Corporate Video: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Corporate video can be exciting. This past week, my freelance job took me to Adelaide, South Australia, where I travelled around shooting video and stills that will become stories of the unique and innovative ways South Australians are using, reusing, and circulating water. The videos are for a company that makes water pumps. And water pumps enable us to move water efficiently for all kinds of purposes. While in OZ, we shot at a vineyard, a cutting edge university building, a unique vegetable washing plant, and the building site for a state of the art horse racing facility.

Over the years, corporate video has taken me to three Superbowls, into multi-million dollar studios, up in helicopters, to marathons, marches and countless big events. I’ve travelled to cities, states and countries I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to visit. And I’ve met and filmmed doctors, engineers, experts, CEOs, authors, celebrities, sports legends, local heroes, and good people all around.

Shooting corporate video has put a camera in my hands hundreds of times. And it has paid me to do something I love, something that thrills me each and every time I get to do it. Take moving pictures.

Here is a slideshow of snaps I took during my time off in Australia (Check out originals on FLICKR). It’s a wonderful country. I hope my job takes me back again some day.

High Speed Storytelling, The Google Chrome Speed Tests

I love super high speed, slo-mo photography. But, for the most part, the really, really slow motion stuff seemed to me to be reserved for scientific and novelty projects. I mean, how can slowing something down enough to see a hummingbirds wings in flight be used to tell a good story? Enter the Google Chrome Speed Tests.

With slow motion, the faster a camera shoots, the slower the motion when the film or video is played back at normal frame rates. For example, if you shoot something at 60 frames a second and then play it on your tv or computer at 30 frames a second, you’ve slowed it by half. For this spot, they used the Phantom v640 High Speed Digital Camera. The v640 can shoot up to 2700 frames per second at full 1920×1080 HD and up to 5,850 fps at 1280×720 HD. Silly high speed. Do the math on playing something shot at 5,850 fps at 30 frames per second. That’s sslllllooooowwwwwww.

Check out what Google put together to demonstrate the speed of their Chrome browser. This is highly creative, highly entertaining, great storytelling done with high speed photography. First up is the spot and second up is the making of video:

Making of: