"Seven days, 32 person traveling crew/talent, four parks, two resorts plus Disney Springs, three languages spoken, A Brazilian family of six, 10 company moves, 85,654 steps & the BEST team on the planet! Thank you for making each day a fun adventure!"
-- Angie Phillips Broadcast Manager, Broadcast Production Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
A recent content creation project led Disney to open its gates to the Puntilla Films family this September 11-17, 2016. The hard work and collaboration of Disney's Broadcast Production and Batanga Media team made this production an enchanting success.
After working with Batanga Media on such projects as “Artista Destacado” and “Canciones”, a popular series about the touching bonds between famous musicians David Bisbal, Paty Cantu, Juan Magan, Jencarlos Canela and Ivy Queen and their most loyal fans around the world, Puntilla Films was presented with the honor of working with Batanga again in this massive production. Director and intermediary Jonathan Herrera commented, “Because of the experiences they had with us before, [Batanga thought] we were the right production company to take care of the Disney project. They felt that they could trust us with a project this big.”
With pre-production plans in hand, the team departed for Disney World to be greeted by fantastical lands, mythical characters and a set of challenges as complex as living with seven dwarves and one bathroom.
Beauty and the Beast
Now, a beautiful opportunity like this would only be complete with an equally magnificent obstacle and so it was that the Puntilla Films team embarked on a quest, to capture the magic of Epcot, the Magic Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios & Disney Springs, despite the unbearable Florida heat, the limitations of allotted shooting time, and the layers of security regulations to be followed. Fortunately, the “be our guest” hospitality of the Disney Broadcast Team and the Batanga Media Team, made it possible to deliver content that satisfied the needs of Batanga and unique vision of Disney.
When the park doors opened, another consideration was to be kept in mind as the team planned their shots: the customer. “I really admired the way they prioritized the client’s experience and we were told to be mindful not to interrupt their interactions while shooting,” recalled Liz Pasillas, Producer and Logistical Manager for Puntilla Films. To take advantage of the park when it was empty, the crew and talent started many chapters of their story like Pinocchio, wishing on a star.
6:30am and the team, their gear and their ambitious shooting schedule set out into the galaxy of rides with “5 minutes to shoot after having set up, and gotten the talents ready,” said Jonathan. “We learned that there was only so much we could realistically shoot in the amount of time given.” The production created a very real battle with the stars, waking up with them and racing against the clock until they met them again. 10 to 12 hour days for 5 days were the norm throughout the project but light saber fights were not neglected. Regardless of the storm of time constraints they faced, the team took on the roles necessary to get the shots they needed, like real troopers.
Director of Photography, Claudio Pairot, Cameraman, Ron Gesualdo and Camera Assistant, David Perez Brito had to make on the spot decisions about which camera to use from their toy box when shooting famous characters like Buzz Lightyear, Goofy and a princess or two. “In some cases [Disney] wanted certain footage but we couldn’t put cameras there so it was a “figure it out”, kinda thing. If it was safe then there was a decision of what camera you can put in there, who’s handling the camera, if it's our team or if it's their team, what kind of camera is it, is it a big camera or a small camera, what are you allowed to record, can you record the talent or the actual show because there are also licensing issues involved as well. So, all those decisions per ride were made daily,” shared Jonathan Herrera about the intricacies of selecting the equipment for each shot. Claudio added, “we got a lot of practice in working as a team, communicating and being adaptable in order to get the necessary footage regardless of the square framing we were required to use, which limited the composition possibilities of the images.”
“We had a small crew and it was amazing how everyone brought their most positive attitude and resourcefulness no matter what challenge we were presented with,” shared Liz. “After the production, I gifted my team with bath bubbles to use in the hotel room’s jacuzzi to show my appreciation.” In the spirit of Disney, our story ends in triumph and happy hearts and in the special case of Puntilla Films, a proud production, two happy clients and a lot of tan team members.