2017 Drone Demo Reel

After flying drones for the past 5 years, I recently earned my FAA 14 CFR Part 107 UAS pilot’s license. As with most of my work, I’ve focused on commercial automotive content.

Fully insured and FAA legal for commercial work for hire!

Hoonigan – Black Friday Mall Drift

Client: Hoonigan/Donut Media
Role: Director of Photography
Director: Andrew Laputka
 

Filmed on location in the Hawthorne Mall, Hawthorne, California – Professional Drifters Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck drive two of Chris’ competition drift cars through the 3 story abandoned shopping mall. Drops offs, narrow gaps, tandem drifting up a circular parking garage ramp, and poles everywhere – this video showcases Chris and Ryan’s precision driving abilities and car control.

MERCEDES BENZ – STIRLING MOSS MILLE MIGLIA

Client: Petrolicious/Mercedes Benz
Role: Director of Photography

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stirling Moss’ victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia race Mercedes Benz commissioned Petrolicious to make a film on the legendary driver and his 722 300 SLR. Thanks to both for hiring me to Direct Photography on the film project.

Mazda – Monster Miatas

Client: Mazda/Zoom Zoom Magazine
Role: Director/Director of Photography/Editor
Distribution: USA/Canada/UK
 

Flyin’ Miata of Palisade, Colorado builds some of the wildest MX-5s out. They take the great handling Mazda MX-5 Miata platform and add more power. Sometimes they take all of the components of the MX-5 and add them to exoskeleton car like the Exocet or the Catfish. Mazda wanted to capture some of the modified Miatas that Flyin Miata builds – so they hired us to film them in action.

XP1K RZRAPTOR – FROM BOARD TO FRAME

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Final Finished Frame compared to Storyboard on RMR RZRAPTOR

Rhys Millen Racing approached me to direct/direct photography on a short film

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The RZRAPTOR is revealed driving over a crest. Using our DJI s1000 octocopter – we were able to do a converging reveal shot.

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Tracking along side the RZRAPTOR through a rough whoops section of off road trail.

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Ripping through the frame with a nice dirt and gravel trail.

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One of the key features of the RZRAPTOR kit is that it allows for dual 5 gallon gas can storage, tool kit, and a spare tire.

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Without scouting the location in advance, we found that the descend shot was a lot more dynamic than the climb at this specific spot.

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Thanks to Rhys Millen Racing and Joshua Herron for operating camera/helicopter gimbal on this project.

 

Tuerck’d – Burke Mountain

Ryan Tuerck drifts Vermont’s Burke Mountain.

Had the chance to work as Director of Photography on a recent episode of Tuerck’d this season – following Ryan Tuerck as he drifts up Burke Mountain.

Shot with the RED Epic, DJI Phantom, Go Pro Hero 3+

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.

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