18 Feb Dallas Crew Spends the Day with Danica Patrick
After spending the month in Texas shooting a pilot for a popular lifestyle network it was time to head home. However, G4 needed a crew to follow Danica Patrick around as she sported a special Sonic the Hedgehog paint scheme for her race at Texas Motor Speedway. So let me get this straight. I get to spend more time in Texas, shoot on the F3, follow Danica Patrick around all day, and be at a NASCAR track? Yes, please! Where do I sign?
I headed north to Fort Worth, TX with an F3, some sweet Nikon glass, and the necessary support to turn the F3 into a lean, mean, ENG shooting machine. Our day started with Kristin Adams interviewing Danica Patrick. Oh, I almost forgot, for the interview with Danica I used a Canon 5D to get a wide shot. It was easy to get the F3 and 5D to match since there is a great picture profile for the F3 that recreates that 5D look. After the main interview with Kristin we got a tour of Danica’s hauler. We then shot some tosses with our talent and various garage b-roll.
Later in the day we covered Danica qualifying for the Nationwide Series Race. It was so much fun to be shooting at the track. It’s been a while since I’ve been around this much NASCAR. Oh, how I’ve missed it. We basically shot b-roll and tosses with Kristin Adams up until right before the race started. We then wrapped and I headed back to my truck. I transferred all the footage to my producer’s hard drive while enjoying the race. Before I knew it my day was done. I can’t wait get back to the track.