Cory Reynolds

Quitline

The Colorado Quitline commercial that has been playing for a couple weeks on local TV is now available online. Check it out!

While there wasn't always a lot for me to do in the moment on this commercial, what with generators running. music playing and busy locations, it's always interesting to work in a different workflow. Most of the sound that I recorded for this commercial are the "sweeteners". Those little pieces that you hear behind the voiceover and behind the music. Some laughter here, a splash of water there... While it might not seem like an enthralling day, it's nice to see the effect that these small touches have on the final product. 

Beyond recording the audio, this was a great project to be a part of because it taught me a lot about every other aspect of commercial filmmaking as well. Working with Stephen Vidano as director is a great pleasure and he's a great example of how you can work in high-stress situations but still keep your cool. It was also a lot of fun watching the lighting and grip team work as they cooly set up 4Ks and 6Ks and all kinds of other lights that would put most sets these days to shame. In a time when cameras can shoot at incredibly high ISOs and are therefore able to work with just a few foot-candles of light, it's nice to see a proper lighting setup where you're not relying entirely on the technology to create the shot for you. 

I hope you like it and, if you smoke, I hope it can help lead you in the direction you'd like to go. 

They are have a Spanish version of the video here

New / Used Part 2

The second commercial in the Bob Penkhus "New/Used" series is online now!

* Besides the commercial being funny, it was a fun shoot for me as it was a reunion of sorts. I've worked with Dean Satriano (the guy eating the used burger) quite a few times in the past. He's a great actor and a great person besides that, but I was surprised when the other guy (his name is Matt) said I looked familiar. About halfway through the shoot he got that light bulb moment. Ding! We lived in the dorms together in CSU back in 2004/2005. He lived down on the far end of the hall so we didn't talk a whole lot back then, but it was good to cross paths again and catch up for a while. Neither of us knew that the other had any interest in video, let alone made a living that way, so it was interesting to go back and forth about how we'd both ended up in the same place.

It reminds me of the quote from the Cheshire Cat in "Alice In Wonderland": "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there". You might not always know where your life is leading you, and there's an infinite number of paths to take along the way, but as long as you find whatever small mile markers you can, it might be enough to at least let you know that you're not lost.

Brand New...

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I had three major projects these last two weeks, and when all was said and done, I feel like they've pushed me one step further in my career.

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It started with a commercial shoot for Cabela's. I joined my good friend James Drake over at 5K Insight on a trek up to Sidney, Nebraska to visit Cabela's corporate headquarters, then over the next three days we made a commercial for their new "Instigator" compound bow. The idea behind the commercial was a "Hunger Games" type survival of the fittest, and, of course, only those with the Instigator shall survive. It was a great shoot with some incredible talent, and it was nice to get out of town for a few days to the peaceful quiet of Nebraska. It often gets a bad rap, but it's a welcome alternative to the hectic pace of city life from time to time.

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After returning from Nebraska, I literally had hours before I had to turn back around and head up to Estes Park to work again on "Mennonite Built", a reality pilot which will hopefully be pitched to the likes of National Geographic. I had worked on a preliminary day a couple of weeks ago, but now it was time for the real deal. And I couldn't have done it without the newest addition to my sound arsenal: the Sound Devices 664. Being able to record both 6 isolated tracks and a stereo mix, all while sending dedicated signals to cameras and IFB made it the perfect candidate for this type of show. It was an intense 4 days of work, but it was an incredible production, and the fact that we were allowed to stay in The Stanley Hotel made it easy to relax after each shooting day.

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Getting a couple days off, I had to keep the pace of my work days, recovering from the previous week but still organizing for the days to come. Finally, the light shone at the end of the tunnel, as I jumped on "The Cure", a Christian film which shipped half of its work out from LA to shoot in both Evergreen and Breckenridge. It was a three day shoot, but the more leisurely and artistic pace of the set was a welcome change to the frantic time that I had just gotten through. Once again, it was nice to get more variety in my work, getting to watch the artistic process take shape as the crew worked to adapt the book, written by John S. Lynch, to the screen. It was also a unique opportunity to see the camera crew work with the newly released Movi camera stabilization system. While it still had its quirks, it appeared, it's easy to see how these nifty little machines could soon change the way that we use our cameras and how it could eventually change the industry.

Overall, it was a busy couple of weeks, and it's nice to get the rest now, but I'm still looking forward to the work to come, while continuing to expand into new and farther branches of filmmaking.