Need For Speed – Hot Pursuit BTS Interview

A rep from EA Sports dropped in today for a quick interview about the new video game 'Need for Speed - Hot Pursuit'. Can be found here: Need For Speed - Hot Pursuit

Just thought I'd share a quick clip of an interview I thought went fairly well considering the time constraints. The rep came earlier than expected so I rushed to get something setup for the interview. Woohoo, yeah that audio is the Zoom H1 portable Audio recorder with the cheap ATR3350 LAV microphone. Not too bad for a rushed Audio interview, pretty happy with that. I had a Zoom H4n off to the side to see how that would sound, but there was too much ambient outside that ruined it. Camera left is Canon 5D Mark II with 100mm Macro IS F/2.8L (see it's not just for Macro), and camera right is Canon 7D + 24-105mm IS F/4L (the video footage isn't in this clip). The BTS footage i'm showing you was shot hand held with the Canon 60D. For lighting just used one of the cheap 800 watt Lights as the fill light, I talked about it in this article:

There were two other lights with a red gel to give the plain garage door something interesting. Instead of a plain background, the garage added more texture to the simple interview shot. This video hasn't had any processing done so i'm sure it looks pretty flat, soft, and desaturated. That was the profile setup on the Canon 5D Mark II. The Canon 5D Mark II was also being monitored on the Vizio LCD with DIY mount to cheap Light Stand. Well, there you go. Hope this setup is informational and helpful as the audio came out decent and the lighting added something different for a super cheap budget.


13 thoughts on “Need For Speed – Hot Pursuit BTS Interview

  1. I bought the ATR3350 LAV microphone you used here and tried it myself recently. Seems like pretty good quality, but I am getting a mono feed from it? How do I record in stereo with it like you did here?

    Also, as a pro - what do you recommend for wireless audio? Any particular product or kit? Or do you mostly stay wired when you record audio?

    thanks for the info. Love the site, I visit daily to see what is new and exciting (;


  2. Emm

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    Not sure what type those were, but gels can be bought from B&H, just make sure they have high heat tolerance.

  3. Emm

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    The 3 Light set found here: is better at doing a 'spotlight' type lighting effect. It's a small bright source of light which could make things look more contrasty with more shadows. The LED's are more soft type lighting. It would be hard to use LED's and these together unless you got some gels to color balance the lights. Different tools for different purposes, but I like them.

  4. Emm,

    How would you compare the light output from the 3 light setup to the LED lights? Also how would you compare the quality of light? I've got a pair of the 500 LED's and I'm ready to grab some additional lighting. Not sure if I'd be better off with 2 more LED's or possibly that 3 light set.

  5. Josh

    Awesome site. Its part of my daily routine. I purchased an H1 and two AT 3350's from your links. Hope you get some credit for that. Im a new T2i guy, but have learned a lot from your expertise. Look forward to your daily updates. thanks again. Josh

  6. Cwow

    Great idea with the gel really adds a lot.

    Are you using the H1 on auto or is there a standard setting you rely on for interviews?


  7. Olphus

    A little overdone on rule of the thirds, but the lighting was great!
    ...and amazing sound from that chepo microphone.

  8. Steven

    Looks good Emm. If you'd like to see some similar stuff shot with canons you can check out My team and I interview tons of artist that visit the school and most of the recent interviews have been done with either a 5D or 7D, or a combination of both. Seeing what you've done reminds me of the stuff we do at work. Great job.

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