I approached the job as I would any other, by working out the best way to tell a strong story and capture natural performances from the contributors.
These were real women who had taken the day off work and got up at dawn’s crack to be a part of something real. I didn’t want to turn the dip from an event into a choreographed video shoot by having lots of cameras pointing every which way for the ladies to get worried about. With them worrying about their “extreme close up” it would have totally killed the vibe and produced far too many hours of footage to deal with in the limited edit time we had.
I, therefore, opted to self-shoot on my trusty C100, shooting uncompressed to a Ninja Star outboard recorder. As a control freak, this decision gave me the peace of mind to see for myself the shots as we got them in the can but also created an intimate, safe environment where the ladies knew they were being respected.
Texture and a variety of shots were however just as important in telling this story. As additional support, I had a fabulous underwater D.O.P, Alice Pennefather shooting the portrait shots of the ladies from within the lake itself on a 5D. Then up above the lake, we had a DJI Phantom Drone – operated by the only man on the crew *, who from a respectable distance away from our ladies captured the stunning ariels above the lake.