Friday, March 1, 2013

Behind the Scenes... Photograhers Harlem Shake

So we get a TON of questions about how we go about shooting, framing, etc...

Stuff like...

How in the heck did you get that shot?
Do you really love bacon as much as you say you do?
Were you using a crane or something?
That's so cool!.... how'd you do it?

So, we thought we might discuss a little bit about a recent shoot we did at The Believe Workshop. We had a bunch of awesomely crazy photographers, a truck full (literally!) of random props (lifejackets, lamp shades, a duck, a strangely large umbrella, a watergun... yes the list goes on and on...)... so we couldn't pass up the chance to do the Harlem Shake! Joe Atkins, with JOPHOTO, brought the idea to us and we were like "ummmm yeah... FOR SURE....".

The video, which was shot at Smithview Pavillion in Maryville, TN, seems to be shot from "up in the air", as if we're looking down at the photographers. Many people think you need a crane, a really expensive ladder, or some other sort of insane filmmaking tool to accomplish this look. Well, we're here to tell ya YOU DON'T!

Be creative! Use your surroundings! When you think an idea is too crazy, DO IT ANYWAYS! You never know what outcome you're gonna have...

So, in the hills of East Tennessee, EVERYBODY has a truck. I (NICHOLAS) have a full size Nissan Titan. So, why not put it to good use! We backed that baby up right into the middle of the pavilion and Keaton shot the whole production out of the bed of the truck. Yep, we simply put a tripod in the middle of the bed of the truck. So simple, yet so effective. We got the shot we wanted, and we never had to setup a crane or ladder or anything else. Check it out!

A huge shout out to Jimmy Phillips with Perfect Capture Photo for getting these super cool shots of KEATON filming the Harlem Shake!

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