos lies in being able to capture and relay the true nature and environment of the event to people who weren't there. Whether it's shooting from the back of the arena in the nosebleeds to being in the pit looking up at the artist and into the glare of those bright stage lights, both are incredibly pertinent to telling the story.

My friend Craig Rutherford(KILLER LD and all around lighting expert) created an AMAZING light show and really added to the impact of Alan's already phenomenal performance. Over the course of Alan's set(around 85 minutes) I had walked the entire arena and captured photos from as many angles as possible.

Here are a few images from the show as well as a short promo I put together.


EZRA - a short film

Wrote this concept a few months back, when I was anxious for spring to arrive. Cause let's face it, deep down there's still that little kid inside that wants to go camp out in the woods and make do out of nothing.

That was the goal when I was writing this story. Not so much to write a story as to write something that could be visually transmitted to the viewer. To show the feeling of being 8 years old again running through trenches, soaking your tennis shoes. Sometimes you don't need distracting dialogue, overbearing background music, or a bunch of fancy transitions. Short and sweet, this is what I was going for.

Big shoutout to my little brother for putting in some hard work running around in this for me.

I shot this out in Shelbyville, TN on the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and DJI Inspire 1. Both in 4K. On the GH4 I used a Metabones speed booster and Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8. With the speed booster that gave me a max aperture of 1.2. Incredibly useful. I also used Kessler's Phillip Bloom Pocket Dolly for the dolly shots. Pretty much used one of my favorite setups of all time. If not before it is now.

 I feel like both of these cameras were perfect for the job, on a budget, and captured some amazing images. Overall it gave me what I was after. Making every shot iconic via unique composition. From wide angles with lots of negative space to off-set close ups with another story unfolding in the background. Funnily enough the running through the woods sequences were shot on the INSPIRE with no propellers. A make shift steadicam ha.

Overall this was an incredibly fun project. I love doing these shorts. Because despite the rush of a full-time gig or being on the road, you should never forget to take some time to slow down, draw up some original ideas, and Be A Creative.



JER GREGG | LIVINGROOM PHOTOSHOOT

Spent an hour or so with a buddy of mine, Jer Gregg taking some killer shots in his sweet, vintage-esque apartment the other day.

With just the lighting from a side window we managed to get some pretty killer images. Check Jer out on the socials, iTunes, and the images below. Enjoy.

MICHAELIS

Spent an afternoon hanging out and grabbing some cool studio shots of Michaelis. Not a hard job. We set up in a studio with 3 points of key lighting and it really ended up with some cool looks. We were going for a modern, black and white look and ended up getting exactly that.

Here are some of the photos from the day.


KINDLER - A VALENTINE TO REMEMBER

This was such a fun short film to put together. It took a lot of hard work, organization, perseverance, and patience but not unlike anything worth doing.

I came up with the plot for the short film Kindler around a month prior to Valentine's Day 2015. Rather than giving myself till VDAY 2016 to finish the idea I decided to call my brother up and get to writing it. In under a week Austin and I had written and scripted out each scene, which was a laughter filled process being that a lot of these stories were based on real experiences of friends who shall remain nameless ;).

Immediately after that we started making the calls to put it in motion. It all really fell together. I was sitting in Bond Coffee in the Gulch trying to think of a cafe to shoot the first and second scenes in when I realized...I'm sitting in the perfect coffee shop right now. Thanks to the great folks at Bond they made it happen.

Within a week we had access to all the gear we needed and started shooting. With a huge thanks to RentACamera.com we shot on the Arri Amira, Ultra Primes, and a few Cine Zooms. We also ended up using the C300 for a few shots as well.

All of the actors and actresses did phenomenal jobs in my opinion. Everyone lived out their character for this short film perfectly. It was incredibly cold at times and everyone pushed through it. It's always great to see people come together and put in their best effort regardless of the guaranteed profits of something like this. It's the people that don't forget why they do what they do that stick out amongst the crowd.

Directing Chase Tucker(Lotto) in Date #4 as Andy Burchett gets ready to shoot Chase's scene where he approaches the car. L to R: Dustin Haney, Chase Tucker, Andy Burchett.

Sometimes, the more you get caught up in life you get into a groove. A groove of getting stuff done, making ends meet, and pushing through the stuff that comes flying at you. Sometimes it makes sense and can be completely cleansing, to step back and allow yourself to do something fun. Something creative. Hit the reset switch. This short film was a definitely a creative reset switch for me. I've never had so many new ideas.

Also, special thanks to Austin for letting us destroy his car. As well as the girl who shouted, "penis" in middle of the Date #1 scene...sorry you didn't make it into the edit.

So if you missed it or just want to watch it again, here's Kindler.

NASHVILLE | 1ST SNOWFALL 2015

More like an ice storm. Well the only one that stuck anyways. Awoke this morning looked out my window and behold. Ice.

I didn't really feel like driving all the way to the park so I decided to just grab some shots around Le Gulch. Attribute that to cabin fever. And not having anything to do 'til Better Call Saul comes on.

So here are a few shots I grabbed with my Canon 6D here in the gulch. It really is crazy how much ice accumulates on everything. Especially the smallest tree branches...no telling what tomorrow will look like.

Kinda nice to have the gulch all to the locals today. Hardly any traffic whatsoever. Thinkin' I'll spend some time at Burger Republic today.

No traffic. Stood here for a few minutes. Take that society.

WHISKEY | INSPIRATION

Whiskey. Seems self-explanatory in just that one single word. Sometimes words, things, traditions, pop into your head and inspiration hits. Or if not inspiration at least the desire to create. To create something from nothing.

That's one of the many things I love about photography and film(or digital video for all you sticklers out there). It gives you an oppurtunity to create. An opportunity that shouldn't be taken advantage of or cast away. I personally believe that every video and photo I create is in someway an expression of something within me. A feeling, emotion, view, or vision. Except of course for the occasional project that is just simply to pay the bills. It may come down to just the color  correction, composition, or movement of the shot. Regardless, the element is there.

That's what this video was about. I was goofing off playing around with my BMPCC, shooting random things around the house and Ronnie Dunn's, "Wastin' Good Whiskey" came on my iTunes shuffled library. A great song. Then my focus was immediately directed to shooting the miscellaneous whiskey items around my apartment. It may end up only being 15 seconds, but the possibilities are endless.

Sometimes creativity strikes. And sometimes you're pleased with the results.