I’m Gonna Be A Creative Cow

My friend Brandon and I are working on a tutorial for Creative Cow, the largest pro video site on the Internet. The tutorial will document how we planned, shot, and edited a concert performance with multiple cameras and no synchronization.

I know, that sounds a bit geeky. So it goes…

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

I’m Gonna Be A Creative Cow

My friend Brandon and I are working on a tutorial for Creative Cow, the largest pro video site on the Internet. The tutorial will document how we planned, shot, and edited a concert performance with multiple cameras and no synchronization.

I know, that sounds a bit geeky. So it goes…

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Heaven Just Got A Lot More Crowded

Woah. The Catholic Church decided that Limbo doesn’t exist, after all.

For those who don’t know, limbo was the place where unbaptized babies and good people who didn’t believe in the church doctrine or who died before they could partake in the wonders of being Catholic went instead of heaven. You know, like the people who died before there was a Catholic Church at all.

You gotta love a religion that proves its vitality by changing the rules centuries into its existence. I guess in the end they decided that maybe making one small nudge in the direction of God loving all of us would be a neat idea.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Still Photos from The Chantilly Sisters

bellyHere’s about a hundred stills I shot last night for The Chantilly Sisters, a show now playing at the West Valley Theater in Canoga Park.

The show is getting good reviews, and a website is forthcoming. There are also plans to tour the show around the USA.

Photos on Flickr

Photos taken with my Nikon D80 and a crappy zoom lens that came with the camera. No editing, cropping, or color work has been done yet. Once the director chooses a few stills she likes I’ll do a bit of touchup if needed.

Despite the D80’s lens only being a f4.5 I think it did a good job of capturing the show.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Frame Grabs from “The Visit”

JohnI shot most of a short film this weekend for my friend Erica. We shot in an old Hollywood theater owned by Ricardo Montalban (TV’s Mr. Roark from Fantasy Island and my own personal favorite Kahn from Star Trek The Wrath of Kahn).

This was the first project I used the Brevis 35mm lens adapter on, and while Erica wanted most of the shots to be deep focus shots rather than the very shallow focus the Brevis can give, we had a lot of fun with the lenses and possibilities that the Brevis brought. One huge advantage of this adapter is it just screws onto the camera- no fiddling around for 30 minutes to get it set up like a certain other lens adapter.

This is also my first project where I’ve had to deal with very low moody lighting rather than the flat blast of light usually used in comedies. I think it turned out pretty good, given our time and other limitations. The actual location looks nothing like what we created for the film, so unlike most of my proojects where I start out with a good practical location and then add lights to accent the characters and story, this time we had to create a mood completely from scratch.

By the way, the out of focus lights outside the window are Hollywood at night.

Here’s a link to the frame grabs from my camera- no color correct or anything, these are raw frame grabs:

Pictures from The Visit

I’ll be adding a lot more frame grabs as I import the footage and get it ready for Dave to edit.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Frame Grabs from “The Visit”

JohnI shot most of a short film this weekend for my friend Erica. We shot in an old Hollywood theater owned by Ricardo Montalban (TV’s Mr. Roark from Fantasy Island and my own personal favorite Kahn from Star Trek The Wrath of Kahn).

This was the first project I used the Brevis 35mm lens adapter on, and while Erica wanted most of the shots to be deep focus shots rather than the very shallow focus the Brevis can give, we had a lot of fun with the lenses and possibilities that the Brevis brought. One huge advantage of this adapter is it just screws onto the camera- no fiddling around for 30 minutes to get it set up like a certain other lens adapter.

This is also my first project where I’ve had to deal with very low moody lighting rather than the flat blast of light usually used in comedies. I think it turned out pretty good, given our time and other limitations. The actual location looks nothing like what we created for the film, so unlike most of my proojects where I start out with a good practical location and then add lights to accent the characters and story, this time we had to create a mood completely from scratch.

By the way, the out of focus lights outside the window are Hollywood at night.

Here’s a link to the frame grabs from my camera- no color correct or anything, these are raw frame grabs:

Pictures from The Visit

I’ll be adding a lot more frame grabs as I import the footage and get it ready for Dave to edit.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Number One on MySpace

Over the weekend my Pizza Dude mobisode about Pizza and Star Trek got up to #1 on MySpace, with over 282,000 views. That’s pretty cool, thank you to everyone who made The Dude come alive.

Here’s the video

And here’s the Deliverance mobisode website.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Happy Spring, LA’s On Fire

440145925_69f1d9704e_m.jpgYup, we’re in Springtime in Los Angeles and everything’s a burnin-down. This is the view from my balcony of the Universal City fire that happened today.

Click here for more photos.

Other than the blazing inferno happening down the street, I have to say I love Springtime in LA. Most of pilot season is over, so the traffic isn’t so crazy with out of town actor and producer types, and I know that when I get into a traffic jam it’s because a geniune LA native is driving like a freakin’ maniac or a grandpa on ‘ludes.

Seriously, it’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles… hope you enjoy the pictures. If you look closely at a couple of them you can see the Disney buildings and the Warner Bros. water tower.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Happy Spring, LA’s On Fire

440145925_69f1d9704e_m.jpgYup, we’re in Springtime in Los Angeles and everything’s a burnin-down. This is the view from my balcony of the Universal City fire that happened today.

Click here for more photos.

Other than the blazing inferno happening down the street, I have to say I love Springtime in LA. Most of pilot season is over, so the traffic isn’t so crazy with out of town actor and producer types, and I know that when I get into a traffic jam it’s because a geniune LA native is driving like a freakin’ maniac or a grandpa on ‘ludes.

Seriously, it’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles… hope you enjoy the pictures. If you look closely at a couple of them you can see the Disney buildings and the Warner Bros. water tower.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

Chantillys St. Patrick’s Day Show

st pats 2I don’t normally shoot shows without a lot of planning, but I had the chance to bring my camera to a St. Patrick’s Day show of the Chantillys this past weekend. Sure, the PA system was pretty weak but everyone had a great time and loved the show. As for me, it was another chance to play with my new camera.

This is bare camera, no tripod even. However, I did bolt it to my figrig which helped a lot as far as smoothing out some movements. For those who don’t know, a figrig is a pretty simple and very cheap device that looks like… a wheel. You bolt your cam in the middle of the wheel. Easy!

View a QuickTime movie of the show (it’s a largish download but worth it)

Flickr Photo Set of a few stills I shot during the show.

Posted by in Uncategorized

Permalink Leave a comment

About PatrickOrtman, Inc.

PatrickOrtman, Inc. is one of the top-rated video production companies in Los Angeles and New York City. We make high-end corporate videos, and commercials for TV and digital for clients that include 11 Fortune 500s.