Behind the Scenes: Day 3 Tempe

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr
By Jim Carr By Jim Carr
By Jim Carr By Jim Carr
By Jim Carr By Jim Carr
By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

Shoot Date: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Producer's Notes:
This was our most challenging shoot day:  big cast, two cameras, on water!  But the whole thing went so smoothly it was kinda scary!  Director of Photography Shane Sisson had these shots in mind and we had to find a way to pull it off.  Things really fell into place when he remembered that a former employee, Beth Glick used to crew.  We didn’t know if she still did but he contacted her through facebook and lo and behold she was still on team Tempe Town Lake Rowing!

As you will see from our pictures, once again it was pitch dark for our 6am arrival.  Shane set up one camera under Tempe Town Lake’s middle bridge to capture sunrise for one of our time lapses.  Editor Ryan O’Connell manned the camera while Shane came down to the marina to work with the row team.

Tempe Town Lake Small Craft Coordinator Joe”Oakey” O’Conner helmed the craft that took Shane, Director Bill Ottinger and gaffer extraordinaire Bill Kohler alongside the ladies.  For just a brief time that morning Shane really was King of the World!

A special thanks to the City of Tempe and Oakey for making this shoot not only possible but amazingly easy and hassle free!  And a special shout out to Beth Glick, team captain Emily Burkett and the rest of Tempe Town Lake Rowing!  You’re the best!

Shoot Location:
Tempe Town Lake
Tempe, Arizona
Tempe Town Lake Rowing

Fun Facts:
The ladies rowed the complete course twice to accomplish all our shots.

The team was comprised of 8 women rowing and one coxswain.

Rowing works up an appetite!  The ladies feasted on fruit and nut bars and Krispy Crèmes after the shoot!

Shoes are kept attached inside the boat.

Racing boats (shells) are long, narrow and broadly semi-circular in cross-section in order to reduce drag to a minimum.  Originally made from wood, they are now almost always made from a composite material (usually carbon-fiber reinforced plastic) because it is stronger and lighter.

Women were not allowed to participate in rowing as an Olympic sport until the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal.    But women’s rowing can be traced back to the early 19th century.