Behind My #MondayMotivation Series

Behind My #MondayMotivation Series

Today on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I debuted a new weekly motivational video series. This is me sharing a little bit of the pep talks I give myself in the mirror, in case they might help you too. So why am I doing it? People have been telling me for years that they are inspired by some of the things I say. I never feel like I’m saying much, but if I can make a positive impact on another person, I’m in. I also just need the practice behind my camera designing visuals. I hate the lighting in this first video. I hate the shadows. I hate the echo in the sound. But that’s why I started it. To give myself a small project to relentlessly refine like a cinematography student would in film school. This was thrown together in about four hours, and yet I learned a ton about what to do differently next time. So I hope this is as helpful for you as it is for me. Fifty-one more Mondays to...
Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

The last two years have been an amazing experiment. An amazing journey in discovering who I am and what I’m capable of, and where I want to go in the film industry. Now, it seems like plans and intentions are coming together in ways I could not have manufactured myself. When I first arrived in LA I was interested in doing anything in film, and being told I had to pick a lane, so I picked shooting. I shot red carpets, commercials, short films, brand events, behind the scenes… but I’m not confident in my skill set for major film/TV set work. I needed more freedom to focus on learning. I moved to a cheaper place in January and again in April, so I could afford to do more free work and build up my experience. I did more projects and started volunteering with the mobile film classroom. I even went to Trinidad to see family and work on a documentary about my family heritage. Going to Trinidad was everything to me. But then I had to move again, and I knew rent wouldn’t be cheap anymore. Full time work went from an option to a necessity. I knew I could bring in full time income as an editor, but I knew once I branded myself as an editor out here it would be a pain to dig my way back out to shoot again. The other option was to do something completely outside of the industry and focus my off hours on studying cinematography. Then I could build my portfolio and jump when I was ready. Then came...
Happy Birthday Lynelle!

Happy Birthday Lynelle!

Song: Ricky Blaze – Endless Summer (feat. Kes The Band) This was my gift to my sister for her 30th birthday. She had a really nice 30th soiree at a photographer’s home in DC back in September, and I brought my glidecam to see what I could capture. A good event makes capturing the energy of the event really easy, and this one was truly great. Recording vocals was difficult from any further than a couple feet, even with my Zoom H4n. I would recommend renting the strongest shotgun you can afford if you need to spontaneously capture voices in a crowd. The shots are a combination of glidecam and handheld shots. All that said, she loves the video! Mission...
#MikeBrown Vigil at Howard

#MikeBrown Vigil at Howard

I filmed the entire vigil Howard students held for Mike Brown. I broke it down into eleven parts for easy viewing. Here’s what I said in the intro video: By the time I heard about the vigil for Mike Brown happening on the Yard I was already angry. I was already terrified, and confounded by what keeps happening to black men in this country. But being there to record it for you all was cathartic, and it gave me motivation for what I’ll do next. Rather than cut it down and polish it all up, I uploaded the whole vigil, so hopefully you can experience it the way I did. I hope that you also will be able to move from relief to resolve, to make sure these vigils will not have to happen...