Project: Maplewood Panthers Portraits

Just shot this yesterday. While these portraits are destined to be part of a larger promotional piece featuring workout, practice and gameplay footage, I wanted to get a teaser out right away to get the students excited about an upcoming game.

This was a very challenging shoot. Time, space and weather were all working against us. A thunderstorm shut down practice, which bought us very tight window to grab these shots. We weren’t moving in a downpour, so we had to shoot where we were – a cramped field house that smelled like 20 years of teenage boys.

A green screen was thrown-up in an equipment closet, with the camera out in the hallway. In addition to the tight quarters, there was very little time to set up the lighting, and no time to adjust for each player. We simply ran as many players are possible through the set-up in about an hour. It was something of a mad house, but the team’s enthusiasm kept us going. Everyone was tired, hot, and sweaty, but they all performed like champs and ultimately I think that the results were worth the effort.

I continue to be impressed with the 4K capabilities of the GH4. The fine weave of the uniforms definitely would have created moire in many other cameras, and I didn’t feel like I had the nail the framing of each player because I knew I had plenty of leeway to adjust in post.

I’m also very happy with the performance of the Rokinon cine lenses, especially the 35mm. It’s a very versatile focal length when combined with a speed booster, and I think these shots demonstrate that it is plenty sharp.

Many thanks to the Maplewood Football team, coaches, and Dr. Ryan Jackson (friend/producer/key grip/talent wrangler.)


  • Panasonic GH4 (Natural profile)
  • Rokinon Cine 35mm
  • Alzo 300o (2) and Alzo 794 (2)  lights


  • After Effects
  • Keylight
  • Final Cut Pro X

3 Replies to "Project: Maplewood Panthers Portraits"

  • Kenneth House
    September 10, 2014 (5:05 pm)


  • ericstishan
    September 17, 2014 (11:01 am)

    Did you use the native MFT mount or a boosted mount? Great work!

  • joe12south
    September 17, 2014 (12:15 pm)

    Nikon mount Lens Turbo with Rokinon Cine 35mm.

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