This weekend I was lucky enough to shoot a very intense work out video in Shillington, PA. My good friend Andrew Morris (who was also hired as my production assistant) found out about the opportunity and referred them to my work. Thanks again ANDY! Didn’t know what to expect but I have never been so embarrassed about being tired after a shoot.
Wasn’t sure what to expect when shooting a workout video. The workout was changing throughout the week and was still being tweaked on the day of the shoot. It was a good challenge for myself to stay organized and keep on top of the two day schedule. Gloria, who was my original contact, was beyond great. When Andy and I first arrived she came outside and gave us a hug and thanked us for coming. That set the mood for the rest of the weekend and we became part of the MMax Out family.
There is nothing better than working with those who have a passion for what they do. I loved working with everyone there because they had a great attitude and a unique personality. The workouts they did were pretty crazy and I’m looking forward to getting the video done so I can try it out. Thanks again to all that helped that weekend!
Now on to the gear I used!
The newest addition to my gear list is the Jag35 handles. I have yet to regret buying any gear thus far but I may regret not buying these handles sooner. If you are thinking to yourself “really? aren’t they just handles?”, then you have never shot for more than 5 hours in a day (this weekend I shot close to 20). The handles made my rig feel half the weight and much more compact. The rails are extremely smooth and I’m going back to Jag35 for more in the future. I am really thankful that the handles are attached to a 12” rail to give enough room to mount accessories such as a monitor. The handles themselves are extremely comfortable. They were able to get these out to me in only a couple days and that won’t be forgotten.
Audio is a huge deal for any video especially one that is instructional. I had Bruce mic’d with my wireless Lav and my shotgun was attached to the top of the 7D. What I wasn’t expecting was how good the audio from the camera would be. In a quiet room with no fans, this may be the audio I use for most of the video.
After using a monitor on a shoot the week before, I missed having that to view. Even though a Z finder is a life saver and ‘game changer’, a monitor would have come in handy when shooting the master shots. I’ve been talking with smallHD and looks like they may have bundles available in December.
Here’s an edit I put together of some shots I got of Bruce, the instructor, working out:
Pictures shown were taken by Andrew Morris.