Bald Eagles in Pittsburgh

On June 3, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Here’s a look at a nesting pair of American Bald Eagles that have built a 6′ wide nest, a little over 1000ft from the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, a few miles south of Pittsburgh, PA USA. The male and female have one rather large “eaglet” in their nest. He looks almost ready to fly.

As a commercial director/cinematographer, this was my first experience with nature photography. I’m used to planned projects and production schedules. I now have complete respect for the men and women who shoot nature photos and videos.

Every scene in this video was shot from about a quarter mile from the birds and their nest. At this distance, the birds aren’t really noticeable to the naked eye.

It’s great that the American Bald Eagle has made a complete comeback from near extinction. They are now in every US state except Hawaii. We have 3 nesting pairs in the Pittsburgh area. They hunt in a radius of several miles from their nest and can easily lift small animals weighing up to 4 pounds.

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Neil Walker for AHN

On May 21, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Neil Walker plays second base for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s a very popular hometown kid and the Sports Medicine Spokesman for Allegheny Health Network.

Glenn Przyborski directed and photographed a 6 spot TV campaign featuring Neil Walker. On-camera scenes were shot at Pirates’ Spring Training in Bradenton, Florida. The medical sequences were photographed at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General.

It’s always a challenge to work with a sports personality… You’re given specific time restrictions, so you better know exactly what you’re doing and have your act together. With this project, we had to shoot all 6 commercials in only 4 hours. This included weight room cutaways and recording Neil’s VO segments for all 6 spots.

The day before the shoot, Glenn Przyborski, Mullen Creative Director, Michael Hoff, and AHN’s Tim Donovan planned, discussed, and walked through every Neil Walker scene. This included meeting with stadium groundskeepers and our Florida based production crew. Producer & production coordinator, Judy Gurchak broke down the entire shoot day into 15 minute segments.

On set, Neil Walker was a real pro. He was enthusiastic, never complained and quickly memorized his lines. Extensive shot planning & pre-production allowed us to finish the Florida portion of the shoot in 4 hours, 20 minutes.

The ROOT Sports division of DirectTV supplied the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates’ game footage. The multi-spot campaign airs in regional broadcast and cable sports programming.

Rebellion 2012

On January 22, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Usually, I’m shooting nice things… like attractive people eating food while smiling. This project was completely different.

John Brabender (BrabenderCox) is one of the country’s top political media consultants. For over 10 years, he and I have worked together on many successful TV campaigns. John rarely thinks anywhere near the box, much less inside it.

John gave us less than a week to put together this project. Fortunately, I remembered scouting an old abandoned manufacturing building in Pittsburgh for a previous TV campaign. My producer and production coordinator, Judy Gurchak and I re-scouted the location and it was still available.

I set up most of the shots to take advantage of a wall of windows that lined the North side of the building. This became my primary light source, supplemented with 1200 and 2500 watt HMI’s. We used smoke machines to add atmosphere and distance to the scenes.

Growing up in Florida, I hate shooting in freezing cold weather. For the entire shoot day, our set temperature was less than 50ºF. We couldn’t use heaters because they quickly dissipated the smoke. Our shoot day was overcast and snowy, so we knew we would loose useable window light by 4:30PM.

I used a motorized, 7′ slider for the marching feet scenes and all ground level camera angles. This slider can smoothly move 25 pounds of camera.

I photographed everything with a RED Epic M using the standard set of RED primes including the 300mm telephoto. Every scene (except the fall) was shot at 30fps for playback at 23.98.

Thad Christian at Pittsburgh’s Phenomenom Post did an amazing job editing and grading the 90 second spot in less than 2 days including numerous effect shots. Michael Goodis handled original sound design. Steve Parys worked his butt off as my assistant director. Without the talents of gaffer, Ted Wiegand and scenic designer, Rich Schutte none of this would have been possible in such a short amount of time.

PLEASE: No political comments… I’ve uploaded this commercial to show an interesting assignment and production treatment… it’s not intended to be a political statement.

an early snowfall…

On November 7, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


I live a few miles north of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In our region, it’s extremely rare to have a mid-October snowfall. I woke on Saturday morning to unexpected, falling snow that was over an inch across. It was so beautiful that I grabbed one of our high-def cameras and shot a few scenes around my home.

In Pittsburgh, we were lucky. Our snow melted and was gone by early afternoon. The entire Northeast U.S. didn’t fare as well with a massive 6 to 12 inch snow storm.

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Scenes from a County Fair

On September 22, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


I live in the City of Pittsburgh. Our company is in the city. Most of our clients and ad agencies are located in cities across the state. It’s easy to forget that Pennsylvania is mostly rural farm country.

Once a year, my wife Carol and I travel an hour and a half north of Pittsburgh to Meadville, Pennsylvania. It’s the annual site of the Crawford County Fair, the largest agricultural and livestock exhibition in the state. For an entire week, kids and adults from all over Northwest Pennsylvania show off the best looking animals they’ve raised. 4H members and others take pride in their sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, goats, ducks and chicken. Every exhibitor hopes to win a prize and the bragging rights to having raised a “best of show” animal at the Crawford County Fair.

I call this video “Scenes from a Pennsylvania County Fair” because every week in the summer, scenes like these repeat themselves in rural towns across the state and throughout the country. It’s was a hot, sticky 92 degrees at the fair but everybody enjoyed walking the fairgrounds, eating junk food and catching up with their old friends.

This video is a compilation of 1080P footage I shot in 2008 and 2011. It’s a salute to the hard working people we sometimes take for granted…

Zacuto Inc. /Chicago

On September 18, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Zacuto is one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative camera equipment and technologies. The company’s high-tech accessories for DSLR cameras are used throughout the world. If you shoot commercial video with Canon cameras, there’s a good chance you own Zacuto accessories.

Based in Chicago, Zacuto has a world-wide distribution network of dealers in Germany, France, Sweden, Tokyo and Singapore.

In addition to my “day job” directing and photographing TV commercials for clients and ad agencies across the US, I’ve been designing several new camera accessories for Panasonic’s GH1/GH2 series of cameras. These upcoming products will enhance the functionality and usability of these popular cameras.

Everyone who knows me is aware that I can’t buy or use a piece of equipment without taking it apart and modifying it. I’m guilty of never being happy with the status quo. I always think something can be better.

Check out Zacuto’s website: http://www.zacuto.com My short bio is part of the “Zacuto Product Designers” section: http://www.zacuto.com/zacuto-product-designers


Taye Diggs stars on ABC-TV’s “Private Practice” He’s a Hollywood “A” list TV actor with a long resumé of shows, movies and guest appearances.

16 years ago in ’95, Taye Diggs was a young actor making the rounds doing New York casting sessions. I was in NYC, with agency producer Frank DiSalvo, casting a series of Giant Eagle Supermarket TV spots. We were looking for a young male actor to play the “helpful, polite deli clerk” (that’s how the client approved script referred to his part.) 24 year-old, Taye Diggs had a great look and did a killer job at the session.

We flew Taye to Pittsburgh for an all-night shoot in one of Giant Eagle’s Supermarkets. Back then, Giant Eagle insisted that all TV production be done between 10PM and 6AM. Taye did a great job and maintained a positive attitude… even at 3AM!

Next thing you know, he’s featured on an episode of NBC’s Law & Order. Then he’s a regular on Ally McBeal… next he lands the lead on the TV series, Kevin Hill … then it’s Grey’s Anatomy… Now he stars in the popular, Private Practice airing every Thursday night at 10PM.

I’d like to think that Taye’s good fortune started when he appeared in our 1995 Giant Eagle spot… after all, his agent requested several VHS dubs of the commercial to send to West Coast casting directors. You know…the more I think about it, Taye Diggs owes his success to Giant Eagle!

American “Pop” Artist, Burton Morris

On May 3, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Director, Glenn Przyborski and artist, Burton Morris

Just finished shooting an internet video project with Burton Morris, one of the country’s hottest artists. I love his energetic, vivid, fun style of unique “Pop” art, which is a tribute to artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Although Burton now resides in L.A., he has family and professional ties to his home town of Pittsburgh, PA. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Burton started his career as an art director at several major Pittsburgh ad agencies.

Burton Morris has created major works for CocaCola, The Academy Awards, Heinz, the Olympics, Absolut Vodka and hundreds of other corporations. Although he’s an internationally famous artist, Burton Morris’ is also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

He just completed a fun project for Eat ‘n Park Restaurants. Burton created his own original art to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Smiley,” Eat ‘n Park’s corporate cookie icon. This summer, Burton Morris’ original artwork will adorn t-shirts, coffee mugs and other items that are sold in Eat ‘n Park’s chain of over 80 restaurants.

Sorry, I can’t reveal Burton’s original “Smiley” artwork, ’till it’s unveiled in June!… stay tuned!

1995 Pagetime Commercial with Dagmara Dominczyk

On April 1, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski

Dagmara Dominczyk is a Hollywood star. In addition to movies such as “Running with Sissors” and the “Count of Monte Cristo”, Dagmara has been featured in dozens of popular TV series. “24”, “Law & Order SVU” and “Third Watch”, just to name a few.

Back in 1995, Dagmara (who was born in Poland) was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. We cast her as a principal in a TV commercial for Pagetime, a division of the now defunct Adelphia Cable Corp. Glenn Przyborski remembers arranging our shoot day so filming Dagmara’s scenes didn’t interfere with her college class schedule. We believe the commercial was Dagmara Dominczyk’s first appearance on commercial television.

The original 1995 commercial was filmed by Glenn in 35mm for Stan Muschweck and The Birmingham Group Advertising Agency.

Przyborski Speaks to Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Class

On March 21, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Glenn Przyborski


Pittsburgh Filmmakers is a nonprofit organization that offers a curriculum of courses in film, video, and photography to university and independent students in Western Pennsylvania.
Last week, director/cinematographer Glenn Przyborski spoke to an advanced class of future film and video producers and directors. The subjects ranged from interpreting storyboards to the importance of writing director’s shot lists. Glenn shared his experiences in handling different types of filming situations. He also discussed the pros and cons of several new high-definition cameras that have been recently introduced. The evening ended with almost an hour of interesting Q&A.
Frank Caloiero of WQED-TV teaches the weekly class and strives to give his students “real world” experience with professionals in the film and video industry.

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