today, as i looked into my viewfinder, there was a moment when i thought i was actually watching a recording. i was shooting with a 135 and i could see the president rather large on my screen - it felt so surreal. i quickly snapped out of it, remembered that this was live and got back to it. those couple moments though were quite the experience.
this weekend i was asked to travel to new orleans so that i could film the journey of the saints into washington to meet the president as the culmination of their superbowl victory. the flight over wasn't a media event - that meant i had very little access but i was also the only one not on the team that could tag along. when we landed in DC, a motorcade guided the five buses to the hotel. it was quite the trek to be a part of.
the next morning, we headed over to the white house as the president delivered a couple remarks to the team and spent some time shaking their hands. being that this was a media event, we had very specific places we could be (it seems like you lose whether it is open or closed to the media...). somehow i got lucky and a perfect profile shot was completely open so i scooped it up. carrying the MKIV and a handful of primes, we covered the brief event as best we could considering we had about a one foot square in which to stand.
we were filming this whole journey as part of an episode for a new series called 'the season' that we are filming for the nfl network. we are working with kevin shaw from 23films.com as the director, and it was great to have somebody so enthused by DSLR technology (he shot second angle when we could) and so open to our ideas and philosophy. we will be travelling back to new orleans later this month to finish up the coverage for this first episode (which is expected to debut around mid-september). 'the season' will focus on human interest stories related to the game of football. we are going to be checking out some pretty interesting places this year and i am excited for the stories we are getting a chance to tell.
on the tech side, we had to travel light because of all of the security at the white house. so i had one bag with me, a monopod, and a cinevate slider. we brought a pile of primes, and i am so glad i did. it slowed me down a tad but the imagery is so not broadcast. i had a 14/24/35/50/135 and a 1.4 telconvertor. i brought an extra monopod for the director, kevin shaw, who shot b-cam whenever possible. colored in apple color.
a couple interesting things i learned over the weekend;
one // airplane food is not nearly the same for a football team as it is for us mere mortals. the plane ride over served garnished steak or chicken parmesan.
two // if that wasn't enough, when we arrived at the hotel through the back door, with lots of security) they had a whole banquet room setup with snack food. like the plane, it isn't what you would expect. they had plates of burger, different types of pasta, tubs of haagen daaz, and more than enough to make a buffet restaurant - but this was only a late night snack.
three // if you find yourself on the white house lawn and your not a US citizen, watch what you do with any tools you might bring. i was doing a slider show with out cinevate LTS30 and as i put it on the ground i mentioned to kevin, the director, that this probably won't last long. within 30 seconds we had security there. the thing i didn't know was that being from canada made me a foreign national. being a foreign national meant i needed an escort anywhere i went at the white house. all of that meant no slider shots on the white house lawn.
here is a quick clip from the weekend. music by ryan rebo, entitled 'dizzy american', licensed through withetiquette.com special thanks to brian at the nfl network for letting me publish this here. all footage is property of the NFLN.
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