PVH , Phillips Van Heuson, was given the task of creating a series of Olympic swimmer-inspired videos for Speedo’s new water-version of crossfit exercise and equipment, called “Speedo Fit”. PVH’s Director of Production and Content, Nick Cucci hired Bob Sloan to employ his vast underwater video experience, while Jeff Landie handled topside part of shoot and ran a crew of over 10 people that included a grip truck. Three Canon C300s were used, 1 in an underwater housing and 2 on the pool deck, along with a Canon 5D Mark III to capture exercise techniques, and film feature interviews with current swimmers on the US Olympic team heading to Rio for the 2016 summer games.
Broadcast Video Shoot for ESPN
San Diego video production company Sloan Productions provides services to ESPN for Outside the Lines (OTL), for a feature story on Junior Seau. In the photo, Producer Dave Lubbers is seen holding an iPad used as a teleprompter, while DP Bob Sloan shoots with a Panasonic Varicam while sliding the camera on a Dana Dolly. Adding motion to a shot increases the production value and makes it more dynamic. HMI lighting, powered by a portable generator, was used to help light the scene.
Gillette “Sweat for Greatness”
In October 2011, Turner Sports called on us to shoot Steve Wampler’s feature video for Gillette’s “Sweat for Greatness” competition on Sports Illustrated.com. Steve and two others are vying for votes as the most worthy “ordinary person who achieved extraordinary things.” Steve has Cerebral Palsy and lacks the use of his legs, and his achievement was climbing El Capitan, the 3000’ sheer granite wall in Yosemite National Park. The feat required a specialized climbing chair, with Steve hoisting himself up by doing roughly 20,000 pull-ups over the 6 day climb. For our shoot, DP Bob Sloan worked with Producer Billy Tucker and Marketing Manager Lauren Shannon and employed two Sony XDCAM HD cameras, HMI lights, and Cameraman Jeff Landie mounted a GoPro camera on a rock wall for an “over the top” view. View the video here.
Golf.com brought us to the fore with a multiple day Sony XDCAM HD shoot at several major golf manufacturers. Along with Producer Dan van der Kooy and Senior Writer David Dusek, we set out to help the website upgrade their video quality. Locations included Titleist and Titleist Performance Institute (including a feature with wedge guru Bob Vokey), Callaway, Cobra, Cleveland, TaylorMade, and Scotty Cameron Putters. To give higher production value for exterior interviews, Bob Sloan and Jeff Landie used an overhead silk to soften the light and bring the contrast range down. To view one of the 50 or so equipment-related videos that were produced from this shoot, click here.
Major League Baseball Commercial in Anaheim
Sloan Productions constructed a set of frames to be used in multiple scenes for Major League Baseball shooting a tease for the 2010 All Star Game. Director of Photography Bob Sloan leads a Sloan Productions crew with MLB producer Darryl Martins around the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Panasonic Varicam & Canon 5D footage was shot over two days at three different locations, including the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
In this photo, Bob directs personell for the shot, making sure all props are positioned accordingly. The concept behind this shot is derived from the motion tracking principle, placing markers near each joint to identify his motion by the positions or angles between the markers, a visual-effects technique that allows the insertion of computer graphics into live-action footage also known as match moving.
San Diego Video Production Company Sloan Productions provides professional production crews in San Diego to networks, independent producers, and corporations.
Photo Credit: Scott Graham
LPGA – The Kia Classic 2010
The Kia Classic, which teed off March 25th at Carlsbad’s La Costa Resort & Spa presented by J Golf.
This is the first time a full-field LPGA Tour event has been held in San Diego County since 1993. Sloan Productions provided key camera coverage during the 4 day event, with 144 of the world’s best competing for the $255,000 first-place check. Featuring 49 of the top 50 players from the 2009 LPGA Official Money List and the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings.
ESPN OTL: Metal vs Wood Baseball Bats
Sloan Productions provides professional video, sound and lighting in an interview for ESPN Outside the Lines with baseball coach Jeff Dufek from San Marcos High School in San Diego California. Should metal bats be allowed in schools, after a California legislative committee advanced a bill that would place a two-year moratorium on the use of metal bats in high school baseball, responding to safety concerns that were raised when a Marin County teenager was severely injured earlier this year. The moratorium would allow time for the bodies that govern baseball at the high school and collegiate level to review the safety of aluminum and metal bats, which some say are more dangerous than wooden bats.
Barry Zito Day City Hall
Barry Zito Day in San Diego
On April 20th, 2010, Sloan Productions camera crews are sent to cover San Diego native and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito as the San Diego City Council honored him with a day named for his many works in philanthropy, most notably “Strikeouts for Troops,” a non-profit organization Zito founded 5 years ago. Strikeouts for Troops works to provide the comforts of home and to lift the spirits and morale of our injured troops during their often long recovery process. Zito enlisted the help of other Major League baseball players and the current roster is some 65 names long.
Each spring, Strikeouts for Troops takes a group of injured Marines, who are in rehab at Balboa Naval Hospital, to Spring Training in Phoenix, AZ, where the wounded warriors attend games and get some much-needed distraction from their injuries.
100% of every dollar raised supports troops in need. For more information: www.strikeoutsfortroops.org
“I Can Do It!” Conference in San Diego
San Diego’s video production company; Sloan Productions, recently coordinated facilities and crew for a live HD telecast of Hay House Publishing’s “I Can Do It!” Conference, (I Can Do It!). Contracted by Nashville based Bellmedia for their client DirecTv, Bob Sloan of Sloan Productions acted as operations producer for this four camera live telecast that played out over three days from the San Diego Convention Center.
A production on the scale of “I Can Do It!“, is almost entirely front loaded as we coordinate equipment, crews, multiple vendors, unions, and schedules to ensure the show runs smoothly and flawlessly for everyone involved. Over twenty thousand DirecTv subscribers signed up for this unique Pay-Per-View event as it aired on both television as well as online worldwide.
Bob Sloan brings a unique blend of experience, management skill, and communication, that allows producers, directors, camera crews, sound engineers, and live motion graphic artists to work efficiently together as our client’s requirements are met and satisfied. A San Diego Video Production Company, Sloan Productions provides award winning video production services to experienced clients worldwide.
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