DDB- Sofia saw my short film “Sofia’s People” and approached me at the beginning of last week to go back to Sofia and shoot a broadcast 30 second commercial for M-Tel with the same intimate feel as my film, but we pre-cast real people. So keeping it authentic, no actors, just the right mix of people for what they are after.
I of course jumped at the chance to go back as I really enjoyed my time in Sofia. The only daunting thing is I am directing, shooting and editing it and only arriving in the country a day before the shoot. I have not had a hand in casting but the people they have chosen look great! The other scary thing is it needs to be finished and ready to go out on National TV in Bulgaria on Friday night as the time is already booked. So that’s a hell of a turnaround!
Also, I will be taking stills of each couple with the 5d for print campaigns, so a great example of convergence here.
It’s funny how what was essentially me just doing some filming on my way to Dinner has evolved into this. As I always say, keep on plugging away. Keep posting your work and you may get a lucky break.
Here is what I have put on tumblr so far.
All packed and ready to go…
Taking with me for the commercial shoot in Sofia on 5dmkII…
The camera of course. 24 and 35mm f1.4 canon. 50mm f1.4 zeiss zf nikon mount, 50mm f1.2 nikon, 70-200mm IS canon f2.8.
Zacuto tactical shooter as this should all be handheld, this i find essential after using it on cherry blossom girl in Chicago, but i did just drop it on my foot and it hurts.
if I decide i want tripod shots got my Miller DS20. perfect for 5d with a second manfrotto base plate for quick change to tripod and tactical.
4 16gb cards, 1 32gb. no need for so many but may as well bring them all. Three Canon batteries.
Canon vixia hfs10 for behind the scenes filming.
lumix tz7 for still shots
macbook pro 17 for editing and dumping, lexar f800 offloader for CF.
macbook pro 13 for blogging, working on storyboard etc…
two stupid t shirts, clean underwear, wash bag with just one after shave!
hold luggage comes in at 23kg. 3kg more than their limit but that is the lightest i have ever travelled for a shoot!
No sync on this shoot so no need for any sound equipment.
wish me luck! be twittering and tumblring the whole time
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