I did a quick, little microsoft job today. “Quick and little” are both accurate and completely wrong at the same time. Accurate in that I was shooting a series of 1-2 minute clips where we had about 30 minutes to set up our frame with available lighting, rehearse the client and then get one or two good takes. Completely wrong in that it was a 13 hour day and we were shooting high up VPs at Microsoft, whose time/image is very valuable.
I won’t go into details about what the videos are for, but it’s a pretty fun unique challenge to get thrown into these people’s work lives and have this short time span to get a workable performance out of these non-actors. Although I guess at this point it really falls into my skill set pretty comfortably, since all those yellowpages/citysearch videos are essentially the same thing except with b-roll.