Boat Safety begins not with oars, but with determination and courage. Each vessel, port and starboard, must be deemed seaworthy. Each sailor in aforementioned vessels employ must be judged by a court of the deep seas as being buoyant and intrepid. For every barnacle accounted, there must be a jib, pulley, and aft. When the nigh winds howl at ye wooden leg, a boat safety expert must welome them not with merely a grimace, but a defiant scowl, your good eye glistening with the grit of the anticipation of battle. To safely maneuver a boat from one channel to another strait, from these waters to those shores, from bay to bight to tomorrow’s evanescent anchorage, a true practitioner of boat safety must muster an unparalleled depth of knowledge of all things life preserver, choke, and mast. Unto each sail, may ye flap in safe waters, and unto each mooring may ye sway in safe harbor, for where the creed of boat safety travels, thereunto all men shall be safe boating.

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Ariana Grande, Jimmy & The Roots Sing “No Tears Left to Cry” w/ Nintendo Labo Instruments

Ariana Grande joins Jimmy and The Roots to perform “No Tears Left to Cry” with Nintendo Labo instruments. Each instrument is made from only cardboard and a Nintendo Switch and is being played live.
As one of four camera operators on this shoot, I had the pleasure of filming Ariana and the Roots while they were busy having a great time and recording this Nintendo themed cover of her recent hit.  Who knew cardboard could sound so sweet?

Tina Fey Surprises Fans While They Thank Her

Tina Fey surprises superfans while they film video messages to her, sharing how her career and Mean Girls impacted them, and Jimmy surprises Tina with a heartfelt message of his own.
A particularly fun shoot for the Tonight Show, Tina’s warmth and humor had cast and participants laughing out loud by the end of each segment.  It was a true pleasure to be part of.

CHIVALRY (short film) from Jono Freedrix on Vimeo.


Last year during the frigid winter of 2017 I had the opportunity to DP this funny short film directed by my good friend Jono Freedrix. Starring the inimitable Bob Greenberg as a hapless rube of love, Chivalry is a concise satire of the norms of male-female relationships as explored in one date.  
Shot all in one day on location in Brooklyn, NY, this film was a great opportunity to work fast and creative with an awesome crew, cast, and director.

Jimmy Fallon and Jonah Hill Learn Art

This shoot for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was a barrel of laughs, and fun was had by cast and crew – Directed by Dan Opsal and created by an amazing team, this shoot was silly and spot on.
It turns out that learning art is not only edifying, but also hilarious! Watch as Jimmy and Jonah riff and draw their way through this fun sketch.

Mila and Daddy's Holiday Card to You from Boat Safety Films on Vimeo.

Mila and Daddy’s Holiday Card to You

Boat Safety Films rolls merrily into the fluffy snowdrift of 2015 one be-slippered foot at a time, and invited you to join along, all the while slogging down a thermos of egg-nog with one hand while dispersing a hearty dose of yuletide menorahs with the other.
This family favored art project short features Mila and Daddy wishing you a happy holiday season and making you a card.  Oh and there’s singing.  Who could really ask for more?

Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) Interviews Jimmy Fallon

Yesterday I had the honor of filming a true legend of comedy in a ridiculous sketch – Martin Short brought his talk show host character Jiminy Glick onto the Tonight Show to interview Jimmy Fallon.
Between glazed doughnuts shoved into gaping mouths, endless brazen faux pas, and one amazingly applied fat suit, this sketch might be one of my favorites!

State Of Rock: Deek Slaghill from Boat Safety Films on Vimeo.

TBT ~ State of Rock: Deek Slaghill

The time comes every once in a while for a Boat Safety Films retrospective – and here it is! Today’s look into the past features the inimitable Dave Garlitz goofing off under the pseudonym Deek Slaghill.  A burnt out legend of the esteemed rock and roll genre, Deek looks back into the past with little more perspective than a baked potato.  What beautiful, hard rocking perspective it is though.  As we look to develop new State of Rock episodes here at BSF, watch this initial ridiculous exploration with us.

Mother’s Day Classic Note Game

Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note, don’t…

…wait, that’s a Bobby McFerrin lyric, and meanwhile what I’m posting is an actual note I wrote to my mom some years back on an undated mother’s day.  Although it is nowhere near mother’s day, she unearthed this gem from her archives, and after reading it over I decided that it needed to be shared for maternal posterity.  So please enjoy this simple ode to all foreign mothers everywhere – except I am deeply sorry to inform all other immigrant children that my mom is, in fact, the neatest. (and coolest)

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Free Ikea Pencil

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Today I made a little jest and wrote a humor piece about a Free Ikea Pencil.  Useless as an item upon leaving the grounds of the Ikea store, the idea of somebody posting a listing for a free pencil and endorsing it heavily tickled my idea fancy.  Sadly, the moderation and flagging team at Craigslist, where I posted it in jest, has found it inappropriate and since removed it.  C’mon fellas!  What’s the harm in a little fun?

As a testament to its existence, I’ve posted it in its entirety below.  Enjoy, and please contact me if you’re interested, the pencil is still available.


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George Burton Quintet live at SMALLS ~ Bernie's Tune from Boat Safety Films on Vimeo.

George Burton Quintet live at SMALLS ~ Bernie’s Tune

Recently I had the great pleasure to direct a three camera shoot for the explosive pianist George Burton.  Set at Smalls Jazz Club, one of New York’s most famed and dynamic jazz rooms, the George Burton Quintet played with energy and gusto.
The songs from the gig will be released weekly until the entire night’s performance is available for viewing.  Although a touch on the long side for internet video, the dynamics of the ensemble and the whimsical video editing should work to keep eyes on the screen – and ears in harmonious revelry.

Super Sprowtz at the White House!

Last summer, a continuing collaboration with BFD productions and Radha Agrawal of Super Sprowtz brought me to the American White House! What an amazing opportunity to spend an afternoon on the white house lawn. Nothing like being ogled by tourists under the blazing American sun to make your patriotic vein swell proud.
It also didn’t hurt to be working with White House Chef Sam Kass, Peter Linz (Walter in the Muppet movie), Sasheer Zamata (SNL’s newest cast member), Matt Klinman (UCB, The Onion, Adult Swim), Moujan Zolfaghari (UCB), and Justin Brown (UCB). Written by the talented Kemp Baldwin and produced by Tony Castle and Roxy Hunt of BFD Productions, this silly little PSA brings health to children’s faces, in a fun way.

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