30 Minutes

30 minutes to set up a two camera interview, and make it look good? No problem! 😳

I decided not to do the C-stands and boom arms thing this time, though I've done that in 30 minutes or less too. I just used the available light for the background (we blocked a couple of windows with sheets of cardboard that were in the room). It actually worked out pretty well with that white board.

Helen Grenier is in the yellow jacket. She’s a founder and CTO of Cyphy (the company we were doing the story about). She also cofounded i-Robot. She’s wicked smaht.

The woman in black is Bloomberg correspondent Carol Massar.


I had to light both of them. The C300 (main camera) was on Helen. The 5D mark iii was on Carol. We used the available light from some of the windows, and set up some lights for the subjects. The reporter had to be on the air at 2:00, so we had to get her on the road by 10:30 AM. She left on time.

Their CEO Lance Vanden Brook showed us some new drones they’re working on. We also shot B-roll in their labs.

I’ll try to get a link when it airs.
 

 

WONDERAMA!!!

I did a shoot with Donnie and Marie Osmond, and their nephew David for a kids' show called “Wonderama."

 Bob Conover, George Schak and Kevin Roche setting up for the three camera shoot at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Bob Conover, George Schak and Kevin Roche setting up for the three camera shoot at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

It's an old show, but I guess David is the new host. He was nice. He interviewed his aunt and uncle, and then they sang a song together that David had written. Donnie learned it with David just before we did the shoot. Say what you want about kitchiness, they were all consummate professionals and it was a pleasure to watch them work. Yeah you can quote me on that.  :)

MacGyver-ing

Thanks to Tim at Rule who drilled and tapped an extra screw hole for my Edelkrone slider yesterday, just in time to shoot 8 interviews with it today!

 That's better!

That's better!

For some reason Edelkrone only makes this model with one 3/8" hole in the bottom to mount it on your tripod. It sorely needs a second one (a 1/4" 20) so that it can hold the camera without coming loose from the torque caused by the weight of the camera.

Multiple

Spend the day doing multiple two camera interviews with soundperson extraordinaire, Susan Bryant. :-) 


I bought this monitor because its the sharpest one I know (plus its an OLED and very pretty). I needed one I could judge focus on when shooting wide open on primes. It's worked out nicely, as you can see.
 

Windy City

Flew to Chicago to the day for a shoot. Fun!

 Luckily, we were only shooting him from the waist up.

Luckily, we were only shooting him from the waist up.

 We had to work around a fire alarm. Everyone was fine.

We had to work around a fire alarm. Everyone was fine.

 There was an excellent Star Wars plane on the tarmac at O'Hare when we were leaving. Very cool!

There was an excellent Star Wars plane on the tarmac at O'Hare when we were leaving. Very cool!