Chicago Video Crew Shoots Playoff Hockey in Sunny Southern California

As a huge sports fan myself, one of my favorite sports to watch is hockey, and the only thing better than NHL hockey is NHL Playoff hockey. That’s why I was psyched when I got the assignment with NBC Sports to head down to Anaheim and shoot some player interviews with the Ducks who are the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

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We arrived at the Honda Center nice and early to start setting up. We used a simple black curtain with some jerseys hanging up as our background. We interviewed several of the Ducks key players including 22-year veteran Teemu Selanne! We shot on the HDX-900 at 24p to get a real nice film look, and we used Nano Flash to be able deliver digital files for a quick turn around. I wanted a more dramatic look to these interviews since we were talking playoffs, rivalries, and the Stanley Cup. I simply used a Diva 400 as a key light and a somewhat harsh back light with no fill for the side of his face. This created some darker shadows on the subject’s face.

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Once we finished interviewing the players for the piece I transferred the footage to a drive that was overnighted to NBC Sports so they could cut the piece in time for the start of the series. It was a fun shoot and great to be behind the scenes as the two teams gear up for some intense playoff hockey!