Recently we had a need to conduct an interview with a key person for a video who was located in California, and about 50 miles from a major airport. I contemplated flying down myself with a camera package, renting a car, and driving out to film the interview and then flying back the same day. This was during a very busy production period juggling multiple projects - so I started looking for a videographer in the area who I could partner with. I was happy to find Curtis Smith of Smith Cinematic who was very close to where we needed to film. We discussed what was needed, and made arrangements with our interviewee and client. Curtis and I tested our FaceTime system to make sure it would work ahead of time. We used a laptop (above) as our primary gear on this end, and an iPad elevated to camera level (below, right of camera) on location.
On the scheduled day, I was able to conduct the interview via FaceTime with my clients here in Portland, while Curtis filmed the interview in California. We were able to engage with our interviewee, ask follow-up questions, and see how he looked via the iPad. This worked out wonderfully, ended up being more cost-effective for my client, and took less production time on the whole. I have done phone patches in the past with voice talent for narrations and voice overs (including Waylon Jennings back in the day!) - but this was the first time we were able to use FaceTime for remote production here at Mercury Productions. We received the video files electronically that night, and we were good to go to start editing the next day. Being able to harness this technology to help tell stories is wonderful thing.