The world premiere of Man in the Can was at the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was the perfect place to premiere, because we filmed locally at the Burnet rodeo, Llano rodeo, and in Marble Falls. Ronald’s family drove out from Mississippi, and we had friends from the rodeo community come from all parts of Texas.
And this is what happens when rodeo clowns hit the red carpet…
I used four cameras to film Man in the Can: 1 Sony HD camera, 2 GoPros, and 1 Canon G12. Since I was traveling as a one-woman production, I chose cameras that were small, easy to use, and economical. The Sony camera was my main “A” camera. It was light enough so I could hold it over the bucking chutes for long periods of time with one hand, while I used the Canon G12 in the other hand to take still photos. I usually mounted one GoPro to the arena for master shots, and strapped one to a rodeo clown in the arena.
I felt it was really important to see the rodeo from the rodeo clown’s point of view. Ronald offered to put me in the barrel during the rodeo so I could film from inside the arena, but the GoPro saved me from getting knocked around by a bull to get the footage I needed. GoPro cameras are great for action shots and getting the perspective of the clowns and bullfighters that most people will never experience. They’re also relatively inexpensive, so I didn’t have to worry about breaking it or someone taking one that was mounted to the arena. GoPro made it possible for one person to be a four camera production. I’m not sure if this photo says more about how small the GoPro camera is, or how big the bugs are in Texas.