Speaking of my last job, the last week of July I spent a day working as a PA/Grip for a Paper Meat Productions while they were shooting on location in Sedan, KS. The program we were shooting for was a food show tracing certain dishes back to their origins. Thus, we were on a farm looking at grass-fed cattle. It was your standard PA work, making runs, grabbing drinks for the crew, and setting up lunch. The Grip work was light, mostly C-stands, sand bags, and reflectors/diffusion. I even got to take some set stills when their camera's battery ran out. However, this time around there was one small twist. It was my first time working on a 3D shoot.
|Quite the setup...|
I'm not sure why I expected it to be some major change in procedure to work on a 3D shoot. I really thought that there might be some specific lighting nuances or maybe some extra equipment involved, but there really wasn't. Well, I take that back, there was an extra camera and a lot of gear to control both of them simultaneously. The crew were using one traditional 3D setup, two cameras mounted together with one shooting a mirrored image, and two 'modern' single unit 3D cameras for 2nd angles and b-roll. The first was the Panasonic AG-3DA1, and the second was a 3D handycam style camera that I didn't catch the brand name of. It was interesting seeing these three setups all working on the same set, almost like watching the evolution of 3D from a very technical film making process simplified to the pro-sumer DV cam level and then again to a consumer level handycam. It was definitely a new experience to see such a variety of cameras on one set, all destined for the same show.
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