Motorcycle documentary video shoot

Wow, just back from an intense week of motorcycle video shooting in Ontario. I'm creating a short documentary with Dallas Shannon of Traction E-Rag about couple of motorcycle riders we know.
It was go-go-go all week! Up at dawn and out in the woods to shoot.

We got fantastic interviews, plenty of surprises and great stories from both of the riders.
I still can't give away the plot, but I've got a few screen-grabs to show.

I used the Nikon D7000 as the main camera - despite the camera being horribly awkward to shoot video with - the image quality and lens choice was so good I was willing to put up with the difficulties.

The Panasonic DVX100A is a fantastic old camera, but the standard-definition images just couldn't hang with the hi-def Images from the Nikon. So it was pressed into service as an audio recorder with a Seinheisser MD421 studio mic plugged in to the XLR inputs. Nice to be able to let the tapes roll with an assistant (thanks KG!) doing the sound while I concentrated on capturing great images with the Nikon.

Lots of folks generously loaned gear for us to shoot with. It was a real patchwork gear setup with all the "wrong" kit for the job - but I'm thrilled about all the great stories and images we came back with. I think we've really made something out of nothing

(most of the kit - minus GoPro and D7000 - Click to enlarge) 

 Me and the mobile studio:

Screen captures from the raw footage:



The bulk of the work starts now, as we look for the real story, and chip ten hours of footage down to ten minutes or less...

4 Response to "Motorcycle documentary video shoot"

  1. Stacy Says:

    What a teaser! I can't wait to see the final product.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I'm in! I'm learning everyday by watching videos and blogs like yours. Thanks for the free lessons. Kat

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Your tweets are the first thing I check out every day. Love the blog – it's at the top of my RSS list. Your photos are always fabulous... good work Toner! The adventure continues.
    M.(from PG)

  4. Anthony - Motojournalism Says:

    Thanks for checking in everybody! I'm deep in the edit right now - there must be a hundred different ways to arrange the story. I'm working on several versions: a 2min trailer, a 4min complete story, and a long version.

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