Author Archives: Brendan Lutes

CURRENT WORK

CURRENT WORK

This was taken during our first day on set with main unit, during filming for Sky Fire (Tianhou was the working title). Director Simon West is in the straw hat, looking over our shoulders as we lined up the drone shot with the Alta 8 that was flying my Red Helium camera.

I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. It’s now been over a year since my last entry, but it was one incredible journey since this time last year. I checked off a few major goals of mine, one of which was working on a huge blockbuster film. Late last year, myself and Chapman Aerial Productions’ Justin Chapman spent a month and a half at Pinewood Studios in Malaysia filming for the upcoming movie Sky Fire (the working title then was Tianhou). It was an unforgettable experience and one that wasn’t short of amazing special effects and tons of long, hard hours.

I’ve also worked as the director of photography on a recent Yamaha Guitars commercial, putting my trusty Red Helium to work paired with Zeiss CP.3 lenses. The entire crew was amazing to work with and the director Shai Harary made it a fun time to be on set. You can check out the full piece on the Video page of this website.

Some screen grabs from the Yamaha Guitars shoot. Gafer Konrad Sigurdsson was awesome to work with on this. His knowledge and experience was second to none.

Continuing to work with 805 Beer on their branded content campaigns has been something that really allows me to shoot a variety of different subjects, and the past year was no different. A lot of the content doesn’t come out for a few more months, and I can’t wait to see it all released. Below are some that were released recently. All the full short films can be seen on 805 Beer’s website, by clicking HERE.

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LDM UPDATE

LDM UPDATE

I feel like every time I write one of these short blog updates, it’s been a long time since my last post—and this time is no different. I guess time flies when you’re having fun—or when you’re busy—and I’ve been wide open lately, working on commercials, filming projects, and photo shoots. Last year, though, I achieved a major milestone. Along with Justin Chapman at Chapman Aerial Productions, I joined the ICG Local 600. We were inducted into the union during a quick ceremony at the Local 600 offices in Hollywood, with the Local 600 president and the board. I really look forward to what the future holds for us and the projects we’ll be working on. It was a step in my cinematography career that I will never forget. 

A bad ass camera greets you in the Local 600 lobby.

Another huge step forward for me was the purchase of a brand new Red Epic-W. In the world of cinematography, this camera is at the top of the heap. Capable of filming up to 8K, the camera is one of the most advanced on the market. I’ve already had the chance to put it to work on some projects, and the future is exciting with this new piece of equipment. It’ll be fun flying it on drone jobs as well. All in all, some pretty exciting stuff has been happening to start off 2018. I’m looking to keep the ball rolling, accomplish my goals, and make memories while working in a field that I’m extremely passionate about.

Putting the new Red Epic-W to work recently.

 

 

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It’s Been A While

IT’S BEEN A WHILE

I was just going over my site to make sure everything is still in place and working properly, and I noticed that’s it’s been a while—like a really, really long time—since I updated my blog page with the latest news and happenings. LDM has been keeping busy since the beginning of 2017 with a variety of fun projects. I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I’m a huge fan of movies, both for the entertainment factor and the art that goes into filming and putting together a major motion picture. And over the past month, I’ve been working with Hollywood stuntman Corey Eubanks, shooting and editing together his Stunt Stories show. Each show features an in-depth interview with a stuntman or stunt woman, and the stories that these individuals tell are nothing short of pure entertainment. It’s cool for me to hear what they’ve gone through on the big budget movies that they’ve been involved with over the years. Corey himself has worked on just about ever major motion picture since he first got his break, driving the General Lee in the original “Dukes of Hazard” television show. In addition to Stunt Stories, I’ve also been staying busy with drone work, filming for some national television commercials and TV shows. You can see some of the work in the recently released Subaru commercial below. All in all, the beginning of the year has been all about filming/cinematography more so than still photography, which I’m pretty excited about. People that know me, know that cinematography is largely where my long-term goals are. If anyone cares… I’m going to try to update this blog a little more often—at least more than twice a year. Until next time…

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Pleasantly Surprised

PLEASANTLY SURPRISED

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It doesn’t happen too often when shooting photos, and I don’t always like to admit it, but every so often I luck out. The light is just right, the subject is easy to work with, and things just click. That was exactly the case when shooting some new Fasthouse/Cadence Collection cycling kits up in Mammoth a month ago. We didn’t even know where we were going to shoot; all we knew was that we wanted some cool scenery through the trees. When we left to head up the mountain from our condo, the light was dropping fast, and it was nearly lost as we finally pulled up to a spot that worked for what we needed. As I jumped out of the truck and built my camera, Terry got on his bike and found a suitable trail off the side of the road. With some excellent timing, we were able to knock out a series of shots before the sun went down. No strobes, no planning, and a lot of team work. I’m a big fan of using natural light to create a beautiful photo. There are a lot of photographers using tons of strobes nowadays—and there is nothing wrong with that, I even use them too—but there is something to be said about producing a shot without a lot of extra lighting. I was beyond surprised that we were able to come away with the quality of shots that we did, because we literally only had about 15 minutes to knock them out. I’m hesitant to admit that, but sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of pre-production to come away with amazing imagery. All it takes are some good people, a little luck, knowledge of photography, and the art of light.

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Aerial/Drone Work

AERIAL/DRONE WORK

Wow, it’s been way too long since I’ve updated my blog on here. And not that it matters, but I thought I’d catch up on some of the stuff I’ve been up to lately. My partner in aerial cinematography Justin Chapman from Chapman Aerospace and I just recently wrapped filming for season 13 of Wheeler Dealers for Discovery Channel’s Velocity network. The entire season was a blast and took us all around Southern California, up to Oregon, and out to a solar plant in the middle of the Nevada desert. I can’t show the reel I cut together from the season, because not all of it has aired yet, but some of the shots we got we’re pretty cool, and we both learned a lot of great techniques when it comes to filming cars with a drone.

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Justin on set for Wheeler Dealers.

Right after wrapping for Wheeler Dealers, we headed to Pennsylvania to shoot the U.S. Open of Golf for Fox Sports. We were there for a week, shot every single hole, and came home with a hard drive full of footage that Fox used during their live broadcast. Check out the reel from the week’s shoot below. If you’re in need of aerial work—drones or full-sized helicopters—contact us through the contact link on this website or visit www.chapmanaero.com. I can’t wait to see where we end up next. There are some big, exciting things planned for the future.

2016 U.S. Open of Golf | Fox Sports Reel from Lutes Digital Media on Vimeo.

 

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