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Your video camera can go in front of the firing line!

Provideos 4 U shoots a lot of film for the Babes with Bullets™ gun camps. With a motto of “no more backs and butts,” which is the normal placement of a cameraman on the shooting range, the challenge becomes where to place a camera to capture that frontal view. With the placement of a remote camera out in front of the shooter, there is always an element of risk – ricochets being the greatest.

But, let’s face it, being up close and personal with the shooter, getting that angle that captures the fluid motion of the shooter as she comes into the starting box, aims and fires at targets, combined with seeing  her facial expression, watching the empty cartridge fly through the air, encouragement from the instructor, etc.,  help bring a viewer into the action.

One of the ways we capture that front view, is by placing a remote, aka “unmanned,” camera on a tripod pointed in front of a place, in this case the shooting box, where each shooter has to consistently place her feet, body, and gun. By positioning and using a smaller camera, Sony SR11, we also cut down on the chances of the camera getting damaged. This camera is also what we call “B” roll or our cut away footage used to add that different angle to the “A” roll or main camera footage. Combining these two types of footage adds depth and character to the footage beyond the capabilities of any single camera. Watch and you’ll see what we mean! Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Xbr02_4no

~Bob Martin

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Bob Martin has lived in Tucson, Ariz., since 1961. He started out his career as a machinist, then decided to take his trumpet and music more seriously. After graduating from the University of Arizona School of Music, was employed by the Barnum and Bailey circus for 17 years as lead trumpet and associate band director.  During that time, he managed to record 11 national TV specials and other televised events. He also developed several different skills, one of which was taking video and video editing.

In the ’90s, he moved back to Tucson and started his company, A Videosyncrasy, LLC; it is now called ProVideos 4U.  In the process of growing his video production company, he discovered another market. Inundated with family film, 8mm, 16mm with sound, he started looking into ways of transferring that old film to DVD. ProVideos 4U then became not only a video production company, but also one that specializes in transferring all video and film formats to DVD as well as audio formats to CD. You may call Bob at 877-321-7288 or 520-326-7288.  Email address ProVideos4U at yahoo.com.

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The Conversation

  • Babbs says: March 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Yep … fetching in your shorts, Lady! I, too, think Bob and Marilyn do a fab job of filming women shooting. Especially the fast ones like Lisa and Kay and all the other instructors.

  • Melita Ellington says: March 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Hmmm, just saw myself scoring Lisa Munson!! Hoowee she’s a fast shooter! Go Lisa! And Bob – great work…I especially love the crane work in AZ. Very cool!