Photo from TLC's Little People, Big World.
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD SHOOTS IN HD
WITH JVC PRO HD CAMERAS
Little People, Big World is shot primarily hand-held, approximately 16 hours a day, 5 days a week. According to Director of Photography, Tom Curran, “Having a camera that’s significantly lighter than other professional cameras makes a substantial difference at the end of a 12-hour shift. We also needed cameras that are extremely rugged and reliable since we travel a lot with the Roloffs.”
Matthew Morgan, Line Producer, Gay Rosenthal Productions (GRP) describes the rigorous testing they conducted to find a camera that met the show’s environmentally challenging shooting requirements, “We spent two days testing all the top manufacturers’ cameras. We recreated every situation that we imagined would happen in Little People, Big World to really put these cameras to the test,” said Morgan. “We shoot in a variety of lighting conditions both day and night and encounter a lot of situations where we’re in a very high contrast or low light. A lot of shooting takes places at night, so we really looked for every opportunity to push each camera to see how they handled contrast and low light and to see how mobile each camera was.”
After the two days of
testing, Curran and his crew brought the footage to
According to Morgan, the ruggedness and versatility of the GY-HD250 and GY-HD200s has been extremely beneficial with the Roloffs always on the go. “The crew is constantly moving around quickly to stay in front of the family. They spend a lot of time shooting on their knees to capture the Roloffs at eye level. And with the conditions we shoot in, it really helps to have cameras that are physically manageable.”
JVC’s cameras are always in
motion whether the crew is traveling with the Roloffs across the country in RVs
or on a riverboat cruise on the
Shooting both to tape and hard drive, Curran explains that they down convert the taped footage to SD for editing on their Avids and also have the hard drives as a back-up in case of any tape dropouts. “The combination of the Fujinon wide angles lens and the Focus Enhancements Firestore drive counterbalances the camera perfectly. I’ve shot a variety of shows and documentary films and have used many different cameras. JVC’s camera in terms of hand-held shooting is fantastic -- both in balance and operation. But most importantly, is its weight, because at the end of the day when you have a camera that’s fully loaded with batteries and drives at 12-13 pounds versus a camera coming in at 24 pounds your physical stamina isn’t completely spent, so your creative energy can be called on.”
“Through all the conditions and traveling we do, JVC’s cameras still produce a beautiful image. The color reproduction is rich and the frame rate has very little strobing with motion, unlike other professional cameras that we’ve used in the past. It’s a pleasure to shoot with a real professional camera that has interchangeable lenses and allows you to have a surprising amount of control over the blacks and gamma settings.”
Big World airs on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET on TLC.
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For more information and high-resolution photos of JVC’s GY-HD250U and GY-HD200U, please visit JVC’s web site http://pro.jvc.com/newsroom.
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