I was so happy when I was hired to film for Spotify and BWG for the Jay Rock pop-up concert in downtown LA. I'm a big Jay Rock fan and love his music, so to be able to interview him and film him up close on stage with Top Dawg Entertainment artists Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Sza, and Sir was a blessing and experience I won't forget.
I was blessed to be asked to help coordinate and execute the Youtube/Google Brand Jam in Jakarta, Indonesia with CreatorUp. For weeks leading up to the event, I was meeting with brand representatives over Google Hangout and Chat to onboard them for an event that would put them in a room full of Youtube Creators eager to work with them. It would be a "Shark Tank" like setting where creators would pitch their channels and ideas according to a creative brief written by the Brands to establish a collaborative environment where both sides could learn more about the branded content creation process.
The day came when I had to hop on the plane to endure the 20+ hour trip to Jakarta and meet the brands and Youtube executives in person to fully prepare for the big event. I landed in Jakarta and walked straight into a meeting after checking into my hotel, leaving no time in between for me to rest and think about which landmark I'd like to add to my Instagram feed. For 2 days, I worked tirelessly with the CreatorUp and Youtube teams to produce an action-packed workshop that would be the first ever in the region.
Brand Jam finally came and it was a success. Creators loved what we taught them and the Brands were ecstatic with the pitches they received. Both sides learned a lot about each other and the best practices on how to communicate, pitch, and network. I have to give many thanks to the CreatorUp team for the opportunity, as well as our local experts that helped us translate our materials and teachings into Bahasa, while establishing strong relationships with the attendees. Youtube loved our work and the outcome of the workshop, and already asked for a follow up event later this year.
After Brand Jam, I also took the time to travel to Bali where I was able to spend a few days recovering in the sun. Watch my videos below to see the beautiful landscape and culture of Bali, and how I was able to regain my energy on the lovely Island.
My summer kicked off with an incredible start with a fun project at Lightning In A Bottle with Zach Dragovich and his amazing installation "The Bottle." My Rave Train team and I filmed a recap video and organized the official afterparties for the installation to bring together the wildest gathering at the festival.
Here is a Top Down Recipe video I directed, shot, and edited for Bundaberg Beer!
I produced, directed, and edited a brand new original series on Strife TV called DROP-IN SESSIONS in collaboration with Flipz Entertainment and Rave Train TV. This is the first episode with Dj Lean Rock and a group of amazing dancers that bring movement to sound with a freestyle dance performance with a live music mix!
I've found myself producing a lot of content for food and alcohol brands over the last couple of years so it's only fitting that I've begun working with Foodeez and their clients with directing digital content for various food brands. This Amy's Kitchen video is one of may I've created over the past few weeks and is the beginning of a portfolio of digital food content that I will be releasing the next year.
I love this new style that we brought to Stella Rosa's cocktail recipes since it brings our more of a cinematic looks rather than the regular top-down "Tasty" videos. The Director of Photography, Tony Huong, did an excellent job capturing the different details that go into mixing a drink. Though drink recipes can be seen as fleeting social media pieces, I've found them to be little commercials and music video within themselves that helps me evolve my craft.
Big thanks to the Stella Rosa team for always being on point with pre-production and overall design. More videos in the series to come over the next couple of weeks :)
My trip to Japan was filled with surreal experiences that I had to capture on camera. Check out a video I made for fun with my friends as we roamed Hakuba, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo.
When my friend Woody asked me to film the Foo Fighters at CAL JAM 2018, I jumped on the opportunity and was filled with excitement. I'm a huge Foo fan and remember listening to their album "The Colour and the Shape" when I was in High School. It was nostalgic and inspiring to watch them alongside other fantastic bands, so it was definitely an honor to see them post this on their official Youtube channel as well :)
Brand new video series I directed, shot, and edited for Stella Rosa which features cocktail and food recipes!
Working with talented dancers and dope Bboys always makes my job easier. It was fun making this one at the Youtube Space LA with my friends Flipz, Jay-D, and Simonvincible for Strife TV and Bumpboxx. They have this superb product that bumps harder than most car stereos!
My friend Chad has an incredible company called Remedy Hike that combines hikes around LA's hidden gems and integrated medicine. I shot this video and Paul Rhys edited the cut, definitely check them out if you're an Angeleno!
I was very fortunate to attend and film this once in a lifetime event in Oregon. Watching the Solar Eclipse was invigorating and life-changing, so capturing part of my experience on camera brings back great memories.
Loved how this music video came out! A collaboration with Convergence and my talented friend, Ruby Chase, we created an amazing music video for her song "Snake Charmer"
We just released our first episode of Season 4 with talented Deep House Dj MSCLS!
This past Spring, I teamed up with my friends at the School of Breaking and University of Rock to create a collaborative video for Strife TV that combines Dance and Live Musical Performance with the genres Hip Hop, Rock, Funk, and Breaks.
This summer has been very fun :) I was able to cover the Splash House EDM festival for Rave Train TV and had the pleasure of working with up and coming producer, MSCLS.
On top of Splash House, I was also able to cover Lightning In A Bottle with the Imagine Nation with a quick tour of their Lightning Inn :)
I recently re-shot and edited the Infuse Spirits Founders video to update it with new branding and shots. I had a blast with the founder, Seth, while we shot this in Las Vegas and also spent a few nights getting the voice over right. Always a pleasure helping other people and their brands through my video work and love how new shots came out!
Next up is their "How It's Made" video which will go through all the steps of how Infuse Spirits are made through their unique process.
The trailer for Rave Train Season 4 is out now! Please subscribe at Youtube.com/ravetraintv we have an incredible series of episodes coming soon :)
Video I edited for Strife TV with Bboy Fantum! Shot by Michael Reiken (Aristokat Media) at the Youtube Space LA.