Many years ago I worked with Barry at a pizza place. He’s a solid, down to earth guy who now works at Walmart. As you can tell from the pictures, he’s a Star Wars fanatic and does cosplay as a Stormtrooper and a couple other characters. He is a member of a group of people who all dress up and do stuff for charity and go to conventions and stuff. 10 years ago he donated a kidney to a guy he met on a Star Wars Toy forum. Never met the dude in person but still go tested, flew out to California and gave the guy a kidney.
I thought this was a really interesting story and would make a great short documentary. I’ve already filmed an interview with the guy who received the kidney and soon we are recording an interview with Barry. But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity for capturing footage of this walk he does. Every year he raises thousands of dollars for the fight against cancer. Doing a lot of it by standing outside his walmart store for 8-10 hours at a time in his stormtrooper setup and asking people for donations.
The walk is the Relay For Live of McLean County on Friday the 21st. His fundraising team is the Imperial Walkers. He’s arriving around 4pm so I’d love for Vince to get there around that time. I’ll outline some shot ideas below but generally I’m looking for shots of him talking with other people on his team, if we can get him by signage or logos that’d be awesome, closeups of him walking, etc. The footage will serve as b-roll for the documentary and I’ll likely put together a little fundraising video for him as well.
You can find his fundraising page here.
The walk starts at 6pm at Bloomington High School, 202 E Locust St, Bloomington, IL and I had emailed the organizer, Nicky Halvorson, yesterday just to make sure it was cool with them. And she said it was no problem but we should try to focus just on Barry and not on other people who might not want to be filmed. Since this is for a documentary I think there’s some flexibility there, but it’s a video about him, so the more we focus on him the better.
Get some high quality b-roll of Barry
Get footage that will help tell the story of him being a giving person
Get footage that would work for a fundraising video as well
Obviously I know and like your guy’s work so I trust you’ll get some great stuff just going out and being creative. Here are a couple thoughts I had…
Barry getting ready. I don’t know for sure if he’ll show up ready to go or what, and we can get this when I do his interview as well, but if he’s there getting ready, capture some of it. Wides and mids vs close ups for this.
Footage of Barry near signage. Something that will help establish where he is. It should be less staged and more like a slow pan and he’s near signage and stuff. Though one more posed shot would be good for the fundraising video.
I don’t know how close you’ll be able to get once the walking starts, so if you’re able to get close up footage of him walking prior to the actual start, that would be super important. I’m thinking footage of him walking and you follow from behind, footage of him walking and you follow from the front. CU side shots of his stormtrooper boots walking. Etc.
Footage of him during the walk
Establishing shot during the walk in general.
Like I said, these are all guidelines. I’d be using it to talk about the walk so the establishing shot stuff is good, but the more we can show him in action the better.
4k would be great
I’m thinking 60p would probably be ideal for a lot of it. If there’s a spot you want to go 24p, that’s what I’ll be finishing in but I’ll leave that call to you on the spot. I can always conform the 60p to 24 where I need to.
Color wise I shoot everything in Canon Log. If you’re confident exposing in S-Log go for it, if you think you’ll get better results due to lighting or whatever in a wide dynamic range that’d be fine too.
Once things are done I’ll need the un-edited footage. If hard drive is easier, I can pay for shipping one back and forth (I’d rather not pay for the drive as I have a million and could just return yours).