Crazy – Sponsored by RedFox
Matt Cronin of Croninfilm, also the founder of the Lexington Short Film Society on Facebook wanted to shoot a short film that he wrote. He spent a total of five months in pre-production. RedFox provided the camera and audio equipment. Croninfilm also provided a Panasonic FZ1000 to fly on the Ronin-M (provided by Jason Hoefflin). The VilleTV was also there providing some grip equipment, tents, and 2-way radios. I was doing audio mixing on set using our Rode Blimp, Rode NTG-3, and Tascam DR-70d. Seth Proffitt was my boom pole operator.
Everything started off really great. The camera was set up and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5k (MFT) was handling the high contrast scene extremely well. Out 512gb SSD ensured that there was going to be no need to dump footage throughout the day. The vintage lenses were giving a lot of depth and character to the images as well.The blimp was cutting out all of the wind and the mic sounded phenomenal. Then on the second take, I heard it. “GRRRHHHHHSSHHHH” that was the sound of the soldering coming apart in the XLR cable. So I started fiddling with the cable and realized, this isn’t my XLR cable. I radioed to base camp for a spare one, they couldn’t find it. That’s when it hit me, my XLR cables were not on set. Also, no one had a spare. So, I gaff taped it into a stable position and was extremely careful to avoid too much movement. But with the wind it still happened every now and again, but for the most part it did not interrupt the shooting.
Our new Benro BV6 tripod worked really well. Extremely smooth, very sturdy and could take the full payload pictured below (except matte box), and our BlueShape 140wh V-Mount battery did a great job of powering the camera for the full shoot day with no issues.
We finished the first scene that was out in the woods and we broke for lunch. After lunch, that’s where things got worse. After lunch, the XLR cable that was causing some issues every once and a while started dying. We were getting to our last couple shots and it was almost about to rain. Then the DR-70D audio recorder began freaking out and would not power on. So we rushed to get Josh’s backup DR-60D after some fiddling around we got audio recording going again, but the XLR cable kept getting worse and worse. By the last couple shots it was completely dead. It was rough, but we wrapped. All in all, I got to meet some really cool people and it is almost always a fun time making a film. You can check for updates on Crazy at this link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/215033485498579/?ref=br_tf