In May of last year I was hired to shoot a web interactive game for Yahoo sports in the LA Coliseum. The Director Jason Zada who helms at the production company, Tool of North America. He had seen the short film “The Last 3 Minutes,” loved the look of it and wanted to try the DSLR technology out in the sports arena. The game was one that you played online to get people all fired up about the 2010 WORLD CUP. It was a shootout where you could select to be the penalty kicker or the goalie. From there you would select where you were going to kick the ball or as the goalie, where you were going to leap to make the save. We shot the spot over 2 days and I employed the same kind of lighting style that I used in the drum battle at the end of my film “Drumline.” I used a very controlled, super soft source from overhead that fell off quickly. This lighting effect was used to showcase the kicker and the goalie, while all the other elements in the stadium fell off to black.
We shot with a total of 9 Canon 5D’s with all Canon L series glass, from a 24mm to a 800mm. Over the course of the 2 night shoots, we had over 158 set ups planned. With synergy and support from several of my talented Elite Team members: Darin Necessary, 1st AC Mike Svitak, 2nd AC Derek Edwards, 1st AC and Chris Mosely, Camera Operator we brought this baby to life. Every set-up required us to repeat all of the shotsgain with a different kicker and a different goalie. Once again, the power of this platform and its nimble ability to capture wonderful moments was showcased. Here are some screen grabs from the interactive game as well as a BTS. Enjoy!!!