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Red Scarlet-X

In Equipment and Technique, Updates on December 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I am excited to announce that I have ordered, and am awaiting delivery of a Red Scarlet-X camera.  I am hoping to have the camera in hand early in the new year, but will be updating the blog when the dates are set.  Currently, I am looking at several possible lens packages to accompany the new camera, and will pass on more information when available.

If you have questions about the camera, what it can do for your production, workflows, etc. please feel free to contact me.

‘The House’ at VAFF

In Updates on November 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

The House, a feature film I shot earlier in the year, is having its premiere at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival on Sunday, November 6.  Here are some links to help you out:

Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Director Desiree Lim interviewed in the Vancouver Sun

‘The House’ Trailer

Fall 2011 Update

In Updates on October 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm

My October 2011 Update is online and just waiting for you to check it out here.

Summer 2011 Update

In Updates on July 14, 2011 at 12:45 am

I have just posted my Summer 2011 DoP Update.  Please take a moment to view it here.  Or, simply visit my website to see what’s new.

Spring 2011 Update

In Updates on May 12, 2011 at 12:28 am

I have just posted my Spring 2011 DoP Update.  Please take a moment to view it here.  Or, simply visit my website to see what’s new.

HIKE reviewd

In Updates on March 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I just got a message from Jennifer, the Director of HIKE, that we received a very positive review from the Independent Critic.  We’re all very excited here in the HIKE camp.

Check out White Bowl Productions for more info on HIKE, and other upcoming projects.

Stimulus Package screening at the Women in Film Festival

In Updates on March 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm


Stimulus Package, a film I shot about family finances in unusual economic times, plays at the Women in Film festival in Vancouver.  The details are below.  I hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 5th
SHORT FILMS with TALKBACK | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC

Tickets are available online:



White Bowl Productions | pre production for Final Weekend

In Updates on February 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

White Bowl Productions, the new production company run by Jennifer Campbell, the brainchild behind ‘HIKE’, has a new home.

I am very excited to be working with Jennifer again on pre production (pre, pre production) on ‘Final Weekend’, a psychological horror film about what can go wrong when one misjudges a childhood friend.

We won’t go to camera for some time, but getting going on Final Weekend has me jazzed.  I have high hopes for the film.

The problem with prep

In Shoots, Updates on January 6, 2011 at 4:12 am

We go to camera in two days.  That’s a sobering thought.

I am shooting an indie feature called ‘The House‘ (check out the facebook page!), and we go to camera in two days.  It’s an exciting and nerve-racking time.  One of the main challenges in filmmaking is having all the pieces in a very complex puzzle come together.  The actors, costumes, props, locations, sound, etc. must all be there and ready at exactly the right time.  For me, I need to make sure the cameras and lights are there.  Breaking down a script – going over every details 100 times to make sure you know how the director wants to shoot each and every shot in every scene – can be painstaking work.  Knowing that the director will change everything on the day and freestyle his or her way through a scene, and then accounting for that possibility is wise.

The problem with prep is that is makes one complacent.  One can feel confident that all possible scenarios have been accounted for, but it never works out exactly that way, and movies aren’t made in prep.  Don’t get me wrong, prep is an invaluable time, and it is vital that everyone know the material inside and out, but films are shot in the real world on set where the light is fading in the sky and the prop laser gun doesn’t work quite right, and the weather has taken a turn for the worse.  Preparation is key to making good decisions, but it is on set that decisions must be made quickly and correctly.  It is on set that one’s mettle is tested.  It is on set that there is no time for second guesses.

Wish me luck on my latest adventure.

Thanks to MATRIX for the F3 demo

In Updates on December 16, 2010 at 7:15 am

I had the opportunity to get my hands on the new Sony F3 this afternoon at a demo sponsored and hosted by MATRIX and Sony.  I just wanted to say a hardy thanks to everyone for putting on the event.

The camera is a nice hybrid of the successful EX-1 and 3 cameras ease of use and design layout with a new larger (super 35) sized chip and PL mount capabilities that brings the camera into the same league as RED.  This is they type of camera I’ve been hoping Sony would produce since working with the EX-3 and being impressed with the image quality.

I fear people call this camera a “game changer”.  I think that would be going too far.  This camera puts another high quality, reasonably priced cinema style camera into a filmmaker’s hands, and is a direct competitor with the RED camera, but it is not blazing new trails.  This doesn’t mean that it isn’t welcome (it certainly is).  I would expect this camera to make a significant impact in the very near future.