Fly Fishing TV Show
  • My next door neighbor Kristi Lawley is a 2 time Emmy award winning producer in a top 5 TV market, she asked me if I wanted to head up into the mountains to tag along with there TV crew for a new show about fly fishing. Any excuse I can get to head up to the mountains with my camera works for me.
  • Interesting to watch how fast the TV crew could wire someone up for an interview and how fast the host can do an interview right on the spot without any notes
  • Interesting to watch camera crew work together, syncing time code and working on who was going to cover which angle.
  • They use very different gear, the cameras they used are the JVC GY-HM750U  JVC GY HM 700 & 750 which is a 1/3″ size sensor, these camera are very different to DSLR’s they appear to be setup for fast workflows and designed especially for TV work.
  • I was amazed how close they shot interviews and how they were not even afraid of recording audio right next to a very loud river.
  • It was interesting to see which angles they picked to shoot from, I looked around myself, I didn’t want to get into their shots but they got some angles I won’t have considered.
  • Every time I watch someone else shoot I always seem to pick up one or two things I can try myself. Even if it’s what they carry in their waist bags.

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  • Dave great Video, but I wonder when you will do a review later this year on the new 70D

  • Nice stuff Dave.

    Do you know what light he was using with the umbrella?

    Lighting an interview quickly is always a challenge that looked like a light weight and quick setup option.

  • @Michael I will do a review of it in Sept.

    @Chuck it is a Lowell Pro light, at least that is what I think it is called.

  • I was surprised to hear the camera operator (around 3:30) talk about how he was adjusting his shutter speed in order to reach a target F-Stop.

    He settled on 1/500 which is a far cry from the 180 degree rule even when filming at 720p60 like I belive he was.

    I always consider my shutter speed to be permanently locked at 1/50 (because I’m more or less always filming at 24p except when doing 60fps for slow mo) but this crew wasn’t concerned and in fact talked about how he liked the nice “crisp” look it gave his footage…well I guess that’s the difference between going for the filmic look and being okay with video looking like video

  • @Steve Crow, that’s cute. Would you say that to cinematographers or DPs in the movie industry? Because they break the 180 rule all the time. They know when and how to break the rules.

    I guess that’s why those guys are seasoned pros and have high-end broadcast careers. Do you?

  • Steve, I think that they were adding fast shutter to get at a better f-stop. In a reasonably static shot like the building he was shooting, you would not notice strobing or a strange lack of motion blur. The f-stop could have been sweet spot for shallow DOF or, more likely, the sharp spot for that zoom lens.

    Looking at this BTS reminds me that TV shooters maximize their time on the ground, hence the big zooms and the small sensor. This means that you reduce the issues of missing a shot due to focus. a big deal if in a hurry.

    I was most surprised to see the interview shot with direct sun in the face and a shady hat on the talent. I guess background won that fight 😉

  • David hit the nail on the head! I was a news shooter for 15 years and it’s all about getting the shot when things are happening quickly. No second takes. I shot lots of features and sometimes you really had to work to get decent shallow DOF with those sensors. Now I shoot local commercial production and while it’s nice to have more control over IQ and DOF, my DSLR rig is far more fragile and takes more time to prep for a shoot than most camcorders. The trade-offs are worth it for me. Lightweight jibs & sliders sure increase our production value. While I do miss the big Canon zoom and ergonomics of my Betacam back in the 90s, I sure don’t miss 27 lbs on my shoulder, expensive brick batteries, & dealing with analog tape!

  • @Ryan I think Steve was just making an observation, not trying to argue or discredit anyone. Relax and don’t be so quick to be confrontational.

    Great piece Dave, always interesting to see how others work and handle their prospective field of cinematography.

  • I worked on the dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” and it may seem odd recording an interview with loud dance music in the background for filmmakers, but the show gets away with it because it is reality TV. Another thing to consider is that there is a huge chance the producer will not use the interview which is often the case with reality TV. They do the interview just in case they need something extra that’s not already covered. It’s a huge shooting ratio of like 40:1, along the same lines of a documentary’s ratio of film:final edit.