KCRA — Rise of the Reel — All-GoPro

Published On August 20, 2016 | By Mike Carroll | Filmmakers, GoPro, KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, Shooting News

For some time now I’ve said I wanted to try a story that was shot entirely with the GoPro Hero 3+ that my marvelous sister Margo sent me a year-and-a-half ago.

Jeff Hook being interviewed in The Crest Theater. Screen grab - shot with GoPro Hero 3+

Jeff Hook being interviewed in The Crest Theater. Screen grab – shot with GoPro Hero 3+

KCRA anchor Edie Lambert (@KCRAEdieLambert) introduced me to a new engineer in the KCRA studio floor crew named Jeff Hook, who was involved with a special one-night film festival, Rise of the Reel, produced by a group of Sacramento & Northern California based photographer-filmmakers who call themselves Uprise Collective, that would be screened at The Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento.

Screen grab - shot with GoPro Hero 3+

Screen grab – shot with GoPro Hero 3+

These would all be largely experimental films, many with time lapse.

Right away I agreed to do a story that could air in KCRA in advance of the festival to promote it.

Looking at some of their short films, all shot with DSLRs, the dynamic lenses, long exposures and time lapses are extraordinary. Jeff Hook has some nighttime astral footage that is purely astounding.

Screen grab from Jeff Hook's time lapse video of Lake Tahoe.

Screen grab from Jeff Hook’s time lapse video of Lake Tahoe.

The best day for me to meet up with Jeff and some of the other photographer-filmmakers who had films in the fest was going to be on a Monday evening after they got off from work. Monday also happens to me part of my weekend. (My typical work week is Tuesday-Saturday.”

Screen grab from time-lapse video by Ramil Sumalpong (iconic-lab.com)

Screen grab from time-lapse video by Ramil Sumalpong (iconic-lab.com)

Since I’d be shooting this on my day off & on my own time I decided to take it one step further and shoot all of my footage with the GoPro and record audio dual-synch to my Zoom H4N using Sennheiser wireless mics.

Screen grab from time-lapse video by Ramil Sumalpong (iconic-lab.com)

Screen grab from time-lapse video by Ramil Sumalpong (iconic-lab.com)

This is my first step towards doing a TV news story that is accomplished entirely on a GoPro.

Felipe Silva, second from right, being interviewed. Screen grab - shot with GoPro Hero 3+ I've never shot a wide-angle interview like this before. The wide-angle perspective of the GoPro certainly adds the "cool factor." You may be seeing more of these.

Felipe Silva, second from right, being interviewed. Screen grab – shot with GoPro Hero 3+
I’ve never shot a wide-angle interview like this before. The wide-angle perspective of the GoPro certainly adds the “cool factor.”
You may be seeing more of these.

I do love the dynamic perspective that the GoPro gives you. The closest that I can see to how the eye sees things. It greatly makes me think of Imax and Cinerama. I had the privilege to see How The West Was Won presented in the original synched 3-reel projection several years back at the Cinedome in Los Angeles and I must say–GoPro has that same dynamism. My next purchase of any size will be a GoPro 4 so that I can get the dynamic clarity of 4k Ultra-High Definition.

Tamil Samulpong describing his film "CaLapse" Note: All three guys have their Nikons. Screen grab - shot with GoPro Hero 3+

Tamil Samulpong describing his film “CaLapse”
Note: All three guys have their Nikons.
Screen grab – shot with GoPro Hero 3+

 

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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