Before founding F-Stop Academy, I was a location lighting Cameraman. I filmed in over 40 countries around the world, often a one-man-band and for a range of National and international programmes and broadcasters. In this film for Trans World Sport, which aired in 120 countries, we were shooting an ancient Martial Art called Kalaria Payat from which Karate is derived. The crew was small, only a producer and me and no sound recordist, so I was doing sound as well as camera. What made the shoot extra challenging was I had terrible food poisoning, but when away shooting abroad you've no choice but to work on through it.
I wanted to demonstrate just how much you can achieve in a very short time if you know how and you work hard to get the very best out of the location and people you are working with. We shot on Digital Betacam and super 8 with nothing more than a matte box and some filters as 'toys', no DOF adaptors, just old fashioned video.
I used to shoot a lot for Trans World Sport and we'd always film unusual sports which allowed us to get very creative with the subject matter.
The day filming was around 16 hrs with travel to and from our base in Cochi City, Kerala, India but I'm really proud of the finished film. Often when you are feeling your worst you create some of your best work. It's all about focus (excuse the pun!)