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Trevor Rogers Experience

2017
- Key Grip
Feature
Ice Box
- Best Boy Electric
National Spot
Coca Cola
- MoVI Tech/Op
Music Video
Migos "To Hotty"

- MoVI Tech/Op
Commercial
PNM
- Key Grip
Feature
Will Gardner

- Gaffer
Short
Shotgun
- Splinter Unit Gaffer
Spike TV Series
Waco

- Gaffer
Commercial
Anti Smoking PSA
- Gaffer
Feature
Fatal Mistakes

- DP
Commercial
Gallipoli Radiant
- Key Grip
Feature
The Long Dumb Road

2016
- MoVI M15 Gimbal Operator
Video about Guadalupe County Hospital
American Hospital Association
- Gaffer
Lifetime Feature
Be My Baby

- Lamp Operator
AMC
Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 3 & 4

- Lamp Operator
Netflix
Godless

- Lamp Operator
Feature
Cliffs of Freedom

- MoVI M15 Gimbal Operator
Online
VTS
- Gaffer
Feature
Furthest Witness

- Gaffer
Commercial
NM Judge
- Camera Operator
TV Pilot
Nat Geo
- Lamp Operator
Feature
Only The Brave

- Gaffer/AC
TV
Great Scenic Railway Journeys
- Director of Photography
Music Video
The Kipsies "Rainy Day"
- EPK Gaffer
EPK
Only The Brave

- Key Grip
Commercial
Route 66 Casino
- Director of Photography
Online
Corrales NM Food Video
- Director of Photography
Governmental
Slow Motion Military Testing in AK
-Gaffer
Commercial
Santa Fe Drinks
-Gaffer
A&E
Behind Bars: Rookie Year Interviews

-MoVI Operator
Red October Productions
Commercial
-MoVI Operator
VTS
Corporate
-Key Grip
TC Motion
Chicco - Viaro Commercial
-Gaffer
Kam Productions
MorningStar Farms Commercials
-MoVI Controller
KOB
David C. Chavez Commercials
-Director
T-Ro Films
Web Commercial
2015
-Camera Operator
A&E
Behind Bars: Rookie Year

-Director of Photography
American Federation of Teachers 100 Year anniversary. Footage and interviews
-Camera Operator
HP Conference
Live concert from: American Authors
-Received CDL
Class A Commercial Drivers License Doubles, Tripels and Tanker Endorsements

-Camera Operator
Al Jazeera
Alan Dieh Interview
-Gaffer
Sonic
Corporate Video for their annual meeting
-Camera Operator
CNN
Alan Dieh Interview
-Camera Operator
Fox News
Alan Dieh Interview
-Camera Operator
Fox Business
Lee Munson Interview on Varney
-Best Boy Grip
Priceless
Feature Film

-Gaffer
Augmedix
Google Glass Comercial
-Swing Grip & Gaffer
Sana Ana Star Casino
Why Would you Play Anywhere Else?
-Grip
Marlboro
Commercial

-Key Grip
Imitation Girl
Feature Film
-Key Grip
Katie Says Goodbye
Feature Film

-Sound/AC
La Locas "pilot"
Sirens Media
-Dolly Grip
The Bomb
Lone Wolf Media
2014
-Camera Operator
Verizon Wireless
Internal Video
-BRoll DP
Death Everlasting
Reel Flicks
-DIT
Crowd Control "Musical Road"
NatGeo

-Best Boy Electric
Muscle Tek
Commercials
-Gaffer
Dead of Night Episode 210
Discovery

-Swing Grip & Gaffer
Sana Ana Star Casino
Why Would you Play Anywhere Else?
ImageCrew LLC
-Gaffer
Pilot "Shot on Film" Too Many Crockets
Heck Films
-Gaffer
Soccer Game
Albuquerque SOL soccer Games
-AC
Legends & Lies
Fox News

-Sound
Documentary
Gathering of the Nations
2013
-Camera Operator and Lighting
Interviews
AON
-Director
Promo
Improve Group & Logitag Systems
-AC/Sound
I'd Kill For You
Investigation Discovery

-Camera Operator
Promo
Carrington College ABQ
-Director of Photography
Jan Bartelstone
Then Comes Godiva
-Director of Photography
Series
Foreseeable

-Director of Photography
Rocket Buster Boots Sizzle Reel
Cineflix Productions
-Teleprompter
Internal Video
Johnson & Johnson
2012
-Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Thyssenkrupp Elevator
Single Bottom Cylinders, Enviromax Oil
-AC
TV Pilot
Gunslingers, Castle Pictures

-Utility
Stratos Jump man 3
Red Bull
-Director of Photography
Artist Biographys
cdsavoia

- Media Wrangler
Internal Video
Accion
-Grip
New Mexico Development Video
-Teleprompter
Internal Video
Johnson & Johnson
-Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Thyssenkrupp Elevator
Door Operators, Solid State Starters, Power Units, Battery Lowering, HyPower, Battery Lowering, Oil Coolers
-Grip/Gaff
Whitener Law Firm
Zombie Commercial
-Cinematographer
Chloe Interview
MTV True Life

-Gaffer
Whitener Law Firm
Commercial
-Utility
Stratos Jump man 2
Red Bull
-Utility/Grip
Political
Heather Wilson
-SteadyCam Operator
Behind the Scenes Rout 66 Calendar
Girls in 3D
Production Outfitters
-Camera Operator, Streaming Technician
World wide webcast
Center for Action and Contemplation
-Camera Operator, Gaffer
Press conference
T-Mobile
-Camera Operator, Grip
Fatal Encounters
Discovery

-Grip
Political
Marty Chávez
-EPK Teleprompter, Grip
The Vow, Feature
Spyglass Entertainment

-Gaffer
Goveners Prayer Breakfast
Live Television
-Camera Operator, Grip
Michele's Story, PSA
Parallax Productions
-Camera Operator, Grip
Piolet for Reality Show
NRG Staging
2011
-AC
Doomsday Preppers
NatGeo
-Spy camera technician & Camera Operator
Dr. Phil Show
Talk Show

-Camera Operator
SouthWest Indian Foundation
Infomercial
-EPK Grip
Game Change, Feature
HBO Movie
-ENG Crew Gaffer
Luche Libre, MTV II
Reality Television Season II and III

-Grip/AC
Intel
Company video
-P2 Wrangler & Grip
TapOut, Virtual Training Center
Online MMA Training Videos
-DP/Director
Thyssenkrupp, Elevators
Lead videographer for Thyssenkrupp USA
-EPK Grip
Breaking Bad, AMC
TV Series

-Grip
Whitener Law Firm
Commercial
-Gaffer
Goveners Prayer Breakfast
Live Television
-AC, Grip & Sound
Housing and Urban Development
Governmental video
-P2 Wrangler & Grip
Nationwide
Company video
2010

-Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Safety Video, Thyssenkrupp Elevator
-Spy camera technician
Dr. Phil Show
Talk Show

-Jib Assistant
War Stories with Ollie North, Fox News
News
-Jib Assistant
Home Grown Terror, Fox News
News
-P2 Wrangler
Tapout VTC
-Grip
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, pre- game golf show
Interview
-Grip
Chasing Zero, Winning the War on Healthcare Harm- with Dennis Quaid
Documentary
2009
-EPK D.I.T., Grip
Breaking Bad, AMC
Promotions
-Personal Assistant, Camera Operator
Intervention, A&E
Reality Television
-Camera Operator
New Mexico’s first educational spaceport rocket launch.
News, National Geographic, and Discovery Wilson Binkley Advertising & Marketing
2008
-Camera Operator, DIT
Becoming Eduardo, Open Range Pictures
Independent Film

-Director of Photography
Boom II
Military Training Video
-Did various jobs in making commercials for Aggie Experience. Jib Op.
2005-2009
-College

KFlect DoP Extendid Kit and How it Changed How I Light

It all started back in film school. I remember I was getting ready to shoot one of my student shorts I made. The actor wanted to do a screen test one night so I just set up a camera on a tripod and had him rehearse in front of it. Well since it was dark I just took a flood light and shined it at him to get exposure. Nothing special because after all it was just something so he could watch playback and improve on his technique. Well a few weeks later I was digitizing the mini DV tape and I realized what I shot looked amazing. It was like he was lit up with a classic 3 point lighting and all I had was the one light. I went to the room we shot this in and noticed there was a mirror which reflected light back into the actor and then the wall on the other side acted as a big white bounce. I remember thinking how simple that was to get such a good look.

 

Well cut to several years later I was working as a gaffer on a Discovery show called Dead of Night episode 210. Well the DP had a different way of doing things. He just used two source four tungsten lights for everything. He would use them inside and outside. The show rented a air B&B like those smaller shows usually do. We had to finish a full 30min episode in 3 days so usually we hit the ground running. Well I remember when we first got to the house the DP had the key grip and myself collect all the mirrors in the house and he would slap that source four in the center of the room and just use mirrors and white bounce to light the actors. When the camera would flip to the other side he would just pan the light and move the bounce. It was quick and looked surprisingly well for how fast we were moving. Around this time in my career “2014” I was gaffing a lot for EPK’s “electronic press kits or behind the scenes” for shows like breaking bad, game changer, etc. So I was pretty comfortable with taking hours to light a chair where a celebrity would come and be interviewed. To go from taking hours to light to just a few minuets felt crazy, but more so it felt good knowing I could get great results and save time. I know in this industry time is money and I want to be the fastest their is but while keeping high quality material. Anyone can make a scene look good but how many people can make it look good and still stay with the schedule of the production. After all thats how I get the repeat jobs and clients. They like my work and they like how quick I can get it done. Working on a lot of these indie movies means we usually only have a few weeks to film a feature. Don’t get me wrong I love it when a show gives me the flexibility to take my time and make quality however, I am also a realist and know that usually that is a rare case. So seeing this DP light these setups very quickly in a way that reminded me of my beautiful mistake in college re ignited the flame within to start pursuing that kind of lighting more often.

In 2015 I was Gaffing a feature called Furthest Witness. I remember we were behind schedule in a scene that took place in a cafe. Well the whole crew was on edge because we knew we were falling behind and we were trying to rush as much as we could. So I ran and got a Jo-leeko source four and set it up in the middle of the room and would just bounce light from that one source to light the scene. After I did that I remember the UPM, Director and Producer took me to the side and thanked me for lighting it and saying it was the best lighting so far. Such a simple technique yet effective. We ended up making our day and everyone was happy.

I wanted to expand on this system. Up until this point I would just bounce from foam core or bead board or 1’x1′ mirrors that shatter and break. Well thats when I started to see things about this Kflect company out of austria and how they were disgning kits full of all kinds of mirrors. I immediately wanted them all! So I waited until I had the perfect project where the DP was open to it before buying them because they are expensive. Thats when I got the Key Grip job on Ice Box. Carolina Costa was the DP and she loved the idea to using mirrors. So I ordered the Kflect DoP Extended Kit and the guys over at Kflect were more then helpful.  Once I received it we used it everyday on set. It was amazing. I’ve never thought of the possibilities like this before. We did a scene where there is supposed to be a hole in the ceiling of a truck that a kid looks up through. Well we wanted moon light coming down and hitting him in a hard shaft of light while seeing most the truck. The only small sources we could get in that space was LED strip which hardley makes a shaft of light then you have the problem of powering it. So we just popped to small mirror on the ceiling with a magnet and lit the whole scene with one 800w Joleako source 4. We ended up having a total of 4 mirror in there. One was the whole in the ceiling, another was a slash on the back wall, one was a key light and the last was a fill light. A scene during the scout that had all of us worried how we would pull it off took a few min to light. The hardest part was deciding where the camera went.

This is the part I geek out on and Ill just touch on briefly. The math behind using this method is just amazing. Its so simple it works. The inverse square law is the law of how light falls off as the distance from subject to light grows. Basically in a nut shell if you double the distance from your subject to your light you only get 1/4 of the light you had. A very handy technique if you need to dim a light but have no squeezer or scrims just walk it back a little. However, the part that I have struggled with in past years is how the light interacts in a scene. Lets say you have a scene where the subject walks out by the camera and the light source is on the same side. Chances are your subject can gain several stops of light as he walks out of the scene towards the light. Well how do you fix this is simple get a bigger light and move it further away so the light change is so small we don’t notice. Well what happens if we are in a small space where we only have a few feet to work within. The other solution is make it so soft it doesn’t matter. This is the method i chose for years. I still choose a book light or some kind of soft source if we have a lot of movement in the scene. But what happens if you want hard light? Thats why the above scene we did in the truck was so brilliant. We can take the light from the frot of the truck bounce it from the back to the front again and then back at the subject. So when the walk out of the truck the light hitting them is over 40ft away so the light fall of is nothing. It it was just straight lighting them from 10ft a way then the people 5 feet closer are 4 stops brighter. So this is the part I love and it changes how I light everything.

 

I even shot slow motion 180fps wasps flying by using these mirrors and just bouncing light into the underside of my porch where the nest was. Took about 10 seconds. If it was a matter of a few months ago I would have gotten a joker 400w out, extension chord, and been fighting stinging wasps while trying to get the light set. Well with this kit I just set up a mirror to the right side of the nest and went about 40 feet away with another mirror and bounced into that mirror so when the wasps were pissed that I lit them up I was no where near them. I panned away the mirror 40 feet away then they calmed down and I got the other mirror. Such a simple yet effective tool. Book Trevor Rogers and T-Ro Films for your next shoot to see this kit in action!

About the Author:

Trevor Rogers started out with a big dream in a small town. A big dream to make Movies of the same quality or better then those seen in the little local theatre. He used to make videos with his friends growing up. His hobby turned into a passion and he graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Digital Film and Cinematography. He then turned his passion into a career. Trevor currently has worked on over 60 productions start to finish. Tv shows like Breaking Bad, Dr. Phil, Intervention, Doomsday Preppers, MTV True Life, Fatal Encounters, and Features like The Vow, Game Changer, Avengers, and Becoming Eduardo. He founded T-Ro Films LLC and is currently part owner.

One Comment

  1. Jeremiah Phillips September 20, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Dude!! Awesome read very insightful, also, I was on Icebox with trevor, it was amazing how much light you could throw with just a few small Mirrors! The Egyptians know what they were doing back in the day hahahah

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