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The Most Interesting Show in the World – Rudi Macaggi, Acromedian

Starring Rudi Macaggi, this circus act will entertain and amaze you. Shot on the RED Camera and a Canon HV40 by Austin Elston and Emily Gallagher.



Shot by Austin Elston & Emily Gallagher

Sound by Emily Gallagher

Edited by Austin Elston & Emily Gallagher

215 Magazine | October 29, 2010 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia


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The Captain

Jason Sharp (The Captain) - a still image of the footage from my computer

We spent some time in Seattle recently where we had the opportunity to shoot three superhero short films.  It was a blast working with Jaime Roberts and her cast from Alecto.   In fact, we were even able to shoot the films in Seattle famous BUCKEROO Tavern just days before it was closed forever.

Austin on location for the Hero Project - photo by Regan MacStravic

Austin shot the films on our fabulous RED camera, primarily using natural daylight, but supplementing with Kino Flo 4x4s whenever necessary.  I used my gorgeous Schoeps MK41 Supercardioid microphone to capture the audio, which worked marvelously.

Emily, Austin, & director Jaime Roberts at the Buckeroo - photo by Regan MacStravic

I will begin editing the shorts in mid-October and hope to have them ready to post here by the end of November. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time playing around with the footage. Stay tuned to see the final edit!

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San Francisco's Favorite Son

This past week we here at Born Lucky Studios ventured to Tommy Wiseau’s own San Francisco. While we where there for work, an internet video for RTC, we said ‘Oh Hi’ of one of the West Coast’s most beautiful cities.

We’ll post more from the shoot after the edit is complete, but until then, enjoy a little sample from the ‘Masterpiece’ that is The Room.


April started off as a month of finishing projects. Early April, we finished up a final rough of comedian Reggie Watts and playwright Tommy Smith’s Disinformation. (In fact, their follow up project Transition will be playing in NYC this fall.)

We also finished up the last remnants of the Century Council’s Attorney General and Dara Torres PSA.

Speaking of The Century Council, we also traveled to DC to film their Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Capitol Hill Event. The event featured TCC’s kids fitness game, as well as athletes Apollo Ono, Dara Torres and Soccer Players from the Washington Freedom and DC United.

In the middle of April, we filmed for, a website/internet project dedicated to educating and informing the public on the different doctors and their respective operations in the greater Washington DC area.

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In March, we were kept busy by working on two project for The Century Council. The first was a PSA featuring 12-Time Olympic Medalist Dara Torres and 24 State Attorney Generals.

The spots were shot on the RED over a 10 hour period in the beginning of March. Watch one example below:

Not to be idle, we followed up this shoot with a PSA with the Washington Freedom, DC’s Female Professional Soccer Team. The spot featured Abby Wombach, Sarah Huffman, Jill Gilbeau, and Becky Sauerbrunn.

That spot can be seen:

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We spent the weekend filming the very last performances of ‘Disinformation’, a unique theatre experience, at the ICA in Boston.

We were joined by the incredible Reggie Watts, Tommy Smith, Amy ONeal, and Orianna Herrman.

Look for pieces from our edit of ‘Disinformation’ here, later this year.

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And for all of you iPhone & iPad users:

As we enter the second month of the new decade, let’s take a quick look over what Born Lucky been up to in its early days.

We begin 2010 in NYC on another shoot for Cause & {Effect}, working on Black History Month spots for Nickelodeon.

See the spots here: (1 -10 are spots we shot on Sony EX-1 and EX-3, 11-13 were shot on our RED camera, by the talented Steven Huber.)

From there we endeavored on our first stop motion film; ‘Frosty goes on Holiday’. Shot in one evening, the film was a test of some of the new features, at least to Emily and I, of the RED.


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