Old Hat Capture - Summer Extravaganza

Hey everyone, welcome back! During the summer months I travel and shoot a lot of content that we use to produce football videos and other fall sports, so today I'm going to talk about what's been going on with Old Hat Capture.

Like Robert mentioned in his blog a week and a half ago, we just returned from the University of North Texas where we captured footage for their 2013 football videos. That's me in the photo above, giving instructions on a shot to 600 students. I can't remember exactly what direction I was giving here, but it was probably something along the lines of, "Hey, listen to this guy with the camera say something stupid and then scream like crazy."

The folks at North Texas who had organized this terrific shoot naturally fretted about the results and wanted the crowd to look super excited, thankfully they got their wish.

Dealing with a crowd can be unpredictable, but in this case we had a captive audience since they were taking part in an orientation of sorts. There's nothing like putting six hundred 18-year olds wearing the same shirt into a football stadium. All you need is a microphone and a PA and excitement WILL ensue. It's just a fact people. 

The students were already seated in the stands when we arrived, so we just started there. I wanted some epic shots that showed the vastness of the crowd and a tripod just wasn't going to do it for me. Thankfully I had brought the jib along for just this occasion. It doesn't hurt that it looks extremely cool in operation as well, which is always useful when dealing with a bunch of teenagers. Robert and I did some quick setting up of the SevenJib on the platform and we were ready in just a few minutes thankfully.

Let me backtrack for a minute though.

We started by shooting the players against a bluescreen. Normally you might use a greenscreen to key out players, but since they wear green as part of their uniforms it would probably make for some odd video to have a bunch of disembodied heads floating around in the intro video.  

I can't get into too much detail on the blog today, but we'll use the keyed out footage of the players to do some cool stuff, so stay tuned for that in the coming months. 

On another sidenote, we obviously have a lot of football videos in the pipeline but I'm making time in the next couple of weeks to attend a pretty cool workshop that should be beneficial moving forward for all of our clients. It's Alex Buono's Visual Storytelling Tour and you can find more info on it here.  I'll recap that in an upcoming blog. More to come...