Incredible honor marching alongside IATSE 479 in Atlanta Pride this year. Honored not just to reflect on the past few years experiencing Atlanta, but to march with incredible queer creatives who proudly represent the film industry. A beautiful rainy day.
Thrilled to share the 'making of' film created by Johnny Kim and Glen Kwon (creators behind Stay Visualant) detailing the creation of a campaign and series of commercial spots for The Fox Theatre by the WITH/agency.
I've been working on this - producing and directing - over the past year, and more content will continue to roll out over the next six months. This project was ambitious, complex, and involved a crew of 50+ working tirelessly and being experts in their department (thinking about Joshua Wiley Sims, gaffer, and Whitney Hill Doyle, 1st AD, in particular).
Thank you to Jin Kim for lending your immense talent to this project - as DP and colorist. Over the past year it's been an honor to challenge each other and continue achieving the impossible.
Rose Freitag, it's been the thrill of my professional career working so closely with you. From writing scripts to starting every day with new challenges to overcome, I hope we work together for many years to come.
Thank you to The WITH/agency (including Blair Brady, Jamie Sims, Jon Voss, Jessica Erin Jackson., and everyone else on the team) for believing in this crew and supporting this production from pre-production through broadcast. The last year has been such a ride, and I look forward to many - even more ambitious - projects ahead.
Agency: WITH/agency (& Jessica Erin Jackson., Jon Voss, and the team)
Client: The Fox Theatre
Exec Prod: Blair Brady
Dir/Prod: Caleb Holland
Assoc Prod: Rose Freitag
DP: Jin Kim
1st AD: Whitney Hill Doyle
Key PA & much more: Jocelyn Key Nelson
1st AC: Nick Dollars Montalvo, Sam Scott
2nd AC: Sam Kim
Loader: Samuel M. Chun
Technocrane: Dynamic Remote Systems
Sound: JJ Brummett, Lou Rosado
Gaffer: Joshua Wiley Sims
DMX: William Jeremy Sims, Andy Terrell
Key Grip: Justin JP Powell
Swing: Jamie Schirmer, Max Walker
PAs: Qualen Bradley, Valerie Wilson, Jeremy Thao, Mallory Ivy
Theatre Crew: Amy Smith and many extraordinary Fox talent
Storyboard: Mantha Grant, Nathaniel Thompson
MUA: Jennifer Denise MUA
Wardrobe: The Closet Associates
Stills: Caleb Holland (campaign photography), Omega L Ruth Jr, Jay Kim
Editor: Caleb Holland
Asst. Editor: Nicole Rogers
VFX: Dalton Price
Sound Mixing: Dalton Price
Color: Jin Kim
Music/Orchestra: Jake Hull - Composer
BTS & Social Editor: Nicole Rogers
Crafty: Craft and Cater, We Got Them Snacks
Honored & full of gratitude for the opportunity the last few days to direct/produce such an important & visually stunning commercial production for @thewithagency, to be released later this year. Exec Producer: @blairbradyatl, Assoc Producer: @rosefreitag, Creative Dir: @voss_art, AD: Whitney Doyle, DP: @jinematography, Gaffer: @joshuawsims, Stylist: @angelamullenstyle, BTS: @johnnyboytellem_, Stills: @omegaruthimagery
Wrapped on a project with The WITH/agency today - one of the most dynamic, challenging, and meaningful experiences I’ve had. So grateful to have had the experience of working so closely with the wit, fun, professionalism, and partnership w/ Rose Freitag for a project with such scope, and DP Jin Kim - incredible talent & skill.
Friday I had the honor of speaking on the SCAD 2018 EMBRACE Conference panel about the importance of workplace diversity & inclusion from an LGBTQ perspective. Having graduated just 3 yrs ago it was an honor sharing my story & reflecting on recent years. I then hosted a breakout session “Diverse Experiences & Lessons Learned” sharing how my LGBTQ identity has intersected with my career to date. It made me so proud to speak of the creative diversity & career leadership/guidance WITH/agency, Focus Features/Trailer Park, and Vaden Automotive Group have shown as I’ve launched my career. Proudly spoke about the pantheon of incredible women I’ve been honored to work for & with in my journey (thinking of Blair, Ann, Liz, Jane, Lora, and my colleagues at WITH/agency). Thank you Savannah College of Art and Design for having me.
Photos: Jay Kim
Can’t describe how I feel watching the trailer for Boy Erased (@boyerased). I had the honor of working on the film as EPK cinematographer/BTS documentarian (EPK: capturing daily behind the scenes footage & interviews w/ cast & crew). Both as a filmmaker & a gay man in the south who experienced a very difficult journey coming of age, I still can’t believe this was the first motion picture I had the honor of working on. This project was personal in the deepest way for me. Read the book, watch the trailer, and support this film - it will change lives.
Wrapped early this morning on the most incredible experience of my life. Over the last 8 weeks I was honored to work as the behind the scenes documentarian on ‘Boy Erased,’ a forthcoming film about gay conversion therapy. In my role I interviewed cast and crew and captured daily BTS content. Given my own struggle coming out, this project had deep personal meaning for me, and I’m awestruck that this is the first major motion picture I’ve worked on. This film, like the memoir on which it's based, will save lives and change minds, and I’m honored to have had a hand in it. So grateful for all the friends I’ve made during this incredible time.
Short film created for Mashable.com from clips of my documentary, Chasing Capri. This project highlights Capri Culpepper and her experience growing up transgender in the American south.
On Facebook the short was viewed 550,000 times, and liked over 5,000 times. On Mashable.com as part of a larger article, the film was shared 2,000 times. Article by Rebecca Ruiz.