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FIBA World Cup

Texas Production Company for International Commercial Shoot

Big Budget, Short Timeline, Happy Clients

We connected with Makers network of international producers to help a London-based creative team pull off a $100k shoot in 10 days. They were looking for an on-the-ground producer with full DICE production insurance who could provide 30 crew members, 12 cast members, locations, wardrobe & art direction.... We took a deep breath and dove right in!

The spot was for the FIBA World Cup and featuring NBA star Jordan Clarkson, who is based in San Antonio during the off season, so we started scouting in San Antonio for a gym and a restaurant with a courtyard. 

We were able to secure the University of the Incarnate Word Gym, and brought in huge flags to black it out for special effects. For our lighting setup, we rigged 4 Apurture 1200d's in a moonbox above the court. We shot on a ARRI Alexa Mini LF with Canon FD lenses and went back and forth between a Steadicam Trinity and EZ Rig and rickshaw. We finished the day at La Margarita, where we shot the outdoor shots in the toasty Texas heat. 

This was one of our biggest and most challenging shoots, but we were able to pull off a beautiful result. Thank you to Aaron Aziz and Makers for bringing us on, and a huge thanks to the hard work of the crew that made this one a success!

Director - Will Clark Smith

Producer - Aaron Aziz

TX Producer - Andrew Bennett

1st AD - Dax Stringer

DP - Peter Longno
DP/VFX - Colin Thomson
Steadicam Op - Jared Deer
1st AC - Brew Houston
2nd AC - Joe Marks

Gaffer - Peter Klemek
Key Grip - Stephen Laughrun
Best Boy Grip - Tanner Goheen
Best Boy Electic - Joe Punske
Swing - Adam Flores

Set Dresser - Joscelyne Ponder
Art Asst. - Danny Saenz

Wardrobe - Brittany Halberg
HMU - Shane Coffman

Sound - Ryan Scanlin
DIT - Blake Mendoza
BTS - Renee Dominguez

Location Scout - Danny Ramos
PA Driver - Aidan Ross
PA General - Bret Huston
PA Facilities - Jorge Bulness
PD Security - BJ Connoly

Behind the Scenes
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Andrew Bennett is a seasoned commercial film director based in Austin, Texas. His production company, Bennett Creative, carries full DICE production insurance and has an extensive network of crew and cast throughout central Texas. A commercial film director orchestrates the creative and logistical aspects of crafting compelling advertisements. They collaborate with director, clients and creative teams to bring ideas to life. They ensure the cohesive realization of the vision.

Austin, Texas boasts a vibrant and thriving film community. Renowned for its eclectic culture, the city nurtures filmmakers, actors, and creatives alike. Home to film festivals like SXSW and Austin Film Festival, it fosters a dynamic environment for networking and collaboration. Independent filmmakers flourish here, supported by diverse locations, talented professionals, and production resources. Austin's film community serves as a hub for innovation, offering a unique blend of artistry and Texan charm.

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