Totally Tracked Down TV Series

7 May

Since January I’ve been working as the production coordinator and second camera operator for Totally Tracked Down, a new docu-reality series about TV icons from the past. Last week we reached a milestone, wrapping our tenth episode. To date, host Marshall Kaplan has tracked down stars from The Brady Bunch, Seinfeld, Dallas, Knots Landing, Married with Children, Laverne and Shirley, Batman, The Facts of Life, Blossom, and The Incredible Hulk. The first episode of TTD will air September 2010. The following stills were taken directly from video footage shot on my Sony EX-1 camera. Click on thumbnails to view enlarged photos.

Production notes: we’ve been using a two-camera set up for both interviews and ‘run and gun’ shooting. Gurjeet Mann, our director of photography, shoots with a Sony PDW700 body fitted with Canon ENG zoom lenses, and records on XDCAM discs, while I’ve been shooting on my own Sony EX-1, which records on SxS memory cards, not unlike the kind used in today’s digital SLRs. To maintain a consistent look between the two HD cameras, I raised both the sharpness and saturation on my EX-1 to match the PDW700’s chip profile.

We usually light interviews with a pair of Kino Flo Diva-Lite 400s, and occasionally with a Litepanels 1X1 for less demanding situations. The Kino-Flo accepts both daylight and tungsten balanced fluorescent bulbs, while the Litepanels’ head uses daylight balanced LEDs. The advantage of both the fluorescent-based Kino Flo and LED-based Litepanels is that they generate far less heat than traditional tungsten systems, keeping the set and talent cooler, which means fewer makeup touch ups and a more pleasant working environment.


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