We put the Spec in Spectacular

Did my corny blog title catch your attention? Good. 




I'm a DP here in Greenville, SC. I love it. We have such a great film community here that supports and pushes each other. A few months ago, there was some buzz around my friends about a spec commercial Mason Bayne wrote up. While waiting for a connecting flight at JFK, Mason sent it over and asked if I'd be interested in DPing it. I read it on the flight back to GSP and couldn't get over how engaging and visual this commercial was. I could see it immediately. A few days later I found myself, Mason, and Shama in a meeting, talking about how we could get this thing shot. 

A few months ago, I was in a pre-production meeting for a spec commercial. As Mason Bayne (Writer/Director) and I were talking about lighting, I knew we were going to need a versatile lighting kit. This spec had to be shot in one day and with limited time, we had to move quickly day of.

Fiilex sent me the Matrix a few weeks ago so we put it to work. For those of you who aren't familiar with Fiilex, they've got some incredible new LEDs that you need to try out! No seriously, they have a Test Drive link on their website, check them out. 

Sick gear

Camera: Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 4.6k

Lenses: OM-D 28mm F/2.8, MIR-1 37mm F/2.8, Helios M42 58mm f/2, Canon 85mm F/1.8

Grip gear: Dana Dolly, Fess's stuffs (see below)

Lighting: Fiilex Matrix, 1.2k HMI, Manfrotto LYKOS panels, Kino flos, silks etc. 


Fess Shelton is a grip based in Greenville, SC, and let me tell you, he knows what he's doing. After talking with Fess I knew the Ursa Mini would be in safe hands, or in this case, on safe rigging.

Below is one of the final frames. The Fiilex Matrix is pushing through the left side of the vehicle and a Manfrotto Lykos panel is mounted on the hood as fill. Be on the lookout in the next few weeks for the story on the pre-production, production and post production! 

Ursa Mini Pro 4.6k, MIR-1 37mm F/2.8