Archive for September, 2014

ESPN’s WNBA Promotion Production Day

Friday, September 26th, 2014

6:00 am sharp on Saturday, Crew West members entered the practice court of US Airways Center for ESPN’s WNBA Championship Trophy promotion shoot, with members of both finals participants, the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky. Because it was a studio scene with a white background and top lighting, it required many heavy combo stands. The shooting time was scheduled at 10:00 am, but the crew was still not ready after four hours loading and setting. The problem was that the a black duvateen wall of the temporary studio room created a distracting reflection on the trophy, so it had to be changed to a white paper roll. Once the new wall was set, in order to protect the even lighting, the crew had to cut off a little hole in the white seamless paper roll and put the camera’s lens through the hole. This became very frustrating for our Director of Photography, Jim Farrell, to move the camera around in such a limited space. During the confetti shooting, one girl from Chicago Sky was trying to throw confetti while bending down and she planned to stand up again in front of the camera after throwing, but she couldn’t get up and everyone laughed really hard. The shooting became harder again for shooting b-roll of the trophy because the top lighting was reflecting poorly the trophy itself. Our gaffer, Jarrod Wilson, decided to go into the studio and used a white paper to cover himself while hitting the trophy with a small handheld light. The twinkle reflected on the trophy and we were finally able to oce again create the perfect shot. It was another tiring yet rewarding day for the crew.
-written by ASU intern Ao Gao

Production day with Doug Ducey

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Mountains, a resort, and sunrise seem to be a perfect combination for any relaxing weekends. Yet, under such a beautiful scene, trucks, light stands, and cameras are the actual theme for starting a new day, especially at 4 a.m. in the morning. The shoot was a scripted read with a teleprompter and a dolly move using a Fisher dolly. About four lights were set up including K5600 HMIs, and a 1200 watt Arri with fresnel glass. The day continued at the Mesa-Phoenix Airport Able Engineering aircraft factory. When we arrived at the factory, a giant American flag hung on a wall in the warehouse, so our Director of Photography, Jim Farrell, decided to take the advantage of the flag to show Mr. Ducey in the foreground interacting with factory workers and the flag as a backdrop. After 7 hours of shooting, the crew went to a Tax-income store in Phoenix and Basis School in North Scottsdale for another 6 hours of shooting. By 6:00 pm, primary shooting was finally done after 14 hours. While long, it was definitely a great day of shooting and production. Check out our final products on various television outlets showing Doug Duecy’s campaign for governor.

-written by ASU intern Ao Gao