This is a rough behind the scenes video blog.

Today I got up at 5 am, packed a bunch of my TV gear and headed out to Gloucester, Massachusetts to shoot for a hockey TV show on a lobster and fishing charter boat. This was the same area the Andrea Gail set out during “The Perfect Storm”.

So what does this have to do with hockey?

'The Chief' Johnny Bucyk and ‘Pieface’ John McKenzie were on board.

Bucyk retired as the Boston Bruin's team leading scorer, a mark that was surpassed by defenceman Ray Bourque in 1997. The Chief remains Boston's goal scoring leader, compiling 16 seasons of 20 or more goals, receiving two Lady Byng Trophies, and appearing in seven NHL all-star games. He was the fifth NHL player to score 50 goals with 100 points in a season.

McKenzie played in 691 NHL games, totaling 206 goals, 268 assists and 917 penalty minutes. His teammates called him “pieface” because of his acne that lasted into his twenties. Hockey players can be so cruel.

I brought along my Sony HC3 to shoot during the downtime (there was not much) and after I was done edited this, I just watched the film and talked about the visuals in a very conversational way. I added it like a directors track on a movie DVD.

For the broadcast shoot I brought my Sony Z1U with a wide lens (and was asked by the client to shoot in standard def 4:3 DVCAM), about ten tapes, a monopod, a vinten vision 3 tripod, two sennheiser evolution wireless systems, two Sony ecm-77b lav mics, an audio technica shotgun mic, a bunch of batteries, water tight pelican cases, foul weather gear, a/c charger, gaff tape and a magic arm to mount the camera in the wheelhouse.

I shot five 40 minute tapes and got a lot of great footage with the Z1U. I was amazed at how still the ocean was. I was able to get great rock solid tracking shots from the boat deck as we drifted by the old fishing ships and the old New England lighthouses. I did not get sick...this time.

I shot most of the TV show either on a monopod or run and gun handheld.

We caught four Cod and two Haddock while deep sea fishing and we also pulled in one troll line of twenty lobster pots. We were able to keep about 30 lobsters out of the near 60 we must have trapped in the pots.

Lobstering is defiantly dangerous. We all had to pay close attention to what was going on around us.

I cannot post any of the video I shot with the Z1U because of copyright issues. I am not editing this TV show. The tapes are sent to New Jersey to be edited for broadcast.

TRT 4 minutes 43 seconds

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