As we continue highlighting some of the work that motivated us to host the Maxell Maven contest, we were inspired to share this case, which focuses on HD pioneer Randall Dark. Feel free to use this as further inspiration to submit an entry of your own!
Prior to the saturation of HD video, the cost and limitations attached to shooting documentaries, or any reality programming, was once nearly impossible. HD greatly relaxed these parameters, allowing filmmakers to get closer to truth than with film. Writer and Director Randall Dark’s Telly Award winning documentary, Artist in the Round: Shayne Dark, is the perfect illustration.
With the freedom allowed by his HD camera, Randall was able to capture the richly nuanced story of an artist who triumphs daily over Dyslexia. The documentary, which was shot partly and edited exclusively on Maxell HDCAM, serves as an example of how HD production and technology helped to overcome many of the obstacles inherent to documentary production. Because HD costs less to shoot on than film, and because the logistics of shooting HD are simpler, Dark had greater flexibility as a director. For example, he was able to roll the camera all day while conducting interviews, leading to many spontaneous and truthful moments. Using HD also saved time with camera set-ups, allowing for more flexibility when moving from location to location, and the durability and reliability of Maxell’s HDCAM product put at bay any concerns about tape performance.
A bit later, Randall’s skiing “sportsmentary,’ Iced, required his crew to hike for miles into the wilderness of Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s out-of-bounds skiing territory to capture the sharp, kinetic images of professional skiers pushing their skills to the limit. Again, due to the freedoms afforded by HD, Randall simply let his cameras roll, capturing the skiers in all their unrestrained glory over the course of twodays. Because of the economic benefits of tape over film, and because the logistics of shooting HD are simpler, his team was able to set up quickly and shoot a vast amount of footage, providing the freedom for those illusive ‘magic moments’ to happen. The result was what Randall called, “some of the best-looking HD slow-motion footage I’ve seen.”
With the durability and reliability of Maxell’s 40-minute HDCAM videocassettes, which Dark used to both capture and edit his images, worries about tape performance were removed from the equation. Its sturdy, ultra-high performance binder system and a recording density 1.4X that of Digital Betacam, Maxell’s HD media guaranteed that the beauty of Randall’s arresting images would be held for posterity.
Have a similar story? Enter the Maxell Maven contest. Simply go to our Facebook page (make sure to “Like” us, if you don’t already) and enter a brief paragraph about how Maxell Professional Media products helped you successfully complete a project. Whether you’re an ENG crew, broadcast station, duplication facility, post house, videographer or cinematographer, we want to hear from you.
The first 50 entries will receive an iconic “Maxell Blow Away Guy” poster. One grand prize winner will receive a supply of Maxell Mini DV (50 pieces) or a Maxell Professional Product of equal value. The winner will also be named the new “Maxell Maven,” and be featured in a press release, as well as on all Maxell Professional Media social media platforms.
The deadline for all entries is December 31, 2012. Click here for official rules.