It has been awhile since my last post but that’s because
I have been pretty busy the last couple of months. I graduated with my MBA, had family in town for three weeks and I have been working quite a bit. One of those jobs was working on the Atlantis Resort commercial in the Bahamas. The job lasted for a week, and it seemed like we worked every hour that week. I was so exhausted when I got back but it was an incredible experience. I got a call one day from a friend of mine, Smith Sipes. The call went something like this: Hey, it’s not for certain yet, but do you want to go to the Bahamas for a week to work on the Atlantis commercial? My response was something like this: Hell yeah! So Smithy set it up and I was hired by Go Convergence, an Orlando-based production company.
We were fortunate enough to be able to stay at Atlantis, which was a good thing since every day started at the crack of dawn. By the end of the week I had explored every square inch of the resort and probably walked the complex 3 times over. I was hired as 2nd AC which meant that I was responsible for 10 cameras. That’s right, I said 10 cameras. At the beginning of the week we only had 5 cameras: 1 Varicam, 2 5D’s and 2 7D’s. But as the week progressed so did the load on my camera cart. It’s a bit stressful to keep track of 10 cameras amongst 7 shooters and all the cards that go along with them. This was a national commercial spot for a huge client and if any of the cameras weren’t set up properly for each shooter or any of the cards were lost or were “accidentally” formatted without backing up the data first, my ass would have been in trouble. Finally, my anal organizational skills paid off!
Even though we were pushed to the max everyday, I had an amazing time and got to meet some incredible people. One of those people was John Atkinson. John is an amazing DP and he has worked on everything from TV to movies. Ricky Fontanez, who was 2nd DP/1st AC was great to work with. Also, Norris McMahan, who was the jib tech, kept me laughing and made the stressful situations feel not so stressful. One of the most memorable moments was a shoot that required the jib to be up a hill in order to shoot the talent coming down a slide. The reason this shot was so memorable is because to this day I still have no idea how Norris got the jib into its position. The hill was covered with plants and bushes making it hard to climb without anything in your hand, let alone hauling each part of the jib and reassembling it at the top. It was crazy! Hanging out with these guys made the long days worth it.
Unfortunately I am not able to embed the video but If you would like to see one of the commercial spots that came out of our hard work, you can see it here.