“To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t afford tripods.”

– Dir. Paul Greengrass (On being asked how he developed his distinctive hand-held camera style)

 “Photography is more than a hobby for me. It’s a constant companion, a passion in a world I can’t touch. It gives me solace.”

– Dan Case

Photographer: Goh Iromoto
Production Company: Studio M
Photographer Assisstant: Carmen Cheung
Client: Under Armour

Last month I had the opportunity of shooting Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs for the client Under Armour.  This is my second shoot with UA (see Tyler Seguin).  This time though we upgraded our location to the actual locker room of the Toronto Maple Leafs at their official practice arena in Mississauga, Ontario. Needless to say, it was very cool.

Had a great crew that was constantly on the ball, despite many spur of the moment changes.  In a future post, I’ll have a whole series of the crew as stand-ins while I tested lighting. Funny stuff.

Behind the scenes photos by Ron Zeeman (Studio M)

This is how nice the light looks through my bathroom window…when it’s not freezing and snowing…

This next ‘inspirational’ piece is by far one of the most heart wrenching of the bunch. It’s a short doc that will undoubtedly make you tear.

I don’t want to give too much away before you watch it. But I will say this, the filmmaker did a phenomenal job in capturing a very specific moment in someone else’s life and relaying the story back to us (the audience) in such a subtle and poetic manner.

The next set of ‘inspirational’ pieces that I’ve recently stumbled upon are by filmmaker Alex Roman. Although most of the shots are of random objects or interior/exterior architectural spaces, Roman manages to seam together an incredibly strong narrative and rides the viewer into an ‘out of this world’ journey with a climactic ending.

The filmmaker truly has an incredible visual sense for both table top and architectural photography, as he displays a masterful combination of light, composition, and movement.

From the sounds of it, he also did these all on his own (director, dp, editor, CGI, etc) on a fairly moderate budget…This is the kind of work that I would love to move towards. A true inspiration indeed.

Lately I’ve been searching out pieces for pure inspiration in full force. Thought I’d share them with everyone while I was at it.

This first piece titled ‘Nuit Blanche’ is an incredible short directed by Arev Manoukian.

Bound to make you feel something…for sure.

The first batch of Remaining Light DVD’s! Very exciting stuff. Did the cover and disc label me self. Kept it nice and simple.

It looks like we are going to be replicating them though soon using a glass mastered DVD – the standard for Hollywood movies for replicating DVDs, as opposed to using devices like your normal store-bought DVD burner.

Hoping to have it released online within a few weeks.  Neat-o.

“Taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression.  It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality.  It is a way of life.”

– Henri-Cartier Bresson

It took over a year, but the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and I have finally completed our short video/documentary on senior health care in BC titled, “The Remaining Light”

The Remaining Light is a journey through an often-invisible part of Canada’s health care system. Set in British Columbia against the backdrop of an aging population and a system of seniors’ care in crisis, the film explores what it means to age and die with dignity. Seniors, their families, and experts in the field — including those who work day-to-day with seniors — talk about the services and supports that are needed, where we are failing, and their hopes for a stronger system of care.

The entire film was shot on the Canon 5D mkII using the Magic Lantern firmware for audio recording.  The footage was then edited in Final Cut Pro.  Color grading was done with Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista.  And motion graphics were done in After Effects CS4.

We’re going to distribute it online, but for now check out the trailer.

This has definitely been an epic experience working on this film with a very small team.  Loads of room to improve still, but learned a tremendous amount.

The NFB’s GDP team put together a rather neat little ‘behind the scenes’ documentary turning the cameras back at us the directors/photographers of the multi-media web documentary project I worked on earlier this year (See previous photo essays here & here).

Video Link: http://gdp.nfb.ca/episode/1866/gdp-where-people-count

And here’s the NFB’s blurb on the video:
Closing film of the GDP webdocumentary. A 23-minute piece which navigates between ‘making of’ and original content – 14 hours of films & photo essays produced over 1 year.

The video has some really interesting anecdotes from directors/photographers from across the country on things they (we) had to deal with throughout the project – especially on the topic of how to approach participants and get people to open up and talk about their troubles during the recession.