Hanging out between takes on PCH.

This year hasn’t been an easy one, and the pandemic has definitely put a bit of a damper on what I was hoping was going to be a stellar year of growth. In spite of that, however, when I look back at the past 11 months, I’m very proud of what I accomplished. I’ve grown, achieved goals, and continued to move forward while it seemed as if the entire world was doing nothing but moving backwards. I’m not going to lie, though, it hasn’t been easy, and even as I write this I sit and wonder “what’s next?” There have been times where I was just hoping to get by and times where things have been so busy I didn’t know what to do with myself. But when I sit back and reflect on the past 11 months of 2020, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. Not only have I—so far—been able to weather the storm of uncertainty with the pandemic, but I’ve been able to work on projects that have allowed me to improve both creatively and professionally. This post might be a little longer than normal, but whatever… I only post on here about once every year or so haha.

One project that I’m very proud of is directing the commercial assets for Aprilia’s RS660 launch with my good friends at Sweatpants Media. We filmed it all back in late September/early October. The shoot was done on an over-night in Downtown San Franciso, a day on the coast and Laguna Seca, and another day in a motorcycle shop. The completed commercial shows Pikes Peak Champion Rennie Scaysbrook ripping the new bike out of the city, around the track, and down the beautiful California coast.

Our set for the garage scene of the commercial.

DoP Mikey Zeller getting our final sequence of the day, overlooking the coast.

Another project that was fun to put together was Travel Paso’s latest marketing campaign, showcasing the beauty of the area through a road trip story of two different couples in two different, but very cool, vintage cars. I was responsible for pre-production work, directing, DoP, and editing. It was quite the undertaking, but Travel Paso was ultimately pleased with the final product. It was great to be able to safely shoot this and bring some friends/colleges along—new and old—to AC, provide a tracking vehicle and gimbal, drone work, and photography. Thanks to them, because this piece woudn’t have been what it is without them. If you’re driving through Paso, be sure to keep you eyes peeled for the billboards.

Screen grabs from Travel Paso.

More Travel Paso screen grabs.

I have also continued to produce 805 Beer’s advertising and creative content. In spite of the pandemic and global shutdown, the alcohol industry has been obviously flourishing, and their need to content hasn’t stopped. Below is one short film about custom bike builder Bryan Thompson that I finished editing and post work for earlier this year.

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