Shooting Stars and Shooting Cars

Whether it was shooting cars or shooting stars, my week was full of interest and chaos. The video below gives you a little taste of my action packed week (set it to HD). Keep reading to hear all of my stories from this past week.

Early on in the week I heard that there was a new car group in town called “Project Overdrive”. Knowing myself, I had to find out more and I found out that they were having their first meet on Wednesday. When Wednesday came along I went to the meet. At first I was skeptical of going because I didn’t know many of the people, but it turned out I knew more people than I first thought and I met a bunch of nice people. It was really cool going because when I got there and pulled out my camera rig people started to swarm around me and tell me how they really liked my videos. This was really cool because I felt very welcome and ended up having some really good conversations with some new people I had met. Later on in the meet my friend Forest showed up and we shot all of the cars. The video below is a little edit I put together with the footage from the meet.

Ever since getting my license in November, I have started going to lots of car meets/shows and been becoming an active part of the car community. I have always been a car enthusiast, but getting my license opened lots of new opportunities to shoot cars and go to cool meets.  I am very blessed to be part of such a cool and connected community.


On Friday, I witnessed the biggest storm I have ever seen in my life. Roads turned to rivers, creeks raged and trees fell.  In Montecito we got almost five inches of rain in one day. The storm also brought giant waves, which was an amazing sight to see.img_2520

After the storm passed the clouds were really spectacular, so I decided to go take some time lapses and pictures. The greenery and great weather after the storm led to getting some nice photos and videos.

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Stay tuned for next weeks post…

A Mans Best Friend…Cars

 

img_2490This past week was full of exotic cars and exotic people. A few weeks ago an owner of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (one of my favorite cars) hit me up on instagram to go shoot. I felt pretty honored to shoot his car not only because it is farely rare, but because I would be one of the last people to shoot it before he moved to Indiana.  Brad, the owner of the car, and one of the funniest guys I have ever met, came up to Montecito and we shot at some of the scenic mountain roads at sunset. After I made an edit with the footage, Brad was so satisfied with it that he invited me to shoot his car during sunrise at the Santa Barbara Mission. So the next morning I proceeded to wake up at the crack of dawn and go to the Mission to shoot his car along with some other photographers and car owners. It turned out to be an amazing experience because I got stunning footage, I got to ride in fast cars and met some really nice people who would like me to shoot their cars in the future. Shooting his car turned out to be a way better experience than I first thought because I got to meet/hang out with some amazing human beings, ride in crazy cars, and make connections with possible business opportunities in the future. Check out both edits below.


The following Sunday I went to cars and coffee and met a very interesting guy. He told me all about his 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S. He said that this was his 14th Mini Cooper he has owned and it would be his last. It was very interesting hearing about  the history behind all of the cars he has owned. He also showed me a book on the history of Montecito Cars and Coffee which I found really cool because the photographer who took the pictures in i turned out to be a long time family friend.

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After Cars and Coffee my good friend Forest Invited me to go shoot a Mitsubishi Evo and an s14 Silvia. This turned out to be a really great experience because I got some great rolling footage and the owners of the cars were very cool people. Check out the edit I made below.

Overall it was an amazing week full of memorable experiences. Tune in next week for more content and a sneak peek of a new project Im working on…

 

 

From Hub Caps to Cut Backs…All In a Days Work

 

img_2470For the past three years I have filmed the Rincon Classic and made a video for Youtube out of it. I really enjoy going to the Rincon Classic to film and surf because there is world class surfing. It is always a great opportunity for me to practice my cinematography skills. It is great to see the local pros ripping and the groms progressing. Even if you are not a surfer, I highly recommend you go to the classic because it is some of the best waves and surfing you will ever see.

This past weekend at the Rincon Classic was very action packed. The waves were pumping, drones were zipping across the sky, and a new champion was crowned in the Pro division. Over a three hour period I got a lot of great clips and then spent the rest of the afternoon editing. Editing is my favorite part of making a video because it is really rewarding when you time a clip perfectly to the music and give the video the finishing touches that will make it special and tell the story. When you pair the music perfectly to the video, it connects the viewer to the action in a unique way which creates an experience for the viewer.

Here is this years video…enjoy (For a quality experience, set it to HD)


When the surfs not up, I enjoy going to car shows. I am an avid car enthusiast, so I go to one almost every weekend. At the car shows I really enjoy meeting new people and learning the story behind their cars. Whether it’s a 90 year old war veteran telling me about his army vehicle or a 20 year old telling me about his latest mod, it all interests me because of the pride and joy people get out of their cars. I enjoy seeing all different kinds of people sharing their common passion of cars with one and other. Americans have unique love affair with their cars, and the people at these shows take that love to the next level. For some people it is about meticulously preserving history and for others it is a creative process where they make their cars bigger, better and faster. I really enjoy filming these car shows because my videos can show how these two aspects of the car scene collide. At these events it is an array of sounds, smells and sights. For a peek into this world, watch my video recap of this past weekends car show below.

 

 

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