Author: Stevefm

Frequent Flier

Two polecam jobs back to back. A surgery shoot in Florida followed by a week long corporate event in California. This gear is earning its merit badge in airport navigation.

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They always told me….

…I’d end up with a grip truck. I fought it. I work lean. Compact and easy to pack. And I was wrong. Late summer I worked a 2 day shoot Gaffing in N. Central South Dakota. Neat place that doesn’t

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Did you bring your sun?

What do you do when the sun just isn’t good enough. You bring your own. I gaffed a recent interview shoot and nature was doing its amazing thing… blazing sun into the corner of the frame adding life to the

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Interviews and Tail Pipes

Every August the Black Hills of South Dakota come alive with the rolling thunder of tail pipes for the Sturgis Motor Cycle Rally. A few years back, I worked a concert venue for close to 2 weeks – and haven’t

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Nature 1, Me 0

Corn time lapse

Thanks to the wine documentary project, I’ve got my hands on some neat time lapse capable cameras. One has a close focus opting in a completely weather-proof housing. One of its advertised features is garden photography. What could I possibly

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Hutterite Film

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to work on a very neat project with Sioux Falls native Becca Flynn. The working title was Hutterite. It was a short film based on her mother’s story of growing up in a

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ORs, Boots and Broken Hearts

Not sure how else to start a story about Nashville…? All those things happened on a recent trip with some surprises along the way. The first one came in the airport. Before we took off when, one of our favorite

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Working with the Four Percent

Working with the Four Percent In the start of 2017, I was fortunate to meet and start working with Vick Strizheus of the Four Percent. We have had some great projects since then and I want to introduce you to

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Keeping the Goal Alive

In the never ending quest for better gear, I have progressed from Tungsten lamps to LED panels to LED Fresnels (Sola 4s and 6s) and most recently, LED Flexlights. The jump to LEDs and then flexible LEDs have been amazing

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Steel Yourself

Sometimes, it’s just better to do it yourself. Like when its time to make custom parts for your Polecam. And in this case, when I say by myself, I mean with all of the adult males from the farm leading

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Traveling Light (yes, light)

Lots of Airports. I have seen what feels like all of them. That’s not even close to true… but I do get a round a lot. And packing for production is something you can not gloss over. Whether its Polecam

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Another Polecam Day in the OR

We received a call for Polecam in an OR. Collin and I stepped up and made things happen in Chicago. We have very few pictures from setting ups on surgery days. Surgery is always early morning and in the rush

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Going High End

A high end client had some commercials to produce. We had the budget to add some PL glass to accompany the 4K images we were going to capture. Translation: time to play with some high end toys! We shot 4K

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Wines at Home

A group of us are working on a long format doc about South Dakota Wines. There is a lot to know about this topic. We are only scratching the surface and the stories being uncovered are incredible. To get some

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Glitter Bomb

This could have been titled; No officer, I didn’t do it! Let me explain. A lot of the material I work on is not for public consumption. Its often held for a later broadcast date, part of a timed campaign

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Polecam at LA Auto Show

Just before Thanksgiving was the Press Event postion of the LA Auto Show. John Gillen needed a second Polecam op for the Jaguar Land Rover booth and I gladly obliged. With the less than optimal flooring at these events, the

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From NYC to LA

I am currently in Las Angles preparing for the LA Auto Show. Where does the time go? I haven’t posted a single bit from the NYC auto show and that was months ago. For this show, I was on the

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Polecam takes Aim

Freshly released by Springfield Armory, is The Saint. Its the first AR platform from Springfield Armory and I was there to help document the group of writers doing through their introduction, training and shooting drills in Las Vegas. Epicosity, an

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Virtual Reality Is Really COOL!

With Fall upon us I need to post about what I did last summer. One of the most unique shoots was a Virtual Reality project that focused on bees. So imagine this; you in a virtual environment, not only surrounded

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Carpool Karaoke

SDSU opened their new stadium, the Dana J Dykehouse Stadium, this September with a blow out concert featuring Luke Bryan and then 2 days later had a big win over Drake.  Part of the festivities included several videos to keep

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