In our most recent project for Clear Channel, Crazy Duck was assigned the task of creating video press kits for the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles. We had to record artist interviews, gather B-roll and pull a live feed from the production trucks. We then had to whip it all together and get it off to the networks by first light.
Our two Atomos Ronin recorders, operated by my wife Sarah, pulled the HD-SDI feed from the truck. The Ronin allowed her to see the image and monitor the audio to log key moments of the evening. Meanwhile I attached a Samurai Blade to my Sony PMW-F55 cameras, which allowed my associate producer to see what I was shooting, while I gained a confidence monitor and waveform signals from it.
Using the Samurai and Ronin not only allowed us to record all our footage in ProRes, it provided an instant backup of everything we shot, with matching code. The Blade is lightweight, especially when powered by the PMW-F55. When properly tuned, it comes very close to our more expensive Sony OLED screens and I constantly make use of the waveform monitor, especially when working in S-Log and/or with greenscreen.
Crazy Duck Productions is a small video production company with a fairly large footprint. At the core of the company is Chuck Fishbein, director of photography, and his wife and partner, senior producer Sarah Fishbein.