Today's theme covers a local Ultimate Frisbee gathering. I filmed them once last year when I first purchased my 5D Mark II and when they learned of the 30 Stories in 30 Days challenge they contacted me on Facebook requesting to be Day 3.
I am a storyteller, filmmaker, entrepreneur and I recently challenged myself to create 30 videos in 30 days, each one unique with a strong story to tell or a specific film technique to explore. I will share the impetus for each day’s story as well as the thought process behind each video and the production challenges I faced.
One of the largest challenges to this piece was the schedule. WU plays late in the evening from 9:00pm to 11:00pm, and while I have never said I had to have each piece completed before midnight, it sure would be nice. I figure my deadline is flexible to bedtime. I must get each video completed and posted before I go to bed for the night. Tonight, it happens to be 3:08am.
The other large challenge with this piece is capturing a live sporting event with engaging composition. I have begun to rely heavily on the use of negative space when composing shots and each time I tried to use other players as foreground they would move.
I also had to trouble shoot rolling shutter issues with the field lights. I found that shooting at slower shutters speeds with a pushed ISO and open aperture worked best.
I am disappointed that I didn't capture stronger b-roll images pre and post game, but in hind sight, there really were not all that many opportunities as the players basically went from their cars into the game without much in the way of preparation or tear down.
I used my monopod in a creative way in this piece. I extended it to its highest setting and then lifted it high into the air to provide some bird's eye or mildly arial images. I also used my monopod as a steadying device while running throughout the field of play.
Canon 5D Mark II
"Shake Some Action"