In an ongoing show of work I've been doing for work: a piece for the School of Photo at RIT.
During the Brick City Homecoming Weekend, the school had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Robert Latorre, an alumni of the photo program. Latorre, an innovator in the motion inustry, is the owner of The Big Freeze, a 360º capture infrastructure.
As part of his visit and lecture, I was able to get a few minutes of his time for an interview that reflects on his work, and the road of travel that got him there.
Everything was shot with a Canon 5D Mark 2 and 3. For the interview, I used a wireless lapel mic, clipped to Robert's shirt and feeding directly into the A-Cam (5D Mark 3) as it allows me to monitor the audio, and had the B-Cam (5D Mark 2) record with the built in mic. By marking the top of each clip with a slate (loud single noise, like a clap, to match up the tracks in audio post production) cutting in between the two cameras down the line.
Lighting was used with a battery-powered LED light (one that I'll excitedly be talking about soon) to just fill in the light from the room as well as the 360º camera rig itself. Overall, I wish I had changed the angle of the A-Camera so that the lights from the rig did not cause as much flare, but the monochrome filter (yellow red tones a bit brighter in monochrome) helped tone things down.
The interview proved to be a challenge of the technical limitations with DSLR. I had around 45 minutes of interview footage, but the clips ended up being cut (or in parts missing on one or another of the cameras) due to the recording limit of the 5D's. That being said, careful prep in the cards (and timing breaks) helped make sure I had footage to cover the heart of Latorre's story.