Could you talk about your setup for "Sexplanations" a bit? I'm particularly curious what mics you use, but also camera(s), lighting equipment, and editing software. Is it all your personal equipment or do you rent anything? Do you map out camera angles in advance or decide in the moment? How do you balance the technical with the creative aspects of each episode? Cheers!
Absolutely! Here’s a breakdown for you.
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
The Canon 7D is a good camera (especially when it came out a few years ago) and is just a tank. I’ve never had an issue with it other than a faulty lens years ago. It’s challenging to shoot things like Sexplanations because there’s no really solid way to monitor sound. I’ve tried using preamps and it just becomes a war with batteries.
Lenses: Tokina 11-17mm and Canon 50mm
I pretty much go back and forth between these two lenses for all of our shoots. The Tokina is a wide lens and the 50mm is more of a telephoto.
Lighting: CFL Soft Box Studio Light
It’s a cheap and light-weight lamp that works for what we do but I wouldn’t use it on a film set. Hank once slightly bumped one and it fell over shattering every single bulb in it.
Microphone: Sennheiser ew 112p G3 Wireless Lav
For the price, these are fantastic little wireless mics. They’re not as rugged as some of the higher priced mics, but the signal is solid and the sound is pretty darn good.
Editing: Adobe Premiere CS
It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn good.
All of the equipment is either owned by me or by Hank’s company. We don’t rent. With our schedules, it just wouldn’t work. We need all of the equipment IMMEDIATELY.
Lindsey and I try to map out shots as best we can but there is also a lot of “on the fly” camera work being done. At the end of the day, it’s my job to make sure we have something that cuts together (hopefully in a compelling way) and Lindsey’s job to make sure the info is accurate. Of course, that line bleeds and we both help each other out a lot. She has ideas for shots, I have ideas for clarity of info.