Monday, 21 November 2011

Got the shot, but paid the price

Had a wild weekend behind the camera. The most interesting by far was my first boxing experience.

I knew nothing about boxing. Yes... little did I know that I will end up in the ring myself.

It was for an insurance company where I had to shoot as 2nd unit a part of a 28sec commercial. My part will only be 2 to 3 sec. This however made it even more stressful, since I had to get a few very strong impressions. I worked myself stupid to cover all the possible angles. Shot mostly with 2 different lenses. CP.2 50mm and a very nice zoom 70 - 200mm 2.8. But time was of the essence. Just changing lenses could cost you a great shot. It was a real boxing match.. so there was not... like… "Can you please just punch that girl one more time in the face?" Oh yes... did I forget to mention it was a girl fight? I tell you… I will not stand for one round in the ring with those ladies. They are so fast… you just blink and you go down.

Well I pushed the limits as much as I could. Had this idea that the boxer should fight with the camera to give the impression that I was the opponent. So, as soon as she was done kicking butt… I jumped into the ring and she started boxing towards the camera. I got my 5 secs shot and said… it's ok, it's ok, I got it... but she just kept on going and started punching me in the ribs from all directions. Man do you feel hopeless. With the camera on my shoulder I could just run… but they were so fast. The audience loved it and did not want her to stop punching me. I got the shot, but paid the price.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Bohemia Part 2.

I always thought that I don't mind traveling for my work, but prefer not to travel for my sport. Well be careful for what you wish... because it will happen. Lately more and more work away from home allows me to meet lots of interesting people and an opportunity to see more of the world. One of these projects is the Bohemia Restaurant re-invention in Zurich, Switzerland.

The refurbishment is now well underway and Part 2. of "Bohemia Re-Inventing Itself" is now available online. There will be one last film following and that will feature the new completed Bohemia. Bohemia is part of the the TwoSpice group who owns 12 restaurants all over Zurich.

The restaurant business is a tough business, especially in Switzerland. With the two biggest expenses namely rent and staff, the profits margins are low and it needs an extremely well structured business to function effectively and financially efficient. If I could just manage my own business as well as those guys I would have been so much further and have more to spend on my sport.
Enjoy the little clip.