From the desert to the plains to the bayou. Marriott Bonvoy and Vice+ tapped producer/director Lara Fernandez who in turn invited me to lens this short documentary series about people living exceptional lives all over the USA. I wanted something lightweight but robust to capture these incredibly visual stories. The Angenieux Optimo zoom lenses have been my go-to for docs lately because they are lightweight, fast and they make a fantastic image. They’re not too modern or sharp but they resolve great contrast. The range also allows me to control the style even in an evolving situation - I tend to take the wider end and give the second operator the long zoom to capture close ups or distant things. For this, we tapped Bernardo Garcia to B-cam. He’s an amazing doc DoP in his own right so I was super confident in handing him a camera and trusting he’d get the best possible footage. I opted for the Alexa Mini for capture systems. We ordered two from Abel Cine in Brooklyn and, with the addition of Master Grips, we were a lean, mean documentary machine. We also used shark fin battery plates so between the zooms and the master grips, we rarely had to adjust our camera builds at all. Ready to rock at all moments. This allowed us to take little breaks throughout the shoot day with the confidence we could grab the cameras and capture any moments as they unfolded. For aerial work, I brought my DJI Mavic 2. This series was so fun (and delicious) to shoot!
Arri Alexa Mini(s), Angenieux Optimo Lenses, DJI Mavic 2 Pro