Listing My Way To Completion

I’ve been working on getting a solid rough cut for my feature film about this mercurial performer/personality known as “Hella Hung”. I can actually list off the reasons this film has been tough for me to finish, but that low on my list of priorities. I’ve spent so much time […]

Scratch Track Narration Hack

Came across this godsend, Scratch Track by Dashwood Cinema Solutions. I need to see how the narrations work for my upcoming documentary film formerly titled “The Life and Times of Hella Hung”. But while trying to cut together the story, being a one man shop, it’s hard to take the time […]

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Hacks

Hack #1 Finally, stabilized my Blackmagic Pocket rig with the Wooden Camera Pocketlocks. Basically they just extend the connections for power and hdmi away from the camera body, where it’s easier to knock the connections loose. A screw bolts each lock onto the frame, and another bolt locks the each […]

Empathy for a Tech Addicted Filmmaker

So much of my quest to become/remain a relevant filmmaker and freelance videographer lies in my addiction to figuring out what’s the latest and greatest/next great thing in prosumer video technology. Notice how I didn’t say “professional” as if I were in the class above freelance videographer, I’d just buy […]

Future Proof Storytelling

There is no mistake, that being able to capture the moment for your documentary film can make the difference between a good film, and a GREAT film. If catching a pivotal or historic moment is your key, that means being at the right place at the right time, lots of […]

Smoke and Mirrors – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema on the Run – pt 1

This past Sunday I had found myself at the mercy of one of the last standing American anti capitalist traditions, “CLOSED SUNDAYS”. Shooting a documentary out of town, without transportation to pickup my laptop to dump and wipe my used memory cards, I found myself really struggling with the technological […]

STORYTELLING In The Age of Generation Remix Sony President Kazuo Hirai talks about Kando “the power to stimulate an emotional response” or, “WOW”. He talks about the process of creativity, failures amongst successes, and even touches on some of the up and coming technology Sony is working on, including “4k” […]

Film School Or Not: A Chat with R.J. Lozada

An interview with filmmaker and current film student RJ Lozada, who was my director of photography, co-producer and key collaborator on my first documentary feature, Among B-Boys. Chris: So let’s begin… What up RJ! How’s it going? What are you working on? RJ: Hi Chris! I’m doing all right, keeping […]

DIY FILM TOOL KIT: Organizing Ideas & Creating Efficiency

As a self employed, so called “artist type” half of my fight to build a career in the creative arts exists within the realm of self-organization. One of the best things for me to do to remember tasks of course, is to write them down! But with modern society going […]