Whether I’m working as a one man band or leading a crew, I really enjoy the challenge of creating videos that exceed my client expectations as well as mine.
I recently undertook such a project in collaboration with Evolve Marketing. It was a fly-in fly-out shoot to Sydney. My first challenge was waking up at 4.30am to catch a plane from Brisbane.
My client had provided me with a rough storyboard and I had a basic idea of what I needed to achieve in the few hours I was going to have on location.
I was going to have to wear a number of hats as a one man band including camera operator, director, drone operator etc. I had packed a variety of lenses, a Panasonic GH5 and GH4, a couple tripods, a stabilizer, some GoPro’s and a Mavic 2 Pro drone.
Finally, we arrived on location in Sydney. It was late morning already and I had approximately 3.5 hours to capture all the footage required. The brief was to showcase the arrival, packing and departure of a Simon National Carriers truck from the Rondo depot in Erskine Park, NSW.
After the safety induction, I unpacked my gear and brainstormed the sequence of events with the crew. Once we had a general game plan, it was time to get to work.
The real work of loading the truck was going to happen in real time. So I had to make sure that stayed 2 steps ahead of all the action in order to capture the shots I wanted.
I noted a variety of shots as must-haves. Such as time-lapse, aerials and forklift driver perspectives using GoPro cameras. I also wanted to get some candid hand-held shots of the guys as they did their work.
My client was happy to step back and let me take full control of the scene, which I really appreciate. Of course I would table my ideas for comment and feedback but ultimately I work well when given permission to run with my creativity.
After setting the main time-lapse camera and rigging a forklift with a GoPro camera, I shot a bunch of hand held stuff as well as some aerials.
It was a great effort all round. With just minutes to spare, the truck was fully loaded and the curtains were closed before I put the drone back up to film the departure.
Then it was time to pack all the gear and head back to the airport to catch my flight home. It was an epic day and I’m really happy with how the video turned out!
And I’m happy to say, so is my client.