UNTIL is a short film documenting Jason Faber’s journey to the Boston Marathon. Everyone watches on race day,
Craig has done a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of marathon training and I am truly grateful for the countless hours of hard work and dedication that he has poured into this.
- Jason Faber
Behind the Scenes
I am always impressed with the dedication and hard work that goes into training for something like a marathon. When my friend Jason told me he was going to be training all winter for the Boston Marathon, I thought it would be a great story to tell.
I didn’t want to interfere too much in his training, so I tried to be as flexible as possible when scheduling shoot days. After all, he was the one who was going to have to run 42km when this project was finished. In order to provide a holistic view of his training, we decided that we should schedule a shoot every few weeks, leading right up to his departure to Boston.
This project really pushed my skills as a gimbal operator. I had a lot of dynamic shots planned out in my head, and I knew it would be a challenge to get them. Believe me, it’s not easy to run backwards, in winter boots, down a slippery road, in a snowstorm while keeping the camera smooth. Yes, I did fall a few times in the process but after watching the footage, it was all worth it.
We wanted to keep everyone up-to-date on his training and this project, so after each shoot I would return home to release one or two clips on Instagram. All these shots can be seen at the #untilproject hashtag.
Between each shoot, I would also work on the final video. This was my first time integrating 3D text into a scene, so I knew it would take time to get it right. I definitely spent more time in After Effects on this project than any other live action video I have produced.
After the last shoot, with a few days left until race day, I started to put on the finishing touches. Then, as Jason was making his way to the start line, I was uploading the final video to share online.
To learn more about Jason’s journey and his race recap, go to his blog 42km.ca.