Take One – Behind The Scenes

Ever since being introduced to Wong Fu Productions, I was always very interested in the world of video. Unfortunately (but not really), I started off with photography, and at that time, the equipment required for both were very different.

In more recent years however, DSLR’s have been equipped with video features that many have been waiting for, myself included. This meant that many people who were strictly photographers in the past could now have a taste of the video world, without the big investment of an entirely new system.

For me, this meant that I could finally get to work on my very own short film, later known as “Take One”. While I have collaborated with a few others in the past working on other video shorts, I took those as learning experiences to familiarize myself with everything that the video world has to offer.

With that being said, I put my combined knowledge and experience of both photography and videography into this short. Part of the short was actually shot in Calgary, and those are the photos that I’m going to share with you today.

I was actually very nervous during the entire day as we only had that weekend to make sure we had everything we needed!

Rescheduling would have been out of the question as everyone had very busy schedules to follow. We were actually originally supposed to be in Calgary the week prior!

Of course as usual, nothing goes exactly as planned. While shooting at Calgary Tower, a tourist group happen to be there at the same time, forcing us to make the decision of coming back later to shoot, or to wait it out.

Perhaps the most difficult part of shooting that weekend however was watching Kazu Shukuda prepare three dishes for the scene at Zen Calgary, none of which could be eaten as they were to be used in the scene. To make things worse, I told Eric and Marlene to only eat a little bit of each dish to make it seem like they were in the middle of lunch!

Sadly, I forgot to get a group photo with everyone after the day of shooting, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing them again in the future for my next short!


Click HERE to view FlyingPenguin on YouTube.

Click HERE to view the full photo set on Flickr.

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