Monday, November 29, 2010

The Shed Goes Do

we just wrapped camera on a rockous, 1500 mile exploration into the world of fun via team woodshed for the new ford campaign. i want to thank our insane camera crew, ty emmett, august thurmer, e.j. misisco and dr. michael p. jones for keeping things cracklin' and our fearless leader d. moder for always motoring. kudos to team 'shed and capitan c.m. for taking us on the adventure of a lifetime. i'll post the edit when it finishes... for now, some images from the road - cheers to ford, team detroit and mutt industries... malibu to aspen, what an epic ride. go. do.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

JB Films & C. Malloy collaborate for Patagonia

i've been lucky enough to team up with my friend and fellow filmmaker, chris malloy, on an exciting short film series for patagonia clothing. everyone i've met at patagonia is truly passionate about what they do and chris had a cool idea to highlight a series of people who also do what they love, for a living. called, preOccupations, we've been able to hang out with some really fascinating folks and spend a few days in their life documenting. it's been a rewarding experience on many levels, meeting these people and learning about what they do, experimenting with new digital filmmaking technology and enjoying the creative process with a good friend. you can see one of the first videos in patagonia's new online catalogue, here. hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One Cal Day Plays with James Blunt

We were really jazzed to support the Help for Heroes Concert - James Blunt, a fan of One California Day, asked if he could show some clips from our film during his performance. Glad we could contribute to a good cause. you can find One Cal Day here.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

new toy

i've been messing around with some new photo toys - i must say, it is a fun time to play - so many options!

Monday, August 2, 2010

grey whales & cold beer

my friends at woodshedfilms are showing a little baja adventure i shot for them last may. this thursday, august 8th at the shore break hotel in huntington beach. cool poster by ty warren 'ta boot.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

5d vs 7d

well, as my good friends know, my full 7d camera package got ripped off out of a TSA LOCKED pelican case traveling from LA to Georgia. why didn't i carry my gear on you ask? well, i thought i had faith in the system, and humanity, and those idiots at TSA. FYI shooters, airlines do not cover theft or damage of camera gear in checked baggage. the police also claim "no jurisdiction." so, carry on or make sure you have some form of insurance - i did neither and it blows. anyways, after shooting a spot with the talented danny moder, i decided to replace the 7d with a 5d. in looking at the dailies - the image just seems a bit tighter and well, i truly couldn't stomach having to replace my beloved 7d that had already treated me so well.

that said, i think i like the menu on the 7d better - and dare i say, sometimes, i even like the image better for action... less jell-o effect & love the slow mo - but alas, the 5d in certain scenarios is a crisper image and i love the full frame sensor. also, i recently edited some 1D mark iv footage and it looked beautiful as well, so, lotsa choices. some of the pre-stolen footage is in this montage of my work. see if you can spot what is 7d and what is 5d. happy shooting and travel safe.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Nike Inarritu'

A good friend and very talented DP just sent me the new Nike World Cup spot by director Alejandro G. Inarritu' (21 Grams, Babel). This is truly one of the most dynamic & visual commercials i've ever seen.

Friday, April 16, 2010

7D 1.0

here's my first applicable go-around with the 7D for the team at Dolan Clothing. Jodie has been a friend and a client for a while & we thought documenting their Fall photo shoot would be a nice calling card for her national reps. lens canon f2.8 24-70mm & f1.4 50mm. loving the camera's low light capability. you can see a 1 min. cutdown here.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

film vs. digi shoot out

the debate goes on. i'm known as a surf "filmmaker" and i'm proud that people relate my work to shooting 16mm. since finishing One California Day, i've had the opportunity to work as a freelance shooter on various HD systems, RED, Varicam, F900, f35, hvx, hpx, etc - with new formats being released everyday, it's hard to know what the best system is for you and your production. cost, aesthetic, logistics - taking all of these factors into consideration, i've been amazed by the quality of the new Canon DSLR systems.

truth be known, about %75 of the production budget for Singlefin: yellow and One Cal Day went to film, film processing & film telecine. for a low budget project, that's a huge number. in the current market environment, where people aren't buying as many dvds - i've been searching for a creative solution to keeping the aesthetic high but the budgets low. In playing around with my new 7d, i have a reinvigorated personal excitement towards guerrilla filmmaking.

here's a system that delivers gorgeous imagery. it is small & compact - i made both my films with one bolex camera and a back pack. my canon system now lives in that same pack.

i'll be posting a few short projects we have been working on in this format soon. but moreover, i'm excited to have a cost effective alternative to shooting film that holds up to my visual standards. for some pretty amazing insight into this new technology check out these videos.

below is a short clip regarding low light photography.

Friday, March 12, 2010

stories of guinness and big waves

my friend joel conroy did an interview for the beach reporter (our local news press) about shooting his film Waveriders and had some fun stories to share about my work on the project, here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

the yellow board


after making singlefin: yellow, tyler & i put together a short piece about his thoughts on the whole process. you can now check it out at

Thursday, March 4, 2010

passing the knowledge

i've had the pleasure of hangin' on the n. shore with my nephews conner & parker coffin along with friend, keith malloy. i just got a new camera so we decided to jump over, share some waves, shoot some stills and enjoy the aloha. the groms have been cutting their teeth at pipe and keith has been really generous passing down his knowledge. he's also bagged a few gems in the process. he is, the real deal.

you can keep up with the coffin brother antics at their new blog, here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

jb films & malloy team up for primo

chris malloy and i got a call from our friends in hawaii to cut a 15sec promo for primo beer. here's a first time look at our finished cut. we were stoked to get some epic archival footage to use. keep your eyes open for it on surfline over the next few months. man, this makes me want to go to hawaii or at least, drink a beer!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


a friend passed me a stack of old surf films transferred to dvd. my new guilty pleasure between sessions is cracking a cold primo and watching some of this classic stuff. case in point, the "stoke" section of bill delaney's Surfers the Movie, Take 2. if you haven't seen this one, do yourself a favor and track it down. if not for the 80s neon, do it for the candid interviews and great film footage. too classic.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Go ISA team usa

my nephews, conner and parker coffin will be surfing in NZ next week for the ISA world cup. you can watch live online and cheer on our usa team members here.

here's a little warm up at rincon.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Jan 10th Hammerland

me and tyler definitely have a different idea of fun. thanks to mike kim for shooting vid. what a winter it has been

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

frontline docu.

this has nothing to do with surfing but everything to do with what is going on in the world. it's an amazing "frontline" pbs docu. about our current war effort. if anything, check out the first 5 minutes of gripping combat documentary footage by danfung dennis... stunning images & important content, all captured with new hd digital cinema technology.