As you’re reading this we are most likely in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles or somewhere in between as we begin kicking off the craziness that is the What’s Next Tour. If you haven’t had a chance make sure to head over to the site to check out all the details on Justin and Mary’s 10 city tour, hopefully it’s coming your way.
We had a crazy day of travel and setting the bus yesterday but today the real action begins, and I feel so fortunate to be the one to document it all. The dry run this morning, the set up, tomorrow’s first stop, and everything in between will be shared in a series of short films/webisodes over the next few weeks. Please make sure to drop in here or over at Justin and Mary’s site to see all the updates.
I’m really excited to see how far I can push the “run and gun” of single shooter DSLR set up and still accurately and intimately tell the story of J&M’s adventure. Between flight and bus restrictions I really had to think about what gear is necessary and what can stay at home. As the weeks go on I’ll share what items I brought and how they helped push the story without adding anything unnecessary to clutter them film or the tour bus it self!
The first tools I’ll discuss will be camera support. This was one area I really had to keep simple and use only what was absolutely needed.
The obvious, the Manfrotto BHDV 561 Monopod
Small, versatile, an easy choice. Can support any lens/body combo I carry and super easy to move and set up a shot. Also with he fluid head and lower ball joint gives a wide range of simple camera movements.
Next, The cinevate Atlas FLT Slider
This was a little tougher to justify story wise but is a great, compact slider that fits right into any bag. The kicker to give to me the ok in packing this piece of gear was to be able to have some clean, steady establishing shots of the stage set up and venues that Justin and Mary spent a ton of time ensuring were perfect.
Other than a small, nondescript set of tripod legs that’s it. No cranes, no glide cam. Just the basics. Stay tuned and I’ll dive into camera and lens selection as well as our on the go audio set up. See you guys on the road!