Posts Tagged ‘david puu cinematography’

Waterborne

Friday, January 21st, 2011
Birth

Birth

Ours is a watery world. Immersed from the point of our conception, we have an affinity for water.

So it comes as no real surprise that many of my closest friends and colleagues are fans of my work, and in turn me of their vision and passion.

Greg Huglin, Dick Hoole,  Falzon, Davey, Aichner, Havassy, Croci, Koniakowski, Bruce Brown, etc. The list is long of those men whose work fuels my own desire to produce.

Primaries

Primaries

I met Jack McCoy one evening as I was walking down the beach on the South Shore of Oahu. I was hand holding a little Panasonic video cam with a fisheye I had built a press mount for. A tall guy smiled at me and asked about the little camera. A short conversation ensued and in a few minutes we were both laughing going “Holy shit, you are him!”

Awhile back I got a  call from Jack. He told me that he was working on something pretty special and was looking for footage of something I had shot in Hawaii on that very same trip when we met, as well as some Hawaiian stuff I had produced with Tom Stone on Java. I sent it to him.

Well the film is done and will premier in my home town. Here is the Press Release for Deeper Shade of Blue.

Here is the film’s trailer.

I have no idea if Jack used my footage or stills. But it does not matter really. I am a huge fan of this aging Cinematographer whose vision and physical ability defy almost any other person alive to match. When I asked Jack how long he planned on making movies and doing what he does in the impact zone, he looked at me and said enthusiastically “I don’t know, maybe 65 or 70?”

He will do it.

The images I get to build are assembled based on the tableau produced by my clan. This blog’s work was shot on the heels of a visit by Robb Havassy. We are feeding off each other. Surf Story Volume 2 is in the works.

Jack will be in it of course.

Hope he lets us come see his film.

Click on any of the images in this gallery to toggle through as a slide show. The surfer is Hans Rathje.

Everything was shot on the Canon 5D Mark 2 system. You should see the motion capture from this shoot.

Hopefully you will get to some day!

Earth Angel

Friday, March 5th, 2010
Renewal

Renewal

angel |ňąńĀnj…ôl|
noun
1. a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God.

“So let the Earth give testimony.”

I was raised in Santa Barbara. Most of my earliest and therefore strongest influences, were based on my native Hawaiian Culture’s perception of man’s place in the world, and the catch all of SB culture’s budding eco consciousness, and the science based tenets of our University and College.

But one of the most basic of principals, and something upon which my work is founded, came not from my social and cultural mores, it actually was planted in me at conception. No one really understands how life generates. For lack of any more accurate descriptive terminology, we call the impetus that creates life, the hand of God.

Man is unique in all that walks, swims and flies the Earth. He has a level of power to affect his environment. He is a minor architect fashioned in facsimile to a grand Architect. It is why we are so cognizant of beauty, and as our culture grows away from its native tribal roots, where we lived close to the land, this beauty can serve to bring our attention back to our primary essence. That is a very important aspect to having a healthy culture and society.

We reside in the most complex of systems. Recently, man has developed a computer that has exceeded the computational power of the human brain. We are capable of affecting Spaceship Earth either in a positive, or negative manner on a greater level than ever before in our history.

We parachute into this spinning, wonderous blue ball, and become someone.

Then we leave, small and great.  Each one of us has that in common.

The Earth was made for us. As a citizen of this place, residing in a country whose very Constitution recognizes the tenet of being under God, I have a great respect for our responsibility to reflect and nurture through stewardship, this amazing planet.

But here is the really great thing about this place: it goes on, whether we affect it positively or not. That is how God designed it. The Earth gives a living testimony to His Sovereignty.  Science bases much on the Law of Entropy, which is the progression of things towards disorder. Mankind is one of the only creatures that I am aware of, that can actually have some affect on Entropy, yet true affect is relatively minor, when put in a global scale, or geological timeline, for humanity.

But whether we choose to act as responsible passengers or not, the spaceship will arrive somewhere some day, with an entirely new crew.  So what is important to you? How do you fit in? What is your role?  In a season, there will be new flowers growing. Each a blossom unto itself.

Here is a link to a demo reel that I did awhile back. It is very illustrative of our Earth.

It pays to know who is in charge.  All the rest is just the short strokes.

U2 and Greenday: Getting it done. The saints are coming. And if that was not enough. Eno and U2 with One. Amazingly on point.

David Fortson of Loatree motivated this post. He is a catalyst for change and sustainable thinking.

Angel

Angel

Click on any of the images in the Gallery for a larger view. I did this edit as an Earthday Homage. It is a sliver of what I see, in any given moment, in my passage on this ship.

While the World Shakes

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
A semi alive contradiction: Salton Sea sunset

A semi alive contradiction: Salton Sea sunset

The Rim Of Fire collapses and expands and it is in upheaval right now. I could feel it coming while we were on Bali. Daily messages came in the form of little tremors, groans and bumpy vertiginous moments. A larger quake hit as we left Depassar. Now pain reigns in may places in the Rim. It is something I am cognizant of, but cannot focus on. I am just very sorry for them all right at the moment.

I am in the most polar opposite of places right now as Tyler Swain, Rob Dafoe and I work on content acquisition for a music video for phenoms Elliot Minor. We are in the desert in Riverside county which is only two hours outside of LA. We make daily creative forays out into the dusty oddness that is the Salton Sea. Our tempo is measured but intense. Temperatures are in the 100′s and we work fast. Tyler toured with Elliot minor doing some road documentary reality work. He likes and is inspired by them. They have a song that may never go anywhere due to it’s non pop nature. It is pretty dark, and beautiful. So of course Tyler figured that it would be a great platform to base a production on.

So he had called Rob Dafoe and I up. In working together,  each brings a huge amount of talent, creativity and teamwork to the table. I reckon Tyler thought we would have some fun and just do something different. We are. It is a fantastically creative environment and we all feel blessed to be here.

I have had to throttle back all my other ambitions and have thrown everything into Tyler’s concept. I am convinced this will be better than any of the main stream efforts I have seen. All of our creative friends are throwing down in an effort to produce something great with little to no budget. Once again we are using the Canon 5D Mark 2 system and the Panasonic HVX 200.

Last night after we had wrapped we sat in a nearby sports bar. The toast as we held cold glasses aloft? “To superior work and superior friends” I ‘m continually reminded of how high the bar actually is in cinematography and photography as I travel. I am so blessed that I have friends who regularly leap over that bar and drag me across with them. Egos? Yes they have them. Does one actually ever see evidence of that? Only in the content on the screen. Great artists are like that. They only seem to be having a good time. Part of the illusion they weave.

Here are some stills that are example of the motion segments we are collecting. Time to blog is brief. Back to our desert set in a couple hours with a talented model and actress.

Tyler Swain. Yes our days start like this.

Tyler Swain. Yes our days start like this.

Rob and Tyler prepping in our generously loaned production digs.

Rob and Tyler prepping in our generously loaned production digs.

Yep, tilting at windmills.

Yep, tilting at windmills.

Tyler soon chucked the HVX and subbed the 5DM2 for this car mount shot

Tyler soon chucked the HVX and subbed the 5DM2 for this car mount shot

Dafoe and Swain, Kings of the crane shot

Dafoe and Swain, Kings of the crane shot

Right Place, correct time. The motion picture shot if just as pretty.

As two other camera ran different motion captures. Days end

As two other camera ran different motion captures. Days end

Desert Seascape

Desert Seascape

Tribe Makers

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Donna von Hoesslin and some of her tribe

Donna von Hoesslin and some of her tribe

My girlfriend Donna’s video, “Passages”¬† is now up on the Intuit Website, you can view it here. The video whose production I have blogged a bit about, is the requirement necessary for grant payment.¬† If you VOTE for her at the videos end, and find it in your space to provide a comment, your generosity could propel her story into winning a place in the final five.¬† She would use the funds to grow her business which not only positively affects the town of Ventura in which we live, but an array of incredible women. You can vote the video as all three categories by the way. Click on all three and leave a comment. You will need to register with Intuit.¬† That is about a 30 second process and Intuit does not spam your e mail.

While you are at it, check out some of the other videos. Some really great and creative stuff. Some very cornball as well. It is addicting! Only five grants are being offered nationwide so this grows more exciting with each passing day. A surfer could win the business grant, which would fund a company’s growth that gives back to the sport and cultures which generated it.

Donna has been the impetus behind me becoming more public and sharing. Were it not for her, this blog would not exist. Some people motivate by example AND relentless¬† subtle pressure. I am one of those people who requires that approach. Those that know me well, understand that a lead pipe to the head sort of works too. Being Hawaiian, I am incredibly thick skulled. My doctor pal, Roger Dunham once commented: “Wow you have dense cranial bone structure” (Yes it IS medically documented)

I have always been a fan of the concept of the tribe. When a group bands together under common cause and proceeds together as a family, all the members benefit. The Tribes group recently invited me to join. Ed Brenegar spoke with creator Seth Godin and I was invited to join and contribute. It is both a responsibility and joy that I look forward to. You can find the book Seth wrote that has inspired a movement here.

The thing about tribe makers is that they believe it is possible for all to benefit and that society and the world at large may be best affected as we each embrace our own tribe. As an athlete, an artist and a native I am the member of multiple tribes all of which are pretty amazing. It is why you will always see links to the tribe on this blog, because when one excels and shines, then we all do.

Below are several of the women from Donna’s Tribe. Many of her fashion designs carry the names of the women which inspired the design concept.¬† Each woman is a light in their own right. Click on any of the images for a short back story . Tribe leaders all.

Singer songstress, Zuri Allen Star

Singer songstress, Zuri Allen Star

Mary Osborne

Mary Osborne

Sierra Partridge

Sierra Partridge

Hailey Partridge

Hailey Partridge

Tiare Thomas-Friedman

Tiare Thomas-Friedman

Holly Beck with Hannah Rastovich

Holly Beck with Hannah Rastovich

Asia Carpenter

Asia Carpenter

Jeanette Ortiz

Jeanette Ortiz

Shawn Alladio: K38 Rescue

Shawn Alladio: K38 Rescue

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