As a Los Angeles Video Production, Photography, and Animation Company, we here at Corduroy Media get opportunities to meet really cool people we might not meet if we were, say, bankers or car salesmen.
One of those opportunities came to us when U.S.A. Swimming asked us to shoot and edit a day-in-the-life profile of swimmer Nathan Adrian before he headed off to the Olympic trials.
Apparently, U.S.A. Swimming, which is the organization that governs professional swimming in our fine country, saw some of our other short documentary style videos on the Cancer Hope Network and at Time Productions (most recently on Bionic Exoskeletons). Clearly, they liked our style (we say with just a touch of pride).
We consider ourselves lucky that on the day we met Nathan at his house to get some shots of his morning routine, he had a 7:00 a.m. call-time for practice, rather than the usual 6:00 a.m.
Actually, now that we think about it, we were lucky he let us in so early in the morning. Not everyone wants to be caught on camera with bed-head, but the more personal access we can get of our subjects, the stronger a piece we can create.
Our experience shows us that people like seeing their heroes and champions with bed-head. It makes them seem more accessible, and therefore more relatable.
We got shots of Nathan rolling out of bed, driving his Prius to practice, in the water hanging over the rope floats and chatting with other swimmers, and of course, swimming. To get the shots, Carl broke out the Dana Dolly on ten-foot rails, and Sean got down in the water with his goggles and the Canon G12 and Ikelite housing. We really like our production tools. They help us get great shots.
Nathan is one of those easy-going guys who’re up for anything, and we had fun getting to know him.
The experience made watching the Summer Olympics extra cool, too. We were stoked to watch him snatch up two gold medals (in the 100 meter freestyle and the 4×100 meter relay). Go, Nathan!