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Video Post Production and Color Grading Reel

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Check out the post over on about my friend Christian Stoehr’s Color Grading Reel.  One of the big problems with shooting video on the Canon 5d is that you don’t have much leeway in post on color and exposure adjustments….. but it’s amazing to see what how far he was able to take some of the footage we shot together!

Color Grading Video Footage at Ambush Production Blog



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January 9th, 2013 at 9:01 am

Chris Kilkus – Road Trip Promo Video

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Here is a little film we shot a while back… like always we did it at the same time as a still photography shoot. We shot using the Canon 5D and all the shots were handheld… run and gun really, just capturing what we could as quick as we could.

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December 26th, 2012 at 10:54 am

I want to see this movie – christopher kilkus fashion photography

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Considering the crush of must-see movies that fill theaters every December, it can be hard to think past the awards season to the movies Hollywood will produce in the months that follow—but movies there will be, and we’re already jazzed for plenty of them. There’s history, action, toys coming to life, TV shows and hit novels on the big screen, and that’s just to start with.

(MOREThe 10 best movies of 2013)

And yes, we know this is only a small sampling of the exciting films coming out in the next 12 months, that our list doesn’t include intriguing offerings from video-game adaptations (Need for Speed) to high-profile period mysteries (Carol). Tell us in the comments which of your 2014 favorites-to-be we forgot.

In the mean time, here are 20 of the movies we’re already excited for in the coming year, with trailers where they exist:

The Monuments Men

Due in theaters: Feb. 7

After a false alarm about this movie coming out in 2013, the Ocean’s Eleven-meets-WWII action pic will finally make it to theaters. George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett are on a mission to rescue great works of art before Nazis can destroy them.
The Lego Movie

Due in theaters: Feb. 7

As you may have guessed, the characters in this movie are LEGO figures. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) voices an ordinary LEGO dude who has to help save the LEGO world.
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Due in theaters: March 7

Ralph Fiennes stars as the concierge at the titular hotel, alongside a stable of filmmaker Wes Anderson’s favorites, like Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrian Brody, Tilda Swinton and Bob Balaban.
Veronica Mars

Due in theaters: March 14

Fans hoped and prayed—and donated to a paradigm-shifting Kickstarter campaign—and now their favorite girl-sleuth TV show is finally making its way to the big screen, courtesy of creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell.

Due in theaters: March 21

Is this the next Hunger Games? Fans of the hit YA series certainly hope so. Shailene Woodley stars as Beatrice Prior, a teenager in a totalitarian future in which society is sorted into groups by personality type. When she discovers that she doesn’t fit neatly into just one of the groups—that she’s divergent—her life is on the line.
Muppets Most Wanted

Due in theaters: March 21

What happens when a famous thief looks just like Kermit the Frog? Whatever the eventual answer is, it’s not so great for Kermit in the mean time. A cast of a gazillion famous human beings star alongside the Muppets, including Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston, Christoph Waltz, Lady Gaga, Ty Burrell and Céline Dion.

Due in theaters: March 28

Yes, it’s that Noah, the one with the flood and the ark and the two-by-two. This time, however, as imagined by Darren Aronofsky with Russell Crowe in the title role, Noah has an environmental message for modern-day viewers. Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly co-star.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Due in theaters: April 4

This sequel kicks off superhero season with Chris Evans returning as Captain America. Somehow, even though he’s living in today’s world, the enemy harks back to the Cold War.
Amazing Spider-Man 2

Due in theaters: May 2

Next up on the superhero slate: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Spidey and Gwen Stacey, trying to get to the bottom of what Oscorp is up to.
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Due in theaters: May 23

The cast that played the old and young X-Men team up in this time-bending installment. That means Magneto is Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, and that Charles Xavier is Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy. Consider our minds already blown.

Due in theaters: May 30

Angelina Jolie stars as the classic Sleeping Beauty villain, the nasty fairy who curses Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) to the fate that sets the tale in motion.
The Fault in Our Stars

Due in theaters: June 6

Shailene Woodley’s second entry in the YA-adaptation game, but this time without the futuristic element. She stars opposite Ansel Elgort as two teens who fall for each other at a cancer support group.

22 Jump Street

Due in theaters: June 13

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their roles in the sequel to the surprise hit 21 Jump Street. This time, rather than sending them undercover at a high school, their investigations take them to a local college.
Guardians of the Galaxy

Due in theaters: Aug. 1

Another addition to the Marvel movie empire, this time focusing on a lost-in-space pilot who bands together with aliens to be, well, the guardians of the galaxy.

The Giver

Due in theaters: Aug. 15

Based on Lois Lowry’s beloved children’s book about a world without pain and the boy who thinks twice about what that means. Starring Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and, as protagonist Jonas, the Australian actor Brenton Thwaites.

Gone Girl

Due in theaters: Oct. 3

Get your book club together for the Ben Affleck-starring adaptation of the hit novel about a woman’s disappearance.


Due in theaters: Nov. 7

Christopher Nolan, the filmmaker behind Inception, goes to outer space. The impressive creds aren’t just behind the camera: the movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck and Michael Caine, among others.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Due in theaters: Nov. 21

Do we really need to explain why this is exciting?

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Due in theaters: Dec. 17

…Or why this is exciting?


Due in theaters: Dec. 19

Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie in her first lead role since she stole the show in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Jamie Foxx takes on the Daddy Warbucks role, renamed Benjamin Stacks, and Cameron Diaz plays dastardly orphanage-mistress Miss Hannigan.













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July 10th, 2012 at 6:50 am

Cool Video- chris christopher kilkus fashion photography photographer

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Matta – Release The Freq from Kim Holm on Vimeo.



Otherwise known as Andy Brookes & James Wilson, Matta joined forces in 2009 after meeting at Music College. Specialising in dance-floor orientated Bass Music, Matta have shaken up Parties and Festivals all over the world including prestigious Secret Garden Party and Maschinenfest, released on labels including Ad Noiseam, Black Butter, Boka, and Subway Records, are being supported by huge names such as Bjork, The Prodigy, Bastille & Laurent Garnier. They’ve had their music featured on TV ad campaigns for Audi and Childline and have already accumulated well over 2 Million YouTube & Vimeo views collectively, mainly for one particular hit release, ‘Release The Freq‘.

They’ve also had some pretty surreal experiences during shows too. “We were in the middle of our set at a gig in Kiev, Ukraine when a huge group of men  were speaking in Russian so we couldn’t understand…” “We sat there for 2 hours with our hands on the table wondering what was going on!”

This light-hearted and down to earth duo take their music very seriously, their personalities and dedication shine through all of their work, and as they’re not shy of give.


Music—especially the men and women who make it—has served as inspiration in the fashion world for decades, and this year we felt it more than ever. Everywhere we turned, musical muses were popping up in the front rows of runway shows (in some cases, even on the runway), as well as on magazine covers month after month. The fascination fashion has with music must go both ways, because artists have recently stepped up their style game in their music videos as well, wearing pieces from the world’s most prestigious fashion houses and custom couture creations that would make even the most snobbish of editors drool. The 2011 crop of music videos featured everything from ’90s supermodels to rampant fashion photography references, and we’ve picked the 15 videos that we believe really stood out in the style department. Which one did you watch on repeat? Richardson has directed music videos since the late 1990s.[10] He directed videos for Death in Vegas and Primal Scream as well as alternate music video of the song “Find a New Way” by the band Young Love and Whirlwind Heat‘s “Purple” featuring models Susan Eldridge and Kemp Muhl.[10][37] He directed the music video for “Red Lips” by Sky Ferreira.[38] He also makes a cameo appearance in Thirty Seconds to Mars‘s video for “Hurricane“.[39] On August 29, 2013 he directed Beyoncé in a music video at Coney Island for her single “XO“. He also directed “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.[40] In late 2013 Richardson did the treatment on the music video for “Do What U Want” by Lady Gaga and R. Kelly from her third studio album titled ARTPOP, the film has yet to be released.

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July 10th, 2012 at 6:44 am

Video Portrait of Helene by chris kilkus

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At last, the final version of the video portrait I shot of fashion model Helene Traasavik.  Thanks to Smashbox Digital for a for a great job with the edit.

For those of you that are curious, I shot this on the tripod mounted Canon 5D MarkII using a small light mounted to the camera’s hot shoe.  I manipulated the spill of light into a narrow beam using a bit of Cinefoil.If you’re a fan of fashion, then you’re probably already familiar with The Sartorialist. For the uninitiated, it’s a prolific collection of high-fashion portraits shot of real-world people on the street by photographer Scott Schuman. It’s kind of like Humans of New York, but with fancier clothes and no sad stories.

You get to see a brief, but interesting look into his process from selecting a person to photograph to positioning and posing them for the shot.

I’m not a big fashion guy, and I definitely don’t “get” a good deal of the styles he presents on his blog, but he has been doing his thing for so long and so consistently that you have to respect it. Just the act of approaching people all the time like that must require a very specific personality.

Check out his site here.














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March 13th, 2012 at 3:51 am

A Recent Shoot by christopher kilkus

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Here are some still pics from a recent motion shoot I did. It’s going to take a little while longer to finish editing the video but thought I would post these stills in the meantime. Enjoy 🙂

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August 1st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Behind the Scenes on Wet Seal by christopher kilkus

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Here is a little Behind the Scenes video that Wet Seal made from our most recent shoot.



Orange County retailer Wet Seal Inc. pioneered the quick translation of Southern California’s beachy lifestyle into fashions for young women. But now it is trying to avoid drowning in the competitive teen marketplace.

The Foothill Ranch company said Wednesday that it would close 338 stores, or two-thirds of its locations, and lay off nearly 3,700 employees as the retailer tries to stave off bankruptcy and revamp its business. It will continue to operate 173 locations and its online business.”Our financial condition leaves us no other alternative than to close these stores,” Chief Executive Ed Thomas said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision to make.”

Wet Seal has suffered in recent years as parents cut back on allowances for their children and older teenagers battled Expensive leases for mall space also weighed on Wet Seal. Shopping center rivals, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale, have struggled to attract fickle young shoppers. Delia’s Inc., a competing teen chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month and is holding a going-out-of-business sale.Wet Seal may be heading for the same fate unless it can dramatically overhaul its brand and perhaps find a buyer, analysts said.

“The best chance of survival is to take the company private and in turn revitalize the company,” said Britt Beemer, founder of America’s Research Group. “At the rate they are going now, they won’t be here next year.”

The announcement of the closings follows an outpouring of anger on social media this week by workers who said they were suddenly told they were losing their jobs.

Photos of handwritten signs taped to some Wet Seal storefronts went viral online with hashtags such as #ForgetWetSeal and #BoycottWetSeal.

“It’s truly crazy. It was a big shock, especially coming so suddenly,” Bowlin said. “We all have bills and car payments and families, and our job was just taken from us.”

Wet Seal’s troubles started before the Great Recession, analysts said. The chain has wrestled for years to define its identity; it acquired other merchants and rolled out new brands, but never managed to resonate for long with fashion-conscious shoppers.

The chain’s woes were apparent in the lackluster sales at the locations that are being closed. Although they represent 66% of Wet Seal’s stores, they accounted for only the chain got its start in 1962 as a stand-alone swimwear shop in Newport Beach, originally named Lorne’s, after founder Lorne Huycke.

The name was changed a few years later, according to a company history, after the founder’s wife saw a model strutting down a runway clad in a black bathing suit and described her as looking like “a wet seal.”

The retailer rapidly expanded in the 1980s and ’90s, even adding for a time a chain selling unisex teen clothes called Limbo Lounge. The chain went public in 1990 and later acquired more than 200 Contempo Casual stores from Neiman Marcus Group.Competition for teenagers has only increased as young shoppers flock to the new generation of fast-fashion rivals that can rush items into stores only a few weeks after a trend is spotted.

In addition, consumers are no longer shopping en masse at enclosed malls, where many Wet Seal stores are located, Beemer said. “Wet Seal is part of that problem,” he said.

The company has lost more than $150 million in the last two complete fiscal years. In its third quarter that ended Nov. 1, Wet Seal reported a loss of $36 million, compared with a loss of $12.5 million a year earlier.

The turmoil in its finances has been reflected in boardroom drama. Wet Seal has had three CEOs in the last four years. In 2012, activist shareholder Clinton Group succeeded in ousting most of its board members, including the chairman.

The company also became mired in a racial bias lawsuit alleging that it fired black employees so it could hire white workers. In 2013, the retailer paid $7.5 million to settle that suit.

Now Wet Seal has to figure out a way forward — or risk becoming extinct.

Several analysts said the best path forward is to file for bankruptcy, restructure and find a buyer. Wall Street investors appear to be hoping for a sale; they drove the company’s stock to nearly 13 cents a share Wednesday from 7 cents the day before. That’s down from a trading peak of $2.75 nearly a year ago.

Last month, the company said there was “substantial doubt” it could continue operating. Last week, the retailer said it had received a default notice on $27 million in debt. The company’s creditor has given it until Jan. 12 to pay what it owes.

“The best way to get out of leases on retail stores that aren’t performing is through Chapter 11,” said Ron Friedman, a retail expert at accounting firm Marcum. “Their choices are raise more capital, get rid of all your bad stores and downsize.”










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July 18th, 2011 at 5:13 am

Scott Chrisman films Chris Kilkus Wet Seal shoot

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My friend Scott Chrisman, a talented Director of Photography here in Los Angeles, shot a really nice behind the scenes video of a recent shoot I did with Wet Seal, check it out below.

Exciting new HDSLR Alternative on it’s way, the Sony NEX FS100

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I love the Canon 5D MarkII, it helped open up a whole new world of filmmaking for me. But it definitely has drawbacks for motion work which can require a lot of frustrating work arounds.  The next step up from the HDSLR has been the RED cameras, which are amazing products that have been used on many major motion pictures.  But for smaller projects, or ones that require moving really quickly like most of what I’m working on, the RED can be quite cumbersome.

So I have been watching with anticipation the development of new class of cameras, the best example is the Sony NEX FS100. Some people consider it an HDSLR killer, but to me it looks more like a “bridge” camera….. more professional than an HDSLR, but not as cumbersome as a RED.

Canon will really need to step up their game if they want to compete, but the rumor is that Canon isn’t going to do it with an HDSLR suchs as the 5D MarkIII… instead they will introduce a competitor for the Sony NEX FS100 from their video line of cameras.

We’ll see if Canon get’s it right, but anyway it’s going to be really exciting to see how all this develops over the next year.

Here is a great post about the Sony camera from Zacuto

You can pre order the camera (and check out specs) at B&H

And Check out the Den Lennie’s video below for a more in-depth review of the Sony NEX-FS100.

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June 10th, 2011 at 7:47 am

Urban Planet Summer Video by chris kilkus

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Here is out latest video for Urban Planet, shot at the same time we were doing their still campaign.  We shot this one on the beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu.  If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, or just visiting, it’s definitely worth spending some time there.  It has a lovely little beach town vibe, there is a cafe and bar right in the sand.  Unfortunately, they day we were shooting was really cold and windy!  It’s always a challenge when mother nature doesn’t cooperate on a location shoot….. in this case there really wasn’t much we could do but keep the models as warm as possible and try to get the wind to work in the hair’s favor.

Christian Stoehr and Russ Lyster were working the Canon 5D packages for me on this one.  We kept it pretty simple, a couple cameras on RedRock rigs, a slider, tripod, and then just hand held reflectors for light control.  I wanted to keep it loose and give it somewhat of a vacation film vibe so most of the shots were hand held, but we threw in a few slider and tripod shots to keep a little of that cinematic feel too.

Of course, the challenge for me on these shoots is balancing the still and motion parts of the production, especially when the still is the most critical for the client.  The only way to do it is have two separate crews going at the same time, and I just walk back and forth from one to the other….. it can make for a busy day!  But with a decent amount of preparation things still tend to run quite smoothly.

I hope you enjoy our little film, and be sure to check back often for sneak peeks of our latest work.

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May 20th, 2011 at 9:09 am