A couple months ago I received a really exciting phone call from Dan Griffin and Robin Garthwait of GG Films, who are producing a fascinating project for the The Dalai Lama Foundation called Discover the Dalai Lama.

Discover the Dalai Lama

The project will be a virtual library for people to explore the complete living history of the Dalai Lama online with videos multimedia, and interactive exhibits.

Director of Photography

I helped with this film trailer, as the director of photography, on the reenactment of the Dalai Lama fleeing Tibet for India in 1959. Thanks to the excellent location producing by Dan Griffin and Robin Garthwait the actors, real props, horses, hand painted background, and location were all brought together without a hitch (wink).

All I had to do was figure out how to recreate moonlight and shoot the scene with a feeling of edgy nervousness that was in the air that night in 1959, while not getting kicked by the horses.

I love shooting with tricky controlled camera motion, so this was fun. I used 3-axis gimbals mounted on a large monopod, with some custom double hand grips, so I could easily go from shooting high angle horse perspectives and down low to the actor feet and horse hooves on the ground in one fluid move.

As you can see from the photo below, Dan Griffin and Robin Garthwait assembled a great production team to get this trailer produced.

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