We first met Tyler Gorrell out at Masters in Motion in 2011. Tyler is a super talented and dedicated filmmaker based out of Austin, Tx. He recently put together a music video for the band Barely Blind and used the Kessler Pocket Dolly v2 Traveler to help tell his story. We recently had a chance to talk to Tyler about this project.
Kessler University (KU): Tell me a little more about yourself. What types of films do you like to make?
Tyler Gorrell (TG): I like character-driven pieces. Those are the kinds of films I like to watch and drawn to. I’m working towards making feature length films, I’m still finding my style and what I like aesthetically. Right now, I’m just trying to gain as much experience to ready myself for when that time comes.
KU: Tell me a little about the video you produced. The cinematography is beautiful and the story supplements it well. What was the concept behind the video?
TG: The band is in LA and I’m in Austin, Texas. We sat down and video-chatted and talked about ideas for what we thought the video should look like. The band was really interested in having the live performance be a big portion of the video since they have never had that in a music video. We didn’t have a lot of money, what we did have, we spent on lighting. We used the materials we had; We had a house and the guys had huge panels that weren’t being used in their garage so we bought wallpaper and that became our set. I story-boarded the entire thing pre-shoot and shot it in 2 days. It just all came together by using what we had and making the best of it. We used connections in LA for the locations and off we went.
KU: I really like how you used the slider as a transitional element. What was it like shooting with the Pocket Dolly?
TG: Kessler makes a tremendous product. I couldn’t be happier with it. The pocket dolly was perfect for this project, it fit right into my luggage and made it so easy shooting on set.
KU: Tell me a little about the kit you used for the shoot.
TG: For the shoot, I used a Canon 7D, 35mm f/1.4, 11-16 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, and 85 f/1.4. I also had a Sachtler Ace tripod, GoPro, Kessler Pocket Dolly V2 Traveler, Glidecam HD4000, 2 Kino Divas and 4 Arri 650′s.
KU: What’s next from you?
TG: I’m working on a couple short film ideas and a few short documentary projects at the moment and hopefully some more music videos in the future.
If you would like to view more work from Tyler, make sure to check out his website.