Interestingly, our first opportunity to work with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism laid the foundation for all the projects to follow. What began as a studio rental was soon followed by repeated forms of the question, “Hey, can you guys also handle…?” Numerous phone calls over a two week period confirmed to BFG Communications (the agency handling the account) what all of our clients have become accustomed to hearing from us, “Yes, we can do that!”
Some of the requests were simple enough, but others were genuine 99mph curve balls. But, hey–we ain’t scurred of no curve balls!
This trial by fire led to a 3-year adventure across the Palmetto state, tackling projects of all types and scope–each with AT LEAST one “first” for us to take a swing at. But we didn’t just take a swing at them… we knocked them out of the park!
There’s a first time for everything…
- Shooting on a flooded river while transporting generators in kayaks to hidden treehouses for lighting these remote locations.
- Using a convoy of 4 pontoon boats to cart crew, talent and gear to shoot under a waterfall on Lake Jocassee. This same shoot also included quickly tossing all equipment into small tents then ducking under a piece of plywood to avoid a summer deluge–not once, but TWICE in a one hour period.
- Created a self-standing, oversized backpack complete with kayak, golf clubs, tennis racket, fishing rods, bow and arrows, lantern, umbrella, sleeping bag, flashlight, binoculars (and many more items) in a constructed water tank in studio to be composited into a background plate from the mountains of South Carolina.
- Shooting video INSIDE the pen of an 18-foot, 2000 lb crocodile while he’s being fed.
- Shooting video of a white tiger charging full speed directly at us from INSIDE the tiger pen.
This list of “firsts” could go on and on (truly it could!), but you get the picture. At Genesis, we love to say, “yes”!
Our responsibilities on these projects included everything from casting, to location scouting, crew, production management, equipment, catering, props, wardrobe, and makeup. These projects ranged in scope from 26 people to 45–often in unusual situations (on water, at a Revolutionary re-enactment, at a horse race, in the mountains, etc.).
Oh… and we usually finished ahead of schedule too.
Perhaps the best part of all of this–besides forming great relationships with the wonderful folks at BFG Communications, Chris Rogers (photographer), and Francisco Aliwalas (DP)–is we got to see parts of S.C. we might otherwise never have seen. Our state is a beautiful place from top to bottom with so many hidden gems to discover.
We are thankful to have been an integral part of the exciting projects you’ll find at discoversouthcarolina.com, and we’re proud of the “yes, we can!” work ethic that has always defined who we are at Genesis Studios.