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Heat of Summer

Well, I was doing a good job of keeping up on updates with this site, but things always fall off a bit eventually. Either way, I wanted to share a couple new videos that are out now that I did sound on. Since the Olympic fever is starting to catch hold as qualifiers get under way in a lot of different sports, a bunch of new content is coming out involving these athletes, and being in Colorado where the US Olympic Training Facilities are, I've been lucky enough to work with a couple of these olympic hopefuls. 

A little over a month ago, I had a shoot at the USOT with Adeline Gray, a female wrestler, and Donnell Whittenburg, a male gymnast, both of whom received degrees through DeVry University while training for the Olympic team. It was a collaboration between DeVry and the USOT since DeVry is one of the main sponsors of the Olympic team, so the videos are getting a fair amount of coverage leading up to the Olympics. Both athletes were a pleasure to work with and watch, as they went about their craft, and I wish them both the best throughout qualifying and into the Olympics themselves. 

Also, I was lucky enough to work with another great athlete on a behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming ESPN Body Issue, which comes out early next month. I'll have more details as the release date gets closer and as they release more content, but for now, here's a preview for the issue itself. 

It's a Runner's World

Whenever one of my good friends talks about a film set, he always uses the phrase "let's sprint across the finish line". While I don't often think of production in that way, it often is a race to the end. You're always fighting something: light, schedules, fatigue. Sometimes you just have no other option but to suck it up and get it done. 

This last week I joined my good friends at 5K Insight and YamoFilms, again, to gather some behind-the-scenes footage of a photo shoot for Runner's World Magazine. The idea was to get some stair running up at Red Rocks Amphitheater, but before we even got there it was apparent that this would be one of those "sprints across the finish line". Driving on I-70, the skies opened up and enough water pooled on the highway to bring traffic almost to a complete stop in a couple different places. What is usually a 25 minute drive turned into an hour, but the weather seemed to let up once I got on site. 

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com

After a quick scout, we started filming with our subject, Kayleen McCabe, the host of the DIY network's Rescue Renovations. Running some stairs, trying to stay away from the curious eyes... we were only a few shots in when we were asked to leave by security, even though it's a public space. I've had this problem many times at the amphitheater, and I've never been able to figure out exactly who is allowed to take pictures there.

Either way, after another setback, we ended up in the beautiful Ken Caryl Valley where we got to work again. Not quite the same grandiose appearance as Red Rocks, but it definitely says "Colorado". A light sprinkle starts up throughout the shoot, and by the time we all get the last shot off, we're running for cover as the rain comes in full bore.  

Perhaps it's only appropriate that when you do a photo shoot for a running magazine with a subject whose job it is to make something out of nothing that we would have a couple set backs, but we would ultimately end up with the reality-TV happy ending.