I made this music video for Colby Miller during the off-hours of two very different projects. Colby and I filmed his half in Riverside, CA while I was involved in a few episodes of The LXD that we were filming there (you can see the same wheat field in season 3 episode 3). I only used a shoulder-mounted stabilizer and the Canon 7D for his segments, and shot during the golden hour just before sunset. Then the footage sat for a while.
The plan was to finish the music video in Utah with dancing by Krista Treu Derington, but my Utah trip was postponed a few months until we raised money for “Time Withers” to be filmed. The production schedule was tight and very busy, and we kept looking for time to film this video with Krista, but it was delayed until just after sunrise on the last day of shooting.
For most of the dancing footage I used a Glidecam HD-2000 with the Canon 7D and a Tokina 12-24 lens, with a few shots on a tripod, shoulder-mount stabilizer, and even a few handheld shots with the Canon 17-40. I used a Canon 70-200 f/4L for two or three shots and I hauled around gear in a shoulder bag and a small Storm Case (I also use Pelican cases for my lights). I’ve found that this setup allows me to be versatile, light, and move quickly in run-and-gun filming situations, especially outdoors and when no additional lights or modifiers will be used. It’s not ideal for all situations, but I find myself frequently using this combination of gear.