An interview has a few key components that I’ve tried to master over the years. Great lighting and composition of course, and without great sound, the interview is a failure. On top of those obvious things, I feel a couple other key components include finding the best setting to conduct the interview, and getting great B-roll to help tell the story. Here is a short reel of some of the interviews I’ve shot including the interview with Steven Spielberg which was shot in 3D and appears on the Blu Ray for the 3D version of Jurassic Park.
To break bread is to come together informally for social interaction, usually over a meal or drinks. Breaking Bread is a web series I developed with Gina Ruccione. The concept is that a group of strangers come together over a meal prepared by a great chef in a comfortable surrounding, and potentially leave as friends.
Our first episode, which featured an Italian Modern meal prepared by Dustin Trani of Doma Restaurant in Beverly Hills had it’s premiere at the San Pedro International Film Festival. The meal was seafood driven and finished up with a wonderful duck breast, and was served at the sculpture studio of Eugene Daub in San Pedro, CA. The epsiode can be streamed below.
Breaking Bread episode 1: Italian Modern from Jeff Gatesman on Vimeo.
How unique and fantastic our American celebration of Independence is! Each year we get together with friends and family, picnic, barbecue, drink beer, listen to music and… of course watch and blow off fireworks.
Happy Independence 2017 America!
Masked wrestlers in a spectacle of mayhem and high-flying antics! See my photos here.
The first Twilight Concert at the Santa Monica Pier was last night featuring Mayer Hawthorne and it was one of the more packed shows I have been to. It was so crowded that I couldn’t actually get up on the pier, so I wandered around near the pier and made these images. As always, click on the images so get a larger view.
After more than 10 years of living life as a reformed smoker, I wanted to look into what made it such a draw for me. I wanted to explore what made me love it so that in the face of a true health risk I would continue to do it. Smoke Free is a double entendre shot entirely at 240 frames per second, and includes portraits of the people I interviewed.
I just love how relaxing and hypnotic it is…
It’s a Honda CB550 Four, with an air cooled, transverse four cylinder, single overhead cam engine producing 50 horse power at 8000 RPM. Top speed, with a petite rider, around 103 mph. The rider, Beth W, is an environmentally friendly construction manager and yoga enthusiast. She rides a vintage Honda.
Speed Dating For Documentaries
This is one in a series of Micro Doc’s I have been making as a personal project. A Micro Doc is my idea of speed dating for documentaries. You get a really fast look at someone fascinating. It’s media snacking for the short attention generation (a group I believe defines us all to a certain extent). My only desire is that my tiny contribution to this medium be hopeful, positive and uplifting… or at least entertaining.
Meggan Riley is a yoga instructor with an interesting past. Universal Vibration is one in a series of Micro Documentaries I have made.
A Micro Doc is my idea of speed dating for documentaries: you get a really fast look at someone fascinating. Think of it as media snacking for a fast paced, mobile-centric world.
It was a hot Saturday in Los Angeles this past weekend for sure, but even hotter were the girls, the music and the bikes at this years’ annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally sponsored by the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club. Here are some of the photos I took there.
I am proud to announce that our PSA, Because, for the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) has been honored with a Bronze Telly Award!
Because is a PSA compelling deaf women to get an HIV test. By listing some of the reasons for getting an HIV test, we try to impart that reasons are varied, and the test is simple. Award-winning Director Hilari Scarl wrote and Directed the PSA and Jeff Gatesman was the Director of Photography.
Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 12,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.
Director/Co-Producer – Hilari Scarl – Worldplay, Inc.
Cinematographer/Graphics/Editor and Co-Producer – Jeff Gatesman gatesman.com, & Rocket 88 Studios
Music – Kubilay Uner
Sound Design – Joe Milner/Puget Sound
ASL Consultants: Robert DeMayo, Lisa Hermatz
Executive Producer: Patty Hughes
Producer: Heidi Booth
Special Thanks: Maisha Franklin, Jennifer Chi
Produced by Worldplay, Inc.and Rocket 88 Studios
Cast (in order of appearance):
Natasha Ofili, Maria Correa, Karla Gutierrez, Christine Visser, Lisa Hermatz, Ashley Fiolek
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