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The Endless Summer - Sac

Prints of the entire tour are available to purchase in multiple sizes during tour HERE

The Endless Summer - Bay Area

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The Endless Summer - LA

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The Endless Summer - Chula Vista

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The Endless Summer - Irvine

It was so good to be home in CA. The best part about the west coast, besides the weather, is we have multiple shows because the state is so big. Irvine started it off right with the biggest shows, the bay area, coming later this week!

Prints of the entire tour are available to purchase in multiple sizes during tour HERE

Nick Mahar Tour Essentials

 
 

I often get asked what I bring on tour, what do i shoot with, what do I use on a daily basis so I thought i'd put together my tour essentials. This doesn't include my clothing but this is everything i carry inside my photography backpack. 


Beats Pill Portable Speaker (Black)
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Beats Pill

I have always hated beats but I can't deny I love their sound. I've tried every speaker available at Target and Best Buy and my friends and I agreed, the pill was the soundest and best sounding. This thing is loud, clear, and much more portable than most. I always bring this to play music in the green room, the bus, or if we have an off day at the beach. 

 

Beats Studio Wired

Another beats product I love are the Studio Wired headphones. I've had mine for about 4 years now and the only problem I have now are the ear pads are deteriorating. These were the first thing I ever got from beats and they were free. It definitely changed my perspective on the quality of Beats. They are certainly overpriced. Otherwise they still sound amazing. I'm looking at getting a new pair this year but waiting for Apple to announce the new iPhone that may or may not have an iPhone headphone jack. If it doesn't then I need to get the bluetooth but for now, i love my wired because i don't need to worry about bluetooth and syncing. 

The biggest advantage with these are the noise canceling. I wear these on every flight and have no problem with screaming babies. 

 

PowerBeats2 Wireless

These are by far my favorite headphones for working out. First off they are wireless so I don't deal with the annoying struggle of yanking them out of my ears. Secondly its bluetooth so I can connect with my Apple watch and never have to run with my phone again. I bought mine used and I've had 0 problems with them, even with sweating like crazy.

 

Canon 5d Mark iii with 24-105 f4

This camera and lens is my baby. I shoot everything with it when I can. I also own a RED Dragon for film work but all photography is with this unless I use my iPhone or shoot film . The 24-104 is a great all around L series lens. It's full frame, has an f4 throughout, has IS (Image Stabilizer) and had a great range. Downside it's only a f4 but still great with the lower light capabilities of the mark iii. 

 

Canon 16-35 f2.8

Now this lens I just picked up last tour. I tried to go cheap with the 11-16 Tokina which is a great lens but theres not many focus points on it and its fisheyes anything lower than 15mm. This is great all the way around and is a fast f2.8. This is great for wide crowd shots but i also love it in the pit. It gives a cool perspective when you get really close to something or someone but can distort in an unflattering way. 

 

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens

The link is for the version that has IS or image stabilizer which I do not have. That lens is about 1k more than the model I have but still a sharp and fast lens at a 2.8. I use this for all my close up or shots from out where the crowd is. It helps me get shots from the front of the venue so I'm not looking straight up someone's nose from the pit. I can also get some details at 200mm. The thing with concert photography is i should never or rarely be on stage near the artist. Especially with Logic having big LED walls that will highlight me, i need to stay off to the side and this helps me still get the shot. 

 

Canon 35m f1.4 L

This lens is extremely fast and sharper than any other lens i have. When ever their is no light or i just want everything behind my subject to be out of focus I use this lens. I don't typically use this lens during concerts because zooms are better because you can change focal lenths in seconds. I do however use this before shows, hanging on the bus, or in dark situations. 

 

Lexar Card Reader

Now I personally don't currently use the card reader linked because my Macbook Pro has a sd card reader built in so I only need a CF reader. I do however own a few different models. The current one I use is still a lexar cf reader and all are USB 3.0 because those fast speeds are needed in crunch time. 

 

SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB

The speeds on the CF cards are very important for concert or sports shooting. Mainly because of burst shooting. I can shoot action sports of my 5d Mark iii but if my cards aren't fast enough it will lang and have to process the images. I've used slower cards in the past and I always get screwed while shooting. Especially with shooting someone as energetic as Logic who moves all over the stage constantly. I also use CF cards vs SD cards because they are bigger and there is much less chance I will lose them. They also work for a Canon 300 and many other cameras. 

 

Canon 600EX Speedlite

I've never been a huge fan of direct spot light but this does give a good look. I especially like dropping down the lens to spread the light to 14mm. This allows me to get some more stylized portraits without parts being too bright or dark. I dropped mine at the Under Pressure album release party in NY so mine has tape on it but still works fine. 

 

Disposable Camera

I personally like to use Kodak but I can't always find them so I settle for Fuji. The reason I like kodak more is because you can do in camera double exposure which is fun to mess around with and do in camera. Its also just nice to shoot some easy film on a camera I don't have to worry about getting damaged. Hence the disposable part. 

 

Canon EOS Elan II Film Camera

This is my current go to film camera because it is has an EF mount which means I can use my 5D Mark iii Canon Lenses on it. Mine sadly broke a little so i have to tape it up to make sure the film doesn't get exposed but I love it. It also has an on board flash which is great for shooting portraits in the dark. 

 

35mm Film

There is something about film that just looks so great and raw. It's not digital so it has texture and the world can affect it unlike digital. You get what you shoot so its very authentic. It also gives great texture to skin. There are great programs that can make your digital cameras look very similar but its just a great feeling to take in rolls to get processed and have no clue what you're going to get back. I also shoot on my polaroid camera which gives a whole other type of feeling. 

 

LaCie Rugged 2tb Thunderbolt

These have to be my favorite hard drives I've ever used. I use these for every tour, every commercials, music video, you name it. As the name implies they are rugged and are beautifully designed. The newer models include the thunderbolt cable built into the case but also allows a usb 3.0 connection This is a must for video or photos because they are the fastest speeds possible. I generally cary 2-3 with me on a tour depends on what i'm doing and length of the tour. 

 

Macbook Pro Retina 1tb

This computer is a must for creatives doing photo or video. First get the biggest hard drive and ram you can afford. The retina model is not upgradable sadly so get what you want when you order. I personally recommend going through the student section of the Apple store for discounts. The retina aspect is key for photo editing and 4k editing. Everything is very sharp and anything other than this is a disappointment. I also recommend getting Apple care incase the motherboard, hard drive, or something goes out. It doesn't usually happen but if their is a malfunction having the protection is a lifesaver. You could get a PC but almost every creative I know owns a Mac and going between the systems isn't the smoothest. 

 

Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel

Even though this device is very generation 1 I bought it for 2 reasons and it performs those tasks flawlessly. First was to keep track of my fitness and get me back in shape. My constantly being reminded where I'm at in my day has helped me focus on what i need to do. It also helps getting my notifications on my wrist so I don't miss urgent calls or group texts. There have been many times this was the difference in capture a moment or not. 

 

iPhone 6s+

The phone that almost creative person has. Everyone on our bus has an iPhone and it screws up our group chat when someone doesn't. Its perfect on tour having iMessage for our hilarious group chats. I have the 64gb version so I can fit all the music and movies I want. That is essential for traveling. 

 

The Endless Summer - Arizona

Alburquerque was going to be a hard show to follow up with that double rainbow but as always Arizona came in strong. The crows just keep getting bigger and bigger every night. We had a huge fan base in AZ and I enjoyed meeting everyone that I did. 

Prints of the entire tour are available to purchase in multiple sizes during tour HERE

The Endless Summer - Alburquerque

What a magical show. We started it off with a double rainbow and got some once in a lifetime kind of shots! Beautiful venue and really made me love Albuquerque!

Prints of the entire tour are available to purchase in multiple sizes during tour HERE

The Endless Summer - Houston

Day 2 was a much better night for shooting! As you can see!

Prints of the entire tour are available to purchase in multiple sizes during tour HERE

The Endless Summer - Dallas

Dallas was a struggle. Getting back into the groove of everything but also having the sun out during half out set was tough. Thankfully as the set went on it got much better but even then, I was really happy with any of these. Prints of the entire tour are available to purchase in multiple sizes during tour HERE

The Endless Summer - Rehearsals

Tour is almost underway but before we can go perform every night we need to rehearse. This tour I will also have prints available throughout the tour and from EVERY show. For anyone who also had problems with their prints being damaged, that will not be a problem. Everything is being shipped directly from the print company and professionally wrapped. 

Check out prints HERE

Contest Winners!!

Congrats to @andrewg_95, @mmargarites, @_xoxo_yami_ for winning the Instagram photo giveaway! 

For anyone still looking to get prints I have restocked all photos and am running it through a new website. All photos will be professionally printed and shipped from an amazing company! 

Click HERE to buy prints!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in LA 5.31.16

The homies were finally back in LA. The show was spectacular as always and it was great to hear This Unruly Mess I've Made live again. Hope they have a great rest of tour and can't wait to see them again at bumbershoot when they play along with Logic and G-Eazy. This show was special too because O was back on the trumpet and celebs like YG and Charlie Sheen showed up!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in San Francisco - 5.28.16

Ben & Ryan (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) have been a huge blessing for me and my career. They gave me the opportunity to prove myself when I had dropped out of college and I am forever grateful. It also helps that The Heist is one of my favorite albums of all time. I was sad when the tour was over but all great things must come to an end at some point. Luckily the whole crew is like family to me and I love when the family comes to town. I wasn't doing anything this weekend so I decided to come to the bay area to visit my real family and come out the the show at Bill Graham. It was another amazing show and it was fun as always to shoot. I'm so used to shooting video of the tour so shooting stills was certainly a different task. I got some great shots and am even more ready to shoot their show tonight in LA. 

Logic in the Studio - 5.30.16

Stopped by the studio yesterday to hang out with Logic and the rest of the crew as they worked on new music before we go to X-Games this weekend. This was such a beautifully built studio with a gorgeous view of the ocean. 

Prints for Sale!!!

For literally the first time EVER, i'm selling prints of my work. For now there are 2 categories, Tour Photos, and Large Canvas Prints. All tour photos come in 8x12 Glossy paper and feature Logic, G- Eazy, and Macklemore.  The large canvas prints are 16x24 and feature some of my favorite shots during my travels around the world!

These are all for now but depending on how well the response is, I may do much larger prints of the tour photos!

All 8x12 photos cost $7 to ship but its only for the entire order so i recommend buying multiple prints at the same time so you aren't paying more because of shipping! 

Click on the photo below to check out all the prints!

 
 

Thank you for all the incredible support!!

Question Time!!

I always get a lot of questions about film and photography but now that I’m currently on tour I get a ridiculous amount every single day. So I decided to allow people to ask me everything at once so I can answer them all at the same time. Here we go!

I was going to start with easy quick questions but this is my favorite question and I want everyone to see it because it’s important to hear.

-Where there any moments of self doubt? Or you just felt completely in over your head along the way?

         A: YES! ALL THE TIME. I think my favorite interview I’ve ever seen was a cinematographers round table from last years Oscars and they were asked do you ever get nervous before a film. These guys are literally the best in the business and many of them have multiple awards and their answers were, “Yes!” You need to accept the fact that it’s ok to be scared of doing something but you must do it anyways. That will never go away but if you don’t let your fear overcome you, you’ll create some beautiful things in your life. I have a lot of amazing work I’m proud of but I, at least once a month, will sit in my room alone, depressed, and feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. Thankfully over time I’ve accepted that the feeling will happen but I know ways of getting out of it so it doesn’t consume me.

1.     How do you do it so well?

a.     Late nights practicing. Years of missing parties and events to work.

2.     What inspired you starting with photography and cinematography?

a.     I’ve been doing video since I was 6 years old and photos probably since high school. I used to play around with my dads VHS camera recreating the Amanda show in my garage with my sister and neighbors. I moved into stop animation after and every time is was more and more fun.

3.     When did you decide photography was the path you wanted to take in life?

a.     First I wanted to be a singer or make music. Then I hit puberty and my voice went away so I wanted to be a director. I directed a short film and hated that I wasn’t allowed to touch the camera and light so I switched to being a Cinematographer and photographer. This was probably around age 15.

4.     How you so damn handsome?

a.     I blame my parents, the Greeks, Italians, and Irish.

5.     Funnest part of the tour?

a.     Getting to travel the world and get paid to do it with amazing people.

6.     Favorite part of your job?

a.     Getting to capture moments in life that people can look back on and cherish.

7.     What city did you have the best experience at so far?

a.     Every tour is different but in the US my favorite cities are always SF, LA, Seattle, Chicago, and NY. But I love smaller cities for different reasons. I have hilarious memories from Omaha Nebraska alone during the Macklemore Tour that have a special place in my heart.

 

 

8.     What lens is your go to for shows?

a.     Usually 24-105. Used to be 24-70 but I liking having the extra zoom. Also depends on the venue but go to do all lens is 24-105.

9.     What software do you use?

a.     Video: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects

b.     Photo: Light room and Photoshop

10. Do you fuck bitches

a.     Nope

11. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

a.     The world may never know.

12. How'd u get in contact or know logic?

a.     I was shooting for Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis at the time and I had always loved Logic’s music but thought the cinematography in his music videos could have been better so I reached out.

13. Any tips for concert photography?

a.     Shoot as much as you can and play around a lot in editing. Post work makes all the difference. Also, ALWAYS shoot RAW.  

14. How do you edit the photos?

a.     Usually everything in Lightroom. I rarely use Photoshop for anything. Lightroom I play with the curves and individual color hues, saturation, and brightness.

15. What camera body do you shoot on? (Photo) and what is your top 2 go to lenses?

a.     Photo I use my Canon 5d Mark iii or iPhone and usually 24-105 f4 and 70-200 f2.8. I also love my 35 prime

16. How’d you get into the music scene? What's it like touring with the incredible Logic?

a.     I’ve always loved music and music videos. In high school I used to make parody rap videos and even 2 rap songs for fun. Then I started doing music videos for bay area artists, which evolved into bigger guys, then Macklemore, then Logic.

17. how close are you with logic?(Bobby)

a.     Very

18.  I want to know what's a good camera to use for a beginner and basically how to start out and get my work out there?

Screen Shots from iPhone music Video

a.     iPhone is the best tool possible. Olivia Wilde just released a music video completely shot on iPhone and it looks incredible. The biggest tool is yourself. And use every social media platform you can. Network and comment on others photos.

19. What mode do you usually shoot in? I assume AP but do you usually stay on the lowest ISO when in the venue with how dark it is?

a.     ALWAYS manual.

20. How'd you get to meet and start shooting for Logic?

a.     Met him during the recording of Under Pressure. I had just finished working for Macklemore for the last 7 months and I drove down to LA to meet with him and possibly start doing his video and photo work.

21. What do you use for some of the wide angle shots you take?

a.     Tokina 11-16 always at a 16mm or a 24mm.

22. What's the craziest thing you've seen on this tour so far?

a.     This tour, probably the 6 fights in Salt Lake City and one fan who decided to fight during the show and then flip Logic off.

23. What's your thought process behind creating epic dramatic visuals for shooting events & photo shoots?

a.     I don’t shoot events but concerts I just know how to shoot concerts from doing so many. I used to look at other peoples work to get a sense of what’s good and bad and now I know what I like to see. I know when the moments are of a show and I usually know some of the best angles to make it look epic.

24. Any tips for getting into concert photography & how to get press passes?

a.     I actually have NEVER gotten a press pass to shoot a show. Every show I’ve ever shot I was on tour or I knew the photographer in charge.

25. How do you edit your photos, presets?

a.     Lightroom. I have presets I’ve made and I usually start there as a base then make adjustments until I like the final.

26. How did you get to the level you are on to take incredible photos with artists, how did you guys get in contact?

a.     Networking

27. Any advice or tips for an on tour photographer?

a.     Always have your camera with you, shoot more than you think you need or want, and have a lot of hard drives space.

28. How's life being Adam Levine?

a.     I mean I was the sexiest man alive in 2013 so…

29. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

a.     Has to be this photo of Logic and Rhetorik at ollapalooza because of how amazing it is and i had to run my ass from front of house to up on the stage to catch this moment and I missed it the first time. But Logic saw i ran there and missed it and went back up a little later. The lights from behind also perfectly pointed to them and they were daylight balanced lights so it all came together seamlessly. 

 

30. Why does Bobby flip you off so much?

a.     We like to have fun

31. In what ways do you make money from taking photos for Logic?

a.     He pays me to take his photo for his social media

32. What would you say your main struggle was/is to get to where you are now and how did you overcome it? What advice would you give to your 18 year old self? I'm interested in 3 different cameras mainly for videography, if you have experience with any of these which one would you recommend? Panasonic GH4/ Sony A7S/ Samsung NX1.

a.     Honestly just having shoots fall through or falling for promises of bigger shoots if I work for free on a project but it was also good to learn. Just perseverance and working through it. I would tell myself that it will always get better if you’re willing to work for it. I don’t really do videography, I do Cinematography and there is a MAJOR difference. Out of those I would say A7S for sure.

33. What camera were you using once things got serious and how old were you ?

a.     Started with a VHS camera, then a small mini DV tape sony camera, then DVX100B in high school, Sony prosumer camera, 5d mark iii, and now my Red Epic Dragon.

34. How has @logic301 made you a better person, directly or indirectly?

a.     We feed off each other for inspiration with visuals and we are a lot a like. We have positive attitudes, we want to inspire and encourage others, and we like making dope shit with our friends. So we are able to collab a lot and inspire each other.

35. Did you go take any post secondary schooling? If so, where did you go?

a.     I went to a community college called Las Positias in Livermore, CA. I didn’t take any video or photo classes while there but I transferred to Academy of Art SF after the 2 years to study Cinematography. I was there for about a year and a half and then dropped out because I wasn’t learning anything.

36. Do you have any specific goal or something you want to accomplish? 

a.     Eventually shoot feature films, which I’m currently working on making happen.

37. How do you feel about people reposting your pictures without crediting you?

a.     It sucks and I try to remind them for the credit but that’s just something I have to accept.

38. Your favorite two lenses and do you believe the mark 3 holds up to the 1D series for the price difference.

a.     I forget the difference but yes I think it does fine. Its sharp and the images are amazing. Most of the time you’re only showing your work on the Internet. 24-105 and 70-200.

39. What do you feel is more important to you as a DP, creativity or technical ability with equipment?

a.     Both for sure but creativity. But you have to also understand your gear and how to utilize. The biggest thing is knowing how to see and read light more than the actual camera. Let your AC handle that.

40. How did you get into the industry and what steps did you take to get where you are now?

a.     Networking my way up. Working with more and more people and bigger artists each shoot. Also being a good person and knowing my craft so people want to hire me.

41. Did u start doing photo n have to pick up video since people want ig vids etc of tour or did u always do video? And what do u do on the off tour times? Do u hop on tour with any artists?

a.     I started with video since it’s a lot more complicated and my heart is in the film world. I am first and foremost and filmmaker. I am usually making other art, traveling, but usually always shooting. Usually I shoot commercials for a living, tour is just a fun side thing too.

42. Do you get bored of taking photos of the same show over and over and over again

a.     It gets boring fast so you have to find creative ways to keep it interesting.

43. Would you recommend going to school for cinematography/photography?

a.     Yes and no. Someone people need the structure and others don’t but just because you go to school doesn’t mean youll be good or have work and just because you don’t go to school doesn’t mean you’ll be successful. You have to sacrifice a lot in life to achieve your dreams and that means hours of sleep, parties, and more. So to answer your question, do what makes you happy but weigh the pros and cons for each.

44. Where can we access the tour pics?

a.     MindofLogic.com

45. How do you choose which photos to post , is it hard to choose just a few when you have alot of pictures that you love?

a.     Yes and no. It’s a combination of good lighting, great framing and composition, and what the photo is about. Action, landscape, portrait, each type has different elements that make it great and memorable and if it meets a certain amount of requirements then you know its post worthy.

46. Where did you learn about lighting? I need more info on lighting. I learned some things at school, but I feel like I still don't understand a lot about lighting.

a.     Practice is the biggest thing. Experimenting for fun in your garage, dorm room, whatever. Watch what others do. Be a PA on sets and learn what tools they use and if you can, ask why.

47. What makes YOU happy? Where do you see yourself in ten years?

a.     Being alive. Getting paid to do what I love and be around the people Iove. In 10 years I see myself shooting big feature films.

48. What is it like being on tour all the time? don't you get really tired and don't you miss your family and friends back home? or is it just one fun ride all over the world?

a.     I live in LA with 2 of my friends and my family is back home in SF. The thing I hate the most about tour is always being on the move and not having any grounding like you do at home. So I always miss home and want to be home but the moments on tour with my friends and the fans make it all worth being away.

49. What kept you positive during your journey? When you hear Logics-The incredible true story the song and you hear (Alan Watts what do you desire speech, where do is take you? How does that make you feel , going back when you wearing on a struggle doing what you love, to now touring with logic doing what you love ?

a.     Honestly just working keeps me happy and not depressed. I love film and photography so when I get to create beautiful images, its self-soothing.

b.     I think Logic says it best, Alan Watts said in a paragraph what Logic tries to say during an entire album. Basically, if you aren’t doing what you love in life then why are you doing it? Money doesn’t make you happy. Sure it buys you happiness not having to worry about food or simple things but after that it doesn’t bring you happiness. Follow you dreams and answer the questions, what do you desire?

The Making of Logic's "Young Jesus" music video

I remember the first time i heard Young Jesus, Logic and I were sitting in his studio and he couldn't wait to update me on the album. He played this song and I immediately got all the feels I did when i listened to all the music i grew up with in the 90s. Then I heard big lenbo do his verse and I knew it would be an album favorite! That week he told me his idea for the music video which was complicated to understand so I didn't fully get what was happening. 

Still from The Incredible True Story trailer

Months later we were collaborating on the trailer for the album and he told me again about the concept for Young Jesus. Originally he wanted it to be a one-take music video where they were constantly switching characters within a very short period of time. At first we were also going to go from outside to inside to outside to inside a car, down the street, then to the final standoff. Not only are one-takes difficult on their own, now you are wanting to have the 2 main characters become multiple characters without it being on a motion control rig and obviously not having a crazy budget. The other thing about one-takes is how do you keep them interesting? I love Two Chainz's Birthday Song but hated Wiz Khalifa's We Dem Boyz. We Dem Boyz was mainly disappointing because it was like, "this is a dope one-take and......they are cutting like crazy because they couldn't pull it off." Very disappointing.  

Anyways, we talked about it some more and ended up changing it to a busta rhymes style video. Lots of crazy colors and camera tricks to make it fun and wild like a lot of videos were back then. I knew we'd probably have to sit on it for a little bit. After we finished the trailer Logic and I were talking about how we both envisioned the space set to be all white, more futuristic looking than the one we shot on. We didn't have the time or money to spend on building our own set for this but I knew the important part was getting the same feeling and emotion out of the trailer. The trailer, to me, was making the statement of, "I'm coming out with a new album, it has to do with space, and it's FUCKING AMAZING" I also wanted to set a new standard for Logic's video content and I want to think my team and I did. So to my point of the trailer, even though we didn't get to build the spaceship set we wanted, the emotion and feeling we did capture was still exactly what we wanted. That brings us back to Young Jesus. After talking about the concept more I pushed for doing the same concept he originally had except not as a one-take. This would not only make it much more cost effective, it would allow us to really make every second count. After thinking about it we realized what we realized on the trailer. The trailer set wasn't exactly what we wanted but it gave us the same feeling so Young Jesus could be the same by shooting in sections instead of a one-take as long, as we got the same feeling from it. 

Storyboard drawing by Marcus Ocana

I still didn't think I was going to shoot it for him because he was looking at other people to direct and I knew they would already have their DPs. After we had this conversation I left to go home but before I got home I get a call from Logic. He seems super excited but I had no clue what about. He said, "I have good news and bad news." So asked him, "What's the good news?" He says, "I'm directing Young Jesus, you're shooting it." I lit up with excitement because I was finally getting the chance to shoot one of his videos which is how we connected in the first place. I laughed and asked, "What's the bad news?" He said back, "Don't fuck this up." Even before that moment I knew I would murder this video. I've shot national and world wide commercials for HUGE brands and I've been shooting music videos since I was 13. My team and I have been working on big campaigns together so I knew as a group we could team up with Logic and murder this. 

Pre-Production

Pre-production took about a month on and off. Logic and I were meeting constantly, working the story, timing every second out, planning out complicated shots. I really wanted to stuff in as many shots where we see two of the same character at the same time when it made sense. The two that are in the video, Lenny in the cafe and Lenny as a cop, are techniques I taught myself when I was 14 learning to shoot green screen and rotoscoping. That was also a time where Youtube didn't exist and books didn't really help that much. For this project, we teamed up with some amazing department heads and I had many conversations about clothing, look, color, and everything else so everyone was on the same page. Finally, we locked in Universal Studios backlot. As a kid I remember doing the normal tour over and over again but doing the VIP tour with my dad and sister gave me the chills. Now years later when I'm still only 24 I get to shoot on the lot AND it's a project I'm in charge with!? I think most crew got excited when we did our opening shot of Lenny and to the right of camera you had the trams passing by like a normal day. 

Production

Universal Studios tour passing our set

(Left to right) Scott Wickman, Patrick Lundberg, Nick Mahar

For the production I immediately hired my producer Scott Wickman and Patrick Lunderberg to assistant direct. Logic needed the support from a well oiled and talented machine and us three were going to be just that. We of course had all the regulars for the rest of the crew and thankfully had budget for many more new faces. 

The shoot was 2 days long. Day 1 being at Universal and day 2 at a cafe in Beverly Hills. Day 1 was completely organized kaos and everyone brought it 110%. We shot probably about 80% of the entire video on day one which came out to about 38 shots which normally you do maybe 15-20 a day. Thankfully my gaffer Steve and I planned a simple lighting setup for every shot and timed out where the sun would be throughout the day. Lucky for us, the sun happen to put sections of the street in shade in the order the story progressed so we could shoot the entire project linear. We started with Lenny coming out of the restaurant and really killing it. With people that aren't used to being on camera all the time, people often get nervous but after 1 rehearsal he just turned it on. His facial expressions and energy were beautiful executed. It was also Logic's first time to both act and direct and he was perfect at it too. There was a moment when Logic was sitting in the cop car with our producer Scott whiled we we waited on Lenny, and Logic began to make himself cry. Making yourself cry is hard enough but to do it in front of a whole crew is incredibly difficult. Then right after Lenny comes in and kills it again with his panicked pimp shot. 

Next we moved on to the car rigs where we drove up and down the lot in the cop car multiple times. When we finished that we moved to the cops racing in and setting up a barricade meanwhile our G&E department moved the car rigs to the stolen pimp car. I think i've had cameos when I used to direct or small projects where you need extra people but this was the first time I was actually written on the call sheet as a character. It was a lot of fun pretending to be a cop with Bobby, Rhetorik, and 6. We all looked like we were from Reno 911, just needed to cut the pants into short shorts. 

Finally we shot the second car and then the arrest sequence. You can definitely tell the lighting dramatically changes but it also works because this is supposed to happen over a decent period of time. So the robbery ends up happening sometime near sunset and the arrest happens around the end of sunset. When we shot it everything was a lot darker but we worked with out awesome colorist Carver to really bring up the last few shots and blend the others so it was a more gradual transition. 

Day 2 went very well in the kitchen scene and we end up doing a much shorter day. 

POST-Production

Lastly we have post production which is editing, color, and vfx. Chaz, who did the edits for most of the Sage the Gemini music videos, iamsu, and many others, gets the edit done in about a day or two. I think we ended up only going through 4 changes in the edit. These stages though were critical for adding little things like showing all the cops on screen at the same time or having the split screen with Lenny and Logic. In the editing process there is a take of the opening shot that Logic loved the most but we messed up on timing and you end up seeing off the universal backlot. It was huge eye sore and ruined the shot for me. Luckily we were able to get our friend Ali to kill it on the VFX side and replace and composite more city. Last was color which was done by my friend Carver. It only really took us a little time and we had a look dialed in with color and grain. 

Conclusion

The entire project start to finish was about 2 months on and off. There was a lot of battles fought for little things but in the end, I think everything turned out great. Logic and Lenny both did a tremendous job at acting and I know Logic became a lot more confident in his directing skills. I really have to thank my entire team on this one because without them, none of this would have gotten done as well as it did. 

The best part of the shoot was our foreman at Universal who has been in the film industry for about 35 years, came up to our producer and said,"You know what the difference between a big hollywood production and you guys?" "What?" asked Scott. "Nothing." It shows that we are doing something right and It's nice to know that I get to do it with my friends and family. 

 

For my Tech nerds out there!

Camera: RED Dragon 6k Wide Screen at 6:1 compression Rating the camera at 800 ISO

Lens: Leica Summicron-Cs

Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro in 5k

Color: Davinci Resolve

Logic SOLD OUT show at the Palladium

For most of Logic's tours we don't start with our big shows but this tour we started with all of the west coast. I missed the first two shows in Canada but joined in Seattle which is my second home. Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and Chico were all awesome but the SF and LA shows were on another level. In SF we brought out Lil Dicky which was hilarious and LA was G-Eazy, Alessia, Cara, and Juicy J. Here are just some of my favorite shots from the LA show.