We just got in a bunch of new gear so we wanted to do some tests.
The Lucy Light Forest is an interactive light and sound experience created to celebrate movement and the women who love it. The forest is a bit larger than a football field and consists of more than 10,000 solar powered LED lights. Amber hues of light and complementary tones of sound are activated by movement through the forest along the DCR’s Charles River Esplanade.
Here are some behind the scenes shots taken during the filming of the upcoming Killswitch Engage video for "Always"
More than just pictures.
Mike Pecci will take you on a journey back and forth between still photography and filmmaking, blurring the lines enough to ask 'is that a still from a movie or a movie packed into one single editorial frame. Using a DSLR to create it all, Pecci is a Boston-based photographer, director, artist combing passion and talent in everything he does, whether for personal or corporate, documentary or Grindhouse, it all shines and screams Pecci.
Expect to hear about:
the difference between shooting stills and video, both creatively and from a technical perspective
talk about branding yourself as an artist, not just as a photographer
the progression of digital film.
how his paralleling careers as a photographer and director intersect.
Also had a chance to demo products from IKAN, NIKON, & ZACUTO!
McFarland & Pecci have started pre-prodcution on a music video for Killswitch Engage's "Always."
This marks the third video project McFarland & Pecci has produced for the band's album Disarm the Descent. The first two being a 30 minute documentary, New Awakening, about the recording process of the album (part one was featured on avclub.com) and the video for the album's lead single "In Due Time."
The McFarland & Pecci team recently wrapped up post-production on a series of videos for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, highlighting their Boston campus. The team is currently wrapping post on a second series of videos covering the MCPHS Worcester campus.
Check the videos out over at the MCPHS website
Check out the premiere of our new CZARFACE "HAZMAT RAP" Music Video (feat. 7L, Esoteric & Inspectah Deck from Wu Tang Clan) on Hiphopdx.com.
Read more on "New UFC Fighter mini-doc directed by McFarland and Pecci out Nov. 1st on VICE’s Fightland.com" »Recently McFarland and Pecci were hired to produce a couple mini documentary pieces on different UFC Fighters. Below is a still from our newest mini-doc, “The Problem Solver” which is a look inside the mind of UFC fighter Joe Lauzon. The film was shot in Boston and is set to be released November 1st on fightland.com which is new site/ channel owned by (VICE / UFC).
WGBH Boston has hired McFarland and Pecci to oversee all post production for a series of documentary profiles on NASA engineers. Currently Ian is logging and going trough all the footage which he should begin editing next week.
The five part series is directed by Peabody and Emmy award winning director Dorothy Dickie.
McFarland and Pecci complete filming new Killswitch Engage documentary for Roadrunner Records/ Warner Music Group
McFarland and Pecci have completed filming a 30 minute, 5 part documentary for the Massachusetts based American metalcore band Killswith Engage. The film documents the band recording their sixth studio album and the return of the band’s original singer Jesse Leach who in 2011 replaced long time frontman Howard Jones. The film is in currently in post production with the directors and is set to be completed soon. No release date has been announced yet.
Killswitch Engage has sold over four million records in the US and has been widely referred to as “one of the founders of metalcore” and one of the more notable bands of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.
From Suits to Swords
Interview with Mike Pecci from McFarland & Pecci.
“In one day our camera crew went from shooting bankers in a glossy corporate office, to filming hip-hop icons on high speed motorcycles, and torture scenes with ninja swords. Our shooters fell in love with the Zacuto gear!”
This month has been non-stop shooting for the guys over at McFarland & Pecci, who have been very busy shooting businessmen, bankers, UFC fighters, hip hop icons, and ninja swords! We took a moment to catch up with Mike Pecci and talk about gear, crews, and the new stuff coming out.
Thanks for taking a moment to chat; we know you have been all over the place lately.
“It’s been a busy month for us and we have split into multiple teams to try to get it all done. Ian has been knee deep in the production of this new series of mini-docs for VICE Magazine on UFC fighters and I have been running the two music videos for CZARFACE (WU TANG’s Inspectah Deck & 7LES). On top of all that we have been doing multiple web videos for a few ad agencies. Oh yeah, and we have been putting the finishing touches on the Killswitch Engage documentary. It’s been a lot of fun and kind of crazy."
Multiple teams, huh? Is it hard to maintain your level of quality in situations like that?
“It’s all in the pre-production. Ian and I have hand-picked key members of our shooting crew that understand our look and vibe, but can also bring something new. It is always the struggle to keep control of quality as we get bigger and part of what our brand does is find that talent that sees the world the way we do. We also run everything through our quality control; everything from scripts, to shots, to color grading – and edits are either approved directly by me or Ian. It seems to be working so far! Hahaha.”
What gear are you guys using these days?
“The gear we use always depends on the projects needs and limitations. That being said, we have been shooting a majority of our stuff on Nikon DSLR’s (Although we just tested the Canon C300 because of its incredible high ISO range). We still love our trusty Zoom recorder for audio on the smaller gigs and I keep handing our DPs my Sekonic L-308 for lighting before the monitors are up.
"The equipment that seems to show up on all the shoots has been the stuff from Zacuto. On the set of the music video we were shooting with the Z-Cage on tripod while our behind the scenes operator was running around with the Scorpion on his shoulder. They continue to be extremely versatile.”
How are your teams using the Z-Cage?
“On the past few gigs we have been throwing it on the sticks and using it to mount the EVF viewfinder for the operator and a Marshall monitor for the client to peer over his shoulder. It’s great for adding weight to heavier head tripods and at this point my Nikon hasn’t come off it."
"I have personally used it for tight handheld situations where you don’t want to bring a lot of attention to the rig. Overall, it really takes a DSLR and makes it film production ready.”
We noticed that on the set of the CZARFACE video you were shooting through some strange materials and tools. Is that a scrim in front of the lens?
"No comment. Hahaha. We can’t give away all the tricks. Let’s just say that I encourage outside thinking when it comes to capturing our image. Tools are tools, they should help us capture the things we imagine, not control how we do it. If we all followed the instruction manuals for this stuff, all the work would look the same.”
The mini-doc is the second in an on-going series of “Speaking Protraits” profiling UFC fighters and will be shot using the Canon C300. The first, The Outlaw, profiled fighter Dan Hardy and received widespread praise and was featured on VICE.
Motorcycle stunts, ninja swords, electro-torture and a hip-hop icon – just another days’ work for McFarland & Pecci.
McFarland & Pecci wrapped up production on a music video for Czarface, a new project by hip-hop duo 7L & Esoteric and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck.
The video is a continuation from 7L & Esoteric’s “Retropects”, off of the duos 2010 release, 1212.
Mike Pecci was recently interviewed about his mini-doc “TJ Horn – Controlled by Rhythm” by documentarystorm.com’s Joseph Hirsch.
Shot with the iPhone 4S, and at times directed via FaceTime, this national campaign highlights the dangers of counterfeit goods through the first-hand accounts of young adults.
This is a sneak peek at the filming of the upcoming McFarland & Pecci film on Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy.
The film, directed by Ian McFarland, is an intimate portrait of the professional Mixed Martial Artist and gives insight into the mind of one of today’s best fighters.
This clip shows the director at work using Zacuto’s “Stinger” DSLR support system. store.zacuto.com
McFarland & Pecci create a stunning short piece promoting TV personality and inventor Nate Ball and his entrance into the 2012 American Beatbox Championships.
The 2012 American Beatbox Championships begin online video rounds in April
February 2012 – All you need is a microphone. Registration is now underway for the 2012 American Beatbox Championships, produced by the World Beatboxing Association. Beginning with online video rounds in April, beatboxers from around the country will vie for one of 16 top spots and a chance to compete for the crown of America’s Best Beatboxer in a live,“8 mile” style battle format in New York City in August.
Judges for the 2011 final battle at Le Poisson Rouge included beatboxing legends Rahzel and Kenny Muhammad, with Rakaa of Dilated Peoples and drummer/producer Swiss Chris.
A new entrant for the 2012 competition is TV personality and inventor Nate Ball. Ball is the host of the Emmy and Peabody award winning PBS show “Design Squad,” as well as an engineer, public speaker, and longtime musician and beatboxer. In 2011 Ball turned a scientific eye toward his beatboxing pursuits, using functional MRI and laryngoscopy to examine what’s behind the human body’s ability to beatbox. He presented the investigations live at the TEDMED conference in October 2011 in San Diego, CA, featured on CNN.com. Ball also attended the 2011 World Beatbox Championship Grand Final as a spectator, and said “After the show, I was blown away. The beatboxing was incredible, and the community was so strong. I knew right then that I wanted to bring my best and be a part of it for 2012.” To follow Ball and the other beatboxers as the video rounds begin, go to www.americanbeatboxchampionships.com.
To achieve the beautifully dark look in this clip the filmmakers used homemade light and lens filters and shot it with Nikons D7000.
McFarland and Pecci have recently started shooting a 30 minute film for Roadrunner Records documenting Killswitch Engage’s first studio recording with original vocalist Jesse Leach in over ten years.