Encountering new challenges always excites me, and with this shoot I was both challenged and humbled by the two man operation run by Peter Parvez. Most of my past shoots typically involve large operations in sizeable venues, but Peter’s tailoring business was quite the opposite - a modest single room office on the 56th floor, where all the magic happened. This posed a challenge for me because big venues mean a variety of B-roll shots and angles that I can use to help illustrate the story. In Peter’s office, I decided to take a different approach and concentrate more on his character and his craft as a tailor. I focused (no pun intended) on details in his suit making process and on his interactions with his clients. It was his first time ever being interviewed, let alone on camera, but I think his personality and music really help tie in the intimate experience that is unique to his business.
I’ve made dance concept videos with Vanessa Li and Henry Wan before, and if you haven’t seen them you should check them out.
What I love about dance is there is so much variety and even though the styles have similarities, there is also so much contrast. Jojo and Tamina’s concept dance video definitely shows how different dance styles can be. One thing that every dancer shares is their passion, and there’s no shortage of that here; this is one fierce choreo.
It’s been just over half a year since I got my new Canon 5D Mark III, and I got the great opportunity to reunite with the very first client that I took my camera out on an adventure with. Last time I took some big risks hanging off the side of a cliff and canoeing with my camera gliding 4 inches off the surface of the water, so this time I decided to top that by taking my camera 75 feet below the surface down a pitch black cave. I had to pass the camera to our tour guide Jen when I had to crawl through the many small (and very jagged) openings, but we escaped unscathed! Nothing like new and exciting risks to test the limits of your gear.
When it comes to directing one of the biggest challenges is getting the actors to deliver their characters on screen in a genuine way. How does one manage when the actors have never acted before? Well, I had to write the script to their personalities and in some cases let the actors improvise entire scenes.
DP/Editor This is my second time filming with Vanessa and what can I say? My job is to make people look good on camera, but I don’t have to do that with these ladies because they already do. Vanessa’s Youtube Channel
A comical commercial to launch the New TeamBuy Mobile App. The video originally ended with the restaurant scene, but after putting it together it felt like something was missing, so we brought the story full circle with the new ending. I was working with TeamBuy employees who volunteered their time and had no acting experience, so props to them for putting on a great first performance!
I had the pleasure of shooting at this luxury salon just outside Yorkville in Toronto. With haircuts at $400 a pop, the venue speaks for itself. I wanted to capture the spaciousness and ambience of the salon with smooth transitions and flying shots paired with a chic, modern beat.