Last friday we had a big production shoot for a big client which meant pulling out the big guns. We started the morning off by setting up a thirty-six foot crane to get a stunning shot of a family at the lake . In fact, the crane ended up being so long that we had to reposition our scene on the dock!
If you want to make a production manager crazy, try dangling the camera over a body of water for a few hours! Of course, everything went swimmingly, which you can take to mean that nobody went swimming.
For the next shot, our art department actually built a merchant booth (like the kind you might see at a music festival) from the ground up. We rented half of the inventory of a local cycle shop for the set, and our art director Mimi did a such a great job setting the scene that people thought it was a real business! Of course, since we already had the crane from the prior shot, we wanted to make sure we got as much milage out of it as we could.