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January 1st, 2019   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

Ghostlight Cinematography ReelJames Codeglia is a Director of Photography with over 15 years experience. Entrusted by independents and major studios alike, including Bad Robot, Disney, Pixar, LucasFilm, Universal, Paramount, and more. He owns a Red Monstro 8K Vista Vision cinema camera.

Contact James to fabulize your project! His Photography! His resume!

December 16th, 2018   |  
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Real DragJames was the Director of Photography for “Real Drag,” a short film about a woman who dreams of being a drag queen. James shot using his Red Monstro 8K VistaVision camera, which is available to rent! Directed by Brad Davis. The film is being edited by our friend Brad Conlin.

More Cinematography!

June 1st, 2018   |  

Deep Dish Apocalypse

David Codeglia directed this award-winning short comedy film starring Ron Morehouse and Emily Bell about two coworkers trying to find connection during the zombie apocalypse. Go Behind-The-Scenes to see how we created the subway with a combination of real locations, visual effects, and cardboard sets.

Cinematographer James Codeglia created an eerie and gritty atmosphere that was also beautiful. Written by Trey Nichols. Edited by Chris Tonick. Music by Alex Vaski and Andrew Kaiser. Poster by Andy “Aviss” Veilski.

Our interview with No Film School.

Press & Reviews:  FanboyFilmThreat, GizmodoHorrorBuzz, MeawwOmeletoWeAreMovingStories. Like us on Facebook!

More of Dave’s Directing! James’ Cinematography!

May 31st, 2018   |  

The ForgottenIn the Old West, two women must defy the bigotry of their time to save an innocent life.

Directed by David Codeglia. Cinematography by James Codeglia. Written by Elaine Ackles. Starring Stephanie Edmonds and Elaine Ackles. RED Camera and post services by Ghostlight. Currently in post production.

View on IMDb! Like The Forgotten on Facebook!

May 2nd, 2018   |  


Directed by David Codeglia and shot by James Codeglia, Misty Robotics entrusted Ghostlight to announce their amazing home robot to the world.

David co-wrote the script with producer Rob Maigret, focusing on Misty’s place in robotics history and robot developers and fans alike. James shot on Ghostlight’s Red camera in 8K, blending several aesthetics from smooth cinematic camera moves to documentary handheld. The result is a slick ad that looks more expensive than it cost.

Watch David’s Directing Reel! See more of James’ Cinematography! Remember our other robot?


July 10th, 2017   |  
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Reno Music VideoJames Codeglia shot this comedic music video starring Adam Ray & Avery Pearson. Music produced by Alfred Montejano. Animation by Tony Celano. Filmed at the famous Hollywood Improv! Warning: mature (cartoon) content!

More of our work with Adam Ray! More Cinematography! Hire James!

April 28th, 2017   |  
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Kids Explain Driving

Ghostlight co-founder and cinematographer James Codeglia shot this video for Babble, a Disney parenting site. In it, kids describe their understanding of the rules of the road. Shooting on his RED camera, James used big soft lights, spatters of fake sunlight, and intentional “little accidents” to make the video look natural.

See more of our work for Disney!

February 16th, 2017   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, News

DIY Soft LightsSee how Cinematographer James Codeglia built his own soft lights using incandescent light bulbs, which create more color-accurate skin tones than LEDs and tube lamps.

See James’ Cinematography reel! Read the No Film School Article!

October 10th, 2016   |  

Hill YesDavid Codeglia directed this web series about two “Hill-arious” volunteers ‘paigning their way to the top. Shot by James Codeglia on our 6K Red Weapon digital cinema camera. Ghostlight also provided 4K post production services.

Starring Emily Bell, Ron Morehouse, & Karissa Vacker. Written by K.S. Wiswell. Edited by Jeff Maccubbin. Music by Jordan Bennett. Sound Mix by Ryan DeRemer. Ep.2 song “50 Shades of Drumpf” by Alfred Montejano. A Bell-House production.

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September 22nd, 2016   |  
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Dump DrumpfJames was the Director of Photography for this hilarious music video by Jensen Reed and Ben Giroux! Shot on our Red Weapon 6K camera. Enjoy!

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July 20th, 2016   |  
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REDventure: Humming BirdsIn this REDventure, we play with slow motion on our amazing Red Weapon 6K cinema camera. These thirsty fellas were filmed at 237 frames per second!

Watch James’ Cinematography Reel! Rent our Red Weapon!

February 7th, 2016   |  

LP CologneDirected by David Codeglia and shot by James Codeglia. Ghostlight produced, edited, and created the visual effects for this ad parody by Adam Ray and Brad Williams.

Featuring Syd Wilder. Chest by Mark Serritella. Hair and makeup by Salette Corpuz & Hiromi Inoko. AC/Gaffer: Todd Kappelt. Blanche the cat provided by Ashleigh Sumner & Beth Stokes. Shot at Sibling. Music by Alfred Montejano.

More Directing! More Cinematography! Rent our Red Camera! More stuff with Adam Ray!

January 10th, 2016   |  
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REDventure: Columbia

We took our Red Camera to Columbia, CA and shot some slow motion in 6K.

Rent our Red Camera!

October 6th, 2015   |  
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Red WeaponCinema quality. Reliable expertise. Unbeatable value.

Our forged carbon fiber Monstro 8K VistaVision is the best camera RED makes, and you can rent it cheaper than camera houses! Stunning 8K resolution. Instant ProRes files. Amazing low-light. No fan noise. Lightweight. Higher data rates for VFX. Over 200 fps slow-motion. 17+ stops of dynamic range.

RED cameras are being used on major motion pictures like Captain Marvel, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, the Avatar sequels, Deadpool 1 & 2,  The Hobbit, The Martian, and more!

Perfect for any budget! You can build it big and cinematic or small and handheld. We’ve been shooting on RED since 2007, so Contact Us to get started! See James’ Cinematography!


September 5th, 2015   |  

Re-making ED-209How we made a full size walking robot costume for Our RoboCop Remake – Scene 9! Watch the laughs, struggles, and triumphs as Dave and James attempt their craziest project ever. Enjoy!

Tweeted by Mythbuster Adam Savage! Story on RightThisMinute!

Watch Our Scene! Watch the whole remake! Behind-the-scenes photos! More RoboCop!

August 1st, 2015   |  

VFX for Leno & Letterman: RETIRED!We directed, shot, and created the visual effects for Adam Ray’s latest comedy.

For this ejection seat explosion, we used fluid simulation to create computer-generated smoke and fire. Normally we try to use actual explosion footage, but this required very specific timing, shape choreography, as well as high interaction with the moving van. The final simulation took 8 hours to calculate, and each frame took 2 hours to render.

Watch Leno & Letterman: RETIRED! More of our VFX! More with Adam Ray!

June 1st, 2015   |  

Rejected Folgers Coffee CommercialDavid directed this “rejected” sex-and-drugs-filled Folgers Coffee commercial starring comedians Adam Ray, Jon Rudnitsky, and Courtney Pauroso.

James shot on our Red Camera with anamorphic lenses and finished in 4K, making this our first project finished in Ultra-High Definition. Ghostlight also edited and used VFX to remove Adam’s front tooth, requiring an animated replacement tongue and lower teeth. Produced by Brian Dillingham. Makeup by Salette Corpuz. Music by Alfred Montejano.

More stuff with Adam Ray! More Directing! More Cinematography! More Visual Effects!

February 24th, 2015   |  

Is It Your Refrigerator?A Ghostlight original! Dave directed this bizzare short comedic film starring Ellis Court and narrated by Gabriel Oliva. James was the Director of Photography and actually shot on Super 8 film. Ghostlight did all post production including editing and visual effects.

Watch behind-the-scenes!

February 8th, 2015   |  

Is It Your Refrigerator?

Dave went to Japan to make this video for Sports Camp of America, an authentic American summer camp experience for Japanese kids. It was a challenge to show the camp’s huge range of activities and emotions in just a few minutes. Thanks to the staff, counselors, and campers for a wonderful experience!

Watch the SCOA Junior High video! Like SCOA’s Facebook Page!

January 27th, 2015   |  

Adam Ray's Seahawks Super Bowl Checklist

David directed this video for comedian Adam Ray. James was the Director of Photography. Ghostlight provided all production and post-production services including Editing and Visual Effects.

Full credits on YouTube. Featured by: TheComedyStore, FunnyOrDie,, Q13Fox, KULR8.

More stuff with Adam Ray! More Directing! More Cinematography! More Editing! More VFX!

October 31st, 2014   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

TITLEWe shot and edited the new Jessica Jacobs series showcasing the best affordable eateries in Los Angeles. The show is a fun way to explore LA neighborhoods, meet interesting restaurant owners and employees, learn cooking tips, and laugh with Jessica and her friends. Bon apéttit!

Episodes: Son of a BunWurstkücheNoodle BoyTender GreensGuisados

See more restaurants at LA on $20 a Day!

March 3rd, 2014   |  

Our RoboCop Remake - Scene 9A giant cardboard robot shoots a puppet!

Our RoboCop Remake is a fan-made parody of the classic film RoboCop, where each scene is created by a different filmmaking team. David directed Scene 9 and James was the Director of Photography and they both built the full-size walking replica of the original ED-209. Ghostlight edited and created the VFX. Our scene was a massive undertaking that succeeded because of our amazing all-volunteer cast and crew, whom we thank with all our hearts. Full credits on YouTube!

Press: Tweeted by Mythbuster Adam SavageGizmodo, RightThisMinuteLightWave, Wired (home page), AnimalScreen Junkies, Gigaom, Three Laws, FastCo.Create, Slate

Behind-the-scenes: Re-making ED-209! Photos! Remember Our Footloose Remake? More directing! More cinematography!

April 29th, 2013   |  
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Empire of the Sun - Alive

Over 71 million views!

James was the Director of Photography for the latest music video from international sensation Empire of the Sun! Shot on location in Big Sur and Bryce Canyon with the ocean, a forest, mountains, cliffs, and snow. He also shot the ending to this cool album promo.

Directed by Charles Scott and Alex Theurer. Makeup by Ashley Joy Beck. Produced by Andrew Lee and Josh Tate. Thanks to Luke, Nick, Robyn Buchanan, Todd Kappelt, Ben Rosenblatt, and all of our amazing cast and crew at Kelvin Optical.

More cinematography!

March 18th, 2013   |  

Trap Door

When it’s beneath you, it has you!

Dave directed this short horror comedy written by Daniel Acker and Hesley Harps. James, our Director of Photography, came up with the crazy camera angles and lighting. Ghostlight edited and created the trap door Visual Effects. Full credits on YouTube.

Official Selection at ITSA Film Festival 2013! Also on Vimeo. Outtakes! More stuff with Hesley, Josh, & Daniel!

December 5th, 2012   |  

Guys' NightWe worked on this routy short about a girl invading guys’ night. James was the Director of Photography and shot on the Red Epic. We also did a quick VFX shot that induced a spit-take. Enjoy!

Directed by Matt Wyatt. Starring Hesley Harps, Scott Gairdner, Josh Duvendeck, Daniel Kent, Greg Perry, George Basil, & Clint Gage. Written by Hesley Harps & Daniel Acker. Edited by Whitfield Scheidegger.

Full credits on Funny or Die. Also on CollegeHumor.

September 22nd, 2012   |  

AwkwardWe created this music video for the song “Awkward” by Saucy Monky. Dave was the Writer, Director, & Editor. James was the Director of Photography and shot it on the RED Epic. We had no time or money, but we did work with amazing people.

Awards: Best Music Video at San Diego Indie Fest, Wild Ace Award at LVFF, Official Selection at ITSA and Reel Pride. Featured on 365 LGBTCherryGRRLgaelick, Gay Persons of Colorhipset, Hot Press, humanfankindOne More LesbianMusicLoad, NME, SDGLNSilver TongueVox Indie, & Young Hollywood!

Produced by Margaret Blakemore. Starring Erin Law, Bonnie Rae, Sherry Soto, & Sarah Morris. Full credits on YouTube!

April 5th, 2012   |  
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Goofy in The Art of Vacationing

James was the Director of Photography for this video starring Goofy! It’s also the last project he filmed while working at Disney.

Directed by Matt Wyatt. Additional Cinematography by William Carnahan. Edited by Whitfield Henry. Music and Sound by Alfred Montejano. Thanks to Brad Conlin, Merritt Davies, Zadi Diaz, Thomas Wadsworth, and everyone at DigiSynd and Disneyland!

February 11th, 2012   |  

TITLESometimes you need to make a change. Especially if you’re the main character.

Written and Directed by Dave. Cinematography by James. Starring Daniel Kent, Hesley Harps, Scott Gairdner, and Erin Pade. Music by Alfred Montejano. Boom by Andrew Congdon.

Winner: Best Comedy at ITSA Film Fest 2011. Watch Outtakes! Photos!

December 30th, 2011   |  
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24 Hours at Disney ParksThis was James’ last project working for Disney! He shot the Disney World footage for this beautiful ad for One More Disney Day, where the California and Florida parks will be open for 24 hours on February 29th. Thanks to director Matt Wyatt, composer Alfred Montejano, and the entire crew!

In-park photos! We’ve done other Disney stuff with Darth Vader, Mickey, Tigger, and Lasseter!

November 18th, 2011   |  

Mickey Mouse Brings Disney Magic To New York CityHappy Birthday, Mickey! James was the Director of Photography and VFX artist for this video starring Mickey Mouse! It promotes a really cool interactive jumbo-tron in Times Square. Be sure to watch to the end for an explosive finale in the Magic Kingdom! James shot on the new RED Epic camera, and used interactive magic lighting both in Times Square and Disney World. Directed by Matt Wyatt. Additional VFX by David Wolgemuth and Whitfield Henry. Thanks to everyone at DigiSynd and Disney Parks!

Featured on Examiner and Mashable! Behind-the-scenes photos!

November 7th, 2011   |  
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Getting The Team TogetherJames was the Director of Photography for this disaster movie parody by Team Tiger Awesome. Starring J. Teddy Garces, Michael Laurie, Soren Bowie, Ellie Knaus, Matt Wyatt, and Jimmy Tang.

See more credits. Behind-the-scenes photos coming soon!

August 19th, 2011   |  
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John of the JungleJames was the Director of Photography for this video announcing a Disneyland contest. Yes, it was actually shot on the Jungle Cruise. Directed by Matt Wyatt. Thanks to the creative team at DigiSynd and the incredible Disneyland crew.

This isn’t the first time we’ve shot in Disneyland. Remember Darth Vader?

July 24th, 2011   |  
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Tiny Fuppets CreatorJames was the Director of Photography for this video by Scott Gairdner. If you don’t know what Tiny Fuppets is, then you should watch this.

Visit the Tiny Fuppets Official Webplace!

July 23rd, 2011   |  
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Two Skittish MenJames shot this test for director Chris Cantwell as a commercial proof-of-concept. Starring Sean Bury and Clint Gage.

July 17th, 2011   |  
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Mob Wives

James was the Director of Photography for Chris Kelly’s parody of Mob Wives. Thanks to Cam Op Brad Conlin and everyone at Funny Or Die!

June 30th, 2011   |  

Brothers In ArmsJames was the Director of Photography for the latest comedic short from Team Tiger Awesome. Ghostlight provided gun and gore Visual Effects. Guest Directed by Matt Wyatt. Enjoy this cautionary tale that explores the horrors of awkward and disgusting R-Rated deathbed requests.

Behind-the-Scenes photos!

June 27th, 2011   |  

Zero Gravity GulchYeehaw! Scott Gairdner asked Ghostlight for some help on his latest Funny Or Die video Roller Coaster Saftety with Patrick Warburton. James was the Director of Photography, so insert cowboy shootin’ pun here. Though Scott did all the ride graphics, Ghostlight provided invisible Visual Effects including monitor placement, dolly rig removal, boom mic removal, and crew reflection removal. Saddle up and enjoy!

Featured on Huffington Post! On-set photos!

June 3rd, 2011   |  

Darth Vader Goes To DisneylandThis is our favorite video that we’ve done with Disney! James was the Director of Photography and Editor. Dave was the VFX Supervisor. Directed by Matt Wyatt. Brad Conlin was the AC. Music by Alfred Montejano. Thanks to the entire Disneyland crew, Lucasfilm, and our DigiSynd coworkers. You’re the best!

In-park photos! Darth Vader’s Tweet. Examiner. The Daily What. Mashable. The new version! Video of us working!

May 11th, 2011   |  
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The President's SpeechJames was the Director of Photography on Whitfield Henry’s spoof of The King’s Speech. Starring Conor Lane, Sean Bury, and Hesley Harps. Music by Alfred Montejano Thanks to everyone for a fun shoot!

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May 2nd, 2011   |  
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AdulterersJames was the Director of Photography and Dave was lead Camera Operator on Scott Gairdner’s hilarious video for Funny Or Die in which many “Cheater”-like shows collide. Thanks to Scott, the huge cast, and entire crew at Funny Or Die for one of the most fun and insane shoots of all time!

On-set photos!

April 26th, 2011   |  
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Paul Reiser Show Focus GroupJames was the Director of Photography for this Funny Or Die video starring Paul Reiser and Andy Daly. Directed by Scott Gairdner. Thanks to Brad Conlin, Nick Mundy, and the entire Funny or Die team!

Here’s a photo of James with the cast!

April 3rd, 2011   |  
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Everything - Episode 15James helped shoot Scott Gairdner’s segment “Baton Rouge Bigfoots” which starts off Episode 15 of Danny Jelinek’s show “Everything.”

March 30th, 2011   |  
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Casual Carnage with Steve and JoeJames did the Cinematography for this informational video by our friends Sean Bury and Matt Wyatt. If you don’t think improvised explosives are funny, you may not like the content, but you can still enjoy the pretty pictures. Enjoy!

On-set photos!

March 10th, 2011   |  

Adventures of the Blue Sword

We did the Cinematography and film look for Adventures of the Blue Sword, which Chris Cantwell directed for the Channel 101 show Everything. James shot on the RED Camera and approximated the look of 1949 Technicolor film. We also added grain, dust, scratches, weave, tape splices, and thumbprints. Thanks to everybody involved!

Watch on Vimeo or YouTube. Watch behind-the-scenes! Photos!

March 6th, 2011   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

American GladiatorsWe did the Cinematography, Editing, and Visual Effects for this very funny and disturbing Summer Of Tears sketch directed by Chris Cantwell. Thanks to everybody involved! Enjoy.

See how we created the Visual Effects! Watch Behind-The-Scenes! See on-set Photos!

December 20th, 2010   |  
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The 1982 Tron Holiday SpecialJames was the Director of Photography on this very special special. Thanks to Scott Gairdner, Rip Taylor, Santa Claus, and the entire crew!

On-set photos!

October 18th, 2010   |  

Exterminator 2D asked us to make this short horror film to promote Saw 3D. Click the image to watch our 2D version. To watch in 3D, click here and go to “Scar3d”. wanted something where an exterminator is killed by traps. Dave wrote and directed. James was the Director of Photography. No time for 3D VFX, so we did it all in-camera.

WARNING: this is really violent and bloody!

Starring Beck Bennett. Makeup by Sabrina Siebert at Quantum Creation FX. Thanks to Johnny Wickham and the crew!

Behind the scenes photos!

October 13th, 2010   |  

Music Video Booth SuicideSomething’s wrong with us. Ghostlight did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for this disturbing short by Invisible Engine. Chris’ character shoots himself in one of those old theme park music video booths. First, we added blood effects in full quality. Then the green was replaced (poorly) by some iPhone video. Then we ran it through a VHS deck while messing with tracking. Alfred Montejano created the VHS audio flaws. Starring Chris Cantwell, Matt Wyatt, Sean Bury, and Hesley Harps.

On-set photos!

October 12th, 2010   |  
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Guy From Nickelback: Private Eye ReturnsGuy From Nickelback returns in the latest episode of Scott Gairdner‘s thrilling series. James was the Cinematographer, Dave shot a bad guy, and Ghostlight did the heavenly Visual Effects at the end. Thanks to Scott, Will Hyler, and everyone involved!

See how we did the Visual Effects! On-set photos!

September 2nd, 2010   |  

The Perfect PitchWe did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for this Captain Morgan ad produced by and directed by Scott Gairdner. James shot on the RED camera with upgraded M-X chip. Our VFX work included wire and stunt rigging removal, sparks, flames, brand removal, time machine effects, fireworks, and 3D smoke simulation. Special thanks to Scott and the incredible crew at Funny or Die!

Behind-the-scenes Photos!

August 1st, 2010   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

Footloose Scene 53 RemakeWillard and Ren take care of Chuck and his pals once and for all. Part of Our Footloose Remake. Directed by Chris Cantwell. We did the Cinematography, Editing, and VFX. Shot on the RED. Makeup FX by Sabrina Siebert.

Starring Chris Cantwell, Evan Gaustad, Nick Clark, Hesley Harps, Jessica Thompson, Matt Wyatt, Brendan Joyce, Eric Toms, Dan Kent, and Will Hutson. Enjoy the violence!

See the Original Scene, Audience Reaction, Behind-The-Scene, and Visual EffectsPhotos! Full Our Footloose Remake!

July 30th, 2010   |  
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Footloose Remake Scene 35Reverend Moore and Coach Dunbar discuss moral issues. Dialogue is true to the original, but the rest is not. Part of The Footloose Remake. Directed by Matt Wyatt. We did the Cinematography and Editing. Shot on the Red.

Starring Reggie Watkins, Olivier Canovas, and Natalie Lynch. Thanks to PA Clint Gage, Makeup Artist Nikki Marrone, Composer Alfred Montejano, and Color Timer Phil Dennison.

On-set Photos! More from our Footloose Scenes! Watch the fully assembled Our Footloose Remake!

July 13th, 2010   |  

The Murderer's In JailDave wrote and directed this bad horror scene for Hesley Harps‘ acting reel.  Also starring Will McFadden, Sean Bury, and Brad Conlin.  James was the Cinematographer and shot on the RED camera.

April 19th, 2010   |  
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I'm From The FutureChris Cantwell wrote and directed this short starring Scott Gairdner as Himself and Scott Gairdner as Himself From The Future. James did the Cinematography, Dave built the props, and Ghostlight did the VFX.

Watch how we did the Visual Effects! See photos of the props!

March 30th, 2010   |  

Fireside ChatDirector Chris Cantwell needed Cinematography and Visual Effects for this very strange self-interview portion of a reel submission. It’s a fairly basic “split-screen” technique until Chris walks in front of himself, casting and receiving his own shadow.

March 4th, 2010   |  
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White DemonHesley Harps needed scenes for her actor’s reel. This one was written and directed by Chris Cantwell. James was the Cinematographer and both Dave and James appear in the scene. Enjoy!

December 14th, 2009   |  
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Two Guys Episode FourThe chronicles of two guys continues with the ultimate test of concentration: shaving. Starring Adam Ray and Evan Gaustad.

Watch Episode One, Episode Two, or Episode Three!  See photos from Adam Ray TV!

October 4th, 2009   |  
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BlackstarWe shot, edited, and created the VFX for this short film with pilot Craig Dyer to showcase his piloting skills, plus those of everyone involved. James was the Cinematographer and operated camera from the yacht and helicopter’s bench seat. Dave shot from a separate little boat and edited the movie. Thanks to Craig Dyer, Doug Blake, and Matt Sigloch!

See how we did the Visual Effects! See photos from behind the scenes!

July 8th, 2009   |  
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Ledge FightersJames was Gaffer on Ledge Fighters, a short comedy by Scott Gairdner. James used orange and blue lights to match the location a give an 80’s feel. Thanks to Scott for a fun shoot!

See our Visual Effects for Ledge Fighters!

May 24th, 2009   |  
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KrantzKrantz is a dark comedy written and directed by Chris Cantwell. James was the Cinematographer. The film was shot on the RED ONE, which shoots 4K resolution and uses 35mm lenses. James used overly-dramatic lighting and tilt-shift lenses to emphasize John Krantz’ warped state of mind. Many thanks to Chris, Brad, Ken, and the entire crew!

Read a review! See how we did the VFX! See behind the scenes photos!

March 9th, 2009   |  
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Dinner With RaphaelOur good friend Joey Boukadakis wrote and directed Dinner With Raphael, a short comedy about a young man who introduces his fiance to his brother who…. has a condition. James did the Cinematography and Dave Edited. The film stars Paul Boukadakis, Dianna Agron, Michael Bower, Brett Paesel and Richard Riehle (Office Space). Careful – this is really offensive and really funny!

See photos from behind the scenes! Visit the film’s website!

February 3rd, 2009   |  
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First DogDigiSynd produced this video for the Disney movie Space Buddies. James did the Cinematography and Dave pet the puppy. Thanks to director Scott Gairdner and the whole crew at DigiSynd for the cutest shoot day ever!

April 11th, 2008   |  

Rock Band Traffic

Ghostlight made this for College Humor. They sent us the concept, Dave directed, James did the Cinematography, and we did the Visual Effects. It stars Nick Mundy and Michael Ryan Truly from Team Tiger Awesome. Enjoy!

February 23rd, 2008   |  
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Groveland Hotel

James was the Director of Photography and Editor for the Groveland Hotel, which he shot in HD with fine lighting, a jib arm, and a Steadicam. Music by Aaron Fischer. Special thanks to Ken Codeglia and everyone involved!

See photos from behind-the-scenes!

November 17th, 2007   |  
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Two Guys Episode ThreeThere’s someone trying to kill us? Part three of the series we shot and edited for Adam Ray and Evan Gaustad.

Watch Episode One, Episode Two,or Episode Four! See photos from Adam Ray TV stuff!

November 9th, 2007   |  
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Two Guys Episode TwoThe second adventure we shot and edited for Adam Ray and Evan Gaustad. “These guys are good.”

Watch Episode One, Episode Three,or Episode Four! See photos from Adam Ray TV!

October 16th, 2007   |  
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Two Guys Episode OneWe did the Cinematography and Editing on this short with Adam Ray and Evan Gaustad. Enjoy!

Watch Episode Two, Episode Three,or Episode Four! See all photos from Adam Ray TV.

September 18th, 2007   |  

Twisted TerrorDigiSynd hired us to create these three ads for the Twisted Terror Collection from Warner Brothers. Dave Directed and Edited, James did the Cinematography, and Ghostlight did the Visual Effects.

Starring David Nash, Evan Gaustad, Jenna Finley, Beck Bennett, Ashleigh Sumner, Sarah Atwood, Jessica Wheeler, and Sarena Khan. Narration by Adam Ray. Music by Andrew Kaiser. Thanks everybody!

Behind-the-scenes photos!

August 15th, 2007   |  

GalileoDigiSynd produced this video, also known as Houdini’s Moon, for Ashton Kutcher’s Room 401. Ghostlight did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for this video, which was just one of many clues for DigiSynd’s online alternate reality game, eventually becoming Nowheremen. Thanks to DigiSynd and everyone involved!

Watch in HD! Read fans dissecting the video here!

August 14th, 2007   |  
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Cheap and Shameless - Part 1James shot Lifestyles of the Cheap and Shameless for Invisible Engine, Sprint, and College Humor. It stars Sarah Atwood, Julia Bellows, Sean Bury, Chris Cantwell, Morgan Mead, Makinna Ridgeway, and Matt Wyatt. Artwork by Brad Conlin.

Watch: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5!
Watch in HD: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5!
See photos from behind the scenes.

June 15th, 2007   |  

Olmec: Sex TherapistDave Directed and James did the Cinematography for the last scene of Olmec: Sex Therapist for College Humor. It stars actor Kirk Fogg, host of Legends of the Hidden Temple and actress Morgan Mead.

Check out photos from behind the scenes!

May 22nd, 2007   |  

What Revver Did 5 VFXWe levitated a possessed girl in What Revver Did 5, the final ad created by Invisible Engine. We did the Cinematography and Visual Effects. This video shows how we made Sean fly!

Watch What Revver Did 5: Exorcist! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

May 22nd, 2007   |  
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What Revver Did 4: Civil War BTSHere’s some behind the scenes footage from What Revver Did 4: Civil War! James was the Cinematographer on this 4th ad for created by Invisible Engine. If you like guns, trucks, fire, and handlebar mustaches – this is for you!

Watch What Revver Did 4: Civil War! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

March 5th, 2007   |  

Bruin's Tale VFX

Here’s how we created these 3D titles tracked into real environments shot with a hand-held camera for Branham High School.

February 3rd, 2007   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

Sandwich PalsHere’s the famous cliffhanger episode of Sandwich Pals! Enjoy this short comedy we shot and edited for our buddy Adam Ray.

See photos from Adam Ray TV!

December 8th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

What Revver Did 3: Baby JessicaInvisible Engine has completed the third ad for, and James did the Cinematography. “Man, Revver’s awesome!”

See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

December 4th, 2006   |  

What Revver Did 2: The DragonWe did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for the second ad by Invisible Engine. This video shows how we did the gnomes. Yummy!

Watch What Revver Did 2: The Dragon! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

November 29th, 2006   |  

What Revver Did 1: Magical PowersWe made Nick Clark fly in an ad for, produced by Invisible Engine. This video shows how we did the Visual Effects, but we also did the Cinematography. Enjoy!

Watch What Revver Did 1: Magical Powers! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

November 28th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography


Remember the Tuolumne video? We had some beautiful extra footage of the trains, so here it is!

See behind the scenes photos from the Tuolumne video shoot.

November 25th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

Invisible Engine Thanksgiving SpecialJames was the Director of Photography for Invisible Engine‘s Thanksgiving Special, which was filmed at our old place in Hollywood.

See behind-the-scenes photos!

August 14th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

Watch Calaveras!We shot and edited this video, which shows lovely scenery in Calaveras County and is used to promote the county’s beautiful filming locations and other activities.

See photos from behind the scenes.

July 17th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

thumb-ext1Adam Ray TV won the Best New Pilot Award at the ITV Festival!  We shot and edited a collection of sketches for our buddy Adam Ray, which were combined into the 22 minute TV pilot. Beware the mature content and enjoy!

Watch Club Rectum, Eggo Waffles, Two Guys 1 2 3 4, Bud Light, Perry Woodwork 1 2 3 4, Cat In The Hat, Southwest, Truth or Dare! See behind the scenes photos!

July 10th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

Sex Girls

James did the Cinematography for Invisible Engine‘s music video Sex Girls. Man, those girls are crazy! No, seriously. Run.

See behind-the-scenes photos!

May 28th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

NAMEToday, Ghostlight grabbed some film gear and shot an opening title sequence for an Invisible Engine intro. Chirs, Matt, and Sean supplied us with a really nice film stock and we wandered around LA shooting random fun stuff in slow and fast motion. Here’s some of the raw footage!

See photos from the shoot!

May 13th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

V-J DayJames helped out our buddies over at Invisible Engine by doing the Cinematography for one of their short films. He also was forced to appear in a minor role in the movie.

December 4th, 2005   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

5 Minutes Behind The ScenesGhostlight did the Cinematography for the short film 5 Minutes. Enjoy this footage of us on the set along with Chris, Matt, and Sean from Invisible Engine This was our first project using a 35mm lens adapter for video as well as a Steadicam.

Watch Cinematography highlights from the film! See photos from the set!

December 4th, 2005   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

5 Minutes Highlights5 Minutes is a short film we were hired to shoot. James was the Cinematographer. These are some of our favorite shots.

Watch behind the scenes footage! See photos from the set!

June 12th, 2005   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

James took very nice headshots for our acting friend Aaron Fischer. Check them out in our headshots photo gallery.

March 29th, 2005   |  

New Directions For Women HighlightsGhostlight was hired by Merging Promotions to provide Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, and DVD services to promote New Directions For Women, a chemical dependency treatment center for women. Here are highlights from the video!

Check out the DVD we created!

July 21st, 2004   |  

Leigh In Hawaii TrailerHere’s the trailer for our Leigh in Hawaii documentary we shot and edited for Leigh High School‘s trip to the Pacific Basin Music Festival.

Explore the DVD! See photos from us working in Hawaii!

March 14th, 2004   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

Toulomne(“to-all-um-knee”)  We created this video for the Tuolumne County Film Commission.  It appears at tradeshows and on their website to promote the county’s beautiful filming locations.  The music was composed and performed by Aaron Fischer.

Watch Tuolumne!  See bonus Train Footage! See behind the scenes photos.

January 22nd, 2004   |  


Ghostlight shot this joke video for a medical company which required an office to be infested with butterflies. We cut out paper butterflies, which were lightly taped to the walls and actors, then blown with fans. For the butteflies in the air, we used computer animation.

See behind-the-scenes photos!

April 20th, 2003   |  

Test Drive ClipTest Drive was James’ Senior Thesis film at Chapman. It was shot on 16mm film. Here’s a clip featuring Will McFadden and Aaron Fischer.

See behind the scenes photos!

April 1st, 2003   |  

Canon Commercial (spec)Dave shot and directed this during film school at USC. It stars Aaron Fischer and Trevor Peterson.

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