A chess match at Cornerstone restaurant in Fort Greene, BK.

A chess match at Cornerstone restaurant in Fort Greene, BK.


 Stills from my video shoot  Soldier  featuring Storyboard P.  


Shooting in Brower Park, Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  Storyboard P freestyles to The Beatles “As My Guitar Gently Weeps”. 




Storyboard talks to me about stop motion and dance on a 15° afternoon in Fort Greene. Some incredible dance clips.


Caught up with Marvin actor Robbie Morgan heading to a chess match in Fort Greene.

Caught up with Marvin actor Robbie Morgan heading to a chess match in Fort Greene.


Singer, songwriter, poet Siraj Nuri in Bed-Stuy.  

Singer, songwriter, poet Siraj Nuri in Bed-Stuy.  





Musician Christopher Smith in Sunset Park.
Musician Christopher Smith in Sunset Park.

A test shoot with the Canon T3i.  Dancer Storyboard P does a freestyle in Brower Park. Crown Heights, Brooklyn. See the video  


Muse #6

THE DSLR CAMERA:  The year was 2008.  And like a lot of filmmakers, the video “Reverie” by Vincent Laforet CHANGED THE GAME for me.  This video got over 2 million views the first week it was released and I know at least a hundred were mine.  Why?  Because it introduced many of us to the idea of using a DSLR camera (it’s a still camera folks) as a tool for MOVIE making.  Working in the indie film world, I was used to 12 hour shoot days and spending hours with a big crew to get image quality like this.  Now you could take a crew of two and in an afternoon shoot something insanely high end.  And eventually I got a chance to do just that.  

By the way the BROOKLYN bridge appears 5 times in this video…just sayin.

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MUSE #5

Love is Real:  Summer 2010.  A childhood friend of mine, director Tishaun Dawson, sent me a text that simply said, “Is your passport current?”  No sooner than he hit “send” came my reply.  YES!  Two weeks later I was on a plane to Venice to shoot Love is Real,a three part film series for Philip Bailey of the legendary Earth Wind & Fire.  We shot in Venice, London and Paris.  It was a dream job.  And it was my chance to finally try out a DSLR (Canon T2i) for myself.  I was amazed.  The crew was just me and Tishaun. Our actress, the beautiful Sherina Manning. Two cameras and NO LIGHTS.  Not only was the shoot easy but we had a blast.  Remember I come from that indie filmmaker mindset that you had to suffer long and hard for your art.  This shoot broke me of that completely.  In fact, I was starting to think that once you put all the work in, you had to PLAY to make it work.            

    

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There are a multitude of things and people that inspire me to make films.  But MuseBK is an idea that came from 6 defining moments.  I guess you could call  these moments muses.  I can’t say it was just one but a combination of inspirations  that started me on this journey.  Here are the 6 muses of MuseBK.
Muse 6     Muse 5     Muse 4     Muse 3     Muse 2     Muse 1

There are a multitude of things and people that inspire me to make films.  But MuseBK is an idea that came from 6 defining moments.  I guess you could call these moments muses.  I can’t say it was just one but a combination of inspirations  that started me on this journey.  Here are the 6 muses of MuseBK.

Muse 6     Muse 5     Muse 4     Muse 3     Muse 2     Muse 1


A few pics from the Love is Real shoot  

Tishaun Dawson-Director, 1st camera  Sherina Manning-Actress   Me-2nd camera   Phillip Bailey  joined us in London to shoot the final scene.  

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Here’s a video I shot for Siraj Nuri performing her song “Lukewarm Lullaby”.


Siraj Nuri and 3 members of her band doing a session in Sunset Park.  I love this stripped down version of her song “Lukewarm Lullaby”.  Travis Antoine on trumpet, Cory Jerome Cox on drums and Javier Santiago on keys. See the video