The Giving Tree Short Film

Back in Summer of 2014 I had the magical experience of filming a short film, which was based upon Shel Silverstein’s book,    “The Giving Tree,”

The film is directed by Brian Brose, produced by Chris Buchal, and I was the Cinematographer. Harrisen Howes was AC/Stedicam Opp for a few shots and the film was beautifully color graded by Jordan Snider.  We all came together to bring Shel Silverstein’s book to life with fresh eyes.  It turned out many other talented people shared the same vision and worked on this movie.

We had a great cast of Greg James, Brady James ( his son), Janet Day Brelje, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Jessica Lynn Skinner and David Koshuba.


WebThe shoot was completed quickly over the course of a weekend during beautiful Portland summer days. If I recall it was shot on the Red Scarlet with Canon Cinema Primes.  Brian wanted to capture the feeling of being in love, which we discussed as bright beautiful, and flowing with tender grace.  The sparkling eyes of childhood, would pop with saturated colors, and vibrant contrast.

Attached above is a look at the first scene in the movie, when the boy was still young and in love with the Tree. We wanted this scene to be the most vivid color wise in the whole film and really speak to what it feels to be young and in love.

Stay tuned for more scenes from the movie as we gear up towards the release of the short.

Thanks for reading.


Subaru Japan- Dentsu

This spring I got to travel to Norway and all around Oregon working on a Subaru campaign for the Japanese agency called Dentsu

They cover about 11% of the global marketshare for ad’s.

I wanted to share a few links to the work I shot for them and the Discovery Channel Japan.


Testing a few new things, one of them is Cinemagraphs.







Web series

So this last month has been pretty busy for me. I got the chance to shoot for Columbia Sportswear, X Box. A national TV Show, and now a Web Series that is taking me to India.

Made some new investments in Cinema Glass and happy with the quality and caliber of the work that’s coming in.

Looking forward to great projects in 2014.

Sean D Brown


The lock down. What goes into it, and why it’s not just pressing record

Hello everyone,

A new spot that I shot for North in Portland is airing all over the web and TV. It’s getting a lot of attention due to the nature of the spot. Healthcare in Oregon.

Here is the spot:


So lets look at what went into creating a “Lock down” spot like this one.

For the tech people I will just give you a list of gear that I used to shoot this spot.

Gear List

Red Scarlet X 4kHD 6:1

Canon Cine Primes 24,50,85 Arri FF

True ND Filters, .3-1.5

2 12X12 with Silks   1 8×8 Ultra Bounce    4×4 diffs   1 4k HMI


So we got to set around 5-5:30 am. It was a overcast day with sun shine expected around noon. We were going to be shooting till around 3 pm or so.

I knew we would be getting our first shot around 8:30 and that at the time the sun would be just over some trees shining right on the subject straight on. We were lucky to have some nice cloud cover to give us a even light but it was very flat. I knew that would happen as we scouted the location a few days before. So I had the crew set up a 12X12 to help fill in the stage left side of the actors, as the sun was moving to stage right over time. We also had the 4k HMI on stage left side with a 4X4 Diff in front to help take some of the punch out.

As you can see we were going for the community theater look and feel for this spot and the director and I talked about lighting it like we were at the theater, if we can have hints of that. So the 4k also helped to at as my spot light for Laura. 

Next once the lighting was dialed in I had to deal with the increase in suns intensity as the clouds were shifting away. So we used the True ND filters in front of the lens to have matching looks and feels through the spots and time it took to film them. They are wonderful filters for the RED cameras as they deal with IR issues also. They were on loan from Bandpro! Thanks guys. Using ND outside is a must in these types of shoots. Not only did it let me keep my shooting f stop that I wanted but it allowed me to also with my background sky and keep the exposure level of the whole scene right where I wanted it.

After lunch we shot the 2nd spot.The sun had come out so we lost the 4k and set up a 12X12 white griff and used that as a big bounce source to even the fill side of the talent. It worked but we got lucky with some cloud cover that I liked much better and shot around the sun.

So over all a lot goes into a locked off shot on the behind the scene of it. The director and the production team did a wonderful job putting together all the events that take place on screen the talents were great and the set was a blast to be on. Thanks for checking this out and thanks again to Cover Oregon and North for having me aboard.

Sean D Brown





Nissan Leaf Commercial

So yesterday I shot a Leaf Commercial. It was tons of fun and all sorts of adventures with weather and locations and cars and much more. We have one more shoot day to go to finish the spot but the footage is looking great. We have great crews in Oregon and I have lots of friends that made this all happen. Thanks to all of you.

Here are some screen grabs and BTS from the event.

First project for the RED

We are going to be filming a Nissan leaf commercial. We are filming in Downtown Corvallis Oregon and its going to be quite the fun event.

Here are some videos from some camera tests shot on the red and on the Canon 5d Mark ii (Car mount one) to test to angle and gear we will be using on the shoot.

A Jib Test Jib Test.

Then a Car mount Test: Car Mount

Here are some pics from these.


Stay tuned for more from the Feb 18th Shoot.

Sean D Brown


Thanks for the great year 2011.

Hello readers,

This has been quite the year for me. I have directed several shot promos,was cinematographer or camera opp on many short films and one feature, and have had a great time filling in many many other production rolls. I got to meet a lot of great people this year who I will work with on some great projects next year. Friendships & business continues to grow. From good work and great clients I have earned enough to move my gear list to where I have been trying to get to for the past two years. I have bought a red camera the New 5k stills and 4k motion Scarlet X camera. This year, and its going to help me tell a lot of amazing stories.

One thing I enjoy a lot is being able to still offer great rates on my DSLR packages and lighting kits. Being an indy filmmaker, I understand low budgets and the need to stretch a 5k budget as much as we can. I look forward to the fair treatment of all crew and casts in the new year and all artist earning a livable wage. We may not all be scientists but we do make a difference in peoples lives one way or another. One of my favorite places to be is on a movie set, it’s like going home for me.. Each time I join a project I look forward to going home..


See you all at home next year.

Sean D Brown


It’s been a while since I made a blog post, so here is an update. I am working with Todd Freeman on the Portland Actors Showcase, as his camera opp on the Red One. This week I will be the Gaffer on a short film called

“The Dangerous Adventures of Leroy Thomas!” being shot in LA and Salem, Oregon. I have been working on a big video project in Corvallis Allied Waste over the last few months. Things are going well.

Hope to post more as things come around. I will post some everyday if I can about how I am doing the lighting on the film in Salem.


Ok Go

Tonight was a great shoot. I went to the OSU Flat Tail Fest, where Ok Go was playing. I was lucky enough to get to film them for this leg of the tour and had a blast. My friend Eric helped out and did a great job. Thanks Eric! I was able to hang with the band after and get some interview footage for a sweet video. Stay tuned to find out where and when it will be posted.

Thanks for reading, I will post some more of my three days spent in smith rock on the ground and in the air soon.


Photo by Eric Buist