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A Merry Polecam Christmas from Steve Rausch

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The St. Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls SD has hosted a Christmas concert for the last 19 years. It featured symphony professionals, recording artists and Broadway performers. It is performed 6 times over the course of 4 days and recorded once for regional broadcast on Christmas Day. In the past, CBS has aired it nationally.

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I have been fortunate to help capture it for broadcast the last 4 years using my Polecam along with the church's 3 fixed cameras and 3 additional hand-helds from a broadcast partner. This year was different. Instead of a small BB head and fixed prime lens on the Toshiba, I had the long head with the Fujinon XT17 zoom lens. It was a complete game changer.

Because of the "extra reach" the lens combo gave us I was positioned further back from the stage. This gave us all sorts of new shots like wide JIB moves including the audience and performers, tights on the conductor when he address the audience, elevated moves when soloists were highlighted and so on not to mention long slow zoom shots in and out of scenes. The production team was very happy with the result. The E.P. joked that they might just run the iso record form my camera instead of editing the piece with multiple cameras.

A note about the stills. A fellow cameraman named Brian Cooper just joined the diocese as a marketing and communications person. He was there to get behind the scenes video for a social media teaser for the broadcast. He took these stills during the concert and gave me permission to post them. Nice work Brian.

Polecam Camera Jib ifilming n a church

Polecam Camera Jib ifilming n a church

Polecam Camera Jib ifilming n a church

Polecam Camera Jib ifilming n a church

Steve Rausch
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