On my way back from Menlo Park I stopped off at the Ferry Building. Strange and interesting sights are never in short supply in this part of town. Today I decided to just focus on the skateboarder kids.
For a couple weeks now I have been working with style blogger TipandTink. The experience has been largely positive and a great learning experience. It keeps me in a cadence of shooting frequently. The challenge becomes creating work that is more "from-the-hip" and quick. For me, fashion blog photos by necessity cannot take up a lot of time. In order to provide a steady stream of content you need to shoot all the time. For someone like Casi and her TipandTink blog, she is just getting started. The images are important, but I would argue that more important in quantity and diversity of photos.
Fun locations, different moods, and a light hearted approach is important. As a photographer, it is easy to get caught up in all the technical aspects of image capture. For instance our most recent shoot together I really needed something to diffuse the direct sunlight but had no resources. I was able to turn it into a positive experience by learning some new exposure tricks within Adobe Lightroom.
Creation continues regardless of obstacles!
With an image like that, maybe all I need to say is; Ray Winstone. For those that need further convincing I will go into things a bit more.
Darren Aronofsky fought with Paramount throughout the entire process making this film. What I would call a win for Aronofsky, he was able to finish the final edit on his terms. Free from the suggestions to soften his take on the story of Noah, so as not to upset select religious groups. Finally, nearly a week ago Paramount announced it will be airing a religious declaimer in the beginning title sequence.
When religious groups get all butt hurt about this stuff its nothing short of hilarious. The entire thing is historical fiction at best, regardless of how the story is being told. I think most of us understand that no man built a wooden boat and put two of every living thing on board. Once on board the creator of the entire universe proceeded to completely wipe out every living thing on the planet with a massive flood. For someone with a basic set of a critical thinking skills, I quickly understand this was highly unlikely to have happened.
Everything aside, the story of Noah as its told in the bible provides a compelling story structure. In the hands of filmmaker Darren Aronofsky I can only drool thinking about where he will take us. As always I also eagerly anticipate the score from legendary Clint Mansell.
It is important you see this film because it sends a message to the filmmaking community. Aronofsky fought for the movie he wanted and the story he wanted to tell. As artists I think we all have a desire to be understood. In some ways we want people to feel what we are feeling and see a story from a new lens.
An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings. - Salman Rushdie
Once the pilot opportunity fell through this interview remained on a hard drive for nearly two years. I've found myself living with a music producer and an afternoon to get some editing done. So I cut what was about two hours of me trying to not be terrible at giving an interview. It was not helpful that I was also getting a tattoo on my forearm. Still a great exercise for me to become a more talented editor and storyteller.
A massive thank you to my friends who helped me put this together. James Spooner is an awesome guy and he just opened up the first all vegan tattoo spot in Los Angeles, Check him out.
Ellen said it best at the beginning of the show. If 12 Years a Slave was not to win best picture we would all be racists. I'm not suggesting that is exactly the situation, just an example of how safe everything was. 12 Years A Slave was the big statement and "important" film of the year. Seems that whichever film is able to market itself that way fairs the best. Ellen was clearly very calculated in attempting to make our stars seem human and approachable. SEE they are just like us, eating pizza and everything. OOO they even take selfies like me. I will stop the sarcasm and negativity right there.
Rather than go on and on about Bruce Dern and what an amazing film Nebraska was, Im going to reference a tweet by Patton Oswald.
Another thing I found troubling was that Blue Is The Warmest Color was not nominated in the foreign film category. Only to discover with a quick google search that it was released 9 days too late. Blue Is The Warmest Color was the best foreign film of the year. Great Beauty was good but I found the ending to lack something.
Finally, the final thing I want to mention is the documentary short category. This category is fantastic and I hope they never get rid of it. Given the current state of how we as a population consume media, this has to be the most relevant and relatable category. The Woman in Number 6: Music Saved My Life was a beautiful and moving tale of the oldest living holocaust survivor. She was 109 nine years old when they made the film and STILL rocking out on the piano. Completely amazing woman who has compassion and love for everything, to a point that I can barley understand how she wielded such joy after going through so many impossible challenges. The Cave Digger was another short doc that I suggest all my fellow artists take 40min and watch. The story of this mans work from his own words, I was truly moved by his heart and passion for what he was doing. Got me thinking that part of being an artist is struggling, just for the sake of the struggle. Might take me some time to come to terms with that.
Overall I feel as though I'm responding and thinking similar things to what I always feel and say after every show. Some great films got overlooked like they always do. There were a few surprises that I was both happy and unhappy with. Some of the speeches made me cringe at how self indulgent they were (Matthew Mcconaughey) and some people made me so happy; BILL FUCKING MURRAY.
It is with great pleasure I present this labor of love. MACAJEY and I instantly hit it off when we met a couple months ago. A fellow artist in a similar place, it was a pleasure collaborating on this. Even with very limited resources we were able to achieve our vision and convey an emotion.
A huge thank you must go out to everyone who helped me make this video. I pulled in a lot of favors on this one and I'm so grateful to have so many kind people in my life. Molly and Ian, thank you both so much for letting us use your houses. Mason thank you for hooking it up with some gear. Our bikers; Josh and Andrew, we could not have done this without you. Borrow Lenses for being an awesome way to rent lenses with massive security deposits. Filmmaking is an awesome opportunity for artistic collaboration. Producing this music video was a reminder what can be done with a humble amount of resources.
Director of Photography: Michael Anthony
B Camera: Nick Johnston
What a fantastic and incredible story. A film made is 1932 is still just as relevant an example of great storytelling. Directed by Frank Borzage and starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. It is an absolute joy to watch films like these. As a society we have evolved our perspectives on love and romance. Some would argue we have made things more complex with our stories. A Farewell To Arms has simple elements in contrast to a more modern love story. For me, this allows a chance to study other elements of the film.
The film was shot by Charles Lang. Take five minutes to read his wikipedia page and you will have some idea of what a badass he was. He made over 100 films and collaborated with the best filmmakers of the last century. A Farewell To Arms was an early success for Lang. Some of the camera movement in this film complements story perfectly.
The challenges filmmakers faced back when this film was released were enormous. The technical processes for exposing light to film was just that; highly technical. The lengths in which film crews had to go to produce moving images was vast. Today we all walk around with super computers in our pockets with more filmmaking capabilities then Frank Borzage ever had. More then ever before its about the story. More then ever before, it is possible to do great work. I find this exciting because the only thing we must master as filmmakers is now ourselves.
Very recently I set to out to learn more about the newer filmmaking apps popping up in the App store. One that has caught my attention is the app Cameo. I think there is something really cool about a social site with a similar UI as Instagram BUT just for video. Also I enjoy that this app and others like it put an emphasis on story structure. As a director myself I think this a great way to practice my craft and hone my skills.
Another similar app is Directr - Its a well built app and easy to use. I would say this app does a more thorough job of providing a framework for creation. Something about the sex appeal of Cameo has me more interested. If you have not checked these out yet I encourage you to download them. AND don't forget to follow me on both: @jacobbeemer
San Francisco stands in a class all its own when you are listing amazing photographic locations. The spot where I snapped this photo is great for a two different reasons. First, the ocean offers a fantastic backdrop to be creative with your camera angles. Second, and most important reason is the large source natural fill light. Behind the camera about 10ft is the giant south facing wall of the Cliff House. Painted the perfect muslin white, the wall reflects the sunlight perfectly. If you lack a grip department, this spot is an awesome way to achieve an otherwise impossible look.