Glad to finally get around to this project and update the site! Danny Katz is a Half Japanese, Half Jewish 80s folk/pop musician based from Tokyo and he reached out in producing an exclusive video to debut for his upcoming album. It was honor for me to once again work with M3 Crew, JR Pena Photography, and Lukeoverhere Photography and bring about a very elaborate music video. It may look simple in nature, but there was a ton of work with this. JR Pena was the Director and was kind enough to make use of his studio for the production. With his talented direction and pre-production setup, we were able to create a large blackout in a small space with fantastic lighting. I served as the Director of Photography and wanted to keep things simple with a more intimate feel. The true test of this production was coordinating with five cameras! Yes, it may seem like alot for an acoustic solo, but I really wanted to have close ups of Danny playing the guitar and provide more than the same boring angles.
The song is called “You Rise, I Fall” and featured on Danny’s sixth album “Orbiting”. The album is available on iTunes.
Production photos coming soon!
Two friends of mine, Charina and Sunny, finally tied the knot earlier in 2013. It was an honor when Sunny asked me to be one of his groomsmen and I had the chance to fly back to Hong Kong for a second year straight. I couldn’t think of any other way to repay them or give them a gift other than making a video for them. I made an earlier video of them on their engagement photoshoot with a good friend and colleague, Paulo Salud Photgraphy.
The trip was amazing as well as the wedding and being part of a very traditional Chinese wedding. It was even more of an honor for me when they featured this video at their wedding. I was extremely nervous sharing this video with their friends and family. My fears disappeared after a few guests and family thanked me for the video and saw a few tears in the crowd.
Best wishes to Charina and Sunny. Gong Hei Sai!
English Subtitles soon to come in the future.
The cosplay theme keeps going at daivision.com I realized that I had extra footage and time from Comic Con to play around with. I took some time out and asked some cosplayers about their experience at Comic Con and what its like to be their favorite character for the day. This is my second time at New York Comic Con and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. I can only imagine what the San Diego Con or other cons are like around the country.
I’d personally like to thank all the men and women who were willing to be interviewed. You guys were awesome and definitely convinced me that cosplay can be a fun thing and there’s no need to be ashamed of being nerdy. Its okay to rock it out and show the world what you love. If you see yourself or know some of the people featured in, share with them, share with your friends, and share it with your fellow cosplayers.
I’m a nerd….There I said it. I read some comics, I watch anime, etc. I went to my first Comic Con last year and had a blast with the folks with M3 Crew. The video we made together can be seen here. The culture of cosplay has always intrigued me, but I never had the courage or creativity to go in a costume. Luckily, I met Cathy Ngo, a eight year veteran of cosplaying. We spoke about the culture of cosplay and the time it takes to put together a costume. We both made the plan to head over for the 2012 New York Comic Con and see what it’s like. The original idea for the video was to make a documentary-like video about cosplay, but transformed into a fun perspective video following Cathy from her sewing hours to the showroom, and to the occasional photo opportunities.
I’d like to thank Cathy for her patience and politeness with the filming process and allowing me to follow her around like a creeper. I hope this video encourages you to go Comic Con or any convention and see for yourself. These conventions are not exclusively for nerds or geeks. It’s for everyone. Don’t be shy. Think about a pop-culture costume, put the time and effort in building your costume, and strut your stuff.
For more info about Cathy Ngo and cosplaying, visit her webpage.