“Cinderella Moon” Feature Film at Toronto Film Festival

In my earlier post, I talked about how I just got back from working on a feature film shoot in China,  called “Cinderella Moon”.

“Cinderella Moon”

Well, the film is finished and is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. So if you’re in town in September go check it out! Unfortunately, I’ll be out of the country in south-east Asia for some shooting and documentary research.

Here are some of my BTS photos (and a select group of other crew photos) from the shoot:

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Website Changes

So I’ve been slowly updating my www.infinitemachine.com web site and have made some pretty big changes. Certainly, still more to go, but I wanted to get the structure up and running as soon as possible so I could get the site working for me.

I’ve had some great feedback given to me and given that I’m quite busy, I’ll work on changes as I go. If you have any feedback let me know.

Some of the new ideas and goals I had for the site:

  • Show how I can contribute to the visual elements for film production.
  • Illustrate a visual development  in stages and how each step the creative process can work with each other.
  • Preview examples of artwork as well as a cinematography and how that affects each development step.
  • Discuss how I can be a part of any one of these steps in part, or in whole.
  • Provide a “story” to each image to further illustrate the process.
  • The site should work on a creative level, as well as on a rental equipment level (even though that’s not my primary focus).

The sum total of these goals should show that I have a broad range of experience in visual storytelling; both in development and execution.

And just because I like to include images with each post, here’s a new image I made up for the new site:


This image shows how precise you can be with SketchUp as a pre-production and planning tool. I used SU to plan how the dolly track and jib combo would work (or even if it would work) as it dollies back out the Oakland City Hall main doorway. I was also able to figure out how the sun would hit the stairway and what was needed with an overhead silk to knock out some of the direct sunlight as it changed throughout the morning.

Whoops, I Accidently Made Something in SketchUp…

… How did that happen?

On Sunday I have a complicated shot that I’ve been planning for weeks now. I took measurements and built the Jimmy Jib Triangle that we’re going to use as well as the basic measurements of the location.

The shot will have a dolly run of about 36 feet, moving the jib from the foot of the stairway, out through the door and on the front entrance landing.

The SketchUp Jimmy Jib model has fully articulated parts so you can rotate the jib arm head separately from the base, as well as a functional remote head.

I guess I gotta build the RED One cam in SketchUp now…

RED One Camera

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The button was pressed yesterday, money flows today and the RED is soon on its way.

What’s with the horrible poetry? Plenty of little items still need to be acquired but that was the big one. Super geeky unboxing photos to follow as soon as the beauty arrives.

Monday Morning Quarterbacking

So the past few weeks I’ve been making some progress on Fuel & Fire and most importantly I’ve done some conceptual experimenting. So now is a good time to take stock of all that work. This thing has become a beast of a project despite all my efforts to keep it simple. All in all it really doesn’t matter how long it takes (except for the opportunity cost to my free time). A big part of creating the Fuel & Fire project is that it allows an avenue for me to learn new tools.

Let the game film/state of the state/mental re-alignment begin… Read more