The second video filmed by Guardian photographer Dan Chung entirely on a production Canon EOS5DmkII with adapted Nikon lenses.

It is the story of Wang Chenyang, a student at the Wang Fei Basketball Training Camp at Shi Dai High School, told in his words. Basketball is fast becoming the biggest sport for China's youth - and
teenagers like Wang hope to become its new stars.

This film is not really videojournalism, instead more of a video portrait.

The kit used was as follows:
Nikon 16mm f2.8
Nikon 17-35mm f2.8
Nikon 28mm f1.4
Voigtlander 58mm f1.4
Nikon 85mm f1.4
Nikon 80-200 f2.8
Edirol R-09 field recorder
ManhattanHD LCD monitor
Miller DS20 tripod
Steadicam Merlin arm and vest

The shoot was far from perfect, shot in only 2 hours and with only one camera battery as spares were unavailable. The whole thing was a rush.

There were problems with the dolly introducing vibrations, due to rushing to set up.

There were problems with the Steadicam not balancing well despite a day spent setting it up earlier in the week.

Worst of all footage was lost when a 8gb card failed on me, mostly Steadicam work.

Despite all this the film was put together.

Deliberately using high shutter speeds to create the ‘Gladiator’ look on the action sequences. A lot of the action was shot handheld or on the Steadicam. The footage shows skew issues but it doesn’t ruin the film in the way it might with other subjects.

All audio apart from the interview voice over is from the camera’s built in mic.

The camera was set to a custom Picture style, many thanks to James Miller

Edited overnight in Final Cut Pro, using Apple ProRes 422 using MPEG Streamclip to convert. Basic exposure and adjustments only, no grading.

See for more of Dan Chung's work.

And see for more coverage of China from the Guardian.


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