Portfolio

Below are some samples of my work. All work here was both shot, directed, and edited by me, unless otherwise labeled. Music used in any of the films here is credited to its creators. I make no claims to any of the music in the films shown here unless otherwise specified.


Infineon Drifting

from Ben Bunch

I headed over to Infineon Raceway to watch some car drifting with no idea that I was going to film it, but as always I brought my camera with me just in case. I got a few good shots despite having no access to a tripod and having never filmed drifting before, so I created this short edit.


Weekend in Seattle

from Ben Bunch

A short video I put together of some things in Seattle I saw when I spent a short weekend there in the summer of 2011.


Deneka and Job Wedding

from Ben Bunch

A professional video of a wedding and reception held in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the summer of 2011. I served as an operator of one of the two cameras, and was the primary creative director and editor of the piece.


Deneka and Job Engagement

from Ben Bunch

A video I shot during an engagement photo-shoot. It was challenging to work around the photographer who had first priority that day while still getting the shots that I needed, but I am happy with how it turned out.


Malfunction

from Ben Bunch

"Two computer hackers hit some snags while attempting to steal a valuable piece of information." Created as a senior exit project for my bachelor's in Film and Digital Media (with a concentration in production) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. (Class of 2011.) The assignment was to create a narrative film less than 12-minutes in duration.


Hallow Avenue

from Ben Bunch

I created this montage of the annual Halloween festivities in downtown Santa Cruz. I knew what music ("Fifty On Our Foreheads" by White Lies) I wanted to use going into this so I made sure to shoot in a style that would fit (with matching musical beats of camera and subject movement,) in addition to editing things to the music. I made the choice to shoot in slow-motion to help accomplish this, and I think it works well for the piece. This is one of my current favorites and I hope you enjoy it.


New York 2010

from Ben Bunch

I went back to New York in September 2010 to visit some friends and family and while I was there I shot this short montage. I wanted to capture some different things than my previous New York video, and go for a bit of a different feel.


D.C. Hours

from Ben Bunch

In July 2009 I spent around 30 hours in Washington D.C. I shot some footage with the GH1 I had just gotten. That footage sat on one of my hard-drives for over a year, largely neglected, until one night I decided to just go ahead and edit something together. This is the result. I tried to construct a montage that would be a little slower and more reflective than my typical work, which was somewhat challenging because that's not what I had in mind while I was filming. I also took the opportunity to color correct a little more heavily than I typically do.


Vegas Lights

from Ben Bunch

This is a short musical montage I shot while in Las Vegas for a few days. My goal was to take a somewhat cynical look at Vegas by using slow-paced editing and by juxtaposing the shots with melancholy music ("Amsterdam" by Coldplay.) I was aware that this was the sort of film I wanted to make before going to Vegas, and I made sure to choose my subjects accordingly. For example: the bright lights of emergency vehicles interplaying with the bright lights of the casinos, and shot the bride playing a slot machine and smoking a cigarette, then cutting to a shot of an old woman (her, years later) still doing the same, combined with an appropriate lyric from the song.


Through the Waves: A 5D, GH1, and HVX Short

from Ben Bunch

I helped to shoot this at Panther Beach in Northern California with the Canon 5D Mk II, the Panasonic Lumix GH1, and the Panasonic HVX-200, in order to create a pleasing musical short, but also to test the capabilities of each camera. I shot all of the GH1 footage, some of the 5D footage, and some of the HVX footage. I conceived of and edited the film.


Second Night

from Ben Bunch

I created this over a few days for a class project in Film 170b, Fundamentals of Film/Video Production. The assignment was to create a short narrative film with no sound recorded during production (only foley, music, and limited ADR were allowed.) The idea was to tell a story, visually. Students submitted visual treatments which were then approved by the professor. I received an "A" grade on both the film and treatment portions of this project.


Tourist With a GH1: NYC

from Ben Bunch

I shot this over several days on a family trip to New York City. I edited it on the plane ride back to California. My goal was to capture the feel of NYC through fast-paced editing and cinematography.


Tourist with a GH1: Illinois

from Ben Bunch

I shot this during a family trip to Illinois. I shot for a few hours in Chicago, briefly in Macomb, and a bit on the car ride between them. My goal was to juxtapose the differing dynamics of city and country life in Illinois, a state where very different places and people exist just a few miles apart.


GH1 Test: Carwash Happiness

from Ben Bunch

I created this to test out a production and post-production workflow for my new Panasonic GH1 camera. My goal was to tell a very simple story, visually, through editing...and, of course, to con my little brother into washing my car.


Friendly Warning — An ikan Short

from Ben Bunch

I created this as part of the "Wish I had an Ikan" competition. This film, which was shot, edited, and directed by me, received an honorable mention. My goal with the film was to tell a simple, tongue-in-cheek story, in order to showcase the Ikan monitor product. I directed and edited another film in the contest, which won second place (winning $500 and an Ikan production monitor) and can be seen here.

Please note that the linked film is meant to offer a juxtaposition of "bad" and "good" filmmaking. The first half of the film is not meant to showcase good filmmaking, while the second is.