PANASONIC - olympics 2012

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L IS USM
- iso12800 - f/4 1/40 sec - Michael Grobe

A few weeks back I was supervising a commercial for the Olympics 2012 in London with sports legend
and 9-time olympic gold medalist
Carl Lewis. Due to logistics we shot the stadium plates in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Carl in a greenscreen studio in L.A., California. The VFX we delivered at
Prime Focus out of Mumbai, India so a truly multi-national production.

Director iClaudius preparing the extras for their scenes. The old Ben Hur movie was pretty much the
last time that a production would afford a full crowd in front the camera, so we had to fill up the seats
later digitally.

John Alfirevich shot the commercial with ARRI Alexas for A and B cam and a
Canon 5D Mk III as C cam.

Alexa A cam with a humongous Angenieux 24-290mm T2.8 OPTIMO zoom, Alexa B cam and
Canon 5D Mk III with Zeiss glass as C cam for inserts and pickups.
Most commercial DOP's just love the Alexa and the look of the footage, and quite a few have no
hesitation to grab a 5D and intercut the DSLR footage seemlessly.

DOP John Alfirevich setting up a shot

Quads are often used for fast moving shots, in this case of the runners,
Carl Lewis would be shot in L.A. and inserted in post later.

Notice the funny blue-headed lightstands, used as tracking markers. Sometimes you have to come up
with quick spontaneous solutions to solve your challenges. Especially when there is no prep time and
the markers can only be set up once the camera angle is decided.

Kuala Lumpur has these heavy rain showers and thunderstorms, such an unplanned break
can easily kill your shooting schedule, in our case it had us shooting till the early morning hours.