Perception– a supernatural psychological indy thriller

After focusing on some bigger projects the last few years I'm excited to be back in touch with a timely announcement! Perception, a supernatural, psychological, indy thriller I shot and edited for director Ilana Rein has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and will be available for purchase on all major VOD platforms nationwide on August 6!

When Daniel, a successful real estate developer, must evict Nina, a mysterious small-time psychic, struggling to provide for her young son, the last thing he expects in return is a free reading. But when Nina senses the spirit of Daniel’s dead wife, a once-promising artist, his desire to reconnect with her quickly becomes an obsession. Haunted by memories, Daniel is determined to reunite with his wife. Soon, Daniel and Nina must each decide how far they’ll go to get what they want in this supernatural, psychological thriller.

Wes Ramsey and Meera Rohit Kumbhani in Perception
Wes Ramsey and Adam Zoumzoum in Perception a supernatural psychological indy thriller
Wes Ramsey and J Ro in Perception
Caitlin Mehner in Perception
Max Jenkins in Perception

An indy vampire drama in San Francisco

   

On the darker side of things, I shot this indy vampire drama–Sacred Blood–in San Francisco for director Christopher Coppola. Some 2nd unit work shot by Andrew Gianetta in the country of Georgia in Russia illustrates the back story at around minute 12.  

A lot of the film plays out amongst night exteriors. We had a very small crew with extremely limited resources and needed to work fast. So I was only able to have one battery operated light source.

We were able to augment our one light with donated AC powered units for some of the bigger interiors. But our crew size was still small so we could only handle so much.

A lot of work was done during prep and production to achieve a consistent look despite these restrictions. We shot on the Blackmagic Cinema camera and a Blackmagic pocket camera. Time for prep was also limited. So, we focused our efforts on how to best expose for the night exteriors without any augmented lighting. Secondly, we worked out how to match the two sensors and two lens systems between the two cameras. We pushed the sensors as far as made sense for the story. Thankfully, a certain amount of grain was helpful in evoking a dark and seedy indy vampire drama theme. And pushing the cameras at high iso’s became our modus operandi. We could have dialed it down for the interiors but I opted to expose them the same in order to retain the same texture (grain). Similarly–for the day scenes–I used ND and the f-stop to rate the cameras as high as I could within our parameters.

A lot of this detailed work was significantly compromised because I wasn’t given the opportunity to supervise the final colorgrade. However, I was able to make adjustments to the selected shots in this montage where I hope you can see the original intent.