Filament Productions – New Reel

Posted by admin on October 22nd, 2012 filed in Personal
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If anybody has been wondering where I have been or what I have been working on for the last 4 years… click play. I’ve been on the team at Filament Productions.


Virginia Film Festival 2012 Commercial

Posted by admin on October 5th, 2012 filed in Personal
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Over the last month, with Filament Productions I had the pleasure of directing the new commercial for the Virginia Film Festival. I can’t say enough about our team here at Filament Productions who also worked heavily on this (just to name a few); David Ariew, David Sawchak, and Abel Okugawa. They all played a piece in helping; Concept, Direct, Produce ,Shoot, Edit, Color Grade, Motion Graphics, 3D animations, Visual Effects, Sound Design and Media Delivery to different outlets. Truely a team effort.

It was also the first time I had a chance to work with Morgan Schmidt a cinematographer from Los Angeles who owns/operates the Red Epic, which can shoot a stunning 300fps for amazing slow-motion footage. Morgan Schmidt and I spent the first part of our day shooting the beginning of this commercial on Hollywood Blvd, and the second part roaming around Hollywood shooting Broll footage for the Dave Matthews Band who had a concert at the Hollywood Bowl the night before. Great working with Morgan Schmidt, really good guy and very easy to work with.


Faces in the Mirror – Feature Film

Posted by admin on September 22nd, 2012 filed in Personal
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Over the past 3 years, with Filament Productions I have had the pleasure working on “Faces in the Mirror” a musically driven film by Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band. I worked as an associate producer under producer Ryan Gall and executive producers Boyd Tinsley, Fenton Williams. On set I also had the opportunity to work as the assistant director under director Aaron Farrington. Here is the trailer for the film which will be playing at the Virginia Film Festival next month. On a side note – too many other people to thank for this opportunity and hats of to the entire team at Filament Productions.


Julie Matway – Watershed Music Festival

Posted by admin on August 22nd, 2012 filed in Personal
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Earlier this month I traveled to Washington state to with Filament Productions to work with Julie Matway for the first annual Watershed Music festival at The Gorge.

It was a great experience working with Julie Matway on the brand new Watershed Music festival. At Filament Productions we provided full Video Production including; Custom Video Visuals, 3D animations and Motion Graphics, Video Production Equipment rentals,  Video Production Personnel, Videography and Photography.

Thanks again to Filament Productions for the great opportunity.

Not that your wondering, but if your are thinking why does he have a beard it’s because I was working so hard I didn’t have time to shave. Going out to the Gorge is always special, It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!


Travis Shirley – Enrique Iglesias

Posted by admin on July 5th, 2012 filed in Personal
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Over the past couple months, I had the pleasure, with Filament Productions to work with Production Designer Travis Shirley on artistic renderings and video content for Enrique Iglesias. Mostly just artistic renderings. I met Travis Shirley at Tour Link earlier in the year in Scottsdale Arizona when I was out there with Filament ProductionsTravis Shirley has been Enrique Iglesias’ long time lighting and production designer. It was great experience working with Travis Shirley and his team on Enrique Iglesias’ co-headling tour with Jennifer Lopez.


Dave Matthews Band – 2012 Summer Tour

Posted by admin on June 4th, 2012 filed in Personal
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Over the past couple months, I was in Columbia, SC for production rehearsals, and Houston Tx for tech rehearsals with Dave Matthews Band prepping for their 2012 summer tour with Filament Productions. At Filament Productions we provide production design including; lighting design, touring video content, touring video equipment, and touring video personnel.

I had the opportunity to develop custom video content and worked as the media server technician, maintaing, updating and prepping the media server for which we uploaded over 2,000 custom videos clips for the tour. All created by the team at Filament Productions. This picture represents how we seamlessly blend lighting design with live HD video manipulation to create an overall feel and mood for specific songs.


Tim Nauss – TMB Green Hippo

Posted by admin on May 1st, 2012 filed in Personal
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I recently had the pleasure to work with Tim Nauss from TMB with Filament Productions. Tim Nauss is the head trainer for Green Hippo HD media servers for TMB. Filament Productions had Tim Nauss down to our offices in Charlottesville, Virginia for a 3-day intensive training session.

We learned how to maintain and set up the Green Hippo media servers to manage all of the video content that we create for tours like Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw and Zac Brown Band. All of which use Green Hippo HDs or have used them in the past.

We also use Hippos for live video IMAG (Image Magnification) effects, which allows for custom heavily stylized live video.

Tim Nauss is a great guy to work with and I had the chance to catch up and hang out with him at NAB in vegas a couple weeks later.


Jay-Z – Carnegie Hall Benefit Concerts

Posted by admin on April 13th, 2012 filed in Personal
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Last month with Filament Productions I had the pleasure to work with Jay-Z’s Production Designer Bruce Rodgers from Tribe Design Inc on some sketches for his Carnegie Hall benefit concerts. The shows were charity events, benefiting the United Way of New York City and Jay-Z’s own Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The latter was created a decade ago to give socially and economically challenged young people access to higher education. Special guests included Alicia Keys, who showed up to perform their hit Empire State of Mind. The design featured video projection mapping on to the top walls and ceiling above the famous proscenium in Carnegie Hall.


Eric Roderick – Zac Brown Band

Posted by admin on March 29th, 2012 filed in Personal
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Last month with Filament Productions, we traveled to Daytona Beach Florida for 2 weeks to work with the Zac Brown Band on production design and video elements of their 2012 tour. I had the chance to work with Eric Roderick, the production manager for the Zac Brown Band. Eric Roderick has become a good friend of mine over the last couple years. We also spent a couple weeks together in Columbia, South Carolina right before the new year to prep the new design for their New Years Eve show at Phillips Arena. In addition to the design, with Filament Productions, we did a live HD shoot from which CNN took a direct feed from us to broadcast live worldwide to over 300 million homes right after the ball dropped.

I want to thank Filament Productions for giving me the opportunity to work with Eric Roderick and the entire hard working crew on the Zac Brown Band team. They always make me feel like family and are a pleasure to work with!


Darien Koop – Mute Math

Posted by admin on February 3rd, 2012 filed in Personal
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Last Night at the Club Nokia Theater in Los Angeles California I went to the MuteMath show to meet up with my friend Darien Koop who is the Production and Lighting Designer for MuteMath. I met him a couple years ago in the beginning of Tim McGraw’s emotional traffic tour as he was the Production Designer and Lighting Director for Country Star Luke Bryan.

Our relationship has grown since then and we had the chance to work together on Zac Brown Band. Darien Koop came into Zac Brown Band as an hippo tech (media server technician). Darien Koop is one hardworking and talented guy, I have learned a lot from him over the past couple years. I look forward to working with Darien Koop in the future. The MuteMath show looked awesome and featured some cool projection mapping using the Pandoras Box Media Server.


Yukon Kornelius – Vail 2009

Posted by admin on November 18th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Here is fun promo video I put together 3 years ago in Vail Colorado along with the help of Sachele Burns and some local guys out there. Boy was this a fun trip and shoot. Yukon Kornelius is a rock music supergroup. It consists of bassist Stefan Lessard from the Dave Matthews Band (the anchor member), singer/guitarist Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, singer/guitarist Adam Gardner from Guster, and drummer Eric Fawcett from Spymob. The band’s name comes from Yukon Cornelius, a character in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special). The band’s shows have so far been known for including special guests like Jason Biggs from American Pie, and Dee Snider from Twister Sister. The band was originally put together for charitable purposes when the members were together for a planned ski/snowboard trip while filming “Children of Winter”, a snow sports film.

All proceeds from the Yukon Kornelius concert went to Reverb.org.


Zac Brown Band – Music Video

Posted by admin on October 31st, 2011 filed in Personal
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I recently had the pleasure of working with Filament Productions to help shoot and edit the lastest music video for the Zac Brown Band, “Keep Me In Mind”. I was flown out to Red Rocks in Denver Colorodo to shoot the live concert on Labor Day weekend. Red Rocks, set the stage for a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, where the Zac Brown Band preformed two nights to a sold out crowd. The video was directed, produced, and edited all in-house with the team at Filament Productions. It was great working with those guys and being a part of such a special project. Zac Brown was quoted in on one of the top country blogs, TheBoot.com, saying “It’s my favorite video we have done so far!”. Shout out to all the Zac Brown Band team/crew who are really good down-to-earth people to work with!


DMB – Footage from the Road

Posted by admin on September 20th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Check out this footage that I helped shoot while I was on the road with the Dave Matthews Band last summer in Washigton State, at The Gorge. This video was straight from the live line-cut from long-time Dave Matthews Band video director Mike Lane. Filament Productions provides all the video equipment and touring video personnel for the Dave Matthews Band . It was a pleasure working with Mike Lane, and the other DMB crew. Including Filament’s own – Jeff Crane, long-time DMB video engineer, Mo Diensmore and Bob Chaise. Good times!


Tim McGraw – 2010 Tour Opening Video

Posted by admin on August 19th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice Tour was one of the most successful of 2010. Here is the intro video to Tim McGraw’s tour that I helped produce, shoot, and edit with Filament Productions last year.  We hired director of photography Eric Hurt and were directed by Fenton Williams. Tim McGraw’s production design team of Bruce Rodgers and Fenton Williams developed the concept which presented a challenge because we had to work around Tim McGraw’s beard. He was growing a full beard out for the movie “Country Strong” that he was in the middle of shooting. Therefore, we shot the video in a creative way to hide his beard by using silhouettes and creative angles. In Nashville Tim McGraw joined me in the editing booth and was really involved with the timing of the video to have it build as much as possible before he came out on stage. It was a pleasure working with Tim and the entire crew of Tim McGraw’s 2010 Southern Voice Tour. What a great experience!


On The Road with Dave Matthews Band

Posted by admin on July 19th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Over the last month I have been on the road with Dave Matthews Band operating the dolly camera in the pit for their festivals in Atlantic City, NJ & Chicago, IL with Filament Productions. Towards the bottom left you can see me on the Dolly Platform raised 3′ from the ground on a 16′ Track. I have to say its not as easy as it looks trying to pull focus, zoom, and dolly at the same time without falling off the platform.

While in Chicago I had the opportunity to Direct the live video for other bands including; Ray Lamontagne, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Gomez. In both cities, I had the opportunity to shoot other bands as well as the Dave Matthews Band including: Sarah White & The Pearls, Ray Lamontagne, Punch Brothers, Damian Marley, Alberta Cross, David Gray, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Liz Phair, & Ben Folds.

It was great working with long-time Dave Matthews Band video director Mike Lane & video engineer Jeff Crane along with the rest of the Dave Matthews Band crew. In chicago I got a chance to meet and work with Danny O’ Bryen, as he stepped in for one of the bands as a guest director. And Taylor Crothers who was out and about shooting some promotional pieces for the festival. Once again, I have to thank Filament Productions for this all around great opportunity!

 


Zac Brown Band – Production Design

Posted by admin on May 27th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Over the past couple months with Filament Productions I have had the pleasure of assisting in the Production Design for the two time grammy award winning Zac Brown Band’s 2011 Tour. Including artistic renderings of their stage design, shooting and editing Custom Film & Video Content, and managing their media content.

This is part of the Filament Productions team (from left to right) Stephen Thomas, Ryan Gall, Fenton Williams, myself, and David Ariew. I also had the chance to travel to the Zac Brown Band’s two sold-out hometown shows in Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta, I worked on updating and managing their media content. It has been an amazing experience working with Filament Productions, the Zac Brown Band and their loyal crew.


Bruce Rodgers – Tribe Design, Inc

Posted by admin on April 28th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Last Month with Filament Productions I was at rehearsals for Tim McGraw’s 2011 Emotional Traffic tour in Nashville, TN and Corpus Christi, TX. I got some great hands on experience working along-side Bruce Rodgers (left) of Tribe, IncFenton William’s partner for the Production Design of Tim McGraw’s 2011 Emotional Traffic Tour. This is the second year that Filament Productions has teamed up with Tribe Design, Inc for the Production Design element.

I learned a lot working with Bruce Rodgers (left) and his is quite experienced as he is the Production Designer for the Super Bowl year after year, Black Eye Peas, Madonna, Jay-Z, Eminem, President Obama, and he also designed the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. It was a great opportunity working with Bruce Rodgers on Tim McGraw’s 2011 Emotional Traffic Tour. This was the third time that I have got to work with Bruce Rodgers and after the second show in Austin TX, I got a chance to hang out with him. Bruce is truly a great guy and I consider him a good friend. I want to thank Filament Productions for the opportunity and I look forward to working with Bruce Rodgers again in the future.


The Parking Lot Movie – PBS

Posted by admin on January 29th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Here is the music video i shot on the RED for Meghan Eckman’s, “The Parking Lot Movie”. This was the feel good ending for the film which premiered at the SXSW film festival in Austin TX. The film was then bought for distribution by PBS – Independent Lens and will be airing in over 50 million homes worldwide in the next 2 years. Just to note I was not the Director of Photography on this – that was Eric Hurt, Eric was also responsible for the StediCam Shots as well. Congratulations to Meghan Eckman for the huge success of the Parking Lot Movie and it was a great experience working on that film with Meghan and Eric.


Rita McClenny – Virginia Film Office

Posted by admin on January 25th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Rita McClenny - Virginia Film Office Last month with with the Virginia Production Alliance, Rita McClenny (left), the director of the Virginia Film Office, came to speak about Film Incentives and Grants for Virginia Filmmakers. Rita McClenny is the has been with the Virginia Film Office for a years now and she is the one who make the tough decisions on who gets grants and tax credits in the state of Virginia. All in all, it was interesting to learn that most films that applied for Virginia’s Grant program (has to be less than $250k and full feature narrative or doc) were approved and given a significant tax credit. All other films, the bigger budget ones seem to have also received significant credits.

Movie Maker Magazine has just listed Richmond, Virginia (where va film office is headquartered) as 10th best city in the United States to make movies. Citing its diverse topography (ranging from historic, rural setting to a bustling metropolis) and decent tax incentives. Hats off to Rita McClenny and everybody at the Virginia Film Office for making the state of Virginia one of the top destinations to make movies, btw Richmond is listed one city behind Los Angeles, CA.

 

 


Dave Matthews Band – 2010 Fall Tour timelapse

Posted by Bryan Bieber on January 15th, 2011 filed in Personal
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Check out this cool time-lapse I shot for Filament Productions of the Dave Matthews Band load-in and concert. This video is currently featured on Dave Matthews Band’s official Facebook page. If you look closely you can see me working with the video crew building the LED video walls. Filament Productions provides Set Design, Lighting Direction, Light Design, Video Direction, Video Production and Custom Film & Content for the Dave Matthews Band – the number one touring act in the past decade in North America according to Billboard.


Hands on with Dave Matthews Band

Posted by admin on December 13th, 2010 filed in Personal
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Mike Lane & Jeff Crane A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the Dave Matthews Band production team during their last two shows of their 2010 Fall Tour. From running cables and pushing crates to building high-res LED Video Walls. I also had an opportunity to work directly with some of my colleagues at Filament Productions, Mike Lane (left) & Jeff Crane (right), arguable one of the best, if not best video director & video engineer in the world.

Mike Lane has been DMBs touring video director for ten years and Jeff Crane has also been with DMB for ten years. Dave Matthews Band is the number one attended and highest grossing act in North America in the past decade, according to Billboard.  It was a pleasure working with such an experienced, dedicated, and talented crew. Filament Productions, who I work with full-time provides Production Design and Touring Video for DMB, along with Tim McGraw and other artists.


Jeff Wadlow – Never Back Down

Posted by admin on November 23rd, 2010 filed in Personal
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Jeff Wadlow The 2010 Virginia Film Festival has wrapped and once again it was an amazing experience. I meet a lot of new great people this year and had a good chance to see people that I meet last year including Jeff Wadlow (right).

Jeff Wadlow directed the 2005 film Cry Wolf with the money he won in the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Competition for his short film, Living the Lie. Jeff Wadlow’s most recent movie, Never Back Down, stars Djimon Hounsou and Sean Faris. Never Back Down grossed over $41 Million and was produced for a little over $20 Million according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Jeff Wadlow is also the nephew of CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric – fellow UVA alumn.

 

 


2010 Virginia Film Festival Trailer

Posted by admin on November 5th, 2010 filed in Personal
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This is the trailer that I cut for the 2010 Virginia Film Festival that will screen before every film this year. All clips included are ones that have been selected into the 2010 Virginia Film Festival this year. Hope you enjoy! Produced by Filament Productions.


2010 Virginia Film Festival Commercial

Posted by Bryan Bieber on October 4th, 2010 filed in Personal
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A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure to Direct and Produce the official commercial for the 2010 Virginia Film Festival. The film festival is a non-profit and there was no budget for this so I appreciate everybody who helped out. Credits include; director of photography – Gabe Deloach, location sound – Stephen Thomas, 3D animation – Matt Wallin, sound effects – Abel Okugawa, production assistant – John Michael Triana. Cast included; Emma Lyle, Lee Washington, Meghan Eckman, Din Allen, Erica Arvold, Whitney Ross, and Jon Cobb.


El Dia De Mi Suerte – Short Film (2010)

Posted by Bryan Bieber on August 18th, 2010 filed in Personal
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This is a short film that I shot in Medellin, Columbia for the Feria de las Flores (Festival of the Flower). It was great to experience the columbian culture and views of life. The festival of the flower represents the end of slavery when instead of flowers slaves carried men and women on their backs up steep hills. The festival initially took place during the month of May but was changed to August in 1958 to celebrate the Independence of Antioquia.