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LEAH is now apart of the MUSICBED Film Fest

Leah is a character profile short that was filmed on-location at the City Methodist Church, located in Gary Indiana, it’s one of the best known and most popular Midwest locations for movie crews, indie films, music video's and photographers.

Leah Shortell is an independent documentary filmmaker and photographer from Chicago, Illinois. She has traveled the world for her work, visually capturing life and culture one frame at a time. She graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging, and currently teaches digital film and speech courses at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. 

Musicbed Film Fest is a celebration of the films made possible through the powerful relationship of sound and picture. From the first time indie filmmaker to the most influential brands in the world, we want to award the best of the best films featuring Musicbed scores — honoring the landmark work that’s been made and encouraging creatives to continue making impactful films, telling better stories, and changing the hearts of people.

VOTE FOR LEAH HERE: http://mscbd.fm/1DN1mzK

 

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Filmmakers Weigh in on Zacuto's Gratical

The Gratical EVF has been all over the world, from the comedy clubs in Chicago to the deserts of Jordan. In these EVF reviews and behind-the-scenes videos, filmmakers and DPs like Philip Bloom, Den Lennie, and Kevin Otterness talk about why and how they use the Gratical electronic viewfinder.

http://www.zacuto.com/gratical-evf-reviews

Zacuto offers two Gratical EVF options; the Gratical HD and the Gratical X. Both units start with a 5.4 million pixel micro-OLED display, high quality precision optics with a built in diopter, and a powerful FPGA dual core processor. The models differ only in software. The Gratical HD EVF comes packed with professional features like Vectorscope, Waveform (3D), Histogram, LUT import and creation and much more. The Gratical X EVF includes only basic features and our unique, customization program allows you to build the software package that’s right for you.

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Filmmaker Kevin Otterness Releases His Very First Film at Age 10

To celebrate the greatest fan-created holiday in the galaxy: Star Wars Day! Filmmaker Kevin Otterness release’s his very first film made only at the age of ten!

It all started in 1977 when my father took me to see the original STAR WARS on opening night. Little did I know at the time, this film would change my life forever! I can still remember walking out of that theatre asking my dad, "How did they do that?" I knew from that day forward that I wanted to tell great stories through filmmaking.

Not long after my dad took me to see the film, he drove me to the nearest Toys R Us to buy me my first STAR WARS action figure. I’m not sure he knew what he was getting himself into. All I knew is that I was hooked, and George Lucas would smile all the way to the bank as my collection grew and grew.

In 1980, "The Empire Strikes Back" was released. It was the sequel I had been waiting for forever! By now I was swimming in Star Wars toys and was even more inspired to make my first movie. As a budding filmmaker, I faced a few challenges... I knew nothing about how to make a movie and didn’t even know how to operate a camera. I didn’t even own a camera! That's where my aunt Linda comes into the story. She owned a Super 8 film camera that she let me borrow and taught me all about stop motion animation. The rest, as they say, is history!  

Watch film here: http://www.posthousepictures.com/rotf/

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COLIN MOCHRIE

Filmmaker Kevin Otterness this past week had the opportunity to work with the legendary actor/comedian Colin Mochrie. Mochrie is currently filming with The Second City here in Chicago. 

Colin Andrew Mochrie was on born Nov. 30, 1957, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. His father, an airline maintenance executive, moved the family to Montreal, Canada, in 1964, and finally to Vancouver in 1969. When asked about his childhood, he said he tended to be a bit of a loner because of moving around so much, but other then that he was a pretty typical kid: "I fought with my younger brother, was protective of my younger sister and didn't get my parents". After he dropped out of school in BC, he did theatre sports and there he met Ryan Stiles, with whom he has remained friends for more than 20 years.

In 1989, he married comedienne Debra McGrath and they have one son, Luke Mochrie. He worked at Second City in Toronto before joining the British comedy improv show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988) (and he also stars in the American version, Whose Line Is It Anyway?(1998)). Colin and his family once resided in Los Angeles but moved back to Canada. He had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show (1995) as "Eugene Anderson". He won the Canadian Comedy award as Male Improvisational Comic. In addition to his TV work, Colin has been busy on the stage, which is where he actually began his career, the early part of which he spent touring with The National Touring Company, and has starred in such popular stage productions as "She Stoops to Conquer" and "The Brady Bunch". He also writes, as well as stars in, the Canadian comedy series, Supertown Challenge (1998), as well as the sitcom, Blackfly (2001). He has also appeared in such films as John Woo's Once a Thief (1991), Love and Other Disasters (2006), The Campbells (1986), The Real Blonde (1997) and The January Man (1989).

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       SWITRONIX CLIENT SPOTLIGHT     "Switronix is listening to its customers and taking interest in indie filmmakers like myself!" -Kevin Otterness        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Social media is an important part of today’s society and without it we wouldn’t be able to connect and discover many people who are fans of Switronix gear such as Kevin Otterness, founder of Posthouse Pictures. After Kevin purchased a RED camera, he was researching several different brands for some powerful batteries which led him to deciding Switronix because value, track record, and support. He instantly became a prominent fan of the Switronix XP-L95RED batteries and also supports the fact that “Switronix is listening to its customers and taking interest in indie filmmakers like myself!”  Everyone has an interesting story of how his or her career started which is no different from Kevin Otterness. He realized he wanted to make movies and entertain audiences for the rest of his life right after he saw the first Star Wars movie back in 1977. Soon after that, his aunt introduced him to stop motion animation, which amazed him with what you could create with an 8mm camera and a roll of film. Now, he’s a cinematographer, director and editor of his own production company, Posthouse Pictures.  His company provides services for feature films, documentaries, commercials, indie, corporate, music videos and production of original content.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
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 Throughout the years, Kevin had a chance to work with many talented people on both sides of the camera for his productions so it was difficult to choose one of his favorites; however, he was able to pinpoint an exciting project where he was actually in front of the camera. He was casted as an FBI agent in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and then brought back as a featured extra on Transformers: Age of Extinction. It was something he never saw himself doing, but since he was able to get direction from one his most inspirational directors, Michael Bay, it was exciting for him. The experience also opened his eyes more as a director to understand where the actors are coming from on set. Although he enjoys every role of a production, he enjoys directing the most because it allows him to still get behind the camera as well as be a part of the editing process. 
 When Kevin isn’t out on-location filming or in pre-production, he spends majority of his time in the editing suite. The name “Posthouse” actually came from Kevin spending most of his time working in post-production from his home studio. He doesn’t always use the suite just for editing though. One very valuable part about his business is keeping up with social media because he likes to share his day-to-day life as a filmmaker to inspire others, and make new connections with potential clients and other filmmakers.   Down the road, Kevin would like to see himself as a director on a feature film. It’d also be an honor for him to have a chance to collaborate with other filmmakers such as Vincent Laforet and Shane Hurlbut. He stated, “these are two very talented guys who know their craft,” so hopefully one day he will get that opportunity. 
  What was the most exciting production for   KevinOtterness  ? Find out this & more in his "Client Spotlight!"  Read full story here:    http://bit.ly/18kdS02

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SWITRONIX CLIENT SPOTLIGHT

"Switronix is listening to its customers and taking interest in indie filmmakers like myself!" -Kevin Otterness

Social media is an important part of today’s society and without it we wouldn’t be able to connect and discover many people who are fans of Switronix gear such as Kevin Otterness, founder of Posthouse Pictures. After Kevin purchased a RED camera, he was researching several different brands for some powerful batteries which led him to deciding Switronix because value, track record, and support. He instantly became a prominent fan of the Switronix XP-L95RED batteries and also supports the fact that “Switronix is listening to its customers and taking interest in indie filmmakers like myself!”

Everyone has an interesting story of how his or her career started which is no different from Kevin Otterness. He realized he wanted to make movies and entertain audiences for the rest of his life right after he saw the first Star Wars movie back in 1977. Soon after that, his aunt introduced him to stop motion animation, which amazed him with what you could create with an 8mm camera and a roll of film. Now, he’s a cinematographer, director and editor of his own production company, Posthouse Pictures.  His company provides services for feature films, documentaries, commercials, indie, corporate, music videos and production of original content.

Filmmaker Kevin Otterness on-location in Winchester Illinois. Production still by: Kim St. Aubin 

Filmmaker Kevin Otterness on-location in Winchester Illinois. Production still by: Kim St. Aubin 

Throughout the years, Kevin had a chance to work with many talented people on both sides of the camera for his productions so it was difficult to choose one of his favorites; however, he was able to pinpoint an exciting project where he was actually in front of the camera. He was casted as an FBI agent in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and then brought back as a featured extra on Transformers: Age of Extinction. It was something he never saw himself doing, but since he was able to get direction from one his most inspirational directors, Michael Bay, it was exciting for him. The experience also opened his eyes more as a director to understand where the actors are coming from on set. Although he enjoys every role of a production, he enjoys directing the most because it allows him to still get behind the camera as well as be a part of the editing process.

When Kevin isn’t out on-location filming or in pre-production, he spends majority of his time in the editing suite. The name “Posthouse” actually came from Kevin spending most of his time working in post-production from his home studio. He doesn’t always use the suite just for editing though. One very valuable part about his business is keeping up with social media because he likes to share his day-to-day life as a filmmaker to inspire others, and make new connections with potential clients and other filmmakers. 

Down the road, Kevin would like to see himself as a director on a feature film. It’d also be an honor for him to have a chance to collaborate with other filmmakers such as Vincent Laforet and Shane Hurlbut. He stated, “these are two very talented guys who know their craft,” so hopefully one day he will get that opportunity.

What was the most exciting production for KevinOtterness? Find out this & more in his "Client Spotlight!" Read full story here: http://bit.ly/18kdS02

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       REVIEW OF ZACUTO'S NEW GRATICAL EVF                 When first asked if I would be interested in testing Zacuto’s new Gratical EVF for a week, I wanted to make sure I could take it through the trenches on a real production. In my 23 years as a filmmaker, I’ve learned it’s always best to test gear in the field, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the production itself.    I had an opportunity to test the Gratical EVF while on a shoot with my RED camera at The Second City in Chicago. In short, Zacuto’s Gratical EVF is pretty amazing, and I’d recommend that other filmmakers check it out.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Not only is this EVF compatible with my new RED camera, It’s also compatible with almost every other camera out there.   I think every camera needs a good EVF to help filmmakers focus up their shots. Most of today’s cameras come with small screens, which aren’t as effective when you’re on location outside on a bright sunny day trying to focus up your shot. Glare and reflection can make that really challenging. Even though I have a 7-inch touch-screen monitor on my RED camera, I still found myself looking through the Gratical to check my focus while on my shoot. A camera monitor is great to have and gives you a good sense of what your shot will look like on screen. But having a good EVF can help you ensure your shot is truly in focus.    What I like best about the Gratical EVF is that it feels like it’s a part of my RED camera. It doesn’t stick out like a third-party piece of gear. Finally, we have a solid viewfinder that works with every camera!   More on the Gratical:   http://www.zacuto.com/gratical-hd

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REVIEW OF ZACUTO'S NEW GRATICAL EVF

When first asked if I would be interested in testing Zacuto’s new Gratical EVF for a week, I wanted to make sure I could take it through the trenches on a real production. In my 23 years as a filmmaker, I’ve learned it’s always best to test gear in the field, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the production itself. 
 
I had an opportunity to test the Gratical EVF while on a shoot with my RED camera at The Second City in Chicago. In short, Zacuto’s Gratical EVF is pretty amazing, and I’d recommend that other filmmakers check it out.

Not only is this EVF compatible with my new RED camera, It’s also compatible with almost every other camera out there.
 
I think every camera needs a good EVF to help filmmakers focus up their shots. Most of today’s cameras come with small screens, which aren’t as effective when you’re on location outside on a bright sunny day trying to focus up your shot. Glare and reflection can make that really challenging. Even though I have a 7-inch touch-screen monitor on my RED camera, I still found myself looking through the Gratical to check my focus while on my shoot. A camera monitor is great to have and gives you a good sense of what your shot will look like on screen. But having a good EVF can help you ensure your shot is truly in focus. 
 
What I like best about the Gratical EVF is that it feels like it’s a part of my RED camera. It doesn’t stick out like a third-party piece of gear. Finally, we have a solid viewfinder that works with every camera!

More on the Gratical: http://www.zacuto.com/gratical-hd

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NOW ON INSTAGRAM

You now can follow filmmaker Kevin Otterness on Instagram! I'm a Director, Cinematographer and Editor based in Chicago III. I post images from my filmmaking experiences to camera gear. I look forward to your follow! http://instagram.com/kevinotterness

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Benoit and Otterness Collaborate to Bring You a Behind-The-Scenes Documentary

 
Filmmaker Kevin Otterness this past week had the opportunity to shoot behind-the-scenes for the very talented director/writer Al Benoit and his crew for his latest film “Our Place.”


Our Place tells the story of Brie and Faith, a lesbian couple in their late 20s, who live together.  Brie and Faith live in Indiana which is trying to ban gay marriage all together.  We follow them through some ups and downs of being in a relationship while living together, all while they decide whether or not to take the next step and get married to one another.


Benoit and his crew started filming on May 19th in Galena, IL and wrapped on May 23rd in Plano, IL. I believe this will be one of the best BTS to date. The locations were beautiful and Al assembled a top of line crew to bring this story to life. “ I believe this will be one of the best BTS to date and I have a feeling this collaboration is one of many to come," says Otterness.  The film "Our Place" and BTS is expected to be released in 2015.

 
Make sure to check out “Our Place” Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OurPlaceFilm
 

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       On-Location In The Windy City for CBRE     Kevin Otterness and his crew are currently filming on-location in Chicago IL, for CBRE.  CBRE is the global leader in the real estate services. Each year, they complete thousands of successful assignments – with clients from the gamut of industries. This volume creates market knowledge that allows them to seize opportunities, speed the business process and create the most thorough, precisely accurate picture of global commercial real estate conditions and trends.       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
            Gaffers Erik Anschicks, Andrew Roddewig and Director Kevin Otterness on set. Photographs by: Kim St. Aubin  
         
        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        
         
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      Typical Corporate to Cinematic   Most corporate videos can be very long and boring. "We're not here to make your typical corporate video" says Otterness. More companies are now looking for that cinematic feel and image quality in their productions - seen in today's commercials and feature films. We're here to do just that!

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On-Location In The Windy City for CBRE 

Kevin Otterness and his crew are currently filming on-location in Chicago IL, for CBRE. CBRE is the global leader in the real estate services. Each year, they complete thousands of successful assignments – with clients from the gamut of industries. This volume creates market knowledge that allows them to seize opportunities, speed the business process and create the most thorough, precisely accurate picture of global commercial real estate conditions and trends. 

Gaffers Erik Anschicks, Andrew Roddewig and Director Kevin Otterness on set. Photographs by: Kim St. Aubin

Two camera interview setup. 

A-CAMERA - Canon C300

B-CAMERA Canon 5D

Typical Corporate to Cinematic

Most corporate videos can be very long and boring. "We're not here to make your typical corporate video" says Otterness. More companies are now looking for that cinematic feel and image quality in their productions - seen in today's commercials and feature films. We're here to do just that!

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       Leah Shortell Featured in Otterness's Profile Short Film   Otterness latest character profile short titled “Leah” features Leah Shortell, an independent documentary filmmaker and photographer from Chicago, Illinois.  Shortell has traveled the world for her work, visually capturing life and culture one frame at a time. She graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging, and currently teaches digital film and speech courses at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


      About Leah   Leah was filmed on-location at the City Methodist Church, located in Gary Indiana, it’s one of the best known and most popular Midwest locations for movie crews, indie films, music video's and photographers. It's been used in movies, from "Nightmare on Elm" Street to "Transformers 3." On 7-29-2012 the crew of "Chicago Rot" (Indie film) was shooting there. In 2010, 24 different movies shot in Gary, many shooting scenes at the church. 2011 saw an estimated 50+ productions. Even parts of "Pearl Harbor were shot in Gary!      Camera and Lenses Used     T   he entire "Leah" short was shot on Canon's C300 Cinema Camera equipped with   Rokinon’s Cine lenses  . "The Rokinon lenses were able to provide that cinematic look that I was trying to go for" says Otterness. With the De-Clicked Aperture Wheel and as good as Canon L in terms of build quality and optics, You can't beat the price for the amazing visuals these lenses produce.        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


      Status and Release Date   Leah is nearing the end in post-production and is expected to be released to various social media outlets in September 2014. Make sure to check out “POSTHOUSE PICTURES” Official Facebook Page for all the latest news and releases.

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Leah Shortell Featured in Otterness's Profile Short Film

Otterness latest character profile short titled “Leah” features Leah Shortell, an independent documentary filmmaker and photographer from Chicago, Illinois. Shortell has traveled the world for her work, visually capturing life and culture one frame at a time. She graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging, and currently teaches digital film and speech courses at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

About Leah

Leah was filmed on-location at the City Methodist Church, located in Gary Indiana, it’s one of the best known and most popular Midwest locations for movie crews, indie films, music video's and photographers. It's been used in movies, from "Nightmare on Elm" Street to "Transformers 3." On 7-29-2012 the crew of "Chicago Rot" (Indie film) was shooting there. In 2010, 24 different movies shot in Gary, many shooting scenes at the church. 2011 saw an estimated 50+ productions. Even parts of "Pearl Harbor were shot in Gary!

 

Camera and Lenses Used

The entire "Leah" short was shot on Canon's C300 Cinema Camera equipped with Rokinon’s Cine lenses. "The Rokinon lenses were able to provide that cinematic look that I was trying to go for" says Otterness. With the De-Clicked Aperture Wheel and as good as Canon L in terms of build quality and optics, You can't beat the price for the amazing visuals these lenses produce. 

Status and Release Date

Leah is nearing the end in post-production and is expected to be released to various social media outlets in September 2014. Make sure to check out “POSTHOUSE PICTURES” Official Facebook Page for all the latest news and releases.

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       MTV's - TIMES UP    In the fall of 2013. Filmmaker Kevin Otterness got the opportunity to work with the talented Brian Troy (Director of Photography) from Brian Troy Films on a few episodes of MTV's latest reality show Time's Up. The first episode airs on May 8th @630pm eastern time and 530pm for us Chicago viewers.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


      About Time's Up   "Time’s Up" is a half-hour daytime relationship strip, where couples must reevaluate their relationships as college, new careers, and other life-altering events force them to separate. Each episode follows one head-over-heels couple with a looming expiration date on their relationship, documenting their lives in the weeks leading up to their dreaded long-distance separation. Friends and family members all have their opinions, but when "Time’s Up" couples must eventually say goodbye -- will they decide to stay together or break up?  Time's Up Episode: Meghan and Ryan    http://www.mtv.de/shows/1804-time-s-up/staffeln/4991-no-1/folgen/58960-meghan-und-Ryan    Time's Up Episode: Sparkle and Martial    http://www.mtv.ch/shows/1804-time-s-up/staffeln/4991-no-1/folgen/58956-sparkle-und-martial

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MTV's - TIMES UP 

In the fall of 2013. Filmmaker Kevin Otterness got the opportunity to work with the talented Brian Troy (Director of Photography) from Brian Troy Films on a few episodes of MTV's latest reality show Time's Up. The first episode airs on May 8th @630pm eastern time and 530pm for us Chicago viewers.

About Time's Up

"Time’s Up" is a half-hour daytime relationship strip, where couples must reevaluate their relationships as college, new careers, and other life-altering events force them to separate. Each episode follows one head-over-heels couple with a looming expiration date on their relationship, documenting their lives in the weeks leading up to their dreaded long-distance separation. Friends and family members all have their opinions, but when "Time’s Up" couples must eventually say goodbye -- will they decide to stay together or break up?

Time's Up Episode: Meghan and Ryan

http://www.mtv.de/shows/1804-time-s-up/staffeln/4991-no-1/folgen/58960-meghan-und-Ryan

Time's Up Episode: Sparkle and Martial

http://www.mtv.ch/shows/1804-time-s-up/staffeln/4991-no-1/folgen/58956-sparkle-und-martial

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       The Making of Lauren Santee's "LET DOWN" Music Video       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     The behind-the-scenes of Lauren Santee’s music video, titled “The Making of Let Down,” follows film director Kevin Otterness, his cast and crew on a two-day music video shoot in Chicago. The video will also feature an exclusive interview with singer/songwriter Lauren Santee. The Making of Let Down will be released to various social media outlets on April 22, 2014

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The Making of Lauren Santee's "LET DOWN" Music Video

The behind-the-scenes of Lauren Santee’s music video, titled “The Making of Let Down,” follows film director Kevin Otterness, his cast and crew on a two-day music video shoot in Chicago. The video will also feature an exclusive interview with singer/songwriter Lauren Santee. The Making of Let Down will be released to various social media outlets on April 22, 2014

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