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Waiting On A Train

Posted in American University, DC, Red with tags , , , on September 8, 2012 by Jon

My friend Dave Joyce’s short film, Waiting On A Train, is an official selection of DC Shorts Film Festival. I served as D.I.T. on set using the short lived Storm from The Foundry. Anyone remember that program? <crickets> Right. At one point they were even writing an article featuring Waiting On A Train as an early adopter of Storm. C’est la vie.

I had a much larger role as editor of the film, for which I used FCP7. I cut the above trailer based on an idea Dave and I discussed before I shipped off for sunny L.A. If you’re in D.C. catch a screening and Q&A with director Dave this weekend as a part of Showcase 13, September 8, 10, & 15.


Demo Reel

Posted in American University, Canon 5D Mark II, DC with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by Jon

Mainly focusing on my editing and cinematography. A little directing thrown in at the beginning as well.

Were You Listening To The Dude’s Story?

Posted in Canon 5D Mark II, DC, Documentary with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by Jon

A couple of weeks ago I shot and edited an interview with the band YACHT for DC music blog All Things Go. Their post is here. This post is about the production aspects from my point of view.

Location And Talent

I shot the band on the patio at Standard beer garden on 14th Street. The location was perfect for YACHT since they were performing just a few buildings away at the Black Cat later in the evening.

They had been doing interviews all day including one with NPR’s All Songs Considered. ATG’s Stephen and Will were a bit nervous the band would be tired, or worse – not into doing the interview. Our fears were allayed when Jonah and Claire arrived and proved to be very passionate about their projects and a pleasure to work with.


The set up was pretty simple. My 5d Mark II and, Canon 50mm f1.4, and VideoRode Shotgun Mic on the hotshoe. No lights, but since were shooting outside at magic hour I didn’t think we’d need any anyway. Since I was solo I decided to experiment a bit and use my newly purchased FlyCam Nano camera stabilizer.

I wanted to give the interview a bit of a floating feeling as I felt it would compliment YACHT’s (it’s always all caps) image. I also wanted to experiment with the focus. I tried to keep one member of YACHT out of focus at all times, with differing degrees of shallowness.

I haven’t perfected the balance on the Fly Cam Nano, but I was pretty close. What really gave me problems was attempting to manually focus. Yes, I know you’re not supposed to be pulling focus when using a camera stabilizer like the FlyCam Nano, but this was experimentation.

Post Production

I shot using Philip Bloom’s old recommended neutral picture profile. This was just before Technicolor released their CineStyle picture profile for the 5d. This shoot was so basic I decided to keep the edit that way too – I only used L-cuts during the interview.

The grade was finished in Apple Color. I’ve been working with this program for several years and I often hear it referred to as the stick shift of affordable grading programs. It’s true, the learning curve is steep and I’ve only recently begun to feel that I’m starting to wrap my head around it. The complete control of the image that it offers the Colorist is really nice. I did two different primary grades and a max of two secondaries for each shot. Some shots also received a primary out as well. I gave the image a filmic look and saturated the image a bit. I really like the skin tones, but I think I’ll desaturate those just a bit in the future.


It felt great to film musicians again and I hope to be doing more of these with All Things Go. Thanks for the opportunity guys! Special thanks to Sebastien Tobler for getting me involved with ATG.

And Now For Something Completely Different…

Posted in Concerts, DC, Documentary, Music Video with tags , , , , on August 3, 2010 by Jon

Friday, Arcade Fire and Spoon will rock the roof off Merriweather Post Pavilion. It will be one of the best concerts of the year. If you can’t make it (and even if you can) I recommend watching the live web cast of Arcade Fire’s Madison Square Garden concert Thursday night on YouTube. Why? Because Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, will be fuckin’ directing it, dude.

Arcade Fire’s headman Win Butler talks about how they got Gilliam to do the gig in this Pfork interview. Some of the morsels include how Butler is a BIG fan of Brazil. It blew his mind at 15. Terry Gilliam in turn loves their new album and saw Arcade Fire in Brixton with Heath Ledger. Terry talks turkey about Brazil in this bizarre interview which is total “Gilliam”…

Win also talks about working on a short film with director Spike Jonze, which will accompany the release of The Suburbs.

I think filmmakers all secretly wanna be musicians and all musicians secretly wanna be filmmakers. -Win Butler

Win, I concur. Making a film is just like orchestrating music. The Vincent Moon experimental/documentary film Miroir Noir that accompanied last album Neon Bible must have been a pleasant experience.

Tickets for Friday night’s Merriweather show are tight on this one but you can still get lawn seats at least.


Spoon played Jimmy Fallon and teamed up with the Roots to put on this killer version of “Nobody Gets Me But You”

They’re opening for Arcade Fire. Hot damn this is going to be good.

Modest Mouse Play 9:30 Club Tonight

Posted in Concerts, DC, video with tags , on March 13, 2009 by Jon

The openers are musically eclectic including Japanese Motors (Cali surfer garage pop rock), Mimicking Birds (weird, existential lo fi) and KINKY (latin groove music). In my search for a cool Modest Mouse video, I read via Pitchfork that Heath Ledger directed an as yet unreleased music video for “King Rat”, a bonus track from Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. If you’re lucky enough to be going to tonight’s sold out 930 Club show, hype yourself up with this live version of “King Rat” from KROQ‘s Acoustic Christmas 2007:

Pitchfork TV Teams Up With NPR

Posted in DC, Music News, video with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by Jon

Soon after Pitchfork.TV‘s launch in April 2008, they teamed up with IFC (the Independent Film Channel) to cross pollinate their brands and promote independent artists. The move seems to have panned out well providing Pitchfork.TV with actual TV exposure and IFC street cred with the Pitchfork readership and “authentic music” crowd. Yesterday, in another smart move, Pitchfork announced it’s online music channel is teaming up with NPR Music to film select concerts in the DC area. Pitchfork TV provides the video and NPR covers live audio streaming and audio podcasts. The freshly minted pair’s first joint foray is Antony & the Johnsons, recorded February 3rd at 6th & I Historic Synagogue.

Antony & the Johnsons "Kiss My Name"

Antony & the Johnsons "Kiss My Name"

And through this thoroughly shitty global economy of hours, as one shoe lifts so the other must drop. As reported by The Daily Swarm today, Amsterdam based concert recorder FabChannel is ceasing production and closing it’s online doors after 9 years. From the lips of FabChannel CEO Justin Kniest:

After nine passionate and beautiful years of sharing the most amazing concert recordings with you, Fabchannel is stopping. A great number of record labels still won’t allow us to record their artists. This prevents us from offering what we need to keep Fabchannel alive.

We want to sincerely thank you for all support through the years! It has been an amazing time, but unfortunately this is where it ends.

With a bleeding heart we’re pulling the plug of our online archive Friday 13th of March. Until that time, enjoy your favorite concerts and who knows… we’ll meet again.

Elbow Live at Paradaiso 6.25.08

Elbow Live at Paradaiso 6.25.08

Should Pitchfork.TV be in need of a DC crew member, this newly “free-to-pursue-his-options” man of the DC area with online videography experience is available.

Update: Forgot to include this in the original post

RJ Bentler & Justin Kniepf discus "Expanded Media" @ In-Edit Beefeater 08

RJ Bentler & Justin Kniepf discus "Expanded Media" @ In-Edit Beefeater 08