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We specialize in ENG and EFP style shooting, adding additional support for on-set BTS or documentary filming, such as the Television Critics Association TCA / Hollywood Press Junkets, red carpet arrivals.
Based in Universal City, Ca covering the TMZ and Las Vegas areas.
Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Studio City, and many other places in the Thirty Mile Zone.
James Starr has been shooting behind the scenes in Hollywood since 1999, for such clients as E! Entertainment TV, KCAL 9 and KABC 7.
serving Los Angeles, Studio City, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Las Vegas.
We are a video crew for Hire. Call us, and ask about our rates and costs.
Previous Behind the Scenes Work
Playboy Mansion (featuring Verne Troyer)
Kirsti Alley = Veronicas Closet Set
Charlie Sheen (2021 Malibu Charity)
Hollywood Squares – BTS (CBS Television City Lot)
Collateral Damage – BTS Movie Set / Stunt Briefings (Warner Brothers)
John Schnieder (BTS Dukes of Hazzard set 1999)
Someone Like You – Music Score (featuring producer Lynda Obst)
Dolly Parton (BTS ACMA 2000 Universal Studios Amphitheater)
Ray Benson (BTS ACMA 2000 Universal Studios Amphitheater)
Morgan Freeman (Home for the Holidays)
Mila Kunis (BTS shopping at Beverly Center Mall)
Chuck Norris & Samo Hung (BTS Martial Law)
Tonight Show with Jay Leno BTS (featuring Gisele Bündchen)
Mariah Carey BTS (Beverly Hills Hotel 2001)
KABC Air 7 HD Helicopter 2007
Donny and Marie Show – BTS at Sony Pictures, Featuring the cast of I Dream of Jeannie
Britney Spears Vintage (BTS Press conference 1999)
Britney Spears Vintage (Backstage AMAs rehearsal 2001
Beto O’Rourke campaign stop – San Antonio Tx 2018
Gloria Estefan – Band Load-In Anaheim, Ca
Celine Dion – After-party- Titanic
Earl Scruggs, Dwight Yokum, Billy Bob Thornton, Marty Stuart – House of Blues
Drew Carey Show BTS
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Plus dozens and dozens of red carpets
Let us know if we can crew up on your set.
One man band or Camera + Sound package
We are located a half-mile from Universal Studios Hollywood
I started in 1999 freelancing with E! Entertainment TV as a videographer covering
BTS on movie sets, junkets, TCAs, red carpet arrivals, special events, Live Events, corporate and industrial training, and education, long-form documentary-style shooting in Los Angeles and Hollywood
It goes without saying, we use pro-high-definition camera equipment including the Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder, Panasonic GH4, 4K cinema camera, as well as GoPros / GoPro Max 360 and professional audio equipment including shotgun mics and UHF wireless microphones.
Occasionally we bring our small yet awesome GH4/GH7 camera for portrait-style talking head videos and use the Panasonic CX-350 for run and gun, ENG, and general-purpose shooting.
Among our lighting gear, we use round LED edge light panels for professional studio lighting both in-house and in the field.
Another specialty we specialize in is professional high-quality editing.
Serving Los Angeles, Hollywood, and beyond the TMZ, Thirty Mile Zone. So let us give you a quote if you are looking for a freelance video film crew for BTS, that is, shooting behind the scenes on your next film, video/project whether it be a Hollywood press junket or an on-location or studio set environment.
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Video Delivery Disclaimer
Note: For Live Stream Playback Video We’ll Link you to our Vimeo Server for viewing and Downloading.
This is just concerning captured Raw video
Handing off edited or raw video footage on an HDD drive, USB stick or SD card is the optimal way to give you physical video deliverables.
We do that either in person or drop off at your location if you are local.
If you are hiring us as a remote crew and need files uploaded to your server (or ours) please be advised on the following:
Generally, we export our finished (edited or polished) footage via Adobe premiere in a compressed .mp4 file format. It is easier to upload and takes a couple of hours depending on how much footage there is.
We upload using our own data plan on one of 4 hotspots that we carry with us.
If you are requesting native files from our camera card, that is another story.
We do not have the data allowance to upload native files over 5GB
17 minutes of native files
( 1080p 29.97fps / 13GB)
is about 3.6 hours of upload time.
45 minutes of native files
(1080p 29.97fps / 31GB)
is about 9 – 10 hours of upload time.
45 minutes of .mp4 compressed files
(1080p 29.97fps / 3GB)
is about 57 minutes of upload time
The time it takes to upload those is billable and if the upload crashes for any number of reasons (cell tower drop, power surge) we have to start the entire upload over again and it will require more time to monitor and babysit it.
So, after a few lessons learned, we have decided that we will not upload or deliver native camera files via the internet over 5Gb. Compressed .mp4 files, no problem.
FedEx Overnight on native Files
So, if we shoot a generous amount of video footage and you want native files, we must ship them
Express / overnight, at your cost or we can include it in our quote.
As indicated, exporting compressed down .mp4 files is easier to manage when uploading, and (as noted earlier) image quality on compressed .mp4 files is actually very suitable for website uploads and social media, etc. (in our opinion) if that is your intended use.