Marina del Rey Shrink Wrap Demonstration Video

28 Aug

This spring, right before it was time for Marina’s across Ontario to start putting their boats in the water, I was hired by Marina del Rey to shoot a short video that outlined the benefits of shrink wrapping a boat for proper storage throughout the off season.

Marina del Rey had just had their website designed and launched by a local business – a web & graphic design company,, which is owned and operated by my friend Jesse Barton. I was recommended by Jesse to provide the Marina with some visuals to help strengthen their brand.

Since having created this video, we have spent a full Saturday shooting life at the Marina, showcasing what it’s like to be a part of the community at Marina del Rey. The plan is to gradually move ahead through the fall, and put together a short promotional video that they can use to showcase the grounds and community life at Marina del Rey.

The quality audio recording in this video was done by my brother, Luke Bennett.


Movement! Movement! Testing some New Video Gear.

22 Aug
CAUTION: The guy blogging is still an illustrative photographer. It would hurt his feelings if you thought he was only shooting video now.

All the Rules of Photography + Movement

I’m gunna state the obvious and say that the basic principles of video and photography are very much the same. Rules of Composition. Lighting. Showcasing the subject and subject matter. Telling a story. These rules all correlate wonderfully between photography and video.

The biggest difference between photo and video I have found so far: The Element of Movement

Taking a photo captures a single image, usually at a fraction of a second. Shooting video is often 24 (or more) images in a single second. You’re capturing much more visual content, and at a very high speed.

Because of this variable, unless you’re filming a static brick wall with the camera on a tripod, you’re going to be recording movement in the frame.

And so, the game becomes

Controlling Movement

There are dozens of methods used in Hollywood, television, and independent film-making for controlling movement in the frame – for having movement assist in telling the story. The one I’m most excited about these days is the movement of sliding.

Luke, running wireless audio feed to the Canon 5D MarkII. We’re testing the new Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly slider, and SmallHD DP6 field monitor.

Why I’m Excited about Sliding

I’ve just invested in a slider myself. I found a used Philip Bloom Signature Series Pocket Dolly, by Kessler Cranes, way over in Australia. I found it in the marketplace on DVXuser (A HUGE resource for anyone who’s into shooting video), and I got a pretty decent deal on it. It’s super compact, and with some practice, it can deliver a solid recipe of movement.

Last night around sunset, my brother and I went up to the intersection of Rama road and Fern road, just outside Orillia (a beautiful place to go for a walk, by the way) to do some tests with the new slider.

Since I’m talking about gear already, I’ll mention I’ve also recently invested in a DP6 HD field monitor, from SmallHD – an outstanding company, producing top of the line field monitors, and outstanding customer service. Check ’em out if you’re in the market for this stuff.

Here’s a

Very Brief Video

of some of my favourite shots. The intro was filmed earlier in the day, in Barrie – but I thought it suited the feel of the video. Be sure to change the quality to gorgeous 1080P HD 😀

A Sneak Peek at the Hall Wedding

6 Aug

I’m happy to say that my time spent photographing John and Genevieve Hall on their wedding day was incredibly enjoyable. John has a charisma about him that clearly sparks energy in the friends and family around him, and Genevieve and her wedding gown would fit perfectly into any high end bridal magazine of New York City.

Look at these two!

First Light on Simcoe County & Georgian Bay

23 Jul

My long time friend and mentor Tony Bianco and I got together at 5:30 on Saturday morning and headed up to Georgian Bay with a canoe strapped on the roof. As the sun started to creep up over the horizon, the air heated up and created this wonderfully soft environment of spectacular colour. We pulled the car off the road and scrambled to get a composition photographed. It’s an ironic process – to work quickly and with focus to try and get an image that portrays the serenity of what it feels like to watch the sun bathe the landscape in morning light.

Simple is Beautiful

16 Jul

I’m excited to finally be able to share this image and chat a bit about the process behind it.

Skip what I have to say and buy Aaron’s album: Download it on iTunes now for only $6.00!

A few months back, my very talented musician friend Aaron Mangoff hired me to create some promo images for him. Through bouncing some ideas back and forth, we decided to try a bizarre concept involving broken mirror and hanging out in a freezing cold parking lot. It was a pretty complex idea, and the pictures were…experimental.

We wiped the slate clean and decided to simplify the complexity and ramp up the epic-ness.

This picture was shot in my office, and in about 12 minutes we had the image that would end up on the cover of his latest Album, You and I (Again, Download it on iTunes now for only $6.00!)

I think that it’s all too easy to get caught up in trying to create something different – complex – and miss the endless possibility to be had in adapting simplicity. Many of the world’s most famous photographers were and are minimalist in their approach to photography, and they have absolutely stunning imagery with their name signed to it. Yousuf Karsh is one such individual. He focussed his entire career on lighting and photographing people’s faces, and some of his portraits are the most stunning imagery I’ve seen!

I talked to Aaron the other day and he gave me some insight on his thoughts for his next album (which he’s already thinking about?!) And interestingly enough he’s already started to simplify his writing and performance down to core compositions that he feels express certain musical elements that are often lost in arrangements involving more numerous instruments and complex techniques.

Simple is beautiful.

Here is a little sketch, to help you see why I decided to be a photographer and not a sketch artist.

If you study it closely and get past how true to life my drawing is, you’ll be able to see what I did to light it.

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Our Latest Film Production! Able Taxi, Orillia ON

8 Jun


I’m very happy to announce our latest film production, an online promo video for Able Taxi in Orillia!

It was a big endeavour, and it came together with a solid amount of team work. I can’t express how supportive John Beck, the owner of Able Taxi was in providing us with everything we needed to make this film a reality.

It was astounding how much positive feedback I got from Orillia citizens about Able Taxi. One friend of ours, who works at a medical facility stated that when patients need a ride home, nine times out of ten they ask for Able Taxi. It was great to create a visual message like this for a company that already has a reputation in the community for delivering top notch customer service – They’ll even deliver your groceries! ; )

Able Taxi, Proudly serving Orillia and Simcoe County  705-325-0632


Written, Produced, and Filmed by Cole Bennett

Audio Engineering and Sound Design by Luke Bennett
Directed and Staged by Lydia Bennett
Co-Edited by Lydia, Cole, and Jeff Andrews

Elderly lady played by Isobel
Young man played by Evan Cook
Real Able Taxi Cabby played himself, Ron

Special thanks to Lorelai and David for opening up their beautiful home for us.
Alexa Blair, and Josh and Katie Overbeek for lending an extra hand on set.

If you’re the geeky, gear enjoying type, you might like to watch this quick video showing some behind the scenes 🙂

Annnnd the Wicklow Mountains go to…

30 May

I’m excited to announce the winner of the Irish Landscape contest! Dozens of friends were incredibly supportive and shared my posts. I want to express a big thank you for this. In the industry I’m in, getting the word out is really the way to obtain projects and make a living. So again, thanks!

Having said that, I went back through all the shares and tweets and created a list of names. People who shared more than once were entered the number of times they shared!

It took me a little while, but I found an online program which would randomly select a line of text from an inputted list. I put in all the names and…The winner is…

Nathan Woods!

Nathan and I toured together back in the day. Nathan was lead vocals and guitar for a band called Sunday Night Cruise, and I played bass, wore tight jeans, and ate junior bacon cheese burgers in a band called Worthless Without. Fond memories. I was happy to see his name come up on the digital fruit spinner.

Here’s the one Nathan decided to print:


Nathan said that this pic just summed up how he pictured Ireland. He said something about the winding road…

Nathan. That’s not a road, that’s a river! Which kind of reminds me of the kid who draws a picture of his mom and she says “aw, that’s beautiful Johnny, it’s…a…dinosaur?”

Oh well. He liked the picture, so it’s all good : )

All of the images from my travels are available for purchase. Please drop me a line if there is one you are interested in. We’ve got a lot of options for printing and framing, if you think it’s something you’d like.

Thanks for reading my blog and being a part of what I do. And if you haven’t done it yet, plan a road trip in Ireland!

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