I Can Fly! - North Bay Cinematography

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been spending some time in a helicopter, and I was going to talk a bit more about that. Well, I guess it has been long enough now, it's about time I get to it.

So, I've been spending some time shooting for a corporate video, and it has required me to go up in a helicopter a few times. This wouldn't really be a big deal, but before this month, I had never been in a helicopter... oh, and I just happen to be terrified of heights!  

The first few times I went up were actually no big deal. I was so distracted by what I was shooting that I didn't even pay attention to where I was, so it all worked out. The third time was going to be more of the same, until the pilot says to me "How about I take the door off the helicopter so you can hang out and stand out there on the landing skid?"

"How about you take the door off?? Oh SURE!!" and that's when my stomach started feeling a little funny. They got to work on removing the door, and anything in the aircraft that wasn't strapped down, and off I went to get a harness on. About half an hour later, it was time. My harness was buckled in, and I actually felt pretty secure, even though half of me was hanging out of this big piece of metal that was about to be in the sky.

Take off was fine and the next thing I knew we were pretty high up, and the wind was hitting me quite nicely. Again I was distracted by what I was up there to do, and didn't focus much on the craziness of it. I was actually pretty calm. That is until we took a sharp right turn (I had no idea a helicopter could tilt so far sideways), and I found myself looking straight down, with nothing between me and the ground below. Far below. My heart started pounding a bit for a few seconds, until we straightened out and I started breathing again. hah.

It all worked out in the end, and I'd love to go up again! Here are a few screen captures taken from some of the video I shot while I was up there...


What a Douche!

I always get a kick out of people who take themselves too seriously. People who feel the need to uphold a certain image of themselves, people who claim to be experts at things they know little about, people who think others are priviledged to be around them or to hear them speak. People who refuse to reveal any part of their real personality to people they deem to be beneath them.

It's really a little odd how important some people think they are. I couldn't really describe that type of person very well, until I was talking to someone and they said something like "What a douche!".  That was perfect.

I just hope I never become one of those people. 

I'm not too worried about it though, really. I'm  pretty sure my geekiness will always keep me from thinking "I'm the man! Give it up for me!". To reinforce that, I'm posting a few pics I took with my phone this weekend. I was doing dishes and decided to make faces in the soap. Yep, I was acting like a toddler. Not geeky enough? well, I took pictures of it and I'm posting them, how about that? Oh, and to make it worse, it wasn't enough that I was taking pictures of my little bubbles, I actually spent some time getting them just right and angling the camera oh so perfectly so that the light reflecting off the water would add to the emotion in the faces. Have a look!

Oh, and if you happened to miss some of my earlier displays of geekiness, you can catch a few of them here, and here. Enjoy!


Grand Master

A lot has happened this week, and I haven't really had time to get on here and write about it or post any pictures/video. I'm shutting down for the day to get the BBQ going, so I thought I'd come and post a quick update. Over the past few days, I've attended the installation of my friend Jake as Thrice Puissant Grand Master, and I've spent an hour hanging out of a helicopter way above the city!

I'll post more about the helicopter later on, but I don't have time right now so I'll just stick with the masons event. I have to say, I don't fully understand the Freemasons or what they do, but I know that this night was a pretty big deal, and I'm happy I was able to make it.

Congrats to Jake, and here are a few pics I took of him after the installation...


Helloooo Dolly! - North Bay Cinematography

I've been working on a promotional video for the past week or so (when the weather has cooperated), and now that it's almost done, I'm looking forward to shooting our next short film. Mike's been kicking around a few scripts, but I'm not sure which one we'll be shooting next. Either way, I'm getting the itch to start.

In preparation for our upcoming production(s), I've picked up some gear that will come in handy. The camera was obviously number one, followed by the Zoom H4N for audio, bigger memory cards and a bigger hard drive, etc... It never ends. My latest addition is a dolly which I put together using roller blade wheels, a sheet of MDF, and a few PVC pipes. Good Times!

There's still plenty of gear I want to get, and will eventually need, but this will have to do for a while, A loooong while. It's a good thing this stuff is for work and it pays for itself eventually (sometimes more quickly than others), the fact that it will also help out with our personal projects is just a bonus!

Have a look at a short clip I put together, testing how smoothly I could roll around with the dolly. I still need to practice with it a bit to get a more consistent speed, but overall, it worked out great. Check it out!


What a weekend! - North Bay Cinematography

This weekend, I went to the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards, and had an awesome time (and not only because I walked away from it with an award)! I haven't posted anything here for quite a while, and I figured I'd have time to put a few things together throughout the weekend, but I was just too distracted.

I got to Sudbury Friday evening, just in time to check in and be taken to the theatre to introduce our film at the screening. I was a little nervous about that because The Lake was first on the list. I was hoping to see what a few of the other people would say about their work, so I'd know how long I should talk. hah. Anyway, it went well and it was nice to see our work on the big screen, and to hear the reactions in the audience. Once we had seen all the nominated films, it was off to the musical showcase at the Townhouse. The sets were great, and I was really impressed, especially with Sarah Craig and Faye Blais.

Saturday was a day to go to a few panels, and do some networking at the hotel, and that went pretty well. The whole weekend was really well organized, and so was the main event at Laurentian University, hosted by Montreal musician Tricia Foster (She did a great job). Over the few days of the conference, it was strange to talk to people in the industry who knew about us and respected our work, and things got even more strange when the winner for Best Cinematography was announced.

I got up to accept the award, and because I was in a little bit in shock, I didn't even notice that the house band was playing the music from The Lake. Once I made my way up I clumsily babbled a bit, then thanked Michael Humble and Kevin Hoffman for their writing and editing, and off I went.

Wait a minute, that's not good... I really didn't expect to win, but one thing I did know was that if I did make it up on that stage, I wanted to thank nicole for putting up with me spending time working on these silly projects. Did I do that? Not at all. I got up there, looked out at the rather large crowd and completely choked. hah. I'm pretty sure I was coherent and even got a laugh out of the audience which is great, but I didn't get out a single word I had wanted to say. Next time!

Here are a few quick shots of the award, and some souvenirs of the event...