April 10th, 2014

Frame grabs from the short film Where Do We Go?

Here’s a few stills from the upcoming short Where Do We Go? Which I shot for director Tynan Hansen. Do note, these stills do not have final color correction applied. Where still in first light/rough cut territory.

April 6th, 2014

Anamorphic frame grabs…

…from Alberto Govela’s upcoming short film “Next Exit”. These are with a quick one light color correct, so that will be refined later on in post.

March 26th, 2014

Just hanging with astronaut’s, you know…the usual.

Got a chance to visit the NBL and shoot astronaut’s Alexander Gerst, and Reid Wiseman taking a dip in the pool in preparation for EVA’s during their stay on the ISS. Always fun shooting down at NASA!

March 13th, 2014

Had a great time shooting some video for Theater Under the Stars/Troika Entertainment’s touring production of the Wizard of Oz. It sounds really cool how they integrate video into the performance. If you’re in Houston (or any city that they are visiting on this tour) click here for tickets!

March 4th, 2014

Another anamorphic shoot!

Happy to be back on set with my Lomo anamorphics! Shooting the short film “Next Exit” for director Alberto Govela. Once this film is finished, you are in for an interesting cinematic experience!

February 3rd, 2014

2013 Corporate DP reel

Rob Neilson 2013 Corporate DP reel from rob neilson on Vimeo.

Finally threw together a quick 2013 corporate reel. I kept it short, hopefully folks won’t tune out after 30 seconds like I do with every reel I watch! Enjoy (or don’t)!

January 20th, 2014

Coney Island: Dreams for Sale @ Thin Line Docs in Denton TX!

For those of you in and around Dallas, go check out a feature doc that I cut; Coney Island: Dreams for Sale @ the Thin Line Doc fest. It’s a great film about a big issue in NYC, and worth your time and money.

January 11th, 2014

Targetvision Indiegogo

Here’s an Indiegogo campaign that I helped shoot for all of you long range shooters. Produced by Cut to Create.

December 30th, 2013

A great man has passed….

Just heard news from CJ Gardella that Gene Stavis passed away today. I was lucky enough to take a couple of his classes, and enjoy screenings from his 16mm print collection. I really wish I had known him better. When I was just looking up some reviews of him on rate my professor one of the submissions references an incident where he called The Deer Hunter “a piece of crap!” in front of Michael Cimino. He was pretty badass.

The world is now out one great personality, and a wealth of film knowledge.

My dear friend Gene Stavis has passed away. I regret sharing this news, but want to take a moment to share a little about him for those that knew him or maybe didn’t.

He LOVED film. He discovered a lost student film by Orson Welles at a library in Greenwich, CT. called “The Hearts of Age.” He confronted him over the phone while he was at a hotel in Las Vegas, “excuse me Mr. Welles, I have a film that belongs to you.” Welles: “It’s a fake, burn it.” Gene: “But Mr. Welles, you’re in it.” He worked with Henri Langlois at the Cinémathèque Francais in the 1970′s. Langlois asked him, “Stavis? Is that short for something?” Gene: “Stavisky.” The name of the notorious French gangster immortalized by Jean-Paul Belmondo. Langlois: “I knew there was a reason I hired you.” Gene served as the American representative for the cinémathèque and travelled with Langlois while he was in the states to accept his honorary Oscar. Gene got to meet the likes of Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Groucho Marx and many more. He said Parisians would often take he and Langlois for brothers. Gene would screen movies in his apartment from his collection of 2000 16mm film prints for everyone; a screening of “The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.” for the kids in the building or a print of “Little Caesar” for Douglas Fairbanks Jr. He was the end all of film knowledge and above that he was one of the most earnest, standup human beings I’ve had the privilege of knowing for the past 12 years. Our friendship began with Ernst Lubitsch. He showed me every Lubitsch print he had in his collection, including “Broken Lullaby” Lubitsch’s only foray into drama and allegedly James Dean’s first onscreen appearance. From there we became fast friends. We worked together to put legs under the SVA Theatre, Gene’s own cinémathèque!! His love was sharing films before an audience. It was his passion. He loved the splash of the movie studio logo on the red curtains as they parted to reveal the screen. He enabled me to make my own movies and fed me lunch and showed me movies when I was broke. I love the man and will miss him dearly. It’s not often that someone of such genuine originality and humor comes down the pike. He was a person of great humanity and wisdom.

Attached is a picture of Gene with Langlois, director George Stevens.
- CJ Gardella

December 25th, 2013

Happy Holidays from texas!