Loading... Please wait...

Blog - tv production

Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas

Posted by

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports from the field:

On location in the Bahamas shooting for Travel Channel we needed to cover a segment which included our cast paddling a sea kayak from one cove to the next.

Time was short, as always, and the main coverage was to be shot by a drone and land-based long lens.  Although I brought my whole rigging kit and was ready to place cameras off to the side with Matthews MICROGrip arms and clamps, the director said there wasn't enough time AND wanted clean shots from the drone about half way through the paddlers little expedition.  Adding to those challenges, the sea kayaks were smooth, wide, and had few penetrations on which to tighten or fasten anything.

Solution: Dinkum Systems ActionPod PROs.

      

The ActionPod PROs, with their narrow, long jaws, are ideal to clamp onto the carry-handles.  Nothing could be quicker.   Additionally, the director wanted the scene to start with the kayaks clean (nothing mounted on them) as the kayakers got them ready and then launched, but didn't want to stop the action to rig anything for close-ups and POVs.  Again, the Dinkum mounts were perfect - our AC simply waded into the surf with GoPro's rolling and quickly clamped them to the bow, and sent the paddlers on their way with almost no interruption or toppling the talent into the water.


When we were ready to shoot from the drone, the paddlers simply pulled the clamps off and hid them - something that talent could not easily have done with a more elaborate rig while paddling in the open ocean.  Easy!

​'Pack Rafting' with Dinkum Systems

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports from the field:I worked on a Travel Channel show called, "Alaska - Water and Ice" that aired recently. The network people really liked a couple of the segments that I shot, and Dinkum Systems had much to do with the footage we got.The show is about what you [...]

Read More »


Don't Let Rain Stop Play!

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports from the field:This week I'm up in Anchorage, Alaska shooting an HGTV show, and while it's beautiful up north, we're dealing with shoot days where it's just rain, rain, rain... Given that we can't change our schedule around, we just have to deal with the wet conditions.The DJI Osmo [...]

Read More »


​How To Get Amazing SUP Shots with Dinkum Systems

Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Dinkum Systems in Travel Channel's new special, "Alaska - Water and Ice"Travel Channel is airing a special this month called, "Alaska - Water and Ice", and I was lucky enough to shoot a couple of the segments. One of the challenging shoots was stand up paddle boarding (SUP) around icebergs just outside of [...]

Read More »


What's the easiest way to mount an LED panel, you ask? Let us tell you!

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans shares his thoughts on how the new era of lightweight LED Panels has made our range even more useful, giving you an easy way to solve the onset challenge of quickly mounting lights in a variety of spaces…                  [...]

Read More »