Masahiro Tanaka, superstar pitcher for the New York Yankees, finally caught up with Pokemon in Orlando, Florida for a recent shoot with our friends from Quark-Tokyo, part of the AOI group of companies. Near the Yankees’ offseason training facility in Tampa, we were charged with finding a sound stage that could accommodate a large lighting setup as well as a still shoot to complement the tropical plate shots that make up Tanaka’s environment in the spot.
Shot on an Arri Alexa with Master Primes, the commercial was produced in one day utilizing local crew from the Orlando area along with select bi-lingual crew from New York and Los Angeles, we even used a maternity pillow. Though its not a powerhouse location like Los Angeles, New York or Miami, Orlando’s sound stage access is impressive as we shot at Chapman stages on a painted cyc. Due to the specialty equipment necessary, the local rental houses had to utilize their partnerships in order to accommodate the special lens requests as well as the need for several large green screens. The overall experience was one that will certainly draw us back to Florida to work with the seasoned crews in the center region of the state.