James Drake

It Stops With Me

The promotional video for the Sexual Assault/Sex Trafficking video that I had the pleasure of working on with James and Hannah Drake is online.

The videos that I helped with are in a 4-part series that will be available to schools, church groups and other groups who are looking to spread awareness of this overlooked problem in America. As of now, those groups will have to order the materials from online in order to view them so they probably won't be widely available online, but if you're interested in this issue or would like more information about the group, Unlock Freedom, you can find their website here.


Triple D

Yesterday we got to working filming the grand finale to the Unlock Freedom project, a series of PSAs on sex and other human trafficking which will be airing in high schools around the country. Dave Dugdale (or Triple D as we liked to call him) was on hand to shoot B-Cam with his GH4, and he put together a BTS video for his website: LearningDSLRVideo.com.

Check out his post about his experience and see the BTS video here, or check out just the video below. 

It was a pleasure getting to work with Dave, and to see his work with the beautiful GH4, and I'm excited to see how the whole Unlock Freedom series comes together when it's released next month. 

Both Beautiful Things

If you're the kind of person that owns a Ferrari, you probably only want the best of the best. You maybe go a little bit beyond what's just practical, and you want to add a sense of style to your life as well. So if you're going to put that Ferrari in a garage, it can't just park it in any old garage with pinboards and tools on the walls. You need to make that garage stylish and unique.

If you're the kind of person that owns a Ferrari, you might find yourself talking to a person like Andre Martinez.

Andre is a classical painter, but is an all-around design guru, working with the likes of Eddie Murphy and John Malkovich on design projects for them while also having done "traditional" projects like painting faux gold in The École nationale supérieure d’architecture in Versailles. And, well, if you're someone like Andre Martinez, you probably won't have just an average video for your work, either.

Last year, Andre worked with my good friend James Drake at 5K Insight about creating a promotional video for his Stables Collection; a decorative wall covering and technique that he created utilizing dirt and grass from the area surrounding a property. The end result is something that not just stands on its own, but actually allows a building to become more a part of its surrounding nature.

For the video, James brought me in to do sound, which was a real treat as the home owner allowed us to use his Ferrari for the shoot. It's not every day you get to record a car like that. While some sounds were added for effect later in post, most of what you hear in the video is what was recorded on the day. Hope you enjoy!

Every horse needs a stable. Extraordinary horses deserve extraordinary stables. Coming home from your ride every day is completed by pulling into a private space that you, your family and your prized collections call home. Turning off the key and shifting from one world to the next requires an effort only understood by few. Each Stable by André is manifested to be one of a kind: Hand crafted from materials surrounding your home that may never be duplicated by others. A truly hand tailored wall treatment within which your collection can find refuge after a hard day of riding. Your home is a sanctuary for all of the creatures that dwell therein.

Wrapping Up 2014

The term "That's a Wrap!" seems to take on a new meaning around this time of year if you're a filmmaker. Production usually slows down a bit in the winter, so it's common to wrap up a lot of projects just as the year itself is wrapping up. Then there's Christmas. Wrapping presents and wrapping yourself up in a nice warm blanket as the weather gets colder (then back up to 60 or so, then colder again). It's a great time of year to finally take that breath and look back on what all you did over the last year, and while I'm not entirely ready to bring 2014 to a close, there's a lot that I've been working on that I want to show you. Unfortunately, I can't show you everything right now since it's still in post, but I have a few great pieces that I want to show off which I think you'll like.

First off, I have a piece that is a little bit different than most everything else that's on my site, and that's because I directed this one as well! A couple years ago, my dad sold his main veterinary practice and began specializing in animal dentistry, and then expanded his work in the even more specialized field of exotic animal dentistry. Yes, lions, tigers and monkeys! (That's how it goes, right?) It's pretty amazing work that he's been doing with the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, and so I was honored when they asked me if I would create their next promotional video for the foundation. Not only that, but it was going to premiere at a veterinary conference in Atlanta at which Peter Emily was the guest of honor. No pressure!?!?

It was a long journey to get to the final product, but I'm pretty proud of the work that everyone did in order to help it come together in the end. Check it out!

The second piece that I helped with as the Production Sound Mixer was quite a bit different, but the work was just as rewarding as we were able to tell an equally important story about equality.

Back in September, Starbucks commissioned filmmakers from 28 different countries around the world to tell a story about a group of people that use Starbucks as their meeting place. All of the stories were filmed on the same day, so it gives you a bit of a snapshot of what could be going on anywhere in the world at any given moment in time. Pretty great concept, and it's great seeing them all put together at the end.

I worked on the segment "Open Roads", which follows a LGBT Scooter group from their meeting place at a Starbucks on Colfax. It's amazing to see all of the places they go from there! Unfortunately I can't embed it on the site because it's interactive, but feel free to watch it on YouTube, either as it's own individual story in "Gallery Mode", or as a piece of the larger whole in "Film Mode".

Besides that, I've also wrapped production on a reality show for the Weather Channel, an internal video for BMW, a commercial for a local artist and a sexual abuse series which is going to be shown in High Schools across the country. I can't give much more info than that right now, but I'll be sure to put up the finished products when they're ready for the world to see.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!


Wagner Equipment Co. & Runner's World

For several months last year we worked with Wagner Equipment Co. in Aurora to help them create a new industrial video; one that would work as an introductory video to new recruits, but could also be shown around the facilities that the employees could be proud of and show their friends. Wagner has always been family owned and operated, and they take great care of the people that work for them and with them.

It was a pleasure working with the Wagners and their entire company, and it's always good to see a company whose main focus is giving local workers long-term jobs.

I also noticed that another video I worked on is online now. Kayleen McCabe, the host of the DIY Network's Rescue Renovation was featured in the "I'm A Runner" section of Runner's World Magazine, and I joined James Drake and Wade Yamaguchi to grab some b-roll of the photo shoot and to do a behind-the-scenes interview.

I can't embed the video on the site, but feel free to follow the link here to check it out on their site.