Hudson Valley Music Video Production

In 1998 I made my very first music video - an unofficial video for Radiohead's Exit Music for a Film from the OK Computer album. This was a time before Youtube when the options to upload video for consumption was not nearly as limitless as it is now. In fact, there were very few websites for video and for many there was a lengthy submission process before your video made it online. That's right - a submission process. Like send us a DVD of your film and if we like it we'll put it on the website in a month or two. How times have changed.

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Six Months with the Ursa Mini Pro

It may only be a tool, but it's the best tool I've ever owned. I've really enjoyed shooting with the Ursa Mini Pro, so much so, I've barely picked up my Canon C100 Mark II in the past few months. 

My initial thought was that I'd use my Ursa to shoot narrative pieces and leave the run and gun stuff to my C100, but the more I shot with the Ursa, the more I realized it can handle the majority of shooting conditions I find myself in.

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Two Commercial Lighting Breakdowns (Ursa Mini Pro)

The challenge for this commercial spot was to find a location that could pass for a police interrogation room. The budget for this spot was very small so I decided that with a little elbow grease I could turn a corner of my basement into this set.

The initial problem with the basement is that it has very low ceilings of only 8 feet in height and I guess because I live in a log cabin, there is a lot of wood paneling which doesn't look very police-like. The drywall was also painted this horrible peach color by the previous owner.

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My Ursa Mini Pro Setup

So the Ursa Mini Pro is $6000. It comes in a box and is completely useless if you don't spend some more money to get it up and running. Let's just breakdown that cost so you know what you're getting into (I'm assuming you own at least one lens to use with this camera)

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4 Places to Find Freelance Work as a Shooter

Here's the scenario...

A few years ago you decided to get into filmmaking. You purchased a camera and did some shooting. You added some small LED lights and some audio gear to your equipment package. You did some free work (shame on you) and you're ready to jump in and start making some money back on your investment. 

Where do you look?

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