In early September I headed to the Dominican Republic for a week long shoot for Physicians for Peace. The trip made for long, fast paced days as we covered an incredible amount of ground in a short time.
Here is the final production used for the Physician's for Peace 25th annual gala:
My goal was to visit several of Physicians for Peace’s programs in the country with Ramon Lopez, Physicians for Peace’s Medical Operations Director in the Dominican Republic, and Physicians for Peace marketing and communications manager Erin Wickersham. In all we visited an orthopedic clinic, burn center, documented several patient success stories, and shadowed a group of resource mothers working in their communities.
While I did shoot some still photography, the main objective was to get video content for the Physicians for Peace's 25th annual gala this fall. So, with video being the priority, I shot almost entirely with the Sony FS700. This was my first time in the field with the camera I had only just recently purchased. I did bring a 5D mark iii as well but the FS700 was a true gem.
Besides being a true video camera (sorry DSLR fans) my favorite thing about this super 35 camera is the ability to switch to Canon lenses with the help of a Metabones E-mount. The other is the ability to shoot in 240-frames-per-second at full HD. (albeit in 8-second bursts) This makes for some pretty neat slow-motion. It was the first time I’ve ever made decent or even usable footage from a car window while driving above 30mph. The video below shows some examples I shot in the Dominican Republic that demonstrate FS700’s slow-motion capabilities.
All and all a wonderful trip. I couldn’t end without saying how remarkable my two team members were in the Dominican Republic. Ramon’s somewhat assertive driving abilities coupled with a carefree latin flair got us everywhere we needed in record time and kept us smiling. Erin’s planning and organization kept the two boys on track and us all focused on getting the right content. These two made my job incredibly easier and less stressful. Most importantly, we captured the type visuals we needed to highlight the important work being done by Physicians for Peace.