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Happy Holidays from TCNJ (2020)

Roscoe the lion, his spirits buoyed by those around him, looks to a better 2021 and cannot wait for his pride’s return to campus.

Happy Holidays from TCNJ (2020) on YouTube and Vimeo.

A holiday video I had the pleasure of creating for TCNJ, The College of New Jersey.

  • Roscoe the lion: Caitlyn
  • Special Guest: Dr. Kathryn A. Foster, President of TCNJ
  • Ideation and Script: Dave Muha, Associate Vice President TCNJ
  • Directed, Produced, and Filmed: RoemerFilm/Jon Roemer
  • Assistants: Elijah Ellis and Chris Flanegan
  • Thanks to everyone at TCNJ who participated!


This was such a fun project to work on! Dave Muha brought a well developed concept/script which came to life in part because our Roscoe, Caitlyn, was so very good.

Canon C500 Mark II rigged for shoulder and handheld work. Ewing, NJ. November, 2020.

I shot this on a Canon C500 Mark II shoulder-mounted and handheld to foster a documentary feel. I filmed in full-frame with a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L Mark II and I used the camera’s internal Electronic Image Stablization (EIS) to help smooth out the movement. A Litepanels Astra 6x was used on a few occasions to help highlight Roscoe.

A note about the C500 Mark II – one of the big surprises is just how good the EIS is on it. It does a great job in smoothing out the camera movement, taking the edge off it while still retaining a handheld feel. It’s not for every situation and I have found that you definitely want to turn it off if you switch to tripod based work.

Audio was recorded with a Sennheiser MKH 416 on a boom connected wirelessly to the camera via a RØDELink kit. This captured Roscoe’s interaction with those he ran into as well as natural sound when needed. The small dead cat/fuzzy on the camera is a Sennheiser MKE 200 to get backup audio. I also used an additional backup mic, a second RØDELink kit but with a lav mic, for Dr. Foster’s interaction with Roscoe and for her message to camera.

Postproduction was in FCP X and aided greatly with the client review process. Music was licensed through Envato Elements.

Canon C500 Mark II ready to film the last two scenes of the film. Ewing, NJ. December, 2020.