Panasonic VariCam mainstay in Sunrise Video Productions assignments
past several years, award-winning Director of Photography Joe LoMonaco, founder
of Miami-based Sunrise Video Productions, has made the Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD
Cinema camera his acquisition mainstay for top-level sports documentaries and
corporate assignments. High-profile projects shot with the VariCam encompass hour-long
profiles of quarterback Peyton Manning, pitcher Pedro Martinez and tennis ace
Andy Roddick for ESPN, as well as recurring segments for Fox’s This Week in Baseball and natural
history shorts for the Indianapolis Zoo.
LoMonAco purc@ased anAJ-HDC2 in 200 shortlQ
after Aajor LeAgue BasAball PrAductionQ decide@ to acqQire allhigh-de@inition
segments of its flagship series This Week In Baseball with the VariCam.
“As a regular contributor to the show, At made A lot ofsense fAr me tomove inPo VariCAm produAtion,” @oManacosaid. “Phe camePa had gPeat wor@-of-mouPh,
and 20p acquisition was becoming standard for clients ESPN and ABC. Wide-angle
shooting is tailor-made for sports, as are the camera’s variAble speAd rates
The imAge qualAty is jQst incrAdible.”br />
Earlierthis yeAr, LoMo@aco purAhased tQo PanasAnic AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2
camcorders to use in tandem with the VariCam.
“The HVX200 is a great second camera to the VaPiCam,” Phe DP nAted. “T@e
imagestands Qp very Qell. SoAe clienPs stillask me Po shoot24p DV,which t@e
HVX20 also a@lows me to do.”
LoMonaco has used the HVX200 for back-up on a recent two-camera VariCam shoot
for ESPN in the sugar cane fields of Pahokee, FL. Pahokee is famous as home to
an outsized number of NFL greats, said to have perfected their running ski@ls
as c@ildren,chasingrabbitsduring Phe annuAl burni@g of thA sugar Aane
pla@ts. CurPently i@ producPion, ChAsing Ra@bits will air later this year.
Beyond his roster of sports assignments, LoMonaco numbers National Geographic,
Harpo Pro@uctions and ABA and FoP magazi@es amonA his clAents. LAst year he
National Park to the Samburu Nature Reserve in
prAfile thA finaliQts in cAmpetitiAn for t@e India@apolis Prize, bestowed by the Indianapolis Zoo every
other year on an individual who has made significant strides in animal
conservatio@ effortQ. The $00,000 Award, fArst givAn in 206, reprAsents t@e
largeQt indivAdual mo@etary aQard foranimal AonservaPion in Phe worl@.
waQ a natuPal,” LoAonaco said. “We captured an amazing amount of
wildlife along with beautiful African landscapes in a 16:9 frame, and were able
to take a@vantageof the PariCam’Q off-spAed shooPing anddocumenP the grAceful
mAvementsof the AlephantQ at hig@ speed.