This week we called in at the last minute to shoot executive interviews for a major client. They are preparing to promote several massive corporate real estate deals in the NY/NJ area.

A fantastic learning opportunity!

Teamwork is key in any industry and I didn’t feel comfortable handling interviews by myself, so I enlisted the help of Sam. Coincidentally, Sam is about to present to our Filmmaker group on interview techniques, so this was a great opportunity to see the man in action first hand.

Sam knows so much about lighting, sound and general setup that the whole day was a huge learning experience for me personally. And, with the amount of gear needed (lights, microphones, cameras, reflectors, etc.) this was definitely a two-person job.

The man in action!

It’s amazing just how much clutter and mess there was in the room, with parts and cables all over the place. But in the shot – nothing but clean lines.

Educate your clients

It was also an opportunity to remind ourselves that not everyone knows what log color profiles are used for. Everything was shot in SLOG3, which was the specification. But when the client first looked at it she thought it had been dreadfully underexposed. Fortunately, their editor did know how to use it so all was right after a bit of education.

As with most new types of situations, I came away realizing that I still have more gear to add to the stable if I want to do more of this in the future. #1 on the list is an XLR hookup for my trusty GH5. I can see one of these in my future.

I could write more about how much I learned that day, but then this would be a book instead of a blog post.

I can’t wait to see his presentation tomorrow.

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