Monday, May 01, 2017


As I write this, my drone is long gone.  I crashed it gloriously over the ocean in Paradise (not on purpose, but what a way to go.)  Before it's untimely demise, I managed to get some amazing footage.  Here are the highlights from a trip to Florida, complete with beatific beaches and marshland in the shrinking wilds of that state's undeveloped countryside.

Florida from the Sky from Katie Damien on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Biltmore Estate Commercial Work

I was lucky enough to score a gig with the Biltmore Estate!  I made a few how-to style videos and this behind-the-scenes look at the spring garden design.

Sketch by Travis the head gardener at Biltmore Estate.  I had such a blast shooting at the estate all day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blue Hair and Dreams

I've always wanted blue hair.  When my age was still in the single digits and I loved cartoons and super heroes and thought about changing my name to something exotic like Evangeline, I also wanted tattoos and blue hair.  My parents, possessing a combination of great wisdom and a desire to never stifle a dream, always told me that when I became an adult I could do whatever I wanted.  I could stay up all night, eat cake and ice cream for breakfast, I could watch cartoons all day long and get tattoos all over my body.  I would go to bed dreaming of the day I would become an adult.  I would tell my young self not to forget about all the amazing things I wanted to do as a grownup.  I began making lists of my dreams.  The lists have evolved over time.  I traded dreams of castles for dreams of tiny houses, instead of wanting horses I wanted movies.  But some dreams I have not grown out of.  Blue hair was one of them. 

If you have a long standing dream, one that time has not eroded, take hold of it and go for it.  Make a whole list of them, big and small, revisit the list, add to it, cross things off, change your mind, and live your dreams.  You have the power to change your whole life at any given moment.  Never forget that.

Before and after.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ring Flash Photography

Ring flashes are generally used for macro photography, so you can get light on a subject shooting with the lens very close.  But many fashion and portrait photographers use them because of the awesome look you get, especially the reflection in the eyes.  When it was time to update my head shots with my awesome blue hair, I made myself a ring flash out of LED Christmas lights.  The lights were wrapped around each other in a ring and suspended on a stand around the lens of my camera.  Then I grabbed my roommates who happened to be passing by and shot them as well.  I gotta say, I'm really happy with the results.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Local Filmmakers Screening

I had a short excerpt from "One Hell of an Angel" screen at the Fine Arts Theater along with other local filmmaker's work.  It was a wonderful evening!  The audience was fantastic and they laughed at all the right places.  It was a good piece to tease the movie with.  Right now I'm slowing collecting the last of our digital FX from our awesome FX guru.  Our composer is about to send me the rough score to listen to and our Foley artist is working on getting all the sound FX we need created.  Once all these elements are completed and added to the cut, it will go off to our sound designer and hopefully we'll manage to get some color correction in there. Then we can call the movie finished!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Picture Locked

We are officially picture locked! This is a huge milestone for "One Hell of an Angel."  This means there will be no more cutting of the image part of the film. Now our sound work, music and digital FX can move forward. Cheers everyone!