Shooting the Bob Hurley documentary for Showtime with Panasonic Varicam LT.
Content studio Malka Media based in Hoboken, New Jersey is currently shooting an episodic documentary series about Jersey City’s St. Anthony High School and its legendary basketball coach, Bob Hurley with VariCam LT 4K camcorders.
The 2016-17 season marks Bob Hurley’s 45th year of coaching at the school, and potentially the final season of St. Anthony basketball, which has won 28 state championships (nine consecutively), more than any other high school team. If ambitious fundraising efforts fall short, the school will shut its doors and retire the most successful high school basketball program in history.
According to Louis Krubich, Malka Media CEO and series director, when longtime client Showtime approached him about the St. Anthony story, he and his staff directors of photography concurred that the Panasonic VariCam LT would be a great choice for this sports documentary, largely because of its 4K acquisition and dual-native 800/5000s.
“We’re shooting in 4K even though the series will initially air in HD,” Krubich said, “not only for the incredible image quality, but also because we envision putting together a subsequent documentary that we’d be in a position to merchandise to a network that would stipulate 4K.”
Krubich said that the series, though comprised of six webisodes of only 10-12 minutes each, tells many narratives, following Coach Hurley off the court at home with his wife, documenting the complicated life situations of several of the players, capturing practices and home games, all under the shadow of St. Anthony’s possible closure.
“This is the most versatile camera for documentary shooting on the market,” said Mark Cambria, one of two series’ DPs. “It’s 4K, and produces a beautiful, near RAW image. I am mostly ‘run and gun,’ so my subjects move in and out of dark places often.”
SHOWTIME will debut Legacy: Bob Hurley in six weekly installments exclusively on SHO.com and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel (@shosports) beginning Monday, Feb. 20.
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