I mentioned in a blog comment that we did two shoots this last weekend. I think the footage we got was the most technically proficient we've gotten to date, and a big part of the reason is Hippo, who's been my friend since elementary school. Hippo's a wizard at making things, and made a bunch of cool toys for us, including the LostBets.com paddles and the memory/clothing cards. Today I want to highlight two of the newest.
I said in an earlier blog post that we use seven cameras when we shoot, but that's outdated: we're now up to 8. How do we keep an eye on all these cameras? Well, until recently, we couldn't and didn't. We could only monitor a subset of the cameras and hope for the best. Frequently, in editing we'd discover that one or more angles was or became useless. I always consoled myself with the notion that with seven cameras at least one would probably be usable, but it's always sucked to know that we missed out on some good angles and there was nothing we could do about it.
Until Hippo built us this bad boy:
Pretty sweet. But what good is seeing what the camera sees if we can't do anything about it? Many of the cameras are handheld or on tripods that someone can adjust, but several are mounted up high or down low or in the actual scene where a cameraman can't go. It's happened more than once that we'll carefully position an overhead camera, and the players will move somewhere else. So Hippo madethese radio-controlled pan-tilt GoPro mounts.
So if you notice higher-quality films with better angles and fewer missed shots, thank Hippo.
In today's lead-up to Episode 400, here's Dante interviewing Jasmine.