Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Two Years Later

I just exclaimed "oh...my...gosh," out loud, as I sat here at my desk and looked to see when I put up the last post. 2011? Is that possible? After writing on this blog nearly every day for over 5 years, I just quit. But I left this all here as a sort of time-capsule to remember all the things that went on during the foundation of my business. The reasons I stopped writing in this space were both a dissatisfaction with the progress of the Blogger.com platform and the belief that I would begin to operate a proper website with it's own /blog section in place of this free site. And I did have that website for about a year, before attempting to move it from GoDaddy to another host and breaking the design beyond repair in the process (thanks WordPress!). However, coming back to the site tonight, I am really pleasantly surprised by how far Blogger has come. While Google is sadly getting rid of their RSS reader Google.com/reader, they're obviously putting some care and affection into their blogging platform. I can't say whether I'm back to stay or if this is just a semi-annual life update, but I'm glad to be back typing on this blog tonight. So here are the details:

It has truly been an amazing two years. It's been an amazing life! Shortly after my last post, I traveled to Iceland with 3 friends and made another short film called "The Noblist." It's not available to watch yet, but I'll go ahead and post a scene that I've never shown before.



For the last two years I've continued to run Deliberate Industries, a production company specializing in branded content and video marketing. It's popular to call what I do "viral video" but I try to stay away from that term because it's nearly impossible to guarantee a client that there video will go viral, even if it's a video that somehow incorporates both cats and crotch-shots. My other bread and butter is camera operating for docu-reality television. I'd list the credits, but if I start putting the names of shows I've worked on in writing on this blog, it's going to set off a flurry of Google Alerts that the producers, who are my clients, have set up for the names of the shows (some but not all are listed on my IMDB). A few were specials for the discovery channel, one was about the president's armored limousine, another about the secret service and another documenting conspiracy theories about Jesus. Those shows took me from Los Angeles, to Texas to the South of France, Israel and Rome. Afterwards, I booked more time to go on a trip to Poland which marked the 50th country that I've visited. Last year I was also brought back to India to finish filming the second season of an independently produced television show about orphanage and school building. And then I traveled to Amsterdam for another TV show centered around the lives of international superstar DJs.

One of my most loyal clients over the last few years has been Sequoia Equities, "a privately held real estate investment manager" (from their website). They own a lot of apartment complexes, mostly on the West Coast. They are unique in that they have an incredibly passionate and talented marketing team who has trusted me to help them with them develop branded content videos that are both informative and actually entertaining to watch. Their campaign, called "Don't Get Chester'd", told a multi-part narrative story about a dastardly landlord called "Chester". In the videos, actors played characters and each chapter was both an advertisement for Sequoia Equities as well as a funny comedy sketch. The videos were fairly low budget when compared to national television commercials, but were fun to shoot, well received, viewed thousands of times and best of all, shook up the apartment industry because they were something that nobody else was doing. In all we ended up shooting 10 Chester videos, with a total view count in the tens of thousands.



2013 started with me covering music events for Billboard.com, such as the Justin Timberlake concert at Palladium ballroom after the Grammy's (that was a highlight for me). And the filming of a pilot for a new health and wellness television show on Veria network. That show (once again, I don't want to say the name, so as not to set off Google Alerts), was just greenlit for 26 episodes this Summer, and I will be both the director of photography and field producer.

I guess what I'm writing to say is that I've been hard at work and I feel really fortunate to do the job I do. Over the next two years, I'd like to write more, whether it's here or on some other platform, and I'd like to continue to produce great video content that people watch and enjoy. Sorry for the prolonged hiatus on this blog and thanks for taking the time to read all of this.


Thursday, June 09, 2011

"The Last Song" by Tim Halperin - Music Video


WATCH IN HD!

I had the incredible opportunity to operate the camera on the music video for Tim Halperin's "The Last Song". After a successful Kickstarter campaign and with the help of many talented people working for little to no pay, this truly amazing video was born and lives on forever on YouTube. I'm so glad that Tim shot a little behind the scenes footage, because this was the most complex, intricate and timing-sensitive shoot that I have ever been a part of. The shot where Tim is suddenly transported in a convertible, onto a movie set, took 19 takes and 30 feet of dolly-track.

Here's a little peak behind the scenes, shot by Tim on his phone:



As you can see, the video was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, using Zeiss CP.2 primes (and a GoPro for the underwater shots). We also had a Fischer 10 dolly, lot's of track, a grip/electric truck and a full crew.

I feel blessed to work with the team of co-directors Jonathan Combs and Joe Childress, producer Rachel Clary, Elizabeth borders, 1st AC Sam Ryan, D.P. Jeffrey Waldron and the rest of the talented crew (which can be found here).

And let it be known that Tim Halperin, after 3 grueling days of shooting, at 2am, in the dark, in a field in the middle of nowhere, wouldn't leave until he had helped us pack the grip truck. What a humble, ludicrously talented man. And what a song!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DeliberateIndustries.com Website Up in 1 Week

The graphic design team "The Unlonely Kids" are getting very close to finishing the new website for my production company "Deliberate". It goes live on Monday 6 June 2011. It will be a new place to find all of the commercial work that we've done, as well as our short films, in their entirety. Sadly, the .blogspot address that I've been blogging at for the past 6 years will die at that point. Onwards and upwards.

-Anton

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Life Update (Career), 24 May 2011

Something has definitely changed within my personality, drastically, and it has affected the way I act and interact with other people. In the past, I've been praised for my happy, naive spirit. That part of me has either matured or died. I'm not sure which yet. Now, that's not to say that I'm not happy anymore. But there is a certain, sweet innocence that exists in some people, usually young children, that I used to have, which at the moment, has left me.

I should stop here and explain something. This is it:

I make it a point to share everything necessary. I have no secrets anymore. As a child, I was a liar and in order to absolutely destroy my adroit ability to be dishonest, I feel I must be completely forthright. This personal policy has no professional boundaries even if filmmakers (my ultimate career ambition) are held in high regard for being aloof and mysterious. My life choices will not be a mystery to anyone who wants to know what I do and what I believe.

I lived in Dallas from 2005 through 2007 and then L.A. from 2008 to 2009, those two cities taught me a lot of lessons; more so how not to behave, rather than the opposite (meeting so many posers, con-artists and pretentious wanna-be's has made me very non-trusting and suspicious within the "film" industry, when I used to trust people implicitly). Traveling around the world, through the richest and the poorest countries (roughly 46 so far), staying in 5 star hotels while on film jobs, hostels and campgrounds while backpacking, taught me a lot about what makes me happy. Now, as I approach my 28th birthday, I feel wiser, but more aware of my own shortcomings and inabilities than ever before. At the same time I am more aware of my absolutely undeserved, good-fortune and blessings. I am in the best possible health that I can be. I was born to an upper middle class family in one of the richest countries in the world. I am, from what I can tell, fairly intelligent, and college educated. I am statistically, at the very top of the world, as far as potential goes. There is some guilt that goes with this privilege. I have no excuse for not being one of the best at what I do and what I do is tell stories and display the virtues of products and services by creating visually pleasing video imagery, through camera-placement, lens choice, lighting and sound design, and by setting people and talent at ease and helping them to achieve the best on-camera performance and in creating believable characters. I want to do more of this work. And ideally, I would spend every work day crafting these stories with the camera lens, light and human performance. But the reality of my current situation is that I spend most of my days in the edit-bay.

Right now I am in the midst of editing a documentary about my cousin, a missionary-chiropractor who works in Bolivia, that I conceived of and shot. I am cutting down and putting the finishing touches on my short film "More Than It Is" and readying it for film festivals. I am working on commercials for my clients and I am writing the story for a short film that I will be shooting in Iceland in early August 2011. I am happy with all of this work, but I am not happy with where I am as a filmmaker. I am very aware that I have a lot to learn and I know that I am responsible for acquiring and mastering these skills. As I continue to edit these projects, I see first-hand, every morning, that I am not yet the filmmaker that I want to be, and this is not because I don't have the financing, the tools, or the luck, it is simply because I haven't learned how to be a great filmmaker yet, but I'm working on it and I will get there.

I'm also living in Fort Worth, TX again, for the first time in six years. I'm hesitant to call it a home, because I still work in Los Angeles, and I'm just as much a vagabond as ever, but I'm using this city as a jumping-off point for my work and I'm happy to be currently spending my days here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Scene From "More Than It Is"

Charlie invites Josh out for a night on the town in Christchurch, culminating with a drum and bass club and some awkward dancing.

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm Having A New Site Designed

This blog has existed for about 6 years. It's time for some changes. I'm not sure the platform yet, but I think I'm going to move my personal activities to antonseim.com and hopefully my personal blog will become antonseim.com/blog. Right now, I'm having a website designed for my film production company "Deliberate Industries," which shares the name of this blog. I know that Google will find this confusing, but I haven't yet figured out how to rectify the situation. This blog reads like a novel of my life over the last six years and I love what is within it. If you've been sticking with me since the beginning, thank you. I'm not going anywhere.

Friday, March 04, 2011

"American Girl" - Cover by Green River Ordinance

Here's the latest video I directed, shot and edited for Green River Ordinance's "Covers EP".

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Work

After scribing countless emails with links to my various video work, which is all over the internet, I've decided to put together this post, to collect a lot of my work in one place, with links to the corresponding YouTube and Vimeo videos.

Director:

Client: Oink Art LTD - "Alchemy"
- view video - rt: 5:36
I have also shot and edited over 100 product review videos for Oink Art LTD, which have gained over 7 million views on YouTube.

Client: Green River Ordinance - "The Weight"
- view video - rt: 4:20
I shot and directed 6 music videos for the band Green River Ordinance "covers" EP, also including "Baby" and "Stuck in the Middle"

Client: Florida Baby UK - "Traveling With Children"
- view video - (from 2:04 - 2:34)
This video was filmed for Malt Films London and was directed by Robert Hindle. I shot and directed 5 separate films, including the dream sequence of this video, all on location at Walt Disney World Orlando.

Client: Required Team Gear
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Promotional video featuring the CEO of a sports clothing distributor. Shot on green-screen and motion-graphics heavy.

Client: Click Here - "Prance Like a Man"
(Holiday Themed Spoof Rap Video)
- view video - rt: 3:03
Shot on the Red One camera by Digital Shakedown, this video was shot for The Richards Group's "Click Here" agency.

Client: Metro PCS
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The CEO of Metro PCS has a video chat with Ranjit and Chad, the stars of their popular "Tech & Talk" television commercials.

Client: Lonely Planet "Eating in Ho Chi Minh"
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Traveled to Vietnam to film an eating tour around Ho Chi Minh city.

Client: Moana Turquoise, Tahiti
- view video - rt: 2:25
Traveled to the island of Huahine in French Polynesia and filmed this promotional video for a tour company.

Camera Work:

I've shot over 100 apartment properties, mostly across California.

Client: HEB "Behind The Scenes"
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Behind the scenes footage of what goes into launching a new ad-campaign for HEB grocery stores.

Client: Team Tiger Awesome - "Vampires...Suck"
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Early comedy spoof of the popularity of vampire movies, filmed for Team Tiger Awesome.

Camera Credits for Project MyWorld, Get Out! and Fed Up! Television shows.

Project MyWorld: Shooter Reel
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Television show for Direct TV Channel 101 - traveled from Los Angeles and across 1o different European countries in search of love and adventure.

This is just a very small sampling of some of my work on the web. This post exist mostly for future reference.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Internet Whereabouts

I've kept up my visual diary over at http://www.antonseim.blogspot.com and I will continue posting a few pictures from every day of my life, usually taken with an iPhone 4. It's less about the art and more about keeping a log of what I did on what day, who I met and interacted with and where I was located.

I'm talking with a team of graphic designers about making a company website for Deliberate Industries, my video production company, as well as a personal website (antonseim.com) which will host my varied creative endeavors. More blogs to come soon, in the meantime, follow me on Twitter for the minute-by-minute: http://www.twitter.com/deliberateanton

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Washing My Knees

All of us have routines that we follow day-to-day. When I shower, there is a pattern I follow, an order to the products I use and the way I wash. I always start out with a bar of soap and suds-up my thighs, then my calves (bare with me here, we're going to stay in the realm of PG, I promise). But the other day, I decided to wash my knees. This was out of the ordinary, but as soon as I did it, I suddenly realized that for my entire life, I'd been neglecting to wash a part of my body that actually, probably accumulates a lot dirt. I mean, just about every day, at some point, I crawl around to do something. And now, for the rest of my life, I think I will wash my knees. My point is that often, we think we know how to do something, when in fact, we're just following our routine. And all of a sudden, we can have a revelation that actually changes our behavior, and it can happen at any age.

I've often heard people describe their early twenties as a journey of self-discover, as in, "I'm not getting married young because I need to find out who I am first." As a student of philosophy, allow me to poke some holes in that reasoning. The idea that you don't know who you are as a young person, presupposes that you were either created by God to be a certain way and have no control over it, or you are a product of DNA and upbringing and once you discover who you are, then you will be able to get to doing whatever it is that you were either made to do or are pre-inclined to do because of your genetic make-up and nurturing. I would say that while those other factors do indeed make up a portion of who you are, your physical make-up, personality traits and customs, you also have the ability to choose the kind of person you want to become. Rather than saying that you need to find out who you are, it would be better to say that you need to find out what kind of person you want to be.

The other thing, and the purpose of this post, is to say that people, throughout their lives, change. No person, who lives to be a ripe old age, dies the same person, with the same habits, patterns, and especially beliefs as they had when they were in their 20's. Now, some people may change much more or less than other people, but, like I described above when I decided to start washing my knees, if we live long enough, we will continue to make discoveries throughout life, because we are merely human, designed to live on a tiny planet and the universe is infinite.