Chicago Help-Portrait Video

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In November I was asked to film and edit a short video covering the Moody Help-Portrait site here in Chicago. I am so glad I had the opportunity to get involved! Met some awesome people and was encouraged by the whole event.




The video consisted of 3 interviews in the beautiful Moody Church sanctuary. Since there were no outlets where we were filming, I just used a 5 in 1 reflector to bounce the house lights onto each subject.

Camera Setup

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Each interview was filmed with the Canon 5D2 and 7D on a D&S tripod and my trusty little Pearstone tripod. I used a Nikkor 85mm F2.0 and a Nikkor 50mm F1.4 (learn more about Nikkor lenses on Canon cameras here).


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I was planning on using my Sennheiser G2 wireless lav (new G3 version here) for audio, but as it turns out, EVERY frequency was being used (must have been all the photographers gear near by?). So I ran my Lav mic to a Zoom H4n and captured audio that way.


Photo Credit: H-P Chicago Facebook page.

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All b-roll was filmed with my 5D Mark II and the Manfrotto 561 BHDV monopod. I also used an older Canon 28-70 F2.8-4L lens. The exterior building shots where filmed using a Zenitar 16mm F2.8 lens.

Post Production

Video was edited in Final Cut Pro 7 and the film burn effects were from CineGran (check out my review here).


All in all, I am very happy with the final project. Special thanks to Nathan Cantleberry for helping out with the interviews.

Nathan Cantleberry

If you haven’t been involved in a Help-Portrait event you are missing out! Head over to their website to learn more: