I had an awesome time filming my niece Gracie and her turning 1 year old. She had a colorful candy themed party decorated by my sister and Mom in the style I knew they could pull off. It was really cool to finally hang out and get this video shot with some of my simple camera equipment. I did however use my Cinevate slider (atlas 10) to capture some really cool shots of her room and the best part was filming her eating cake for the first time. I am pretty sure her foot tasted the cake first but that’s another story. I also used my GoPro as a B camera to get those fun wide angles of everything. Check out the video and my beautiful niece!
Kara is now 2 years old and her party was a blast for everyone there thanks to her parents and grandparents for opening up their house. The atmosphere in the backyard was as if you stepped into a disneyland ride. Disney music seemed to be all around us because of the speaker placement (hidden in bushes) which set the atmosphere perfectly for Kara and of course all of her guests including my daughter who immediately wanted to play. As you watch the scenes I put together see if you notice a couple things I list here. First there is a Jedi fight going on in the background where it seems one is towering over the other in combat but don’t let the small Jedi fool you. He continues to battle in multiple scenes and doesn’t give up. Also, can you find a clown following Kara to her new water & sand toy? (hint – shadow) These little easter eggs aren’t necessarily in order either but the last one is when Kara talks on camera. Do you know what she says in the jump house at the camera guy? (hint – it’s in the last sentence and “Uncle”) Also, what does she say when she is kneeling with her hands together. (hint – you don’t need a hint for this one silly)
I definitely enjoyed filming this party and putting together a fun movie for the Day and Curtis family to enjoy. Hope you enjoy it too.
Music is from the movie Finding Neverland composed by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Songs used were The Peter Pan Overture and Forgotten Overture.
Technical aspects. I used a Glidecam HD4000 with my Canon T2i and a Rokinon 14mm lens. I am still getting used to balancing it properly but I am finding that making it heavier helps a lot. Not good for my arms but good for filming for short….very short durations. The other lenses I used was a 55mm f1.2 FD lens and a 135mm f2.8 FD lens for most other scenes not using the Glidecam. My slider is an IGUS Diy build with a tripod attached and now my bogen 501 fluid head instead of my magic arm attachment.