I am terrible at keeping up with blog posts...

...since we're usually busy on set, and if we're not on set we're in the edit. So forgive the long absence of posting, I promise you we have been anything but complacent. Here's a few things that we've been working on:

Halliburton: Voice of the Oilfield is a low budget spot that we made with a tiny crew and a short turnaround. It was produced/written/directed by Imaging Studios and shot/edited/color by Savage Henry Films. It was great fun to get to bring our set of Lomo anamorphics to bring a more interesting look onto a corporate production. 

Also you can view this piece for ESPN OTL in which Savage Henry Films shot much of the wrestling b-roll.

And then since we're a bit late with the update this year...the 2017 Savage Henry Films reels:

Latest news...

Here at Savage Henry Films we've been hard at work on set with a ton of projects that are in various stages of production at the moment. However there are a couple that we're able to share:

Chefsfeed: Family Meal

Produced/Directed/Edited by Chefsfeed - Shot by Savage Henry Films

Our crew has worked together with Chefsfeed for a few of their Houston based shoots and we were lucky to have Chef Hugo Ortega to allow the team into the busy kitchen of his restaurant Caracol to profile their family meal. We were blown away by the amount of effort and teamwork that goes on behind the scenes in this kitchen where every delicious dish is prepared with such great care.

I Write: I Guy Journal Program

Produced/Directed/Edited/Animated by Midnight Run Productions Shot/Color Correct by Savage Henry Films. 

Savage Henry Films partnered with Midnight Run Productions to put together this short spot for an important and growing Houston area non-profit. We had a great time working with the kids, and hope this helps spread a love of writing to spark the imagination of the kids using their I Guy journals. 

September update!

As usual things have been a bit busy over at Savage Henry Films. Here's some of what we've been up to lately:

Awhile back we shot some interview footage with DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans, which ended up in this latest spot from Draft Kings. We also shot a few other bits with him, so you will likely see more of it in the near future on TV.


We ate our fair share of wings while shooting a Bayou City Wings spot for Midnight Run Productions, and also attended their premiere for Cowboy Kitchen TV, which Savage Henry Films was one of the sponsors on-set. 

We went on set with Texas Chance Productions and shot a short commercial spot for a local funeral home. We also visited The Magick Cauldron and cranked out four commercial spots in just a few hours. I've embedded my two favorite below. Hat tip to Patrick Brogdan of Texas Chance Productions who shot the great majority of the b-roll in the spots while I was getting advice on how to grow a proper wizard beard. 

And lately Savage Henry Films was on hand on the Bethpage Black Course for the PGA Barclay's Invitational to shoot footage from the rough (where we are used to being on a golf course).

There's plenty more in the works, most of which I'm not at liberty to discuss at the moment! Back to shooting and catch you on the next update. 


Upcoming short for Crypt TV

Nothing is worse than pulling a night shoot right in the middle of the week of day shoots....well perhaps a night shoot, during a week of day shoots, in Houston's 200% summer humidity. BUT sometimes those projects end up being worth it. 

About a week ago, Savage Henry Films was commissioned to produce a :60 short film, based on the nightmare of an interview subject for the horror platform Crypt TV. We managed to pull nearly everything together at the last minute and shot in an old barn provided courtesy of Texas Chance Productions.

The crew and our equipment endured the humidity (It was one of those Texas two-shirt-nights), and our short schedule and made what I think is a creepy lil' short that I like to call "Black Paternoster". Below are some screengrabs from our shoot to tide you over until it's live over at Crypt TV

In completely unrelated news if anyone wants to purchase a gently used coffin....I know a guy, who knows a guy.




Savage Henry Update!

It's been a LONG while since I've updated this blog, so here we go. Things have been a bit busy in Savage Henry Films land...but this week I finally have a bit of a breather. 

SUPER MARSHA has nearly completed principal photography, and we have submitted a cut to the Austin Film Society to hopefully receive a grant to put towards post-production.

Marsha was a trooper and was always happy to shoot. I can only imagine how stressful it would be to just compete in the Ironman 70.3, let alone know that you're being followed by a camera crew at nearly every stage. Our edit for the film should be complete by the fall, and will be shown in a private screening, and then begin a festival run. 

Yesterday we wrapped TENDER MOMENTS, a short film made for the Louisiana Film Prize. The film follows our protagonist John (Brian Watson), as he gets laid off in Houston during the oil downturn, and flee's with the company car to hide out in Shreveport. 

Our AC Adonay Gallardo admires Brian Watson's stylish underwear before a take. 

We had a jam packed schedule, and shot on-location along the Red River for three days and got everything in the can....mostly on-schedule. I think I can speak for the Houston based crew and say we fell in love with Shreveport, it's people, and amazing locations. I know that our grips especially loved leaving their money at the casino's.

Melanie Haynes, Shelley Calene-Black, and Julitta Pourciau work out their scene.

My co-director Alberto Govela, writer/producer Mariella De Alba were overjoyed with the performances we got from our cast (Brian Watson, Julitta Pourciau, Melanie Haynes, Shelley BlackHeather Bloom, and Joe Grisaffi). This morning I began prepping the footage for post-production. Our rough cut is due July 12th, and with a bit of luck we will make the top 20 films and have a screening in Shreveport in the fall. 

Next up for the Savage Henry Films crew is the short film Wrong Numbers, a short film for Joshua Starnes. We'll hopefully have some on-set updates for that in short order. 

Happy 2016 from Savage Henry Films

It's been an eventful year in Savage Henry land, and my new year's resolution is to actually spend time keeping this blog updated. 

This holiday season I decided to quickly throw together a holiday card in the form of a short film. The result was this little opus "Hank & Honey":

The nugget of the idea for the film was hatched for a planned Splatterfest short...until I discovered that there would be no Splatterfest in 2015 (of course, the one year I set aside time to do it!). So I promptly chucked the idea and forgot about it...until a few weeks before Thanksgiving when I got the itch to shoot a no-budget short. 

The film was produced with an extremely short turnaround: 18 days from rolling the first shot, to uploading the final version of the film online. Despite the rush, I feel like it turned out fairly well, thanks in part to my excellent crew, and the talented actors in the cast. 

I was hoping to shoot the film with my lomo anamorphics (as I wanted to shoot the whole show fairly wide), but once I tallied up my lighting assets and plan, I realized that we were not going to be able to produce enough light to be able to shoot at T4/5.6 to get the Lomos sharp enough. So from this point I decided to try and break the low-light capabilities of the Blackmagic URSA that we shot on. With a 400ISO native sensor, we ended up shooting every single shot of this film wide open at T2 on Sony Cinelta lenses. 

So, watch the film....and hopefully it tickles that small black part of your heart this holiday season. 




Been hectic out in Savage Henry land....

My apologies for the lack of blog activity through the summer. I've been extremely busy with Savage Henry Films projects, as well as other clients whom I shoot for...and of course, the first thing to fall by the wayside is blog posts.

In the meantime, please take a look at some of the molding work done by Phil Nichols & his Facades FX Studios (who studied under the legendary Dick Smith!) for an upcoming Savage Henry produced short film. "Tourists", written by Angel Colon is a dark comedy set in Gowanus Brooklyn, where two detectives are investigating the scene of a suicide...and all is not what it seems.

"Tourists" stars Houston's own Joe Grisaffi as well as veteran theater & films actor (and one-time Steve McQueen's roommate) Guil Fisher, whom I've worked with in several films in the past. More updates to come as we are about a month out from shooting!