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Afternoon Getaway to Swan Lake Resort

Afternoon Getaway to Swan Lake Resort

Swan Lake Resort is a beautiful golf course located out in the country in Plymouth, Indiana.  They wanted a new commercial for airing during PGA events.  It was early March in Indiana and wintery weather was still around so we couldn't film at the golf course.

Fortunately, Stephen Hill, a photographer from the area, had shot a marketing video for Swan Lake Resort and he provided his footage for me to use so I could produce a thirty second TV commercial.    The challenge for me was to create a story that would fit with Stephen’s footage.  I used a clip shot from a vehicle driving into the golf course and a close up of someone putting on the green.  I matched that with footage I shot of a man loading up his golf clubs in his trunk and heading out on a road trip to Swan Lake Resort.

I had to be careful to film the car shots in a way that you couldn’t tell there were no leaves on the trees.  So I had him drive by rows of Evergreen trees and kept the background out of focus so it looked like summer.

One of the things I was concerned about was shooting the actor from inside the car and having him lit properly without having the background outside blown out.  A shot like this is easily ruined by a blown out background.

I had just purchased a Canon C300 after watching Phillip Bloom’s review of the camera and several other reviews that convinced me this would be a great camera for both my documentary and commercial work.  This was my first time using the camera and I pleased with the results.  The C300 has twelve steps of dynamic range when using Canon’s C-Log.  What a difference that makes for a shot like this when you compare it to a DLSR that may only have six stops of dynamic range. Secondly, the shots from inside the car were all handheld.  I could have never done that with a DLSR and have captured usable footage.  I would have struggled with these shots with my 5D Mark II or 7D.  I used Canon’s 35mm f/1.4L and 50mm f/1.2L lenses.  What a treat to work with this camera!

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