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Yes, yours truly got his start shooting weddings… let’s go ahead and get that out in the open. But before you knock getting a little schnazzed up just to run around for 10-14 hours with cameras, lenses, sliders and support in tow, I want to take a step back and acknowledge that there are some valuable lessons to be learned shooting weddings. What I learned filming weddings has helped me in many aspects of the type of work I do now. You may be surprised to find the same principles would help you as well.

Finding great team members

Doing a job many times over will allow you to try out several different people for your team. You find out who works well within a team, who communicates effectively, who performs with excellence, etc. Most of the time you are shooting on the weekends which may cause you to have to have a few people on call for one position. If you can, rotate them, see how they work with different people. Once I found the people I enjoyed having on the team, I booked them as far ahead as possible so I was sure to have them for the next job. I do this still today.

What I learned from weddings

Not a great photo but one of the few I could find of our core team!

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Well here it is, I’ve been talking about what I couldn’t show for several months and now that it’s been announced, I can finally show some pieces of the new Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. I won’t go into great detail because there’s too many! But if you want a “behind the scenes” look at what went into this, check out a video I did a month ago on using the RED cameras for this production:

There are 9 videos in all for the series and each one has an intro such as what you see in the beginning. Out of the 9 we had to shoot 5 specifically for the new series in which 4 of them were shot in 3 days! How’s that for numbers! :)

For both the production and BTS we used a variety of cameras from the REDs, Sony F3, to GoPro, DSLR cameras, we also used the Kessler Crane Stealth slider with the Elektra drive motion system. We pulled everything out on this whole production (within budget of course) and I couldn’t be more happier in the results!

Here is a highlight reel that was shot and edited in 5 days to show the events from the week long EntreLeadership conference held in Tucson, AZ. This conference is produced by Dave Ramsey’s company, The Lampo Group.

We shot everything on 5D MkII, 60D and GoPro cameras. We used a mix of Canon L series zoom lenses, Zeiss 50 1.4 ZE and a Tamron 17-50 2.8. We also used the Kessler Stealth slider.

Thanks to Joel Hood for being the 2nd shooter during the week, couldn’t have done this without him!

Music: 30 Second to Mars – “Closer to the Edge”

Task: To shoot, produce, edit and post a live DVD production with 7 DSLR cameras in 3 weeks! Oh, and we also did the packaging as well!

Here’s a highlight video from that project.

We all used Canon 5D MkII and 7D cameras with mainly using 70-200 f2.8L lenses. We also used the 85 f1.2L and the 24-70 f2.8L for some shots.

Produced by Ben De Rienzo and Bobby Marko

- From Anita’s website:

Anita Renfroe’s brand new DVD “Big Ol Sweet Iced Tea” is making people laugh with her off-the-wall insights, music and her trademark pop culture parodies. Filmed in her hometown of Atlanta, GA before a sold out crowd, “Big Ol Sweet Iced Tea” releases summer 2010.

Renfroe, who some have described as “this generation’s Erma Bombeck” has been a featured comedian on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and has filmed a sitcom pilot for Sony/ABC co-starring Ryan Stiles and the late Dixie Carter. In addition to “Good Morning America,” Renfroe’s talent has been embraced by such top media outlets as “Dr.Phil,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” XM Satellite Radio Network’s “Oprah & Friends,”Inside Edition,” The Gospel Music Channel and others.

We were invited to capture some of the happenings at Nashville Lifestyles Magazine’s annual Music in the City event. Here is the video we created for them to feature on their website.