Partnership for Energy Progress Spots

Director of Photography — Towards the end of 2020, in the heat of the wackiest US election season ever, Michel Hansmire at Sparkworks Media hired me to shoot a series of spots for The Partnership for Energy Progress. Due to COVID restrictions we kept the crew to just four people, the producer-director, director of photography, gaffer and make-up. We shot at a restaurant in Seattle’s Rainier Valley and at a dairy farm in Woodinville, WA.

Squeezing the Dana Dolly into a tight space with Michel Hansmire and Casey Schmidt

MOTOTREK

Produce / Shoot/ Edit — In 2017 I created a YouTube channel that I hoped would inform and educate adventure motorcycle travelers. Since then MOTOTREK has grown to almost 200k subscribers and serves up more than 7M video views a year.

Each video takes about a day to film and a couple of days of post. I shoot on the GH5, sometimes with my friend David Fox on second camera, and edit in Resolve. I rely on the amazing Matt Jorgensen for short-turnaround custom music that makes the videos shine.

Behind the scenes in Borrego Springs, CA with Tim Tyler and Dusty Wessels.

I’ve produced nearly 100 episodes so far, shooting at locations across the western US and India. Here are a few of my favorites.

Mission Critical

Produce / Shoot / Edit — I made this behind the scenes video to give the Tacoma community an inside look at the design and creation of South Sound 911’s new state-of-the-art communications facility.

This video project started in 2017 and wrapped in January 2020, just in time before the world shut down. Construction of the facility continued through 2020 and I expect to produce a follow-up video in the fall of 2021.

Expose

EXPOSÉ: America’s Investigative Reports

Director of Photography – Way back in the mid 2000’s I shot handful of episodes of EXPOSÉ: America’s Investigative Reports, a national series produced by WNET (NYC PBS) as part of the Bill Moyers Journal. Each episode profiled the work of a leading investigative journalist and their team. It was an excellent show but unfortunately only lasted a couple of seasons. The Quid Pro Quo episode was nominated for a national Emmy.

The on-location production team was simply myself and a producer-director. We traveled light, shooting on mini-DV tapes with a DVX100 and a couple of Kino Flo’s for about a week per episode. The days were long and rates low, but I thoroughly enjoyed working every minute.

PBS no longer hosts the episodes online, and the copies that exist are low quality.
Here are a few of my favorite episodes.

Origin Records Spots

Three blasts from the past — 2005 to be exact!
I still get a kick out of watching these low-budget spots I shot many years ago on the Panasonic DVX100 @ 480p. I’m pretty sure we shot all of these on the same day. Good times!

Origin Records is a Seattle-based independent jazz label, run for musicians by musicians. These spots were directed by Steven R. Barron and ran on cable TV in Seattle, back when cable TV was the best way to get the word out 🙂

Behind the scenes on Shilshole Ave NW in Ballard, WA
Behind the scenes at the Conor Byrne Pub, Ballard, Seattle, WA