ARRI Alexa - In the Moment

A piece created by Chris Vanderwall and produced by Kat Kennedy for the ARRI booth at NAB 2012 about a great camera that is one of my favorites.
Peace SD


Celebrity Apprentice

NBC's Celebrity Apprentice is in its 5th Season and episodes are airing now. I had the wonderful opportunity to work on the Main Title for this season, my 12th title sequence for the Apprentice franchise. Great times on set with this cast of personalities.  Enjoy, SD

*Photo Karsten Staiger
*Photos Chris Vanderwall


The Dewey Song

Happy Valentines Day !

Putting out a little love from an inspirational piece I worked on last year for the ESPY awards with Maggie Vision and Maura Mandt. I found this gentleman, Dewey Bozella, and his story so inspirational I had to make a custom edit for myself to express a little more of the vibe I saw and felt working with him. Special thanks to Editor, Tom Schachte and everyone at Blue Rock for their outstanding support.

Enjoy the day,


Red Bull Signature Series - Show Open

My idea for the Red Bull open was multi-layered as I wanted to show not only the dynamic sports and athletes in motion; I wanted the viewer to be a part of it, take them on a little ride.

Prior to this experience, I thought I shot every sport possible.   The Signature Series provided me with a new perfect way to apply my diverse experience in filming sports, action and extreme expeditions and take it to a new level. 

The tools I use always have a special purpose – each camera or lens is there for me to express different parts of a whole piece.  Cinematically, film is my first love, for depth, and the power of light.   Landscapes still feel best on film as the deep richness with a layer of grain is unstoppable.

The Phantom is a magic box, revealing what our naked eye can't see.  The Alexa is my super favorite camera , simply just amazing.  Having a vast variety of frame rates maxing out at 120 fps makes it an integral to my kit these days.
Major gratitude goes to all of my team,  none of this is possible without them!

Peace, SD



Just wrapped up another great shoot in London -- A lot of rain, but that certainly didn't stop the magic from happening...Here are some shots from May of this year.  New images up soon! Peace...SD

*Photo by Chris Vanderwall

Enjoy the day,


2011 ESPYs - Arthur Ashe Award

Never Give Up

I shot this piece for Maura Mandt and Joie Jacoby for the 2011 ESPY Awards. It's the story of Dewey Bozella, who, falsely accused of a crime, served 26 years in prison. He never gave up fighting for his freedom and ultimately he won.

Enjoy the Day,