10 Sep Office In Motion : Gensler Chicago
A number of my clients have been after me for a while to start producing some videos of their projects. I actually studied filmmaking alongside photography back at SAIC and it’s an interest I’ve neglected for far too long. After shooting stills of this project last year, I got to thinking that it might also work really well for video. I thought, if I was going to experiment with putting some moving pictures together then what better place to start than a client’s own office where I could spend enough time to make sure I got the footage I wanted, not have to worry about being too intrusive and already have familiarity with the design.
We spent two days shooting the piece, based loosely around a vague storyboard I had in my head, using my new Canon 5dMk II. I played with a steadicam rig, turned my Magliner cart into a dolly and adapted my Nikon mount Zeiss lenses for some different optics. The 85mm f 1.4 was superb and was used for all the tighter shots. The Arca Cube tripod head is so smooth that it worked nicely for pans, though a real fluid head is going to be essential. I edited about 36GB of footage down to 4 minutes and 11 seconds of finished product, incorporating a few stills from the previous shoot as well as some timelapse scenes shot with the D3.