Chicago Video Crew kicks off College Football Season at Northwestern

College Football has finally arrived in 2014, and with that means plenty of travel for the B1G Ten Network and others for us at Go To Team. Since Chicago is centrally located in the heart of Big Ten country I have been getting the opportunity to travel to some of the schools in order to shoot the marching bands performing on the field.

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My first stop this year was at Northwestern University. Right in my backyard in Chicago, it was an easy commute up to Evanston to Northwestern’s campus for their home-opener against Cal. Once there we checked out the Northwestern Marching Band during rehearsal to get an idea of what their performance would look like. We planned out the shots we needed to get on the field and then headed down to the field to prep our cameras. While we were waiting for the game to start I managed to pop off a couple nice time lapses from the field as well using the extra 5D I brought with me.

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At 2:15 sharp the band took the field and we went to work. I shot on the Canon C300 with L Series glass and spent the majority of my time with a long lens in order to get in nice and tight on the action. Everything happened pretty quick and it was a challenge to avoid the band as they circled all around me, but overall it was a success and we went home with some great footage!

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Chicago Crew goes big in Texas for Xtreme Water Parks

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I recently got a really fun assignment to work for our friends at High Noon at one of America’s best water parks! The only catch was, the water park was in Galveston, Texas an hour south of Houston. So I boarded a plane with my Canon C300 in hand and several cases of gear in tow and headed to Houston for the weekend. We were shooting at Schlitterbahn Water Park which just introduced a brand new water slide. My job was to make this ride look as extreme on camera as it did in person. We rigged the ride with GoPros, shot lots of slow-mo on the Sony FS700, and got some great angles with the 300. We interviewed the park’s Director and shot b-roll from just about every inch of the park.

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Once we had shot a good deal of b-roll all, we invited the cast to come check out the park and try out the ride for themselves. We followed them around the park for an entire day as they rode water slides and showed off their surfing skills at Schlitterbahn’s unique “Boogie Bahn” ride. A wave ride created to simulate ocean waves in order to allow riders to “surf” on boogie boards just as they would in the ocean! We all had a blast hanging out in the sun and riding some great water slides.

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After an action-packed weekend I offloaded my footage, packed up and headed home to Chicago now with a nice tan!

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