Humiliation for a great cause

Most of my LinkedIn connections only know me professionally as a video producer. On a personal note, I’m involved with a litany of causes to help people. This year, I’ve been able to combine my love of engineering and building with one of the organizations I support, however it does involve an extremely high level of embarrassment. This is my third year competing in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire Sprint. Now here’s the catch. Sneakers are not allowed. All entrants must wear stilettos with a minimum 3” heel height. My performance in past years has been pretty awful but...

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Challenges of video recording in Anechoic chambers

It’s no secret that we love science and technology.  On this particular day, we knew we’d be shooting some RFID technology but we didn’t know we’d have to shoot inside an Anechoic chamber.  We’ll skip the details on what the room is and just tell you it’s really, really, really quiet inside.  This particular room was filled with pointed foam acoustic tiles everywhere.  This might not seem like too much of a problem until you consider lighting.  Normally we have lots of flat floor to place our hot lights however this was far from the case.  A combination of...

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The glamour of shooting in exotic international locations

  This is often the reality of our travel to far away places.  We got the call to go to Morocco and shoot segments for a reporter covering the launch of a new Land Rover.  We were only staying two days but we were excited to explore this mysterious destination.  Our client flew us out first class and put us up at the finest hotels around.  The reality was we had torrential rain each day.  If you look closely, there’s a cat sleeping on the pillow of what should have been Jay’s outdoor patio.  At least someone could enjoy the...

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Shooting hand held video

The camera is as heavy as it looks.  When you start to add on batteries, microphones, wireless receivers and other pieces, things quickly start to get heavy.  For this particular project, going handheld was our only option for getting the shot.  One of our biggest tricks in getting smooth, sharp handheld footage is to use a wide angle lens.  The wider the lens, the more stable your shot will appear.  This particular lens is one of Jay Duchin’s favorite.  The lens alone costs over $8,000, which is more than some companies spend on their entire camera. Our investment in technology and...

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Video recording in stores

There are huge advantages to some of our shoots.  Besides working with great people on this training video, we were also able to do a bit of food shopping afterwards.  This particular food store remained open during our time there but we wanted to avoid getting customers in the shots.  One trick is to raise the camera to the maximum height which limits how much is in the background and at the same times makes for some great perspective...

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Traveling with video equipment

Going on remote locations around the world often isn’t a glamorous as many people think.  It takes more time to get through security lines and the really expensive pieces like cameras should all be hand carried.  Sometimes we’re able to take smaller cameras but it’s now always feasible.  On this particular trip, the camera fit in the overhead bin.  One trick we’ve learned over the years is to pack along some inflatable neck pillows.  These can be inflated and used to help protect the camera and other spare parts we bring...

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