“Dear White People’s” use of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E Flat made me giddy. I’ve always associated that piece of music with Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” and loved it being reimagined for a modern tale of love, deceit and identity crisis. Camera department gets a lot of attention but the sound for your film shouldn’t be an after-thought. It is the audio...Read More
I just finished shooting the feature film, “Queen of Glory” directed, written and starring Nana Mensah. This was the first time I worked with a Director who was also the lead in our film. Not only was Nana the lead, she was in every scene. If I have the opportunity to shoot for a Director/Lead Actor again, these are five tips I will definitely adhere to:...Read More
Congratulations. You’ve graduated from presenting your video footage as is or altering some colors and contrast in After Effects to hiring a professional Colorist/DI Specialist. Now your film can realize its full visual potential. Here are my guidelines to getting optimal results at your color correct session. Before I begin, I want to share...Read More
Sarah Jones was kin. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, so let’s call her my distant cousin “on the camera department side”. I look at her photograph and immediately connect with her exuberance. Huge smile. Huge camera. Film production can really be that awesome. I’ve always likened film crews to a family. Dysfunctional. But still family. This family...Read More
When It Comes to Films & Travel Shows Shot Abroad, Who Else Should Be In Front of or Behind the Camera?
My friends know I’m happiest when traveling. Multiply that joy by ten if I get to travel and work. So I get a little miffed by two occurrences: how rare I see films about African Americans traveling. And how frequently I see white men as the only on-air talent, photographers, writers and film crew for a travel show or documentary. They may have been...Read More