Saturday, September 10, 2011

Epic production

Thursday and Friday were 10-hour days shooting a couple of commercial spots for a brokerage company.

I couldn't believe the scale of the thing. Based on the storyboards, I assumed they would shoot us on green screen and overlay us on footage of a trading floor. But no. They actually created their own trading floor, with dozens of video screens and FIFTY extras swirling about. Between extras, principals and crew, there were easily more than 100 people at work on the set.

I can't wait to see how it turned out. It should be pretty cool. They shot us alone on the floor, then separately shot the background players rushing around, then did a third shot with all of us together. It was an intricately choreographed ballet, with the camera synchronized to zoom out at the exact same angle each time.

Coming to TV screen near you this fall ...

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