A Season of Science at Aperture Pictures

Neuron BlogThis past Autumn(2015), Aperture Pictures had the great pleasure to work with the incredible minds and talents at Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies.

A number of videos were produced highlighting some of the different labs, the instructor mentors and their graduate students.

The linked video is of graduate student Jesse Isaacman-Beck and PI Michael Granato whose work on peripheral nerve regeneration was published in the journal Neuron.

The journal gave the two an opportunity to make a video abstract of their work for the Neuron website. The two chose a light-hearted, humorous approach.

The video can be seen here Neuron Abstract.

Christopher Landy shoots for Casey Powell Apparel

Powell MashUpFour time All-American and 2014 Major League Lacrosse’s All-Time Points Leader Casey Powell recently introduced his new line of apparel for lacrosse players and fans.

In October, Landy traveled with Jay Winkler, President and Creative Director of Idea Lab Digital, LLC (, to Coconut Creek, Florida, where Powell mentors young lacrosse players through his 22 Lacrosse training program, to capture images of Powell and his new line.


Bowl For Kids Sake

BBBS BTS Comp SMAperture Pictures was recently invited to team up with Rich Tolsma Productions( and MG Pictures( to help produce a series of spots for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA.

The spot Aperture Pictures was primarily responsible for brings all five coaches of the Big Five basketball teams together for a coaches challenge – Bowl For Kids Sake.

Due to scheduling restrictions, the coaches were all shot separately against green screen, on their respective home courts, and composited together in post.

The footage was acquired using Aperture’s Arri Amira and was composited in After Effects. Trapcode Particular was instrumental in providing the smoke and Element3D extruded the team logos.

Editing was completed is FCPX.

The completed spot can be seen at

For more information on the BBBS Challenge, visit

Photos courtesy of James Copes


Aperture Pictures adds Arri Amira

AmiraThe smaller, lighter sibling to the award winning Arri Alexa provides ProRes and 2K recording from an enhanced sensor making the Amira a perfect choice for commercial, documentary and narrative productions.  With the ability to capture from .75 to 200fps, the Amira will also be the perfect choice for off-speed capture needs.  Shoot in Log-C, Rec 709 or with a custom Look/LUT.

Fitted with a PL-LDS mount, the Amira can communicate with many of the newer cinema lenses and has a 12pin Hirose connector to work with ENG lenses with an Arri B4 mount adapter.

With a coming Q4 2014 firmware update, the Amira will gain the capability of shooting 4K UHD at up to 60fps.


No.18 – A new dance film by Tori Lawrence + Co.

Following the critical success of the dance film “Elizabeth,” Tori Lawrence + Co. were invited to participate in Dances Made To Order, a monthly online series that offers three choreographers the opportunity to create a performance around themes selected by the DMTO audience. No.18 features dancers Ellie Goudie-Averill and Amy Barr as they dance under and within an old coal pier along the Delaware River know as pier 18.

The film was photographed using a Nikon D4 DSLR recording to an Atomos Ninja2 ProRes recorder.

The film will premiere June 26 at



Babies Everywhere

In September, Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey began airing a number of tv spots for both their Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility and their neonatal services. Produced with SGW of Montville, NJ, and Philadelphia Post, the spots depict “newborns” being air dropped by storks and infants bursting forth from a wonderfully fertile cabbage patch.

The children were photographed against green screen and later composited in Adobe After Effects with backgrounds and 3D elements created by Hal Meyers of Versatile Visions.

The spots were produced by John Anthony of Philadelphia Post, photographed and edited/composited by Christopher Landy.

Original music tracks were composed by Jim Boggia and produced by John Anthony of Philadelphia Post.

Tori Lawrence + Co. trailer for “Elizabeth” on Kickstarter

Tori Lawrence + Co. have launched their Kickstarter campaign for the film “Elizabeth.”

The film was shot over two days in a wheat field and the historic Schultz House (circa mid-1700s) in York, PA. As described on the Kickstarter page, “Set in a historic 18th century home and its surrounding fields, it is a quiet journey between two women, accompanied by the rich soundscapes of musicians Vicki Brown and Mona Chambers. It is for the wanderers of the fields who dwell in sadness, loss, and flight. And it is for those who are drowning, both inside and out.”

The dance was recorded on both a Panasonic HPX-3100 and a Nikon D4 output to a Sound Devices Pix240. Only natural light was used to capture the images.

The link to the Kickstarter page is here Tori Lawrence Kickstarter

Tori Lawrence + Co. “Elizabeth”

Aperture Pictures and Post and Tori Lawrence + Co. recently completed photography on the site-specific dance film currently titled “Elizabeth” featuring company dancers Ashley Lippolis and Lora Allen.

Shooting took place over two days, in two locations, in Lancaster and York, PA. One location was a wheat field, the other, the historic Schultz House built in the mid-1700s.

The dance was recorded on both a Panasonic HPX-3100 and a Nikon D4 output to a Sound Devices Pix240. Only natural light was used to capture the images.

Director/Choreographer Tori Lawrence and Christopher Landy will begin post-production in August. The film will screen at the Barnes Foundation in December 2012.




photo courtesy Jason Plotkin/York Daily Record