We go back a long way with Christine Lee Halbig who now hails from the Boston University Health Policy Research Institute and is working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is helping to revamp a website and wanted to incorporate much more video content, and to include more extemporaneous answers that were excised from video interviews. So she's been criss-crossing the country setting up video crews at the locations where her interviewees were already meeting.
In Boston we were happy to be her crew.
The nice thing about knowing somene for the better part of a decade is that you can speak your expectations plainly. Christine made her expectations clear with one simple statement: "I was promised perfection."
I suppose that might seem like a tough standard, but we've been doing almost this exact shoot for the last fifteen years. These days most of the projects we work on are multicamera, live streamed, or part of a show with multiple video roll-ins, a live audience and several video projectors. There are a lot of moving peices (and a lot of last minute changes). While we generally get it right, those gigs can really keep you on your toes.
Christine's statement reminded us that we were back in the the comfort zone of a single camera interview in a mostly controlled setting, with a director/interviewer and plenty of time to slow down and approach things in a more craftsman-like manner. It was really quite nice.
Did we acheive perfection? Well the audio guy stopped the interview a couple of times due to sirens in the back ground, and he did complain about the air conditioning system; and the Director of Photography would have liked it if there was more available power for lights. But the important thing is that only our staff was complaining. The footage looks and sounds great. Darned near perfect!