“If you really love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” Ever hear this before? Yeah, I thought it was a load of crap until I starting doing something I really enjoyed . For the short time I have been in this field, a little over a year out of college, I have found that co-workers turn into friends; especially when working on multiple projects together. It is nice to have friends in the production field because when contests such as Moe’s Queso commercial come along, you know who to call (and no, not Ghostbusters)
For this contest I worked with my two friends, Dave Ogden and Dennis Zimmerman, to form our ‘A’ team. We even had two actors lined up. I would be the DP, Dave the director/producer, and Dennis the sound and editor. Well, when you are working on a $0 budget don’t expect all your talent to show up. Being a bit of a goofball it was an easy decision to make me the other actor. Dave took over as DP for all scenes that I was in (most of them) and I was able to shoot the other stuff. It was fun acting (like myself) but I enjoy being behind the camera much more. Dave and I have worked on shoots together since I have gotten out of college and we seem to click very well on set. There are no egos between us, including Dennis, and we are all open to suggestions and criticism. Working with these guys doesn’t feel like work at all and I love it. Doesn’t matter if the shoot is four hours or 14 hours, it is always fun with these guys.
The shoot went rather smoothly and again, team work and preparation made this possible. We began setting up at 8 AM and I believe finished around 1 PM. Grabbed some lunch and then cleaned up. It was a very fun shoot and I think it turned out very well.
For all those gear junkies, here is a list of equipment used:
Canon 7D, Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens, LCW fader nd, indiSystem indiRAILSpro handheld rig, Zoom H4n, Sony wireless lav, Lowell light kit, Arri light kit (3 650s and 1 1K), and Dennis used Avid MC to edit it all together. Be sure to hear Dave’s thoughts on it.