So after dreaming up this great idea of a road trip in search of the 550 'grave', reality bit with a miserable little question: How on earth was I going to get a bunch of Porsche-heavyweights (high profile, very busy...) to all be available and willing to join me on this road trip....simultaneously. Miraculously that was not a problem, these guys are amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were all excited to help solve the mystery... Peter, John, Mervin and Bobby, thank you so much!
Rigging my trusty old Toyota was quite a challenge, as I have never done an "interview" while being on the road...and driving....and following directions...and monitoring the recording of sound and video - who says men can't multi-task? Above my much loved Canon 5D with a Rode video mic connected to the rear window...
Above a Lilliput monitor rigged to the side window and connected to the camera, to see what I am recording...
Of course a GoPro on the outside to get some shots of the vehicle and surroundings... While monitoring the equipment, also checking the surroundings when stopping at a red light...some pedestrians where seriously eyeing my camera, but my right foot was at the ready :)
The suction-cup proved itself to be very sturdy.
Tip: Remove all the headrests for a better view of everybody inside. I loved reversing with this setup...perfect visibility.
Inside: More GoPro ...
For recording broadcast quality sound, nothing beats the Rode NTG2 on the dash, with a beanbag keeping it in place and reducing vibration...
Above the Zoom H4N sound recorder into which the Rode NTG2 is plugged in. Secured with Prestic/Bluegum. I felt like a fighter pilot, checking all my lights, buttons and stuff... highway to the danger zone... but switch off the radio, it messes up the sound recording. Not too much air-con either and no open windows.
No headrests - Pray no one rear ends you :)
Switch on the interior lights. I had a cloudy day outside so every bit of light helps to capture better images.
The trip was a lot of fun (once I relaxed about all my equipment) and considered a huge success - with a different and very interesting result.
More on this later... stay tuned.