Jun 4 2012

Mercedes – Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

As a follow up to the Classic Center video, we followed the guys up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. During this event we created a piece on site of the RM Auction and the most expensive lot of Mercedes ever sold. We had a chance to get up close to a 1937 540 K Spezial Roadster that sold for 9.68 Million dollars. It was a pretty amazing auction to say the least.

One of the highlights of the trip was sitting down with Sir Stirling Moss and Tommy Kendall talking about motorsports. Favorite quote of the interview “Lewis Hamilton wins a race, he has to go chat up Vodaphone. If I won, I would go and chase the crumpet.”

Client: Mercedez Benz USA
Agency: GO! Productions


May 25 2012

Mercedes Benz Classic Center

Let me start off this blog by explaining the “funniest” event of the whole shoot. Colby and I were moving the jib between a few cars and one of the guys that worked at the Classic Center walked up and said “Ummm, you guys should walk around and take the long way with all that camera gear.” My typical response, “Its all good, we move this stuff all the time.” With a concerned look on his face he said, “Well under that cover is a the original #722 300 SLR car that Sir Sterling Moss drove when he won the Mille Miglia in 1955. You should take the other route.” We stopped dead in our tracks and turned around…

That is the story of the Classic Center- every corner has some amazing piece of Mercedes history. You see cars from the 1930s that have technology that changed the way we create cars to this day. Revolution after revolution was sitting there right in front of us. One other amazing thing is the craftsmanship and amazing quality of work that happens within those walls- restoring beaters back their original OEM spec. This is why we were there- Mercedes wanted us to tell the story of restoring cars and prepping them for the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

The facility is in Irvine, CA situated right next to El Toro, so one day we shot one day with these cars driving at El Toro and another day at the Classic Center. To see a pristine 300SL in person is amazing, to hear the engine crank and run is orgasmic and to get a ride in this car down the El Toro runway at 120mph is HEAVENLY. It was literally one of those “pinch me” moments to hear that vehicle at full song from the passengers seat. We were there with the then unreleased SLS AMG and I could care less. I digress… This is the 1955 300SL Gullwing that I got to ride in.

There is such a crazy story behind this car- the owner has EVERY piece of paper pertaining to this car all in a binder. When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING- from the original letter the first owner sent to Daimler Benz. I have never heard of a car being so well documented or so well maintained in the original form. No aftermarket oil pans here, no modern tires- EVERYTHING is original or from the same period this car was made in. It even had the original luggage that came with the car inside. DRROOOOOOOOOL…

Here are some stills from the shoot:





Here is the final piece I put together.

Thanks to such a great team for helping to capture something that I will never, ever forget.

Agency: GO! Productions

Here is a behind the scenes packed with great photography from Linhbergh of our shoot day at El Toro. http://www.speedhunters.com/eltoro


May 25 2012

RTR-X The Chase

We were approached by Electronic Arts to make a teaser video for “The Run,” the newest release in the “Need for Speed” franchise. The premise of the video game is a cross-country race like the Cannonball Run. The concept was to create a video of a chase scene in the desert that showcases the RTR-X – a Need for Speed partner car built by Vaughn Gittin Jr. This custom built Mustang is absolutely INSANE.

I flew out to Phoenix to scout the top secret location where we were going to be filming so we could develop choreography for the car chase. I also drove to Wickenburg, AZ in search of a motel for the opening scene of the piece. I struck gold with this little motel- the people that ran it were so excited to have us there, that they would not even take any money. We later ended up trading video games as a thanks for using the location.


After that quick trip I came back, made a plan, rented a RED and drove back out to Arizona a few days later PACKED to the gills with camera equipment.

I love driving through the desert, because all too often you see sights like this.

The following day we were up at 3:30am in order to be at the facility at 5:30. We wanted to get an early start, as it was supposed to be 110 degrees by 1PM. More on that later. By the time the sun started to rise we had all the gear unpacked and prepped. The beauty of being up that early are the amazing sunrises you see. After I set up the time lapse of the sunrise, I snapped this pic.

And here is the same sunrise, but from my other camera that we used in the opening of the piece. Ironically, we were in the Arizona desert and this was the only cactus on the entire 1,000+ acre facility.

From there it was sliding like crazy all over the desert. We had Vaughn Gittin Jr behind the wheel of the RTR-X and Chris Forsberg driving the RTR. These two guys are incredible drivers and take after take they nailed it. Here are some various screengrabs I shot during the two days we were out there. Can you tell how hot it was from the pics?!






Here is a little BTS showing how we utilize high dollar production camera cars to get some of the shots. ;)

Sadly, this video never really saw the light of day due to the fact that the game received a pretty poor rating from various gaming magazines / blogs etc. This was the final edit.

Client: Electronic Arts


May 25 2012

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Shoot

After the Corvette shoot, I had time to come home, do laundry, kiss my girlfriend (now fiancee) clean camera gear and then hop on another plane to Chicago- again. :) This time I was meeting up with photographer Tyler Gourley and the 2012 Camaro catalog shoot that was already in progress. They had been shooting for a few days all over the city, and the next part of the shoot was in the parking lot of Soldier Field. They wanted to get some dynamic drifting shots of the Camaro sliding around with the city in the background. To pilot this big yellow machine, they called in Formula D driver Ryan Teurck to burn up some more tires.

After a few hours of shooting, we saw the clouds rolling in and suddenly the wind picked up. Someone had the radio turned on and we heard reports of a tornado warning in our general area. Suddenly the skies opened up and SHEETS of rain started pouring down. The crew scrambled to shelter and regrouped.

After about a 30 minute delay, the rain let up enough to continue driving. Ryan had a fun time sliding the car through standing water before doing donuts around the crew.

The following day I had a bit of a break… I got to walk all over Chicago, explore landmarks and luckily partake in “Taste of Chicago.” If you have never heard of the event, its held on the streets of Millennium Park and all the restaurants from the city set up booths with bite size samples of the cuisine they make. This was amazing, as big of a foodie as I am, I got to taste little tidbits of food from restaurants all across Chicago all in one place. Sadly, my iPhone was lost a few months after this trip, and most of the photos I have of this and BTS of a lot of these shoots are gone. :( Lets just say I am vigilant about backing up my photos now. The one surviving photo from my day off…


We shot in some amazing locations in Chicago over the 4 days I was there. We shot on Lower Wacker Street, a really cool little alley, driving down shoreline drive shooting out of the back of a van and even underneath the L train. Here are a few screengrabs from the shoot showing the ranges of places we filmed at.








After an all-night shoot, I had a 7:15am flight to Miami for the second leg of this shoot. I went straight from Lower Wacker St to the airport and PASSED OUT on the plane. A few hours later I was in Miami and the heat quickly made me thirsty. Really thirsty. Thankfully our hotel had these ready and waiting for me when I arrived!

After I unpacked I realized how hot I was and how I needed some form of refreshment. I walked down the road and found this! SOUTH BEACH! BTW- Shooting through polarized sunglasses makes for interesting water and sky efffects- :)

Eventually we had to start shooting again, so I met up with the rest of the team the following day at even COOLER locations. We shot at an old seaplane museum, in front of a hotel on Collins Ave and one of the craziest parking structures I have ever seen.



I recently compiled some of my favorite clips from this shoot into a video…

Its jobs like this that make me really appreciate working with really fun people in incredible places.

Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners


May 23 2012

2012 Corvette Centennial Edition- Pin A Ribbon

I got a call from the guys at Goodby Silverstein & Partners to shoot video footage in conjunction with the official photo shoot for the General Motors 2012 Corvette Catalog. The didn’t know how they were going to use it yet, but they know that it would cost a lot more to get this footage later. So I hopped a plane to Chicago, drove down to Joliet, IL and met up with the shoot in progress at Autobahn Speedway.

Brian Konoske was the photographer taking still photos of the Corvettes on and off the track. For the first day I shot video of details of the car- inside and out.



Day two is when the real fun started. One of the creatives on the shoot approached me and said “Are you ready to shoot that breast cancer piece?” I thought he was talking to someone else at first… “Me?” “You mean no one told you…. uhhh nevermind, lets just shoot some cool shit.” Formula Drift driver Ryan Tuerck was flown in to be the wheel man for the day. We then proceeded to beat the living hell out of a Centennial Edition ZR1. This was going to be an advertisement for raffling off one of these cars with all the proceeds to benefit the Susan G Komen Foundation.   Proof is below:

Sadly, this video never saw the light of day due to some legal issue with selling raffle tickets across state lines…

Here is a fun little video showing how I captured some of the shots…  :)

After 2 days at Autobahn, we packed up and headed to Mid-Ohio Raceway.  I love this track- so many elevation changes and it helps to make for great racing and fun video.  Here I continued with details, but I also wanted to try something new… Here are a few frames from my rig shots that I compiled into video.

Here is a compilation of all the timelapse rig shots from Mid-Ohio.

From Mid-Ohio I drove down to Nashville, TN where we would be filming on a beautiful stretch of road called the Natchez Trace.  Here is a random shot of some weather coming through Nashville the day we got into town. This is quite possibly the most beautiful stretch of road I have ever been on.  Slow swooping turns, trees all around, amazing bridges, wide green shoulders and a traffic controlled road.  :) I got to drive some of these vehicles as I was doing more rig shots, and then strapped a camera onto my car as I chase another Corvette down the road. Here are a few screencaps from that part of the shoot:



What an amazing 11 days… Here is my favorite still that I took during the shoot as part of a time lapse.

Last but not least- the bridge I was telling you about…


May 23 2012

Shaun White at Dirtfish – BF Goodrich Tires

This project was insane on so many levels.

We worked with a great team over at The Martin Agency to produce the third chapter in the campaign where BFG teaches Shaun White how to drive.  Our production company was hired to put together a team to capture one day with Shaun at the Dirtfish Rally School in Issaquah, WA.  We headed up a few weeks before the shoot to scout the location and conceptualize what we could do in that location, develop a plan of how the day was going to go and establish any problems we might have during the shoot.

After a quick trip from LAX>SFO>Laguna Seca>SFO>LAX we hopped a plane two days later to Seattle to scout.  A short 45 minutes from the airport, we arrived at an old logging facility and the previous set of “Twin Peaks.”  Tons of cool old buildings and amazing logging roads to drive on- this was going to be a fun shoot.

After the scouting trip we put pen to paper and established a shot list, booked a crew and then went back from LAX>SFO>Laguna Seca to shoot Shaun driving at Laguna Seca for Part 2 of the series.  We shot the following day, the hopped a private plane to a municipal airport in Seattle so we could start filming the next morning.  I enjoyed  my first chartered plane ride so much that I passed out before we even took off and woke up as we touched down.  It was a crazy few weeks leading up to this job, so the rest was well needed.

The following day we were up hours before the sun, made our way to Dirtfish and started production.  8 cameras, 30 POV cams, 1 RC helicopter, a 360 degree camera system and a crew of 18 all came together to create some content that put a smile on everyones face.  The BFG Website has all the content from the day, with Shaun starting on the skidpad and working his way up to a ride with Sasquatch.  Yes, I am serious.

This clip is the culmination of the days training- Shaun gets rewarded with Rally legend David Higgins. David takes him around the course and shows Shaun what he can do if he practices a bit… ;)

They even cut this footage to create a 0:15 spot that was aired EVERY SINGLE COMMERCIAL BREAK during the X-Games.  It was awesome to see our work on broadcast TV.

Fun project, great crew- this was a fun one to work on.

Client: BF Goodrich Tires
Agency: The Martin Agency
Production Company: Digital Guerilla
Role: Producer, Camera Operator
Edited by: Mondial


May 23 2012

The importance of this blog…

I had a crazy realization last night: as a creative person, blogging is SOOOOOOO important.

I am currently searching all over for a photographer for our upcoming wedding. I have seen a good amount of very talented people out there with very strong portfolios. Looking at another group of photographers, they have direct access to their blog from the main page which directs you to so much more content. After doing this a few times, I found myself glancing at portfolios and instead looking to the blog to see who the photographer REALLY was and what their coverage looked like from beginning to end. I was amazed at what a difference being able to see blog content from a photographer made. Before I knew it, the people that were on the top of my list were getting replaced by photographers with strong blog content.

It was at that moment I was slapped in the face with reality: “what do people see when they look at my blog?!?!?”

If I was working in an ad agency and looking to potentially hire me, there is nothing on the front page of my blog that shows who I am, what I have been up to for the past year. If I was them, I would pass and hire someone that has not only a great portfolio, but supporting content that gives a insight into how they work. This is such a hard pill to swallow, because over the past year I have been KILLING myself with work that I am very happy to have my name on.

I guess its time to put another pot of coffee on and start blogging.


May 21 2011

Recent Work: BF Goodrich Tires Pt II

So after our 3-state filming tour at the beginning of March, we got asked to work on the next stage of BFG teaching Shaun White how to drive. It would involve a 2 day back-to-back shoot at Laguna Seca followed by a driving school in the Pacific Northwest (more to come on that later). This shoot was the culmination of 3 scouting trips to Seattle, San Francisco, Monterey in a week and a half. It was a doozy to say the least.

For the Laguna Seca / Skip Barber section of shooting we were one of a few units on the production. Our responsibilities were POV-heavy as well as getting special action shots with a RED One. Will largely handled the RED work and left me to run with the POV work. We had the opportunity to mount 5D’s all over the camera with specialized rigging as well as ContourHD and Contour GPS cameras everywhere. Here are a few examples of some of the shots:

A unique perspective, A.K.A. “Tire Love” captured with a 5D Mk II:

5D Mount- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

5D Mount- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

Up close and personal with Mr. White heading through the corkscrew:

ContourHD Screencap- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

ContourHD Screencap- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

Title card shot- 5D riggged up and off the body of the car:

Title Card Rigging- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

Title Card Rigging- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

Shaun tearing around the track in his Skip Barber open wheel car:

Shaun in Action- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

Shaun in Action- BF Goodrich, Laguna Seca

All the content has been edited and is live on the BFG site. Click HERE to view Chapter 2:

Shaun White- BF Goodrich Website

Shaun White- BF Goodrich Website


May 21 2011

Recent Work- Profoto Behind the Scenes

As a part of my ongoing blog series with Profoto lighting I decided what its like on set – creating good lighting in a short amount of time. The reality of a photographer is that even thought we have a dedicated time slot, it never fails that our time gets cut short. These two blog post show how I used Profoto gear to get the best photos I could in a short time. The first shoot is with the Team Need for Speed Scion tc that is driven by Fredric Aasbo. The second shoot was with the Rockstar / Etnies Ford Fiesta Rallycross car driven by Tanner Foust. More to come…

On set with DC Chavez – Part II Team Need for Speed Scion tC Drift Car shoot

On Set with DC Chavez- Profoto Blog

On Set with DC Chavez- Profoto Blog

On set with DC Chavez – Part III Rockstar / Etnies Rally Car Shoot

On Set with DC Chavez- Profoto Blog

On Set with DC Chavez- Profoto Blog


May 20 2011

Recent Work: BF Goodrich Tires

In the wake of Dubai we headed into pre-production for a 10 day, 3 state shoot for BF Goodrich Tires. When I say we, once again Will Roegge and I grabbed a team of guys and hopped a plane to the East Coast. We started at Virginia International Raceway for two days of shooting, POV work, rigs shots, interviews and lots of stills with our boy Linhbergh. All the content we generated is slated for the relaunch of the BFG site that is dropping soon.  Here are some screencaps from Virginia:

We took advantage of some of the beautiful country roads between Richmond and VIR:

Virginia Road Trip- The drive to VIR

Virginia Road Trip- The drive to VIR

Virginia Road Trip- The drive to VIR

Virginia Road Trip- The drive to VIR

Then we got to VIR- lets just say we went through a few sets of tires during production…

Virginia International Raceway- Burning Tires

Virginia International Raceway- Burning Tires

One major success from the weekend was developing a new system for time lapses on a track:

Virginia International Raceway- Time Lapse

Virginia International Raceway- Time Lapse

Even Will got to get behind the wheel for a bit for part of the filming:

Virginia International Raceway- On Track Action

Virginia International Raceway- On Track Action

From VA, we hopped a plane to Burlington, VT – home of great cheese, food and LOTS OF SNOW. We happened to land in VT as the storm of the decade came through- see below:

Snowpocalypse 2011, Burlington, VT

Snowpocalypse 2011, Burlington, VT

The client was worried that we were not going to have snow for the shoot, needless to say, we had lots. We had the chance to film at the BFG Winter Driving School, Vermont Sports Car, Team O’Neill Rally School and some beautiful VT / NH countryside.

Team O'Neill Rally School

Team O'Neill Rally School

Team O'Neill Rally School

Team O'Neill Rally School

After coming back to Vermont, we got to shoot at Vermont Sports car, the birthplace of US Rally Prepped Subarus:

Vermont Sports Car

Vermont Sports Car

After we wrapped shooting the storm hit… HARD. We got stuck in VT for another 48 hours… Not all bad though, as we took advantage of the 26″ of fresh snow and went snowboarding!

Snowboarding at Stowe, VT

Snowboarding at Stowe, VT

Final video clips should be up sometime mid-June.

Here is Will’s account of the trip.