Back in August 2018, we shot a series of videos for Healthination.com for mastectomy patients, focusing on fashion and clothing options for women post-mastectomy surgery. These videos featured Dana Donofree of AnaOno Intimates, a breast cancer survivor and fashion guru. For two of these videos, we had setups of Dana standing in front of various clothing arrangements while talking about them.
A two camera setup for this type of shoot worked perfectly because it allowed us to get a full wide shot as well as a closeup of the clothing simultaneously. This allowed us to cut back and forth between the shots seamlessly so Dana could talk freely without having to worry about making mistakes or having to repeat anything. This type of shoot is not normally possible with a crew of only two people, but we’ve spent years finding efficiencies in our workflow to allow us to do just that.
We shoot on RED cinema cameras that are traditionally not meant to be used by single operators; however, the latest RED cameras have been redesigned in such a way that they are smaller, lighter weight, and more modular to allow a single person to shoot on it with ease. We also utilized 2 LED panels with soft boxes to light the scenes because they have very high output without drawing a lot of power. They can also be battery powered, which is quite convenient when we don’t have time to waste plugging them in and running cables across the floor. This also saves time when repositioning the lights for different shots. You can see in the image below I’ve also rigged a Zoom H4n Pro recorder to my camera so I can record and monitor an external audio source while simultaneously operating my camera— just another way I’ve found efficiencies on set! You can watch all the videos we worked on at www.Healthination.com.