Yesterday I was out filming for the promo video for the FAW (Football Association Of Wales), the purpose of this promo is try and convince the voters for Euro 2020 to let Cardiff be a host city in the competition.
For me this was a fun experience as I was officially a runner on the shoot but I was being taught as the day went by, I was also the focus guy/stand in so they could frame the shot correctly (this is obviously very important) , I was in a group of four (one including me) first it was Dai who was the production manager, he should me some basic of what he does and explained a lot, then it was Ynyr the Director/producer, I was watching him like a hawk to see how he was handling situations and how he wanted the shoot to go then last was the highly experienced cameraman Andy who was great, he put me in charge of lenses and holding them and not dropping the expensive equipment (lucky I didn’t) I learnt a lot off Andy for the hours we where filming for.
First location was Cardiff market, there we filmed a normal fruit and veg stall owner, we had him to make the Gareth Bale heart sign (This is a theme of the promo since he is the face of Welsh football, also he is in it to doing the sign at the end of the video and he gave us permission to use his copyrighted celebration) this was fantastic filming in the market seeing all different types of stalls and lovely smells.
The next location was a pub (Not for a pint, come on we are professionals) called the Old Arcade towards the centre of Cardiff, the lovely barmaid Rachel gave us free drinks (Tea and Coffee) then modelled the heart sign for us once again lucky for us she was studying theatre so she wasn’t really camera shy. There is also a shot with me in it (Well a tiny bit of my arm) I was used for creative effect, that’s what every boy wants to hear aye.
After lunch we continued to Cardiff Castle (which we had free entry) to film a fellow Orchard crew member Ella, the castle has packed with kids running round and hitting each other with swords (not real ones!) here we had the heart framing a welsh flag blowing in the breeze and a lovely shot of Ella in the middle of the castle grounds.
We moved onto Jacob’s Antique market here we filmed on the roof, after the climb of the never ending stairs (didn’t help that I was carrying a huge tripod and a case) we got to the top and we had a shot of a busy train station/bus station with the Millennium stadium sitting nicely in the background.
I cant wait to see this edited all together with some music, I think it can be very good and hopefully be successful to bring the Euro’s to Cardiff