face it. A $200 gig isn't exactly going to build a career.
However, sometimes you have to look beyond the money and see
what can be learned when an opportunity presents itself.
event was the SB-ADaPT (Santa Barbara-A Dance and Physical
Theater ) Festival. Artists from around the world were brought
together to produce an array of performances representing
emerging genres in physical theater. The event was staged
in a multi-level venue in Santa Barbara, an intimate place
and unique location for a live shoot.
bit of background on me: let's just say I'm living a gypsy
lifestyle as a freelance kind-of-whatever, in a brutal economy,
and in Santa Barbara no less! Hell, I don't even own a working
camera. But I am pretty good at what I do.
scouting the location, I realized this event called for much
more than a basic show-up, shoot and get paid approach. Instead,
this became about creating something special from what was
sure to be a magical event so I decided it was worth it to
cut the pay and get a 2nd cameraman to get the kind of coverage
this event would certainly deserve.
I borrow a Canon GL1 and GL2 from a friend and call my second
cameraman. Less than two hours before the show he tells me
he's sick and just can't make it. This is what a videographer
has nightmares about, but you have to roll with the blows.
I was all by myself.