My first job in 2016 was in southern India in the capital city of Chennai (formally known as Madras) in Tamil Nadu. I was hired as a Camera Operator and AC for a motorcycle commercial for Royal Enfield. The ad agency was Wieden+Kennedy. Filming internationally is always tough, but luckily the locals hired were incredibly skilled and welcoming. It was an eleven day shoot including travel days, a couple scout days and one day off. Royal Enfield wanted a video to showcase their new off-road bike, The Himalayan. We shot a mix of interviews and broll with a second unit crew in the UK. We filmed on the RED and C300 with Xenon Schneider Primes, Arri Master Primes and a 45-250 zoom. I also operated the Ronin out of the back of a van driving through the mountains. Check out the final video below. Our Director/DP/Producer, Andrew David Watson did an amazing job with the edit and overall scheduling of the trip.
Here are a collection of BTS photos I snapped during the production and on my day off. It was a day before our flight back to the US and I was totally exhausted from our trip and I developed a nasty cough from shooting out of the back of a van on a dusty path, but I wanted to take advantage of my time in Chennai.
On my day off I shot a personal project about a Parrot Astrologer with our Fixer Bala. The story was published on The Atlantic. I had my fortune read and he said that I would have two boys and my future wife (getting married June 18th) would boss me around. He was right about one of those.