I’m a member of IATSE Local 600 (since 1991) and my DP card also allows me to operate, which is my usual role on major shows. My credits are (mostly) on imdb.com and include dozens of features and TV shows. Highlights have included doing two pilots (‘The Beast’ and ‘The Line’) on B camera with genius operator Larry McConkey on A, under DP Ed Pei; and shooting 2nd unit for director John Madden on two films shot in the Midwest, ‘Proof’ with Gwyneth Paltrow (DP Alwyn Kutchler) and ‘Killshot’ in Michigan (DP Caleb Deschanel). I also shot the independent feature ‘Totally Confused,’ a time capsule of Chicago’s hipster heaven, Wicker Park, in the late 1990s.
I’ve shot hundreds of commercials, large and small, for production companies including Backyard and Crossroads. Clients have included ABC-TV, AT&T, Ameritech, Ameren, Budweiser, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Edge, Illinois Lottery, Kellogg’s, Little Caesar’s, McDonald’s, Miller Lite, Pizza Hut, Sears, Sega, Southwest Airlines, Taco Bell, United Airlines, Walgreens, Walmart, Zephyrhills Water, many others.
Clients have included Abbot Labs, Allstate, Bank of America, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Cisco Systems, Enterprise RentaCar, FedEx, Freightliner, GE Medical, Goldman Sachs, HP, Intel, Motorola, Software AG, UAW…and so on.
I love shooting music, though tinnitus has convinced me I should probably turn down the next Jesus Lizard show. Probably my favorite concert shoot was for Andrew Bird, incorporated into the documentary ‘Fever Year.’ Other artists I’ve shot live: Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, Maroon 5, Jason Aldean, OAR, Clean White Ts, Louis CK, Incubus, The Lumineers, etc. I also shot a number of music videos ‘back in the day’ with artists of Chicago’s house music scene (Ten City, L’il Louis) and from Wax Trax records (Sister Machine Gun, Jesus Lizard). Favorite ‘old school’ video shoot was with director Peter Care for synth duo Cabaret Voltaire, who had made a record in Chicago. Hopefully I can upload that someday.
I do not sell myself as a ‘guy with a camera,’ but work with whatever is appropriate for the job, from Canon DSLRs to Arri Alexa. I do have some specialized equipment of my own, including a small lighting kit with my favorite portrait light, and a trusty set of Zeiss prime lenses which work just as well on an Alexa or Red as they did on an Arri 35BL or Moviecam. For smaller jobs I can arrange for the right camera; for larger ones I have excellent relations with rental houses in Chicago and elsewhere.