This is a video I shot for my good friend Charley Jenkins. For those of you who have seen Nashville Star on NBC, he was on the show a few seasons ago. The first location for this shoot was the Salt Flats in Utah. I got there the night before the shoot and found the Salt Flats were still half flooded from a late winter and very wet spring. But after walking a little ways out onto the salt it seemed like it was just barely dry enough to support the weight of our trucks – at least that’s what I figured… The next morning Charley met us at 5:30 am so we could start shooting in the beautiful early morning light that would soon be bathing the flats. I turned off the paved road onto the salt and gunned it, figuring we’d drive a couple miles out onto the salt to find the perfect location. Charley was right behind me in his truck towing our beat up old row boat (the co-star of Sinkin’). Just a half mile out I noticed Charley was slowing down behind me – then he finally came to a stop. I didn’t know why so I turned my truck around and noticed the salt was getting pretty muddy. When I got back to Charley I found he was completely stuck in the mud. I figured no big deal, I have tow straps. I can pull his truck out. I put my truck in drive and promptly sunk up to my axles in deep gooey mud… 3 hours of digging and 5 cements bags later we finally got the trucks out (yes, cement bags… don’t ask). So now the star of the video was covered in mud – this was going to be a problem… Well Charley managed to get himself cleaned up and we finally started shooting around 12pm. A week later we were in Lake Powell with our lovely actress, Stephanie Hooley. A storm rolled in our our first day of shooting there which made filming tough but it looked great! Stephanie was amazing as I’m sure you will all agree!! I have some pretty funny outtakes of Charley and Stephanie – maybe I’ll post some here soon.
On the technical side, the video was shot mostly with a Canon 5D MkII with Canon 16-35L and Canon 70-200L lenses. I also used a Canon 60D for a few of the shots. For camera support I used a Glidecam HD-4000 along with some hand held and tripod shots and one crane shot. The most valuable tool of the shoot turned out to be my Singh-Ray variable ND filter which saved my butt when the light would go from dark and cloudy to bright and sunny in a matter of minutes. This video was a blast to work on – can’t wait to start shooting the next Charley Jenkins video later this summer!
Check out Charley’s web site at www.charleyjenkins.com. His music is available on Itunes.