New York Close Up just made good on one New Years resolution: see how we’re getting in better shape by checking out Tommy Hartung’s latest film, Tommy Hartung is Off and Running.
And I’m only partially joking. While Tommy jogged, yours truly shot all of the interview from my bike – one hand on the handlebars and the other cradling a GoPro Hero brand camera. It’s that little box Tommy is wearing on his head in the above pic. Super compact and HD-capable, it’s become the go-to camera for any reality show car interior shooting (and the various real housewives are incessantly in their cars.) It’s also become a standard part of the New York Close Up production tool kit. Shooting POV in tight spaces? Check. See the spray painting shots in Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude. Time lapse? Check. Watch Eddie Martinez’s antic moments in the Year Two Trailer.
And for don’t-try-this-at-home-I-am-a-professional mobile interviews we’ve got this latest episode. The trickiest part wasn’t keeping Tommy in frame but not totally wiping out over the insidiously varied Queens terrain Tommy ran us thru. From Ridge potato chip-like residential streets in Ridgewood to the uphill/downhill/dirt/sand/gravel/manure combination paths of Forest Park. Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the production of this film. But it was damn close.
CAPTION: Artist Tommy Hartung in Forest Park (Queens, 09.11.12.) Production still from the series “New York Close Up” © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Ian Forster.