Dr. Davey B. Gravey’s Tiny Cinema is a singular and charming mobile exhibition space and performance event, featuring silent Super 8mm film projection and the Doctor himself on Ukelele and Chaos Pad! David, a fellow film enthusiast, called on me to produce a Kickstarter video to fund his next original short film. The piece was fully funded AND selected as a staff pick on the world’s leading crowdfunding platform! Woot!
I was extremely happy to be part of this episode of Radiolab, a renowned and award-winning program that is broadcast to over 450 radio stations across the United States, and across the globe via the enormously popular podcast. I contributed recordings that became a significant part of the program, and was hired to work as an archivist; essentially boiling down three days of recordings to a couple hours of curated, labeled and annotated audio in order for the editors at WNYC–America’s most listened to public radio station–to construct their program.
I did some camera work for (Vignette Creative who produced and edited) this lovely piece–and between the two main places it lives it have somewhere upward of 3 million views. It must have the largest audience to date of any piece I’ve yet worked on. Some of the footage has also been included on the DVD in the Deluxe Version of The Lumineers’ debut LP; which went platinum! I’m very pleased to have played a role in conveying the grace and grit of this compelling band.
This is one of those things where after it was said, it just had to be cranked out on the wheel of pain. With a set of great musicians, fronted by Rob Fitzgerald, we sang of the days of high adventure. I heralded, “The media alchemy no one was waiting for.” HuffPo said, “Hey, Nat, at least it got you here.”
I am Co-Creator and Co-Producer of Backcountry Gourmet, featuring chef Kyle Mendenhall. We cook meals so delicious the best restaurants in the city have reason to be jealous! Two episodes have thus far been completed & aired on our own Rocky Mountain PBS–one summertime trip to scenic Lost Lake, and one powered by snowshoes to Tennessee Mountain Cabin at nearly 10,000 feet where Kyle cooks in a bona fide snow pit! I also shot the timelapse that’s incorporated with Co-Producer Andy Strom’s lovely website.
Justicia Refrescante (“Refreshing Justice”) is a project combining social justice advocacy with the specific mission of promoting public health through policy. Specifically, it was aimed at a ballot measure to institute a tax on sugary drinks and allocate those resources to public health initiatives. The measure passed–somewhat narrowly–making Boulder one of the first eight cities in the United States to prioritize general wellness programs and chronic disease prevention over corporate greed.
Shot with two cameras in four hours in a set of rooms designed for meditation with playback, then opened in five multicam sequences on my editing rig, cut a total of 28 full HD streams with no render time. Oh yeah, the hardware. Later, I helped the Rev with sound editing for an album that was sent to the legendary Masterdisk in NYC, and provided a remix on a triple album by Reverend Freakchild & the Angel-Headed Hipsters that peaked at #6 on The Roots Music Report’s Blues Rock Album Chart.
A short piece about the ongoing restoration efforts at the Colorado State Capitol. I edited this program and also did the music direction. All the fine musicians involved are from Colorado; and it remains a tremendous place for sights, sounds, and creativity of all kinds. I’m proud to be part of it.
This is a clip from the beginning of Heart of Gold Hill, an hour-long documentary which premiered in May of 2013. I had the pleasure of working on this project as Editor, Music Director, Researcher & Image Acquisition, Colorist, and assisting with the production phase as Location Audio Engineer.
A single from Stelth Ulvang (Lumineers, ex-Dovekins): Denim! The viewfinder of my Super 8mm camera broke halfway through our sailing adventure. Clearly the Sankyo EM-60 XL is both awesome AND unreliable! The band on this song includes: Nick Jaina (Electric Guitar), Blake Stepan (Bass), Mark Anderson (Drums). Shot & Edited by yours truly. Recorded at Mammoth Cave by Griff Snyder and Charles Kern. Mastered by Jeremy Averitt.
This is a promotional piece targeted at client hospitals I edited at award-winning InJoy Videos. I’m pleased to have played a small part in bringing accessible and accurate information forward to both health professionals and patients alike. I’ve done quite a few special edits and some motion graphics with InJoy, most of it privately-marketed material.
Fourteen local ecologically-minded businesses and craftspeople, six software applications, twenty-six hundred 16-bit 4K images shot by Academy Award nominated, Emmy Award-winning director and photographer Bob Carmichael, and an original score by Grammy Award-winning artist 1863 (Jesse of a little band called Maroon 5) equals one amazing renovation project pushing the boundaries of beauty, energy efficiency and design. I edited this piece, developed the motion graphics and did the color-correction/image finalization.
This was a video that was made in conjunction with the album release show for Princess Music’s superb debut LP, Odobenidae. In addition to the standard lineup featuring some truly excellent players, the five piece was joined in concert and on the record with a 17-piece chamber orchestra!
In support of local ballot initiatives 2B & 2C to municipalize our energy system, this piece was made for New Era Colorado. It used a portion of a speech by former Obama administration advisor Van Jones as a starting point, and we wanted to underline the words and the meaning of his brief, poignant message. It was done on a small budget in a few days time to encourage support for the measure–and indeed, the measure passed by a narrow margin. And after another round of voting, it seems that the city is finally, firmly in the reigns of its energy future!
This piece helped PASO get a six-figure grant. I did the motion graphic at the beginning as well as some of the production elements.
A collection of clips from a longer, silent 8mm film. Duhkha is the first noble truth of Buddhist philosophy; the truth of suffering. The film was shot on Kodachrome color reversal film; primarily with the (then functional) Sankyo EM-60XL. A Nizo 561 was used for the slow motion shots.
Mimesis : Noun. [mi-mee-sis] : The representation of aspects of the real world, especially human actions, in literature and art. From Ancient Greek μίμησις (mímēsis). A series of one-take musical performances; featuring Stelth Ulvang (Lumineers, Ex-Dovekins) on his first solo tour. Stelth has now issued his first full-length album, and a ‘video’ shot on Super 8mm is in post-production. Click though to YouTube for the accompanying text!
This is a clip from the last piece I made using 16mm film, this short was made several years ago. I directed, photographed, and edited this film. The musical soundtrack consists of contributions from some very talented friends, Jeff Holland and Nathan Wheeler. I’m excited because I recently acquired a Bolex that’s the same model (Rex 5) that was used to photograph this piece–so I’ll be back at it with the 16mm! For the adventurous, the original can be found here.
This trailer was made before I joined onto the project; but the final film appeared at Breckenridge Film Festival, on Colorado PBS, and was cablecast internationally via the DeepDish Network. I functioned as the Editor and Music Director, partnering with some truly remarkable musicians from the Front Range.