"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. That was a fantastic experience and 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 video was done on a shoe-string budget with a skeletal crew. Thanks to a select few, it was pulled off without a hitch.
At the time of this shoot I was teaching a cinematography class at Pepperdine. Part of the goal was to limit myself to the same equipment that was available to students, thereby inspiring them to push these resources as far as possible. 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
"Sun Dogs" is a feature film that I pulled focus on for DP Michael A. Lloyd. The film was the directorial debut by actress Jennifer Morrison, who is known well by her role in the television show "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).
Sun Dogs presented itself with some fun challenges. The lion's share of the shots in this film come within minimum focus of our vintage anamorphic lenses, often times with a diopter on. Our stop floated around an f/2.8 and Michael made superb use of creative focus racks, generally pivoting on closeups of our actors. I'd say the most exciting pull was either one of the two shots in which the character Ned makes a line drive to the lens. It's gorgeous, and hopefully coming soon.
"Valley of Bones" principle 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 one must be prepared. Aside from some exciting focus pulls (think anamorphic, 90mm, dolly into minimum focus at an f/2.8/4) what I'm most proud of is our zero L&D (lost/damaged) after traveling to ND and lugging a camera package across the Badlands for a month.
Life in camera department would not be so sweet were it not for Mike Carter at Panavision, who made this camera package possible, along with packages for countless other indie films.
Look for VOB in theaters September 2017!
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