I was approached to produce a short kickstarter video on a very tight timeline. I had less than a week to work out logistics, draw up storyboards, write up a shooting schedule, and coordinate gear and rentals.
Shooting consisted of seven separate setups at two locations and clocked in at a bit over 12 hours total including setup, teardown, and breaks.
For the overhead shots, I constructed a 10-foot boom from two parallel pine 1x4s with 2×4 cross-members. A couple strategically placed tripod mounts and counterweights allowed the camera to be cantilevered out over the edge of the balcony, allowing for a perfectly-composed birds-eye shot. For this shot, the camera was remotely controlled via laptop, and monitored via HDMI. Focus was pulled manually using a bit of gaffers tape on the end of a long pole – not the most elegant solution but it worked!
The panning “circle” shots were shot individually with a 50mm lens from roughly ten feet away. The shots were then stitched together in post-production using a combination of motion-matched wipes, hue shifts, and time-remapping to achieve a seamless look. I even managed to hide an errant light stand by compositing in a potted palm to the left of the lady in the black shirt.
Post-production began the Monday following the shoot, and I exported the final cut on Wednesday afternoon. While it may have been nice to have a bit more time to carry out a more robust audio mastering and color correction pass, I think the video came together nicely.