On Saturday morning young Morales and I hit the streets to see what the city had to offer. There were food products and carved statues.
It only took us five months since shooting… but we got it done. Here’s the video for Thaddeus Clark’s Downtown/Connect. The (banging) song is available for download at hellabasic.com. Special shots to my editor Jason Morales who slogged through many weekends and evenings to help bring this to the light of day.
Sitting with the actor and comedian Michael Blaustein the talk was about originality, credit, and plagiarism. Comedy and jazz have different things to say about those topics. Backlight on the scene was provided by the Thom Mayne designed New Academic Building at the Cooper Union.
A lot of people will give you reasons why they would never live in New York City, or had to leave. Reasons often cited include: noise, rudeness, lack of green space. On the other hand, this is a place overflowing with reasons to keep pumping. It fills you up.
Every now and then, the scout is the best part of the shoot.
After a number of scout sessions, we finally got a shoot in the can; the music video for Thaddeus Clark’s “Downtown Connect.” Gambler to Dux: How do you feel, do you feel strong? Frank Dux: I feel good. It was an adventure.
It was a Sunday evening, a little over a year ago. Thaddeus Clark is on the phone. Thadd: Let’s do a video. Me: Cool. When. Thadd: Wednesday. Me: Word! That’s how it came together. We had been talking/planning. But it was one of those maybe, maybe not kind of things. Never the right window. Until […]
For the past few seasons I’ve shot video for Gary Graham’s fashion week presentations under the tutelage of Alex Antitch for Ace Collective. Antitch is Graham’s regular photographer and the creative director of his most recent shows. This time around the shoot was at Graham’s recently christened Tribeca space. There was the usual frenetic energy […]
Often a location scout will yield fun shots that don’t end up being useful for anything else. Here are a couple, done up magazine style. These may not be direct quotes, but hey.
Literally thousands of Santas descended upon the West Village on saturday. These are just a few of them. Shot some video on a borrowd tilt/shift lens — extra wide, as you can see — but there’s nothing like a good still frame.
Another couple shots from my ongoing “year in walls” series. One is from the handycam, the other from the new Canon. A friend’s office faces the back wall of the New Museum in Manhattan. I love looking at the strange quantization problems of an image shot with a consumer-grade lens, through a window, through a […]
I love how a color can stretch its boundaries when it interacts with factors like age and light. This garage read as black to the eye, but the camera sees the shadows of the garage as blacker than the garage itself. And what about the sign advertising its price? And the black cars inside?
After an earlier doc piece, lead singer DJ McNanny and I collaborated on what became a pet project — shooting footage from time to time vaguely in service of a music video. In between, we ended up with a branded song, or an ad for a music video, or a two-minute thingy (technical term) that […]
This year, in the interest of improving my quality of life, I decided to subscribe to the weekend edition of the New York Times. The delivery is split over two days and contains all of the items that are available on the newstand edition of the sunday paper. On saturday the Magazine (my favorite publication […]
This piece was shot over the course of a day on the streets of Brooklyn and Queens. It felt like no block went unexplored. On the day we shot the JMZ train was unexpectedly out of service. Not even our crack production team could get the MTA to roll a train over the bridge. So […]