Videography / Cinematography and Film Production Services


I am not your typical 'Guy with a camera' or videographer. I focus on art as a cinematographer. I take the time to set up the scene with the correct lighting, angles and focal lengths to communicate the story being told.
JDS Pictures is available for video production for Commercials, Music videos, Live Performances, Documentaries, Cinematography etc.
I direct, film & edit my own work and also work as a Director of Photography or Cinematographer for other Directors or Producers. 
I can also work as a Sound Technician or Gaffer (Chief Lighting Technician) for other film productions.
 
Many film makers need to rent their equipment, adding to the project costs for the customer.
I own an extensive amount of equipment keeping production costs low which is very important especially for long shoots/Independent films.
 
I am a southern NH based filmmaker but shoot all over New England and periodically in NY. I have even shot in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania so I am open to travel 
 
Partial List of my equipment:

 
Cameras:


Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k - 15 Stops dynamic range, 4608 x 2592 up to 60p and 1920 x 1080 up to 120 fps. Raw or ProRes  

Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5K MFT  
13 Stops dynamic range. Records 12 bit RAW uncompressed Cinema DNG files at 2432x1366 resolution as well as high bit rate ProRes or Avid DNxHD 10bit 4:2:2 1920x1080

Canon 5D MkIII - 1920x1080 compressed MOV files
 
Panasonic GH4  
4k & slo motion. DCI 4K 4096x2160, UHD 3840x2160. True Cinema 24 fps or drop frame up to 59.94. Variable frame rates from 2 to 96 fps 
 

Lenses:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L


Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 21mm  f2.8 w/Duclos Cine Mod 
Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 28mm  f2   w/Duclos Cine Mod
Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 35mm  f2   w/ Seamless Gears
Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 50mm  f2   w/ Seamless Gears
Carl Zeiss ZF M-Planar T* 100mm f2
 
Nikkor 105 F1.8 AI-S
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AI-S   (All Nikkor lenses for sale or trade)
Nikkor 35mm f2 AI-S
Nikkor 35mm f2.8 AI-S
Nikkor 28mm f2.8 AI-S
Nikkor 35-70 f3.5 AI-S
 
Voigtlander Nokton SLII 58mm f1.4 Nikon mount
Tamron 17-50 f2.8
Tokina ATX-Pro 17mm F3.5
Samyang 14mm T3.1 EF mount
Rokinon 10mm T3.1 EF mount
Anamorphic filming with SLR Magic 1.33 Anamorphot 
including matching Diopter set. Allows 2.39:1 wide format filming on a 16:9 sensor without cropping and losing resolution. 
And lets not forget the creative effect of the flares and Bokeh
 
Lensbaby Composer Pro for creative effects

Metabones Nikon G/F to MFT Speedbooster 
Metabones Canon EF  to MFT Speedbooster 

 
 
Editing:
DaVinci Resolve 11 (full version) color grading software
Adobe CS6 Production Premium - Premiere Pro, After Effects.. and 9 more programs
Red Giant Color Suite
Custom built i7 workstation: 32G ram, GTX580 graphics card with 3GB DDR5
Asus 27" PB278Q 2560x1440 & LG 27" IPS Monitors as well as a 50" Plasma for finish reference 
Audio Editing Reference 
PreSonus Sceptre S6 Coaxial Active studio monitors with DSP
KRK 7000b Passive Monitors (Focal drivers)
 
Support:
Glidecam 4000 Pro with vest and arm for Steadicam work
Adjustable shoulder rig with follow focus with hard stop set points
7" monitor with peaking focus assist, Zebras etc
Wireless HDMI Transmitter / receiver 
Kessler Crane KC12/8 Jib
Several Manfrotto/Bogen Tripods, fluid heads and a monopod
Under water camera case
                           
  
 
Lighting       
Daylight balanced:
 
HMI
ARRI Daylight 575w HMI
DeSisti 1200w HMI
LTM Cinepar 200w HMI
LTM 200w Fresnel HMI
Three 450 watt HMI lights with Bowens mount
 
LED
Two Litepanels 1x1's on a yoke to make a 2x1
1000 LED video light panel
500 LED video light panel
Two 160 LED video lights
 
Fluorescent
Eight 85W (300W Equivalent) 5500k CFL's with 91 CRI
These are very handy for adding to existing/practical lighting with regular house hold sockets
 
Tungsten (3200k)
 
Mole Richardson 2K Softlite Tungsten
DeSisti Leonardo 320 2K
Lee 2K Tungsten Fresnel
Lee 1K Tungsten Fresnel
Two Britek GY-650 Brifocus focusable 650w Tungsten
Three Britek 300w open face Tungsten
One Axrtec DTW 300w Fresnel
 
Complete set of Lee 12x12 gels, as well as various 20x24" Color correction gels
 
 
Sound
 
Often overlooked, sound is just as important as the video!  
I take the sound recording very seriously. 
Sound Devices Mix-Pre - Two channel mic preamp   
 
Tascam DR680 field recorder: Uncompressed WAV files up to 24-bit/96kHz. This is an 8 channel recorder allowing full audio mixing later.
Sennheiser EW100 ENG G3 wireless set: ME2 Lavalier with Transmitter & Receiver
G3 plug on transmitter for hand held mike or shotgun mic
Rode Blimp with dead cat
Rode Boom pole
 
Microphones:
Sennheiser E835 hand held dynamic mic for live events
Rode NTG-3 Shotgun mic For dialog capture in a noisy environment (Requires Phantom Power)
Rode NTG-2 Shotgun mic with built in battery (No Phantom Power required)
Tascam DR-40 hand held recorder for fast capture or tight hidden locations.
One Audio Technica AT4040 for outstanding vocal recordings.
Two Audio Technica AT2035's for Stereo recording.
AKG Perception 400 which has Omni, Cardioid, and Figure-8 selectable pickup patterns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Screen shot of an interview with Alice Cooper for upcoming documentary
 
 
 
 
Examples of my work:  I have been too busy meeting customer deadlines to update my demo reel in a long while but a new Demo Reel will be coming as soon as I catch up.
 
2013 Demo Reel
 
 
 
2012 Demo Reel
 
 
Note: Remember for best quality, select a higher screen resolution and full screen for a larger view 
 
 
 
Commercials:
 
 Commercial filmed for IBM (Edited by IMB)
 
  Haas Dental website info video. 8min
 
 Commercial for Renew Medispa 30 second spot (Released Nov 2016)
 
 Granite House 60 Sec TV Spot

 Granite house full 10 min web video
 
 Commercial for the SculpSure procedure by Renew Medispa

 Commercial for the Vampire Facial by Renew Medispa


 
 
 
 

Music Video - 1AM for 'The Poet' filmed in NYC

 
 
 
Examples of projects where I was the Director of Photography:


Sukiyaki - 'One Night Stand' Music video (Note: Viewer discretion for suggestive content)
 
 
'Raifield and the Don' Music Video released June 22nd 2013
 
 
 
 I am King Entertainment Promo
 
 
 
 
Example of where I was a contributing Cinematographer  
 
 
T-Pain Concert in Boston where I was filming with two other camera operators.
Note: I was not in charge of editing or Sound


 

"True Hearts Revealed" shows the story of kids with heart conditions at camp Meridian. Produced by Mark Reber DGA. 
Thumbnail shows a shot filmed in Anamorphic with the 1.33 Anamorphot in the equipment list above. 
 
 
 
Behind the scenes photos:
 
 
Large scale on-location production for a 'Burt's Bees' live broadcast in Maine. 
Flying a $30,000 Sony P1 camera with a wireless feed to a mobile studio truck.

 
Filming at a Donald Trump town hall meeting in Rochester

An example of an on-location video shoot using a generator to properly light the subject.
This was for the filming of the 'Spice Center' commercial in Manchester NH.
 
 
 
Using my Kessler Crane KC12 Jib on set for the "It's OK" Music Video June 2013
Having a 502 fluid head on the end of the Jib allows compound movements to be made.
My camera set up allows quick changes from Tripod to Jib to Shoulder rig as needed. This is very important on a busy set. I also have the Jib tripod mounted on a dolly to easily change placement of the jib.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here I am giving direction for a commercial filmed at the Nashua Airport.
I was Director of photography for Director Arnold Soko.
 
 
 
On set for the 'Cell Mart' Commercial. Many lights were needed to properly light the room.