31 Jan The #BurbLife with Our Phoenix Video Camera Crew
It’s the ‘Burb Life for Us
The life of a Go To Team ‘burb is not easy. As soon as it hits headquarters in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, its got some work to do. It makes a trip to the shop to have half of its seats ripped from the interior and hundreds of pounds of carefully measured, cut, shaped and coated wood put in their place. Then in goes a custom, time-tested rack system designed specifically to effectively carry up to 12 cases of gear, three passengers and, of course, a camera or two.
Fully loaded there can be an additional three-quarters to one full ton of weight added to the black truck. It’s enough weight to require tires designed for trucks a weight class up from the stock Suburban. Once it has been uplifted for life on the road to #MakeCoolTV, the keys are handed over to a cameraman, like our Phoenix video camera crew. The days of thinking they were going to haul kids to and from soccer practice are long gone.
The Suburban I drive has been in service since 2007 and is getting very close to tipping over 330,000 miles. That’s 330,000 miles of hauling cases filled with lights, stands, clamps, sliders, lenses, batteries and more.
On the Road Again
One of my favorite drives in my blacked out #MobileOffice is from Phoenix, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s an easy trip with no traffic or people and it takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes this country has to offer. Joshua trees, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam are along the route. It seems like there is something new to see each trip. It’s so beautiful sometimes that I can’t help but stop and dig out my A7S, throw a lens on it and spend a half hour shooting photos in one spot only to pull over again two miles later. 305 miles from home until I am cruising the strip, unloading cases onto a cart and heading to the shoot location.
Cool Shoots for Phoenix Video Camera Crews
Getting to Vegas is only half the fun, though. I’ve made half a dozen trips in the past two and a half months. In that time I have been able to work on some really great projects. A few episodes for A. Smith & Co‘s show “Unsung” using two Canon C300’s, and some very interesting episodes for The Discovery Network with my favorite camera, the Sony FS7.
In for the Long Haul
Yes, the Go To Team ‘burbs have a “rough” life, but they are just as reliable as the cameramen driving them.