Hit Fit Gym

A local gym needed a high-energy video to show off their unique workout structure but they had some production challenges that needed to be addressed:

First off, we had to figure out the lighting. It was dark in the room. Very dark. We had to figure out a way both in camera and in post production to make the room appear brighter without introducing too much grain into the situation.

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Dynamic text helped to tell the gym’s story even if viewers didn’t have sound enabled.

Second, we needed to get a lot of movement and energy into the shots or the final product wouldn’t really show off the gym’s energy. No problem there, we went hand held and used an eight-foot mini jib to energize the production.

And finally, they wanted to show the video on Facebook and Instagram while still delivering the message so we had to use dynamic text over the video so it would deliver the same message and impact whether the viewer had sound enabled or not.

The final product is full of energy and well-deserved testimonials for an up-and-coming gym with a unique style. Check it out below.

Jordan Spieth 90-foot Putt

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Watch the video here.

When Golf Digest called us to shoot an interview with Masters champion Jordan Spieth, we immediately complied. When they told us the original concept, we got even more excited. They planned to do a “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” video with Spieth, but alas, being the most buzz-worthy golfer on the planet at the moment, his handlers said the barely-legal-to-drink Spieth would not be participating in anything that could potentially tarnish his sterling reputation.

What did they land on? A video of Spieth making a 90-foot putt (double his longest bomb on tour at the time) in the hotel hallway. The Golf Digest team tried for an hour to no avail, so we knew we had a formidable challenge for the young ace, and if that wasn’t hard enough, they decided to hit him with a series of pop-culture questions to try to crack his now-legendary Masters Champ concentration.

With the footage Cy Cyr and I shot, Golf Digest created the Jordan Spieth 90-foot Putt video and a behind the scenes video of his cover shoot.

Video: Neptune Skin Waterproof Smartphone Sleeve

Neptune Skin is the world’s first waterproof smartphone sleeve that features a magnetic seal. To showcase this unique product, the company contacted CSK Creative for a product video that would demonstrate the Neptune Skin across the elements with multiple devices. On a shoot that spanned from the mountains in Colorado to the beaches in Florida, Neptune Skin was put through its paces during this all-weather production.

We worked closely with the client to create not only the long form editing, but also a brand new 3D logo intro that spiced up the 2D logo and brought it to the next level. See below for the original logo along with the 3D logo, which got animated into the video you see at the bottom of the page.

3D-Example (1)On the client’s request, we shot the majority of the video from actual smartphones, only using professional cameras for the establishing shots to show the viewer what was happening. We included multiple accessories and different talent for variety and to demonstrate all the product’s capabilities. The company has since struck a deal with Walmart to include Neptune Skin in retail and they’ve signed licensing deals with multiple sports teams to brand the waterproof pouch with your favorite team’s logo.

For sports videography, underwater videography, action sports videography and POV videography please don’t hesitate to contact CSK Creative to discuss your project today.

POV Video of Jet-powered Hydroplane Boat Racing


Oh Boy! Oberto Hydroplane boat with driver Steve David


Graham Trucking Hydroplane boat with driver Jimmy Shane

When we got to the American Power Boating Association’s (APBA) site in Detroit, Michigan, we were immediately taken by just how aggressive the hydroplane boats were. They each had a trash-can-size jet engine on the back that wound up just like a jet, and drove a $15,000 propeller that was only good for 120 hours. We were charged with mounting JVC’s second-generation Adixxion point of view (POV) cameras on these boats as they raced up to 130 miles per hour through watersports’ most aggressive turn. We only ended up losing one camera, and that was when a sheet of water came off the back of another boat and hit so violently that it knocked not only our camera off, but also the entire front wing on the boat. Needless to say, there are some serious forces at work during these races.

We used RAM mounts to go into the 1/4-20 threads of the Adixxion. We generally stuck to the muffler clamp mount on the outside of the boat, and the suction cup mount or JVC’s standard VHB-tape mount for inside the cockpit.

For post production, we did a mock-3D text integrated into the live-action footage to introduce the driver and location. This doesn’t contain real 3D architecture, but it ended up being a convincing forgery after applying lights and a mock shadow/reflection in Adobe After Effects. For the aerials, we weren’t able to get up into the helicopter due to passenger restrictions, but we threw one of the cameras on the lead judge’s helmet. After sifting through literally hours of footage, we came up with about four usable clips that were each under five seconds long, and shaking like crazy. We stabilized the footage in After Effects and ended up getting some really nice stuff out of what started as almost-unusable footage. Overall, we were really happy with the way the videos turned out, and it was another case of making the most of POV footage, which is lower resolution and lower quality, but can capture some amazing angles.

Golf Digest 2013 British Open Stumper Video

 

In honour of the British Open (see that superfluous “u” in the spelling of honor? We’re paying homage to Britain in this article by using British phrasing and spelling whenever possible), Golf Digest contacted CSK Creative to produce, shoot and edit a video that aims to find out how much the average American golfer knows about the British Open (or the Open Championship, as it’s properly called).

I went to one of my favorite courses, Winter Park Country Club, to gather a bunch of golfers and get as strong a poll as possible on British Open knowledge. Of all the polls we’ve done on Majors, this project was by far the most difficult to get participants. Americans in general don’t seem to watch the British Open nearly as much as the US Open or the Masters, so finding willing participants was tough.

The other difficult part was finding willing participants who had wrong answers. Plenty of golfers knew a lot about the British Open, but this was supposed to be a comedy video, and Golf Digest decided to go with exclusively wrong answers on this one, so a correct response did me no good. I had to have bad answers, and the more colourful the better.

We ended up with more than enough footage, and the edit turned out great. It actually ended up being one of the funniest Stumper videos we’ve done to date. Thanks to all who participated and Golf Digest for their constant support.

Sans Rival Waterskis Team Video

European waterski and apparel manufacturer Sans Rival Waterskis needed a video to introduce their all-new shape, the SR3. We wanted to make it a party atmosphere that was as much about the lifestyle of the team as it was about the ski, so we went with a handheld feel with quick cuts and lively music.

We wanted to get as much mass appeal into the action-sports-style video as possible while still introducing the new product. Let us know how we did!

The Sans Rival team consists of Martin Kolman, Claudio Köstenberger, Geena Krueger, Swoboda Matthias, Daniel Odvarko, Franz Oberleitner and Ty Oppenlander.

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Golf Digest Sh*t Golfers Say Video

A Video Tribute to Golf Dialog

CSK Creative shot this video with Golf Digest. We had a blast and learned a few things about golf vernacular.

 

If you’re not a golfer, you’re probably not going to get some of the quirky remarks. If you are a golfer, pick out how many things you or your buddies have said on the course and email it to me at craig.kotilinek@gmail.com.

Behind the Scenes

Sh*t Golfers Say was produced in the golf capital of the world, sunny Orlando Florida at Rio Pinar Country Club. We filmed this video with the Canon 7D with audio being recorded on a Tascam DR40 with two Sennheiser wireless mics. We mic’ed up two of the talent at a time and focused the golf dialog on that pair, with the other two being background color and providing reactions. Then, we’d switch over the mics to the two and get more takes and then move on to the next location. All together, we recorded 125 unique takes of different phrases common in golfing like:

  1. “My wife is gonna kill me.”
  2. “Just hit it…”
  3. “I don’t get it, I hit it great on the range.
  4. “F&%#!”
  5. “I play a ladies’ ball. Better compression.”

We tried to focus on getting four unique golf personalities in the script which we hope carried through well to the video. For instance, Orlando Sports Photographer Cy Cyr was the family guy. Lines like “my wife is gonna kill me,” exemplified the character’s limited timeframe and marital status in one fell swoop.

Our technical guy had lines like “I have 135, center,” as he paces out the course. Our intimidating guy mostly just berates the other players with snide remarks and finally our horrible golfer has classic lines like “I’ve got to go the range” and “I hate this driver.”

Golf Digest 18 Annoying Golf Partners Round 2

I shot this video produced by Cy Cyr for Golf Digest earlier this year. It details the 18 Most Annoying Golf Partners you hate that you love.

From the “Beverage Cart Girl Schmoozer” to the “Unsolicited Advice Guy”, we covered 18 of the most annoyingly endearing golf partners you could ever ask for in stills and video. The feature ended up being one of the most popular of 2012 for Golf Digest, and the video was a behind-the-scenes tribute to what ended up in the magazine and online.