For over 15 years I have been shooting Independent films, commercials, corporate videos, documentaries, music videos and live events in Boston and New York and around the country. I’m committed to providing the finest lighting and camerawork at prices smaller productions can afford. Even with a low budget and short schedule I can provide the superb results that today’s audience expects to see. I do this by using many of the same techniques used in Hollywood productions only on a smaller scale and without the extra overhead and waste that is typical of big budget movies. I also provide excellent 4k Digital, Super 16/16mm and 35mm camera packages that are tailored to the needs of smaller productions and will provide perfect results at affordable prices (usually cheaper than renting a camera). I’m also very easy to work. I believe in working efficiently and lighting a scene correctly the first time and leaving enough time for some interesting shots and full coverage. I work hard to make your project look like it cost far more.
Unlike many of my competitors I am an expert at lighting and shooting film and know how to do it on a low budget. I have shot 16mm features with budgets under $40,000 and know how to get the most out of a budget and provide the unparalleled look of film at prices competitive with shooting HD. I do this by providing excellent equipment at great prices and getting great deals on everything else. I can also bring dramatic film style lighting to video shoots and get you as close as possible to the look of film. Here are the details of how I can save your production money without sacrificing quality.
Payroll (paying the cast and crew) is the biggest expense on any production. This cost is the same whether you shoot film or video. I can reduce this cost by helping you get good lighting and camera crew at very reasonable prices.
Film Stock, Processing and Transfer
It is a common misconception that shooting film is very expensive and only big productions can afford it. In fact film is very affordable if you keep your shooting ratio reasonable. With a 5 to 1 shooting ratio film stock, processing and transfer are usually only 10-15% of your budget. This can easily be made up in other areas like equipment rental, crew overtime, extra meals and postproduction costs. In fact most of the new high end digital cameras require a very complex and expensive postproduction workflow including professional color correction that can easily cost more than film. I can get you great deals on film stock, processing and transfer at several labs and film to tape transfer facilities.
Lighting and Grip
I have a small lighting and grip package which is good for most small to medium interiors. This package can be supplemented with HMIs, additional electrical and grip equipment and a dolly if needed from a rental house. If a larger package is needed I can get you a great deal on a complete lighting and grip truck.
I provide professional negative cutting for 16mm, Super 16 and 35mm films at discounted prices. Take $1 off per cut if I shot the movie. Prints can be made directly from the original negative saving the cost of a digital intermediate or video to film conversion and providing the best possible picture quality.
Most theaters these days have digital projection but we all know that there is nothing like a good film print for a cinematic experience. I have extensive experience working as a color timer at the local film lab. I can offer discounts on prints and fast, reliable service. Have your print timed by the one person who knows how it’s supposed to look. This is a service no other DP I know of can offer.