Back in the spring of 2009, I had the opportunity to work on my first feature film. Then called “Dark Fear”, the film was ultimately released under the title “At Haunting at Preston Castle“. I had two primary roles, BTS (Behind the Scenes) Camera Operator and Streaming Engineer.
As a freelance storyteller, I work in several mediums. Follow my past and current projects here.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been referencing a big “secret project” in the works. Today, I can let the proverbial cat out of the bag.
Along with friends, Andy Sullivan, Geoffrey Orthwein, Joe Lindsay, Brent Schnarr & Briene Lermitte, I will be producing Bokeh, an independent feature film. During June 2014, we will be shooting in Iceland.
I am very excited about the project. Andy & Geoff have developed a compelling, original story. Joe is a rising cinematographer I’ve had the great pleasure to work with in the past. Every one on the crew are top flight talent and, better still, great people.
Along the way, we will share lessons from the set. To follow our progress, visit the film’s Facebook page. In due time, we will bring other social media channels online (tumblr, twitter, etc.) as well. But, for now, Facebook it the way to go.
First, Peterson gained access to some of his subjects by developing a rapport with the local wildlife biologists charged with monitoring and managing our native flora and fauna. Peterson did not simply chat up the wildlife managers and ask them to point him at suitable subjects. Rather, he volunteered for bird population surveys and other activities where they could use more hands. In short, Peterson gave his time first and, as a result, he earned their trust and access to his desired subjects.
Also crucial to Peterson’s approach is learning the environment and behavior of his subjects. By helping the scientist who study them, Peterson gained a great deal of knowledge about his subjects as well.
With these two concepts in mind, I started looking for ways to help and learn. My research lead me to the Nevada Naturalist program, which is sponsored and lead by the University Of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). Denise Parsons, Program Coordinator, accepted my application and I’ve recently begun attending classes, which meet three times a week in the evening.
I am not a Nevada native, so I am learning a great deal about the local ecosystem as well as the flora and fauna of the region. Down the road, we are scheduled to meet the venomous reptiles of the region, which should be very cool. I have already been pointed at at least three great shooting locations and a couple of great knowledge resources .. in the forms of books and people … for each.
So far, so good.
Last week, I was honored to help kick off Discovery Channel‘s Shark Week with the National Aquarium, Dr. Kiki Sanford, iJustine and Matt Meyers in a Google+ HangOut. Representing the diving community, I had a great time talking sharks with Holly Bourbon, Curator of Fishes, and the rest of the crew.
From a production perspective, the Hangout was pretty special. Holly did about half of the event from inside of the Blacktip Reef exhibit at the National Aquarium. When I say inside the exhibit, I mean underwater, on SCUBA, with the resident blacktip reef sharks and wobegongs. Alex Lindsay and the Pixel Corps crew really knocked the show out of the park.
Since the fall of 2011, I have been working on a lot of live streams including many on the Google+ Hangout platform. While I am not able to talk about specific projects, the playlist above shows off the the power and possibilities of this amazing platform. Much of what I’ve been working on is similar to the events listed above.