"Service To Man" is an independent feature film written by Seth Panitch and directed/produced by Aaron Greer. Seth Panitch also co-directed.
I served as Cinematographer and operated.
The budget was very modest but we made great strides with what resources were available. The film has made a nice run on the indie festival circuit. You can learn more about it at www.servicetoman.com.
The movie was shot on a Canon c500 with Cooke S4 & Cooke MiniS4 lenses. We capture RAW to an Odyssey 7Q, recording backup proxies to CF.
I remotely supervised the color with colorist Paul Galati, who at the time was with Company 3. A crucial step for the final look of the film.
The "Always" music video was a ground-up project that I shot with director Ben Morehead and artist Auston Hartley-Leonard.
The production had no budget. It was done in conjunction with a university, ie minimal equipment and personnel. All things considered, it was a lot of fun and we came away with a fun little story.
All of the interior lighting was done with shiny-boards through 1000-H, small tungsten units and muslin bounce boards.
Canon 5D MkIII, Rokinon & Zeiss Lenses
Director: Ben Morehead
Cinematographer: Stephen M. Lucas
Editor: Brandon Neslund
Colorist: Robbie Renfrow
I pulled focus on Sun Dogs, DP was my pal Michael A. Lloyd. The film was the directorial debut by Jennifer Morrison (Once). The film premiered at the LA Film Festival. You can read the Hollywood Reporter's review of the film here.
We shot with Cooke Xtal Express anamorphic lenses (1930's spherical glass rehouse with anamorphic elements in the '80s by Joe Dunton), and an Alexa Plus (4:3 sensor).
A great deal of shots in this film come within minimum focus of our vintage anamorphic lenses, many times with a diopter on. Our stop floated around an f/2.8 and we regularly made use of focus racks during closeups of our actors. It’s a fun film, check it out on Netflix.
"Valley of Bones" principal photography was shot in North Dakota under the most challenging conditions I've ever faced as a 1st AC (frigid nighttime temps do crazy things to equipment and to your brain). Considering the conditions I’ll confess to being proud of our zero L&D after traveling to ND and lugging a camera package across the Badlands for a month.
Camera and anamorphic glass provided by PV.
Dir: Dan Glaser
DP: Michael A. Lloyd
"Pilgrim" is a feature length script written by Michael A. Lloyd and Matthew Fischer. Both co-directed the short form excerpt and Michael Lloyd was cinematographer. Shot in Iceland in 2015, the piece is extremely ambitious and visually striking. I served as 1st AC/focus puller.
Snow, rain, ice, heat and isolated locations with no vehicle access... typical Iceland shoot.
We shot with an Alexa Studio (4:3) and Clairmont Anamorphic lenses.
I have an endless fascination with the natural world. I am an avid backpacker and rock climber so it comes to no surprise that my photography is mostly inspired by these activities and the environments in which they take place. As a result, I am also very passionate about the preservation and protection of wilderness and other natural spaces.
The interaction of sunlight with the natural world is the driving force behind my approach to cinematography. I will spend my lifetime studying with the relationship between the two.
The High Sierra Trail