Unblind producer/editor, Grant Wakefield, looking over the script.

The last month or so has been a busy one. We have been wrapping up a few projects for YUM! brands. Along the way, we have learned a lot about improvising on the spot, and thinking on your toes. In one situation we did not have enough space on our back up external hard drive. But we did have 2 Mac Book Pro’s, so we connected them together via a firewire 800, and used one as a hard drive.

In another situation, the client had a script that we were shooting from, but we were running out of time. So we sat down, scanned the script, and found ways to add a couple scenes together. In doing this, we cut a minute or two off the total length of the final edit. Also it is funny how sometimes when you have to make quick changes under pressure, it only makes the project better.

Under the umbrella of YUM! is Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, and a couple more. We recently flew to Scotland to shoot a new Pizza Hut restaurant. The goal was to highlight on the design, and aesthetic layout. We tried to travel as light as we could. We shot with the Canon 7D, DSLR slider, and tripod. This was our first shoot to use the slider, and we couldn’t be more happy with the results. The best investment we have made since getting the 7D. The picture below was shot using a camera phone, so please forgive us for the poor quality.

Canon 7D|Igus Slider|IKAN V5600|Bogen Tripod|Tamron 17-50mm f2.8

Another great tool on the trip was the Nasty Clamp. We used it for everything from holding our Ikan monitor, to holding our Alzo LED light, to holding a mic. For another project, we fly to the KFC headquarters in Kentucky to shoot some footage in their test kitchen. It was also a rushed shoot. When we got back home, and began editing, we realized that we had not gotten all the shots we wanted. So we improvised. We went to a local KFC restaurant, bought a bucket of original recipe, and set up shop in my home kitchen.

Canon 7D|Matthews Tripod|Tamron 70-200mm f2.8|Nasty Clamp|Alzo 770L

Canon 7D|Matthews Tripod|Tamron 70-200mm f2.8|Nasty Clamp|Alzo 770L

Home Kitchen Shoot from Unblind Productions on Vimeo.

Here is a short behind the scenes clip from the shoot. And yes, it too was shot on a phone. Technology is great isn’t it!

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