By now almost everyone has participated in the awareness-campaign-gone-viral, better known as the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Since posting my video on Facebook, I have had numerous people ask how I shot it. The icy videos that have over taken your Facebook feeds are mostly shot with smart phones which means they all tend to look the same leaving you with the feeling of if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all.

Now the point of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is by no means to see who can make the best video. No. The point of the challenge is to bring funds and awareness to a disease that the majority of the population were unaware of. If you haven’t seen it already on Facebook, here is my ALS Ice Bucket Video.


So here’s how I shot it: the main camera was a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105mm f/4 L lens shot wide at 35mm. The bucket-cam was my GoPro Hero3+ black edition, mounted to the bottom of the bucket with an adhesive mount.



I shot the video at 7 AM before getting ready for work that morning; this meant that I did not have much time to set up and fine tune before hand. I used a rode Video Mic connected to the 5D, but in the end I was not very happy with the audio as it turned out too quiet. It was a good reminder to always check audio levels before shooting.. (Thanks to the Magic Lantern Firmware, manual audio control is a piece of cake!)

There have been a few comments about my lack of actual Ice in the bucket, but rest assured, 3 trays were dumped into the bucket not 15 minutes before filming. As far as editing goes, I brought my cards and card reader to work and used FCPX to cut the quick video during my lunch break. Why black and white to begin the video with? Well, I do profess to having a love for black and white, but in this case it was not planned, I just decided in the moment while I was color correcting. The transition to color during the water pour just happened to add the right feeling in the video and so it made the cut as well. All in all, I was happy with the end product and proud to contribute to the ALS awareness campaign.

Thanks for reading. If you have questions about my video or process, feel free to comment below!