When The Vision Network asked me if I would like to come on a road through California with National Geographic and Visit California I quickly erased everything from my schedule! I always love shooting with TVN, its the perfect blend of creativity along with intelligent thought provoking content, and on this occasion the focus was on 'Meeting the Makers' of the Golden State; taking the viewer into the world of local makers: brewers, farmers & shapers. We reveal each area’s unique character, through local people, activities, crafts and cuisines.
On this project we shot on a Sony FS5, Panasonic GH5, Sony A7SII, Go pro Hero 5's and DJI Phantom 4 pro. We had gimbles are wireless directors monitors to compliment the setup and enough lenses to sink a ship, my personal favourite was the Fujinon 18-55 which was my work horse for the duration.
For a long time I've had to rely on a director hovering over my shoulder in order for them to be part of the process, but on this occasion the team over at Yodo put together a wireless directors monitor for me, with its USP being its lightweight construction, which is pretty invaluable when your running around with a small team.
From Santa Rosa to Sacramento and San Luis Obispo, TVN produced 3 films (60 and 30 second versions) to be shown on National Geographic online and on TV. Thomas Williams worked as second camera on the trip and captured some particularly spectacular footage in San Louis while treading water with a go pro, nice job!
This project was shot over a 10 day period, with National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Ben Horton as our host.