The 2012 Boston Marathon

After last year’s pioneering foray into iPhone video shooting, editing and filing, I was relieved this year to have the assignment of shooting a sights and sounds video the morning of the Boston Marathon at the Athletes’ Village where runners rest, eat and prepare for their 26.2-mile jaunt.

My task was to shoot b-roll of the goings-on, interview some runners and — because it was so hot — talk someone about the tips they were giving the runners for dealing with temperatures in the 80’s. Then, I had to edit and file it by around 10am. The best part was that I put my new 5D MarkIII to use for the first time on assignment! Here’s the outcome…

The audio editing is a bit rough, but I was on a mega deadline with my editor checking in every 20 minutes or so. Needless to say, perfection was not an option. The 5DMIII did really well with the audio. I was traveling light so I just had the Rode Videomic in the hot shoe and got close to my subjects. The lack of auto-gain alone made the audio infinitely better. The only major mistake I made was first plugging the mic into the headphone jack instead of the mic jack. It’s in the same place that the mic jack is on the 7D!

By the end of the day, my colleague Scott LaPierre combined my footage with video from our other staffers along the course and at the finish (shooting with lots of different kinds of cameras, including iPhones) and it turned out to be a really fun montage of the day:

No time to shoot pictures this year, unfortunately, but check out my post from (a much colder day) last year if you’re interested!