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January/February 2023, "Zoey 102: The Wedding" Paramount+ feature, C & D-cam Operator
Grateful to start off the year with the opportunity to be a camera operator on a Paramount+ feature film. Fans of the Nickelodeon series "Zoey 101" will love this film starring Jamie Lynn Spears.
December 2022, "Naima In Nashville" EPK. Hamllmark feature. DP/Camera Operator.
Great way to end the year with my friends at Hallmark and IKA Collective.
Fall 2022 Recent Work:
B & C Camera Operator, "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Season 2 (Amazon) Sandra Valde-Hansen, DP
EPK DP, "The Supremes at Earl's All-U-Can Eat" (Fox Searchlight)
Drone Pilot, Wilmington & Beaches Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Director of Photography, "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Gallery Weekend (Amazon Entertainment/Herzog Entertainment)
B-Cam Operator "That's Very Sherry", HGTV Pilot (Glass Entertainment Group)
Interview Room DP, Fortnite Championship Series, Raleigh, NC (Epic Games/Blast Media/Trailblazer Studios)
Director of Photography, "Home Team: Elena & Amanda Delle Donne", Annapolis, MD (Team Whistle)
"It's Not Summer Without You" Book Cover
So in an odd twist of fate, I ended up taking the photo of Gavin “Jeremiah” Casalegno (center) for the cover of “It’s Not Summer Without You”, the second book in Jenny Han’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty” trilogy. I shot it on my Sony FX3, which I didn’t even know could take stills until that day.Big thanks to to TSITP social media producer and good friend Kendall Stetson for pulling it all together! I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve gotten while working on this show.
October 2022: "The Problem With Jon Stewart", Season 2 Episode 3 "Globalization"
I was tapped to DP this interview for Jon's new show on Apple TV+. It was a pleasure working with Jon and Governor Cooper! Thanks to my amazing team for helping to make this happen:
September 2022 Recent Work:
DP/Camera/Drone Operator for a week-long odyssey for the Wilmington & Beaches Convention & Visitor's Bureau with the great folks at Mythic (www.mythic.us)
DP/Cam Op EPK/BTS for Season 2 of "The Summer I Turned Pretty" (Amazon)
DP/Cam Op: Network promos for Season 2 of "Welcome To Flatch" Fox TV
August 16, 2022
Certified FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot
I passed my Part 107 test today and am now a Certified Drone Pilot! After several years of flying recreationally, I am now able to fly professionally! I also recently purchased a brand-new DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine drone with the smart controller. Check out my drone reel on the home page.
August 11, 2022
"The Problem With John Stewart"
Really special day at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh today, shooting an interview between Governor Roy Cooper and Jon Stewart. Check out Jon’s new show, “The Problem With Jon Stewart” on Apple+. Thanks to my dream team for making it so easy and enjoyable:
A-Cam Operator: John Lehmann
B-Cam Operator: Eli Wallace-Johansson
1st AC: Darwin Brandis
Gaffer: Terry O’Dean
Grip: Josh Willis
Audio Mixer: Geoff Gann
Hair & Makeup: Chelsea Lile
July 2022 Recent Work:
SFX Cam Operator, "Hightown" Season 3, STARZ, Wilmington, NC
EPK DP/Cam Op, "To Her With Love" Hallmark Feature, Salisbury, NC
Studying for my FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot's License. Taking the test August 16th!
Check out my drone reel on the home page
June 2022 Recent Work:
DP/Cam Op EPK/BTS, "A Song For Imogene", Feature, Honeyhead Films
DP/Cam Op, "The Cameron Team" of Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage Realty
DP/ Cam Op, "Beachfront Bargain Hunt Reno", Magilla Entertainment, Ocean Isle Beach, NC (2nd Day)
May 2022 Recent Work:
Director of Photography, Wilmington & Beaches Convention and Visitor's Bureau
DP/ Cam Op, "Beachfront Bargain Hunt Reno", Magilla Entertainment, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
April 2022 Recent Work:
Director of Photography, Cytex Therapeutics / RallyOn Media, Durham, NC
Director of Photography, "Dirty Old Cars" Pilot. ITV / Left Field Pictures, Morganton, NC
Director of Photography, "Hallmark's Biggest Fan", IKA / Hallmark Channel, Cary, NC
Director of Photography, Cigna Standout, Cigna Health, Myrtle Beach, SC
Wells Fargo: Building a Heritage of Social Action
Grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Bloomberg Media, Wells Fargo and Atlantic Packaging for this video. I served as the DP and Camera Operator for the interviews and B-roll of the Wells Fargo team and the Atlantic packaging founders. Much of the industrial B-roll was produced by the talented internal production team at Atlantic Packaging.
Congratulations Jessica Chastain! Oscar Nomination for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
I had the good fortune of being the EPK DP for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" during its production in 2019, so it was great to see Jessica Chastain receive an Oscar nomination today! The footage we shot is now "The Making Of: The Eyes of Tammy Faye", currently available as an accompaniment to the film on HBO+. This marks the second time I have worked on a film that led to an Oscar nomination for the lead actress. The first was Frances McDormand and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri". I expect Jessica to have the same success that Frances enjoyed in 2018. Thank you to Gregg Temkin and Mob Scene for the opportunity!
C-Camera Operator, "George & Tammy"
Sometimes dreams do come true! I had the opportunity to day-play as the C-camera operator on the limited series "George & Tammy", starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon for Spectrum Originals/Viacom CBS/Paramount Network (Sony Venice). "George and Tammy" is the story of legendary country music power couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette. So grateful for the opportunity - loved every second of it!
Mel Gibson Interview/Boys Of Summer EPK
Film icon Mel Gibson was in Southport, NC shooting the independent feature film "Boys of Summer", and I had the opportunity to shoot his EPK interview and BTS of the production. Mel was a pleasure to work with and a class act - even when the mayor of Southport crashed his interview! (https://youtu.be/vcPWFbNA5uI)
As and admitted "gear head", I love to get new equipment! This month I have added two new cameras to my arsenal: Sony FX9 and Sony FX3. Both have Sony's amazing Full Frame Sensor, with the FX9 capable of 6k, and the FX3 at 4k. Both of these cameras will add another layer of versatility and quality to my work.
Director of Photography / Camera Operator, Wells Fargo Client Profile: Atlantic Packaging
Agency: Bloomberg Media / Production Co: HAYDEN5
Thankful for the opportunity to work on this great project in Charlotte! Thanks to HAYDEN5 for opportunity and to Sunset Lighting and Grip for letting me try out the new Hudson Spider Redback! We live streamed the interviews to remote clients via my Blackmagic Designs ATEM Mini Pro.
Director of Photography / Camera Operator, WIRED Magazine's "Tech Support": Skin Support
Client: Conde Nast / Production Co: Crews Control
Always love working on fun projects at home in Wilmington! I had a great crew to help me shoot a segment for WIRED's "Tech Support" starring Ken Jeong and Bill Nye (The Science Guy) Our talent was Tik Tok's resident dermatologist, Numeed Shah! Thanks to Page Productions for the studio rental and to Sunset Lighting and Grip for letting me try out the new Hudson Spider Redback! Big shout out to Crews Control for adding me to their roster of DPs!
DP/Cam Op, EPK Interviews for "The Summer I Turned Pretty", Amazon Series.
EPK Co: Herzog
Spent 5 weeks this summer on the set of the screen adaptation of the beloved coming-of-age novel.
DP/Cam Op, BTS & EPK Interviews for "Florida Man", Netflix Series
Jason Bateman produced Netflix series starring Edgar Ramirez and Abby Lee.
DP/Cam Op, Interviews for "Down Home Reno", Netflix Pilot.
Production Co: Leftfield Pictures/ITV
If you have seen the Netflix series "The Politician", then you know who the Eason Twins are. Aside from being model good-looking guys, Trevor and Trey Eason are also passionate house flippers.
DP/Cam Op, EPK Interviews for "Are you There God? It's Me, Margaret"
EPK Co: Trailer Park
Had the good fortune of lighting and shooting interviews with Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Forston for the film adaptation of the beloved young adult novel. (Sony FS7)
You, Me and My Ex, TLC, Bodega Pictures
Had a great day with the Jacksonville, NC cast of the new TLC show "You, Me & My Ex" shooting pickup interviews and OTFs. Keep an eye out for this one - should be a wild ride! (Sony FS7)
Camera Operator, History Channel, Modern Marvels "Lionel Trains"/Six West Media
I got to live out a childhood fantasy this week as I had the opportunity to work on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" feature on Lionel Trains this week! Thanks to Six West Media for the opportunity! I learned that you're never too old to enjoy model trains. Time to break mine out again? (Canon C300 MII / Black Magic 6k)
Camera Operator / DP, Boston Consulting Group / Racial Equity Institute
I'm fortunate to often work with interesting, talented, brilliant people, but this project was one of the most unique experiences of my career. Grateful to the amazing team at BCG Atlanta for picking me to be a part of their comprehensive education production for the Racial Equity Institute. I learned so much about U.S. history, and met some truly inspirational leaders in the quest for equality in our society. (Sony FS7 / Sony A7siii / Sony A7iii)
B-cam Operator, "You, Me and My Ex, TLC, Bodega Pictures
Had a great week with the Jacksonville, NC cast and crew of the new TLC show "You, Me & My Ex" (Sony FS7)
Director of Photography & Camera Operator, National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Attorneys
Thanks to Beverly Boy Productions for this ongoing corporate project! (Sony FS7)
Still Photographer, Merman, Cape Cod Potato Chips commercial
I've been getting into still photography more and more recently, and had the opportunity to work with Merman (www.hellomerman.com) on a series of commercials for Cape Cod Potato Chips. I spent the first day shooting the wardrobe fitting with the cast, and the two subsequent days shooting light studies for director, Nicole Ackerman at our beautiful area beaches and waterways. Thanks to Sean Wen and Michelle Roca for the opportunity! (Sony A7iii)
Director of Photography & Camera Operator, Darby O'Brien Advertising/Excel Dryer
The great thing about my job is that I get to work with a variety of clients, on a wide range of topics. I recently completed a shoot for Darby O'Brien Advertising for their client, Excel Dryer. (Sony FS7)
Director of Photography, Promos for STARZ series, "Hightown, Season 2" including "Take the Lead" featurette with actor/director/producer, Monica Raymund.
DP'ed promos for the STARZ series “Hightown” with the fine team from Trailer Park and the "Hightown" shooting crew. No one could have asked for better resources or personnel. It was my first shoot with the ALEXA Mini LF and Arri Signature Primes. Huge thanks to @lighthousefilms for going to the ends of the earth to pull the camera package together during a very challenging time.
C-Cam Operator for new FOX Series "This Country". Trifecta!
February 8, 2021
Had a really fun and unique day on the set of "This Country". It's the first and only time I've ever been a vendor, a featured extra, and a C-Cam operator on the same day! Look for me in
Episode 11 this Fall on FOX!
EPK for STARZ Series "HIGHTOWN"
Props Still Photographer for STARZ Series "HIGHTOWN"
Dead bodies and strippers, and that's all I can say.
EPK for STARZ Series "HIGHTOWN"
EPK for new FOX Series "This Country"
EPK for Blumhouse feature film "Scream 5" (final day)
EPK for STARZ Series "HIGHTOWN"
EPK for new FOX Series "This Country"
Keep an eye out for this hilarious mockumentary-style show based on the original British series.
DP for History Channel "Salute To Service"
Veterans Day Special. "John Gallina/Purple Heart Homes" Segment
DP for BET's "Tales Talent Search - Raleigh"
Had a blast working with BET as the Director of Photography on the "Tales Talent Search" stop in Raleigh. One of the things I love about my job is the varied subject matter and the interesting personalities and characters I get to work with. Thanks to the producers and great crew for making this a super fun project! Shout our to Beverly Boy Productions for the opportunity.
Wilmington & Beaches Convention and Visitor's Bureau "Museums" Project
Continuing our longstanding relationship with the Wilmington & Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, we shot a feature on Wilmington area museums. Thank you to the Cameron Art Museum, The Wilmington Children's Museam, and the Wilmington Railroad Museum for your cooperation and hospitality! Visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com to see all that the Wilmington area has to offer.
EPK for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" (Feature) Fox Searchlight
Fortunate to have the opportunity to work on this feature film about the life of Tammy Faye Bakker. Will be in Charlotte quite a bit in November and December. Starring two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield and Vencent D'Onofrio. Thanks to my friends at Mob Scene for keeping me busy this year!
EPK for "The Georgetown Project" (Feature), Miramax
Promos for Hulu Series "Reprisal"
Wilmington has been buzzing with activity this year and I had the opportunity to operate on a series of social media promos for the new HULU series "Reprisal". Keep an eye out on your IG and Facebook feeds for these retro chic ads! (I shot the car interiors.) Thanks to my friends at Mob Scene for the opportunity!
A&E Shows "Live PD" and "America's Top Dog"
Had a great experience working with Big Fish Productions on interviews and b-roll for these two A&E shows.
Wilmington & Beaches Convention and Visitor's Bureau Project
Spent all summer producing, shooting and editing 26 tourism videos for the Wilmington & Beaches Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Thanks to the great cast, crew, and local business owners who helped make this project a success! Visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com to see all that the Wilmington area has to offer.
EPK for DC Comics/Warner Bros. Series "Swamp Thing"
It has been a busy winter/spring having completed 34 days of EPK on the upcoming DC Universe series "Swamp Thing"! Looking forward to its debut on May 31! Thanks to my friends at Mob Scene for the opportunity!
Kit Yarrow Interview for Al Jazeera
Had a great interview shoot with marketing expert Kit Yarrow for Al Jazeera UKs show "The Listening Post". The segment on Purpose Marketing can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b3x6SHsrUI&vl=en
Derek Mears Interview for "Alita: Battle Angel"
We get to meet some great people in our line of work, but we had the unique pleasure of working with Derek Mears last week. Derek plays "Romo" in the Robert Rodriguez / James Cameron sci-fi epic "Alita: Battle Angel". Since Derek is currently in Wilmington working on location for another project, we were able to provide studio space, a green screen set, camera and sound services for his EPK interview. Derek is an absolute pleasure to work with and gave one of the most thoughtful interviews any of us have ever witnessed. We definitely look forward to an opportunity to work with Derek again!
EPK for DC Comics/Warner Bros. Series "Swamp Thing"
It's a dream come true to be working on the epic series "Swamp Thing" right here at home in Wilmington, NC. It's a real treat to be working along side the super-talented Wilmington-based production crew again! Amazing sets and special effects make this job a pleasure!
EPK/BTS for A24 feature, "Zola"
In Tampa, FL shooting EPK/BTS footage and interviews on this cutting-edge true story based on an epic viral Twitter thread. Starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo, Nicholas Braun, Jason Mitchell. Director Janicza Bravo
EPK for A24 Feature "Waves"
In South Florida this week shooting EPK interview for the feature film, "Waves". Produced by the brilliant folks at A24 (Moonlight, The Florida Project, Lady Bird), "Waves" stars Taylor Russell, Lucas Hedges, Sterling K. Brown .
EPK for Feature Film, "Words On Bathroom Walls"
So happy to be back on a movie set in Wilmington, NC! Shooting Electronic Press Kit interviews and Behind-the-Scenes footage for “Words On Bathroom Walls". Starring Andy Garcia, Charlie Plummer, Molly Parker, Walton Goggins, Beth Grant. Wonderful to see the talented Wilmington film crew together again!
ABC World News Tonight & Good Morning America
Shot an interview related to the Marine Corps Facebook scandal for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir & Good Morning America
Documentary Shoot in Rwanda
Enjoyed 8 days in the beautiful country of Rwanda shooting documentary footage and interviews for SOLID AFRICA: http://solidafrica.rw/aboutus.php
Short film, “Beatrice"
Charlotte Band, Minutes & Years, Music Video
DP/Camera Operator. Lead singer Jarron Strom went on to become a contestant on NBC's "The Voice"
New Hanover Regional Medical Center - Surgery B-roll
E! Entertainment Television - Janelle Evans “Teen Mom”
New Hanover Regional Medical Center - Zimmer Cancer Center “Pink Ribbon” Video
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Promotional Video
DP/Camera Operator. Bands included Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, JJ Grey & Mofro
HBO First Look for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” debuts
Director of Photography/Camera Operator
Phoenix Hometown Hires promotional video
Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage
DP/Camera Operator for Interviews and B-roll
Behind-the-Scenes for TNT series "Good Behavior"
Grateful for the opportunity to shoot behind-the-scenes footage for TNT's new series, "Good Behavior" this week, starring Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey" fame.
"3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
We are now on location near Asheville, NC shooting EPK/BTS on "3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Dinklage.
"The Choice" to open February 5th
JANUARY 13, 2016
EPK Films provided EPK and Behind-The-Scenes services for Nicholas Sparks' latest installment, "The Choice". Opening nationwide February 9th, "The Choice" features Benjamin Walker ("Into The Heart of the Sea") and Teresa Palmer ("Point Break"). EPK Films has a long history with Nicholas Sparks and we were honored to work on this film.
"FIST FIGHT" Begins Production in Atlanta
OCTOBER 7, 2015
We are in Atlanta this week shooting BTS/EPK on the feature film "Fist Fight", starring Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Dean Norris. This is Tracy Morgan's first film project since his accident. It has been great working with this cast and crew so far! Thanks to all for being so welcoming and accommodating.
"The Choice" Release Date Announced
Last year we had the pleasure of being the embedded EPK camera on the set of the feature film "The Choice", based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. It was truly a wonderful experience to work with such a tight-knit and talented cast and crew. It was announced today that "The Choice" will be released into theaters everywhere on February 5, 2016. We are looking forward to seeing the final product!
"The Longest Ride" Opens Today!
APRIL 10, 2015
We were fortunate enough to be chosen to shoot all of the Behind-The-Scenes and EPK footage for Nicholas Sparks' "The Longest Ride" which opens in theaters today! Search "The Longest Ride" on Youtube for special features and exclusive interviews.
Under The Dome Season 2 DVD and Blu-Ray Release Today
DECEMBER 10, 2014
We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work on "Under The Dome" Season 2 earlier this year. The entire season is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, including Behind-The-Scenes footage and bonus material that we shot. See a sneak peek and some of our work here: http://bit.ly/166cyxc
EPK Films is providing EPK/Behind-the-Scenes and Publicity Video production services for the feature film "Paper Towns", now filming in Charlotte, NC. "Paper Towns" is the third young adult novel by John Green, author of "The Fault In Our Stars".
Today kicks off production for yet another Nicholas Sparks film to be shot in Wilmington, "The Choice." EPK Films is along for ride providing EPK/Behind-the-Scenes and Publicity Video production services.
"The Longest Ride" Wraps
Just wrapped on "The Longest Ride" with 23 days of exclusive interviews and amazing behind-the-scenes footage of stunts, bull riding, and special effects.
"Under the Dome" Season 2 Wraps
"That's a wrap!" for season 2 of CBS's hit television series "Under the Dome." We had a great time filming interviews with the cast and catching behind-the-scenes footage of incredible stunts and special effects.
"Homeland" Emmy Nominations
Congratulation to the cast and crew of "Homeland," shot on location in Charlotte, NC, for its multiple Emmy nominations this year. We wish you the best of luck!
"The Longest Ride"
We are scheduled for 17 days behind-the-scenes on "The Longest Ride," the latest film adaptation from New York Times Best-Selling author, Nicholas Sparks. Sparks is also the author of "Safe Haven" "The Notebook" and "A Walk to Remember."
"Sleepy Hollow" Season 2
FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" is back for season 2, and that means more behind-the-scenes time for EPK Films.
"Under the Dome"
Shooting behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for season 2 of CBS's "Under the Dome."
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, and cheers to another successful year at EPK Films! Can't wait to see what sets 2014 brings us to!
"American Country Awards"
Shooting promotional ads for the American Country Awards with country music star, Trace Adkins and NASCAR driver, Danica Patrick. Airing on FOX this December.
Chris Varner is shooting behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and promotional video for the FOX series, "Sleepy Hollow."
"The Perfect Summer"
Chris Varner is shooting behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for the made-for-TV movie, "The Perfect Summer" starring Eric Roberts, Sydney Penny, and Jason Castro.
EPK Films' Dusty Powers & Chris Varner shot behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for director Casey La Scala's post-apocalyptic feature film, "The Remaining." Thank you to Grossmyth Entertainment for the opportunity.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! 2012 was a great year for EPK Films and we are looking forward to an even better 2013! Keep checking back for updates on projects throughout the year.
Thank-You to Our Clients
Many thanks to our great clients this year: Trailer Park, M3 Creative, Sunny Boy Entertainment, The Cimarron Group, LD Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Brothers, and Relativity Media.
"The Witches of East End"
Shooting behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for the Lifetime Network pilot "The Witches of East End."
"We're the Millers"
Just completed over 20 days on the set of "We're the Millers" starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Ed Helms. Shot on location in Wilmington, NC, and New Mexico. B-Roll and interviews shot with the Sony F3.
Shooting interviews with the cast of Nicholas Sparks' new feature film, "Safe Haven" starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. All interviews are being shot with the Sony F3.
"Iron Man III"
Shooting interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and special features for Marvel's "Iron Man III' starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow.
"The Devil's Rapture"
Shooting behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for horror/thriller, "The Devil's Rapture" starring Colm Meaney, Rufus Sewell, and Jennifer Carpenter.