When we started work on this piece, Jessica Pierce wanted to tell a story about a comedian who is at the end of his rope. Nothing seems to work out for him, but at the same time somehow he is able to make people laugh.
What was incredibly challenging for me was shooting this film. The entire piece is shot in a single long take. There were a few points where we could have cheated the effect, but we went over a few options and felt it was best for the film to do it in one take.
As students, we don't have an excessive amount of options to shoot steady long takes. A glidecam might have worked, but the balance can be tricky and they take a long time to learn. The small one I owned would not have worked well for this film. A friend of mine has a Ronin-M, but those are heavy and still not quite the level of control we needed. What we settled on was a Zhiyun Crane meant for mirrorless cameras. Think of a DJI Osmo built for bigger cameras.
One big problem we faced was focus. The rig we were using didn't have room for a follow focus, and none of us had a remote focus puller or cine lenses that would help with several variables. Because of that, we had to rely on higher ISOs and autofocus to pull of the effect, and while it failed sometimes I still think it was worth trying. It helped us learn the limits of what we had, and how far we could go with them.