A great benefit of my job is to be working during sunset and sunrise. It’s a best-time to snap a photograph thing. The photo above is from mid summer 2017 while LOCATION SCOUTING large fields of corn for a commercial. My favorite type of scout by the way; driving in the countryside, looking for the next awesome landscape.
The beginning of 2017 began at a great place on the calendar; early January. I was PRODUCER for commercial Photographer Geoff Johnson on a University of Missouri Health campaign. Creative via Prairie Dog | TCG. The three day PHOTO SHOOT captured images to be added into TV spots.
In February and March I was my own client. WRITING, scouting, and making more connections for my project Fauna’s Thread. I am parallel-writing (a word I made up) a BOOK and SCREENPLAY (a process I do NOT recommend). The status of the project is in DEVELOPMENT but it’s awesome to see the cranes each year.
In April, the production company North of New York came to Omaha for a Nebraska Medicine campaign. A great group to work for on a great shoot. I was LOCATION SCOUT/MANAGER. In one spot, a couple is hiking through the fresh new growth of Spring near water.
In another spot, a dad and his daughter play basketball as he reflects on his care. The Director preferred this to be outside and not in a driveway or at a typical playground.
July was busy. Lots of scouting, PRE-PRODUCTION (which saves lives) and a BACKGROUND PLATES shoot for FX company Ring of Fire. ROF shot landscape-only plates for a Lyrica commercial. All action was shot months prior – elsewhere. I was Location Scout / PRODUCTION MANAGER. The crew was small and the shoot was positive. New professional relationships were established. Great pros in John and Jerry.
A definite highlight was in August and experiencing and working during the ECLIPSE. It was truly a remarkable and humbling event.I worked on a project for Volvo as a LOCATION SCOUT to start, then as a Production Assistant for the shoot. We shot 360 VR LIVE as Volvo sponsored CNN’s Eclipse coverage. We were in Beatrice, Nebraska – one of four live set-ups under the path of totality. See it all via Facebook. Our clip is at about 52:00 (or – 44:00). Pan around – especially during totality; the only time you’ll ever see (what looks like) sunset all around you. A cool bonus was meeting writer Andy Weir.
I worked two jobs for great client and good man, Tyler McCarty at The Hatchwork. Tyler is a current multi-hyphenate model of production company/director/cinematographer/drone-OP/gentleman/family man. Grateful to be invited along on any of his projects.
Speaking of good guys, I got to collaborate with ole’ pal Craig Ladwig on a Lights On Nebraska production for a few local spots for Ford truck dealer Baxter. It was summer and working on exposed concrete is always toasty but we’re pros with sunscreen and water. Craig was one of the first crew guys I met when I moved to Nebraska twenty+ years ago. Nice to have connections like that – in work and in life.
The road trip of the year was a ride and relish through upper central/northwest/western NEBRASKA. Despite the fact that everywhere I go I am #alwayslocationscouting – this trip was a pleasure cruise with my better-half Sue. Wow! Who knew, hiding right under my big nose were – floats trips on lazy rivers, lodging in a state park cabin + cowboy camp + Asian vibe motel, crash courses in paleontology + geology + Native Americans getting the shaft + the sheer will of pioneers to walk from coast to coast. Seeing open spaces and the Sandhills was inspiring.
Finally, December found me in the opposite of wide-open landscapes; the city of Los Angeles. I was there reconnecting with colleagues and unofficially pimping the movie Downsizing, a movie I worked on with Director and friend Alexander Payne.
It was wonderful to see the movie at Paramount Pictures theater with many Nebraskans and others with connections to AP. It was great too, to reflect on the 2016 collaboration in Omaha.
Who knows what 2018 will bring in new work and wanderings. If we collaborated before – let’s collaborate again. If you have projects on your plate or simply have questions about the process – reach out. Visit NebraskaLocation too. Cheers, to a Happy New Year.