Last month a colleague of mine asked me to help out as a PA for him on his Tesla spec and I had a blast! Whenever I'm on set I love to take BTS (Behind the scenes) footage and stills - while also helping out of course! To keep everything light I used my Sony NEX - 5T.
I've never been up close and personal with a Tesla before (they retail for somewhere around $50 - $100k) so it was cool to see the Model S. We spent the day going around to different areas of the city, to give the car a nice backdrop.
One of our locations was the Mansfield Dam. I've lived in Austin since attending the University of Texas in 2008 and had never been there. It's a beautiful location, and not quite as loud as Barton Springs. We ended the shoot out in Spicewood, Texas at Muleshoe Bend Park, about a 40 minute drive from Austin. There were endless acres of bluebonnets. I saw quite a few people out there taking engagement photos and portraits (a Texas tradition).
One thing that is really neat about the Tesla is the key. It's a miniature version of the car itself.
The key acts as a sensor, when you approach the car with the key in hand or on you, the car unlocks automatically. You can also control the sun roof and the trunks from the model key by pressing on the areas respectively.
This car is completely badass, and I can see why people are going crazy over it. Even if I could afford this thing, I'm not sure I would ever get one - just because I'd be too scared to get it scratched!
The whole spec was shot on a combination of cameras: primarily used was the RED dragon, next was the Mark III and Panasonic GH4, finally a few GoPros and my Sony Action Cam for action shots while driving.
A lot of the crew I already knew through other productions, so it was nice to spend the day with mostly familiar faces. I'm usually not a big fan of being on set, but when it's with people you know and trust it ends up feeling like a big hang out session rather than work.
Daniel Deloach is an award winning producer/director/cinematographer that is producing this piece (he's the one holding the car key in the crew selfie on the far left). He was one of the first people I met in the business, and I consider him a mentor of sorts. He has an AMAZING aerials reel using his phantom that you must checkout! For the past year he's been traveling around the world for various projects and has had the opportunity to capture some really breathtaking footage.
His website is DeloachFilms.com
Have you ever driven or ridden in a Tesla before? Let me know what you think!