Last summer the Koi-Fly team went to Okehocking Preserve in Chester County, PA, to film a national commercial, Aubio: You Are Not Alone.
With 40 extras and 20 crew members, coordinating everyone’s availability to shoot on the same day was challenging. For all-day outdoor shoots, there is always the fear of rain. We got extremely lucky with the date we picked, because the week before and the week directly after the shoot were a constant downpour.
We didn’t have rain, but we had another challenge: the sun. During our morning production meeting we emphasized the importance of staying hydrated with lots of water, using Nuun Electrolyte Tablets, and consistently applying bug spray and sun screen – especially since the actors were running all day.
Okehocking Preserve is huge – 180 acres to be exact – and since talent were arriving at different times, we had to rent a minivan to transport people from the parking lot to the shoot locations. Because it was such a big property, walkie talkies were a must to stay in communication.
Complex Shots: How We Did It
Sometimes our DP, gaffers, and grip have to get creative to execute a shot, and this shoot was no different. Scroll down to check out how we set up each shot or watch the full commercial!
To get shots of the runners, you have to run with them. Or drive in front of them with a gimbal attached to a steadicam strapped to Eric (the project’s DP) and mounted on the bed of a pickup truck (seen below).
For the shot below, we had two groups of runners join together to form one large group (35 runners to be exact). It may sound simple, but choreographing the runners to join at the right time just as our drone (Inspire 2) flew overhead was tricky. There were producers targeted at different locations with walkie talkies in order to accurately coordinate the shot.
For another shot, Eric, again attached to the steadicam, ran head first into the group of runners who were running straight at him.
To capture the detail of the lead actor running, we also set up a slider track dolly rail system.
Look for these shots in the commercial! Have any questions about how we filmed some other shots? Leave a comment below.
Director of Photography/Director: Chris Newhard
Aerial Videography/Drone: Eric LaCasse
Cinematographer: Eric LaCasse
Executive Producer: Stacey Grant
Production Manager: David Bisson
Line Producer: Nicole Monte
Associate Producer: Shelly Maxwell
Associate Producer: Steph Burke
Production Assistant: Erin Versaggi
Production Assistant: Lisa Fendrick
Production Assistant: Hikari Leon
Production Assistant: Cara Au Yong
Editor: Chris Newhard
Editor: Eric LaCasse
Lead Actor: Caitlin Riley