Charlie Vergo’s – Rendezvous

Director of Photography – EATS! BBQ Series.

Earlier this year, I worked as Director of Photography on several episodes of the Made Man series – EATS! The most inspiring BBQ establishment we visited was in Memphis, Tennessee – Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous. I shot this episode with Canon Cine Primes and the Canon C300. I utilized kino flo 4ft 2 bank lights and kino flo divas for the interview lighting setups.

 

Updated Camera Car Reel

Camera Car – Director/Operator

Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to log some serious days behind the control desk in a camera car! It takes a team of people to make those smooth car to car commercials happen – precision drivers, camera operators, stabilized camera head technicians, and crane operators – to get a camera to run in sync with a moving hero car. My job as a Director and more frequently as a Camera Car – Camera Operator is to compose the frame and operate the remote stabilized camera head. ¬†It’s an awesome challenge because it involves directing and having a team of 5 or more people work in unison.

If you need an experienced Camera Operator for your project, feel free to get in touch with me via my Contact page.

Here is a list of the commercial projects that are part of my Reel. I’ve done many more days outside of these selected projects, but feel these are the best selection of my work!

1. Mazda – Mazda3 Heritage UK – Director
2. Buick – LaCrosse – Camera Operator
3. BFGoodrich Tires – One Up – Director
4. Infiniti – QX56 – Camera Operator
5. Kawasaki – Dean versus Dean – Camera Operator
6. Chevrolet – Trax Mexico – Camera Operator
7. Infiniti – QX56 – Camera Operator
8. Nissan/Playstation – GT Academy – Camera Operator
9. Honda – Summer Clearance – Camera Operator
10. BFGoodrich Tires – Awesomecross – Director
11. Chevrolet – Driving Dynamics – Director
12. Mercedes Benz – 2013 C Class – Camera Operator
13. Cadillac – The Challenge – Director

Thanks for watching!

Will Roegge.

Tanner Foust – VW GRC Super Beetle

From Storyboard to Screen – with Tanner Foust’s new GRC machine.

Back in June 2014, I was approached by Tanner Foust and his team to create a short promotional video with his new Volkwwagen Beetle GRC rally car. The window to shoot the car would be tight – Andretti racing had just finished building the two VW Beetles for Tanner and Scott Speed. I flew out to Washington DC to the GRC DC venue at JFK Stadium and met up with the team to capture the shots I needed for the film. We only had a few hours to shoot and I’m happy we were able to get the shots!

Here are side by side comparisons of my storyboards compared to the final frames from the video. Making the most of the short time frame for the shoot – I wish I had more time and a different location, but otherwise it was neat to really edit on paper and only shoot what I needed for the final piece.

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Thanks to Tanner’s team for giving me the opportunity to create this video!

- Will Roegge

Ford – Man’s Best Friend

Ford Motor Company – Vaughn Gittin Jr. & Brody Gittin

On this very fun project, I Directed Photography with Director Andy Laputka of Shoot First Media. We had a bunch of fun chasing Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. around in his Ford Fiesta ST.

A New Mountain to Climb – BBI Autosport at Pikes Peak

This year we produced two pieces at the PPIHC.

The second and longer documentary video follows BBI Autosport as they prepare Jeff Zwart’s 997 GT3 Cup Turbo – Hill Climb Special for the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. BBI Autosport is based in Huntington Beach, California they specialize in Porsche and exotic car performance tuning.

In this 10 minute documentary I wanted to capture what made Betim Berisha’s story so special. It is his determination and commitment. Betim didn’t take an easy road to becoming a race engineer – he took on lots of risk and challenged himself. He left his life in Washington state and was homeless for a few months while trying to make a career in Southern California. It paid off when he eventually was hired by Porsche Motorsport North America. After a few years of building customer cars in his spare time, Betim started BBI Autosport and recruited talented friends to come work with him. Their commitment to doing things with passion and creativity caught the attention of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champion Jeff Zwart who hired BBI to build his next Hill Climb race car.

We conducted interviews in Colorado Springs during the week of the hill climb as well as shot BBI’s facilities while they were prepping the car. Due to a fuel pump failure, we weren’t given the championship winning ending that looked certain during practice and qualifying – however that made the overall message more important. To me, that message is don’t quit. Keep pushing and taking opportunities.¬†Passion will make you successful.

Director/Director of Photography: Will Roegge
Camera Operators: Joshua Herron, Will Roegge, and Skylar Smith
Motion Graphics by: Skylar Smith
Edited by: Will Roegge with additional help from Joshua Herron

Made Man – EATS! BBQ Tour

Director of Photography – EATS! BBQ Tour

While cars and racing action usually make up most of my year’s work – I took on a fun project traveling to 6 of the nation’s best BBQ joints with a production called Eats! The show focuses on a variety of restaurants and their back stories. For these episodes we explored some of the highest rated BBQ spots. Most of the places had a background in competitive BBQ. All of them were friendly, busy, and delicious. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite episodes and posted them here.

We shot on the Canon C300 with Zeiss and Canon Cine Primes. As well as with Canon EF glass for a super 8 mm handheld look for certain b-roll shots.

It was awesome to light interviews and pick out different areas of the restaurants to cover.

Finger lickin’ good food.

Jeff Zwart – Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014

2014 marks my fifth year covering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the fourth film I’ve done with Jeff Zwart. With the road being fully paved for the past 3 years now – I really wanted to emphasize speed in this year’s film. In 2013 we shot the film with a combination of cameras and this year we decided to produce the film in 4k UHD resolution. It looks great at maximum resolution, if you have a resolution and connection bandwidth I recommend changing the settings to 2k or 4k.

Aerial Video Demo Reel

Selected works, 2013-May 2014. More coming soon.

In late 2012, my interest in radio controlled multirotor helicopters peaked and in early 2013 I purchased my first copter and began to fly as much as possible. I knew that new developments in aerial video technology would bring about some big changes – the effects of which I’m really just now starting to see in my career as a Commercial Director/Director of Photography.

Brushless gimbals, GPS stabilized flight controllers, and lightweight high quality video cameras: make for an excellent combination to create low altitude aerial video footage.

Aerial video is just a piece in the puzzle. It has limitations, but it creates a highly economical and efficient way of getting super smooth footage that would be hard to achieve otherwise. I love integrating aerial footage into my shot lists and like the value it adds to my projects.

Shot with the DJI s1000 Octocopter, Zenmuse 5D M3 gimbal, DJI Phantom quadcopter, and Zenmuse Go Pro Gimbal.

The Porsche from the Winter of 53

Commercial Director/Racer Jeff Zwart and I exchange photos our cars being pushed to the limit. Whether its drifting or Jeff rallying – its a fun exchange.

When Jeff sent me a video of his Porsche 356 Pre-A sliding through the snow in Colorado – I knew we had to make a film about it. It turns out, like many cars, there is a great story behind that 356. Jeff originally purchased it after searching for a rental 356 for a Porsche Cayenne commercial. When his search returned no good options, he decided to try and buy one instead. He had no intention of keeping the 356 long term, however the car grew on him and turned out to be fun to wheel.

Thanks to Jeff Zwart for being one to drive cars to their full potential and for sharing the desire to create things constantly.

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