The weather wasn’t so bad today but we were inside anyway. Â Although, I never really stepped outside during the whole shoot so maybe my key grip and gaffer had to deal with some elements that they didn’t tell me about. Â The shoot went pretty well today. Â I like my key grip, Evan Brown, because he just LOVES laying down dolly track so I’m never hesitant to come up with dolly movesâ€”unless the schedule doesn’t permit it. Â My gaffer, Ephraim Smith, is great to work with as well. Â I tend to want to do things in a way that would be easiest for my tiny crew, but he’s up for (and encourages) any challenge that I can give him.
We wrapped at exactly 8:30pmâ€”which is the time the director wanted to wrap byâ€”and I went immediately to BYU to shoot a couple of interviews with football players. Â We had two KinoFlos and a Canon 5D MkII with a tripod that didn’t have the right screws for the camera. Â I was in a mild internal panic but quickly figured that this would be a good opportunity to shoot some sit-down interviews in a way I had never done before: handheld. The lenses we were using were image-stabilizing lenses so I setup the tripod at the appropriate height, put the director’s sweater on top of it as padding for my hands while I semi-handheld the camera for the entire interviews. Â This allowed me to keep the camera moving and even do a lot of dynamic dutch angles I wouldn’t have normally been able to get had the tripod worked out the way we planned. Â It was really fun! Â But my hands got pretty tired.
Anyway, I’m really wasted and need to get to bed. Â Here are just a couple of frame grabs from today’s Uphill Battle shoot followed by a couple of images from the interviews.