The Canon EOS 5D Mark III helps team shoot stills and DSLR video in a “lean” way (NSFW)

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Here's an example of where a Canon EOS 5D Mark III can help your team be “lean” (small and agile) and still shoot stills and video for your customer quickly. Chris Gramly contacted us about this shoot where he was asked to produce a marketing piece for a spa – here's part of his email to me:

We did this as a marketing piece for the location which is Wilbur Hot Springs (www.wilburhotsprings.com/index.htm) but this version is without the branding. We were asked to shoot this in a remote location and needed to run a lean operation. Everything was shot with the 5DMKIII and it was very much a dual stills/motion shoot. We are doing a longer version with branding and it has more “day at the hot springs” stuff like her in nature and in bed reading, etc.

Andrea Margaret floating in the Wilbur Hot Springs

Onsen – Wilbur Hot Springs in Northern California

This is NOT SAFE FOR WORK (NSFW) as it involves partial nudity

Andrea Margaret enjoying the shoot

Andrea Margaret enjoying the shoot (looks like hard work doesn't it? HA)



More from Chris about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Trinette and I had the good fortune to be able to shoot stills and motion for Wilbur Hot Springs (www.wilburhotsprings.com), a Japanese style hot springs located 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco. Wilbur is located in a very beautiful and remote nature preserve. The kind of remote that requires you to bring in all of your own food, get by without internet or cell phone access and use as little electricity as possible because it is 100% solar dependent for power.

The last several miles of the trip are spent on a dirt road (watch out for the cows) so you really get the feeling that you are “escaping” the outside world.

In addition Wilbur is a clothing optional hot springs and the guests are very sensitive to people taking photos, which are prohibited. All of these factors required keeping production and crew to a minimum.

Chris and Trinette dual shooting

Chris and Trinette dual shooting

Lean was the name of the game and we had a total crew of 5:
Chris Gramly: DP and Art Direction
Trinette Reed: Stills, Styling and Art Direction
Saul Germaine: Producer (saulinc.co)
Garry Belinsky: Assistant (garrybelinsky.com)
Andrea Margaret: Talent (angmodel.tumblr.com)

Chris helping Trinette get the shot! Anything for the job eh?

Chris helping Trinette get the shot! Anything for the job eh?

Wilbur notified all guests in advance to let them know we would be shooting, and closed the Fluminarium (the indoor pools) for a few hours on the morning of our shoot. It was important to reduce our footprint on set so I configured things to be able to quickly switch the Canon EOS 5D Mark III between monopod, tripod, Kessler Pocket Dolly, RedRock shoulder rig and Merlin Steadi-cam to get a variety of camera movements.

It was run-n-gun style shooting while Trinette was grabbing stills. Luckily we have a lot of practice shooting both stills and motion simultaneously and have worked out the kinks, making sure nothing gets missed. The fact that we shoot mostly natural light helps a great deal.

More dual Canon EOS 5D Mark III shooting

More dual Canon EOS 5D Mark III shooting

Everything went off without a hitch and mother nature was kind enough to provide beautiful sunlight that streamed into the flumes in a way that only a major Hollywood production could replicate. Andrea was the perfect model and performed beautifully, the staff was great in making sure the guests were comfortable and the resulting stills and video really showcase the beauty of this location.

Wilbur is truly one of the best places I have visited to unwind and unplug, if you are ever in the area I highly recommend a visit.

More information on Trinette Reed Photography
Website: trinettereed.com
Blog: blog.trinettereed.com
Facebook: facebook.com/trinettereedphotography
Instagram: trinettereedphoto

The 'lean' team working the shots

The ‘lean' team working the shots

Pretty cool huh?

Our thanks to Chris for sending this in with all the behind the scenes info!

You're welcome to send info about your shoot to me – use the blog.planet5d.com/contact page and we'll have a look (without any promise to publish of course).

   
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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