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Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Enjoyed your Seaworld video. I like seeing what others do with a same place I've been. Shooting in crowds is especially challenging as a tourist. For so many years I shot professionally in places like this and always had the luxury of having a safe zone where the public had to stay out of my shot. As one of the tourist, we have to blend in and work with the crowds. If we bring too much pro gear in these places, like a steadicam vest and arm, a stereo base extender, or more than one camera, you also can get targeted by security as a professional and that can cause it's own issues. The new challenge is shooting with results and blending in to look just like another tourist.
Yesterday, I just finished "repairing" a shoot in California Adventures at Disneyland. I had lots of problems with the shoot that became a real challenge in post. I had planned to use my tripod and Z10K with the new wide angle lens to shoot World of Color. I was told to get there early and also a Fast Pass to get better location. Did all that but discovered the Fast Pass only got me in before others but they wanted me down in front where I couldn't shoot the whole scene, after begging, they let me over the ropes and into the "Non-Fast Pass" area. next- I get to my scouted location and set up the tripod and a security man came right over and told me I couldn't use that. So, I took it down and asked, is my Monopod OK? he said that will not be a problem. Now I'm wishing I had my TD10 because it handles easier on the Monopod. About then my worst nightmare showed up. A couple with their adult son, who was blind, and had Turrets Syndrome among other issues was wheeled in right beside me, within inches. Now I could have moved but where? The place was shoulder to shoulder packed. My wife was shoved in up against me so we couldn't move. I can deal with that but the pushing and shoving made dealing with the monopod and severely top heavy Z10K impossible. But that was not what bothered me. It was the blind person with Turrets syndrome who never stopped yelling out gibberish and profanities for the 15 minutes prior to the show. The parents just said "Sorry" to the people around us but never offered to leave. Not that there was a way to move through the crowds anyway. Besides the blind person was probably 400 pounds and had a habit of screaming out as he would throw his arms around, hitting me and the person on the other side until his father restrained him with some sort of velcro ties to the arms of the wheel chair. Two Disney cast members were near by but just shrugged when I stared them down and made a gesture to do something. Fortunately, the guy settled down after about 10 minutes into the show but then blurted out during the quieter passages.
So, you have this once in a lifetime event you can shoot, have no plans to ever go back, and these kind of things happen. What do you do? I was able to edit the sound track with lots of work and noise reduction in parts to a point where the profanities are nearly undetectable so I can show this piece to family and not be embarrassed. I do wish Disney would build a World of Color show here in Florida so I could return and shoot it when the park is less crowded. It's an amazing production and captures well on video. Too bad my one time opportunity was ruined. Maybe next time I need to pack a syringe with horse tranquilizer in my kit for times like this.