Back in November 2018, Stu spent 5 days of filming with the AbsoluteDogs team near Okehampton in Devon, capturing two events, the 3 day long Super Trainer Live event and a 2 day event titled Pro Dog Trainer.
Pro Dog trainer is a live extension of Absolute Dogs 'Pro Dog Trainer' online course, which gives dog training enthusiasts the skills & knowledge to move from training their own dogs to running a business where they train others. The course has just completed it's first year and the course was attended by many students who have recently graduated. Over 200 students filled the hall to learn new methods and techniques and to gain new inspiration.
Stu has been hard at work to edit the 10 hours of Pro Dog Trainer footage down into three videos (one per day). The event saw a number of speakers, sometimes multiple speakers on stage at once so the biggest challenge was keeping the audio levels in check when things got a bit rowdy on stage (it's a very enthusiastic event with a fair amount of cheering).
The footage was captured using a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and a Sony a7s II camera for the main angles, while a 2nd a7s II was used on our Ronin-M gimbal for dynamic b-roll footage and to get in amongst group working sessions. Audio was recorded using a number of Sennheiser radio mics and the Edirol R-44 recorder.
Stu made good use of the two angles, as there were a lot of times where the close-up camera had to spin around to pick-up questions in the audience, so the static camera was used to provide cut-away shows for this. Stu also cut-in shots from the gimbal which were used to show close-ups of dogs on stage when required.
The final videos will be uploaded to the Absolute Dogs Vimeo account and will be made available to their members in the near future