We were hired by our partners at IDEAS to shoot the HD footage for this video. This included traveling to Panama City Beach, FL to meet with clients and do the site survey, developing the shot list, hiring and managing all on-camera talent, providing the crew (including DP, camera, grips, lighting, wardrobe, make-up and craft services) and planning then executing the entire shooting process. In total we provided 7 people on the production side for three days on-site and 8 actors for two days.
It was a fun but hard shoot. Our shot list was extraordinarily advantageous and demanded extreme efficiency so it was disappointing to loose a 1/2 day of our 3 day shoot schedule due to un-forecasted weather on the very first day! We ended up having to scrub the aerials on day 1...putting us behind schedule from the very start. In fact, we were still working at midnight on day 1 to reconfigure the schedule to meet the shot list and forthcoming production needs.
Fortunately the weather cleared overnight so Director of Photography Ben Mesker and Producer/Director Jennifer Foster were airborne at 5am on day 2. Ben was literally hanging out of the side of a helicopter while Jennifer called for and monitored shots from inside. It was unseasonably (unreasonably) cold but the gorgeous sunrise shots were completely worth it! Ben eventually got feeling back in his legs and we were off and running to shoot the talent set-ups.
When back on the ground, we jumped right into our extensive shot list. Like a well oiled machine, our team flawlessly executed multiple set-ups and locations. It was an amazing team and we could have never pulled off this production without all of the right people on the right jobs! Our re-scheduling and extensive planning also paid off...we were able get every shot necessary to complete the script needs even while consciously making a point to slow down to get it right.
All in all...this job had some pretty brutal demands but we had a blast working on it and this beautiful footage is a project that we, and our partners at IDEAS, are all very proud of.
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