On Location: Shuddle
This past weekend I had the chance to work with a good friend, Josh Hittleman (@joshhittleman)
The shoot was a simple B-roll/lifestyle package for Shuddle, an app that is best described as Uber for kids. Basically, parents can schedule ride-shares for trips they cant transport the kids themselves. They wanted to highlight both how easy the app is to use, but also how secure the service is (since it’s dealing with your kids). So there was plenty of shooting the physical interactions, and seeing the app being used.
What made this shoot stand out for me was how Josh and I ended up rigging things. The whole shoot was just a hodgepodge of rigs that I’ve never built before, but got the job done. The handheld rig we built for the C300 was a DSLR baseplate from Zacuto attached to some rods and handles.
Placing lights in cars is always difficult, and we needed to see the back while still having light on the subject. Enter micro LEDs getting gaffed to headrests.
We also had to mount the camera to the front of the car, but only had one suction cup. I couldn’t get a picture of it, but the diagram is below. We attached a gobo head to the suction cup, and used a cardellini to grab onto a cheeseplate with the camera mounted to it. The used an articulating mafer arm to go from the suction cup to a c arm that was mounted to the car’s grill with mini cardellinis. Then used rope to tie down the whole rig. It may not have been pretty, but it was solid.
The shoot called for some jib shots, and I have the Aviator Travel Jib. I was worried about using it because of weight limits. But we stripped the camera down to just body and lens and the thing held up! We got some amazing jib movements out of it that I’m extremely happy about.
The day went smooth and the client was happy so we wrapped with high spirits, then we were treated to a beautiful sunset as we crossed over the Golden Gate Bridge heading back home. Josh is an awesome DP/Director, and you can check out his website here. It’s always fun working with him and am glad when I get to.
On Location: Shuddle