In May of last year, I was hired to shoot a web interactive game for Yahoo sports in the LA Coliseum. The director was Jason Zada who helms at the production company, Tool of North America. He saw the short film The Last 3 Minutes, loved the look of it, and wanted to try the Canon 5D technology in the sports arena.
Canon 5Ds for 2010 World Cup Spot
The game was one that you played online to get people all fired up about the 2010 WORLD CUP. It was a shootout where you could select to be the penalty kicker or the goalie. From there you would select where you were going to kick the ball or as the goalie, where you were going to leap to make the save.
We shot the spot over 2 days and I employed the same kind of lighting style that I used in the drum battle at the end of my film Drumline. I used a very controlled, super soft source from overhead that fell off quickly.
This lighting effect was used to showcase the kicker and the goalie, while all the other elements in the stadium fell off to black.
Canon 5Ds and Canon L Series Glass
With synergy and support from several of my talented Elite Team members: Darin Necessary, 1st AC Mike Svitak, 2nd AC Derek Edwards, 1st AC and Chris Mosely, Camera Operator we brought this baby to life.
Every set-up required us to repeat all of the shots again with a different kicker and a different goalie. Once again, the power of this platform and its nimble ability to capture wonderful moments were showcased. Here are some screen grabs from the interactive game as well as a BTS.
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About Filmmakers Academy Cinematographer Mentor Shane Hurlbut, ASC
Director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC works at the forefront of cinema. He’s a storyteller, innovator, and discerning collaborator, who brings more than three decades of experience to his art. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild/Local 600, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Hurlbut frequently joins forces with great directors: McG’s Netflix Rim of the World and The Babysitter, plus Warner Bros. We Are Marshall and Terminator: Salvation; Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed and Act of Valor; and Gabriele Muccino’s There Is No Place Like Home and Fathers and Daughters. His additional film credits include Semi-Pro; The Greatest Game Ever Played; Into the Blue; Mr 3000; Drumline; 11:14, which earned Hurlbut a DVDX nomination; and The Skulls. Notably, his television credits include the first season of AMC’s Into the Badlands.