It’s even more fun when my video projects are collaborative efforts with like-minded creatives such as Suzanne, Director of Evolve Marketing.
We have worked together on a number of video projects in the past, and it was good to be teaming up again to work on a company promotional video.
There are many benefits that come with working with others. I like to see others in the same line as business as I am as colleagues rather than competitors.
We can all bring unique skills and talents to projects that we might not otherwise have available. It’s a great opportunity to network and learn from one another.
The video project involved a fly-in fly-out trip to Sydney, so it was an early start in Brisbane for sure!
Suzanne provided me with a general storyboard and I had a basic idea of what she needed to achieve in the few hours we had on location.
Running solo is great because you get to shoot for the edit how you want. The down side of course is being limited with time and so it can be challenging at times performing the role of camera operator, director, drone operator etc.
Right Tools for the Job
I had packed most of my toys, including 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.
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.
Ready for Anything
The crew were waiting to load the truck in real time. I was only going to have one shot at it so I had to make sure that stayed 2 steps ahead of all the action.
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.
Suzanne 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. I do enjoy being able 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!
This fly-in fly-out video project was the direct result of past collaborative efforts between Evolve Marketing and 2 GEMS MEDIA.
We had produced a video celebrating the new curtains being used on Simon National Carriers trucks and were asked back to shoot another.
Below is the first video we produced for Simon National Carriers.
Evolve Marketing has been working with 2 Gems Media for many, many years and have continued to strengthen their partnership with each client. Dave is trusted, reliable and can work in complete autonomy. He has been known to go out of his way travelling, working long days and weekends in order to deliver the highest quality product in a timely manner. Together with 2 Gems, Evolve are able to develop creative solutions to provide outstanding and innovative products to our clients.Suzanne Borden, Director, Evolve Marketing.