I shot with the Sony EX1 and Letus Ultimate a few days ago for a shoot promoting the New England Sports Network’s NHL hockey TV show called “The Instigators”.

The show is hosted by Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, and Mike Milbury. Starting this Thursday, the second season begins on NESN at 6pm and runs every Thursday after that during the Bruins season.

I worked with these three guys for a few hours shooting “Childhood Pranks” promos. This footage was shot in and around the NESN headquarters in Watertown, Massachusetts. We did not have time to shoot everything that we wanted and one of the guys had to leave early. I was running around (with some help from creative services) to get all of this stuff shot!

Since the client wanted the film look with limited setup, I decided to use just two tungsten balanced Kino-flo DIVA 400 lights. These lights are very easy to use and they can be set up in very little time. I also used the Letus Ultimate with Nikon glass (mostly the 55mm f1.2) mounted to the Sony PMW-EX1 and a Vinten Vision 10AS tripod. I used wireless V1 Sony microphones.

At the end of the shoot, I transferred all the 1080 30p footage to a NESN creative services hard drive and handed it over. NESN and other clients really like the XDCAM format and I find myself passing along hard drives (with a personal backup on my own hard drive just in case) for editors to dump directly into their RAID servers for editing.

We shot much more footage that what you see in the video above and I will try to post it to this page when I get it. I will also try to get a high definition version of these promos so that you can see how sharp and vibrant the XDCAM EX footage is using the Letus Ultimate. I hope to be using a NanoFlash to capture off the EX1 at a higher bit rate for projects like these. But for now, 35mbps XDCAM EX looks pretty good on my HDTV at home.

If you live in New England, these promos are running on NESN (Comcast HD Channel 851 or SD 51) around the clock through the hockey season.

Video courtesy of NESN and yes, Jack did get nailed with a water balloon below the waist!