The fire knife dancers are all professionals and some of the best in the world. They all work at the Polynesian Cultural Center which is the number one tourist attraction in Hawaii. It's like Disneyland, but Hawaii style, where guests learn and experience the full Polynesian culture. If you want more info on this place where you can see more fire knife dancers and other amazing things, check out the link below (p.s. no one is paying me to say this :)) http://www.polynesia.com/
I have below the three fire knife dancers I worked with, in the order that they appear in the video. They were all awesome to work with and I now consider all of them great friends.
Malo Matau Maika Tuala Rockett Tenney
My friend James Choi was the one who had a great help in making this all happen as well. He was the original contact for the fire knife dancers, and he got them all together and the fire knifes that we needed. Also my friend Nathan Smith helped setting up, and filming the other camera that was on the tripod, as well as James.
As far as the technical details of this video go..... It was shot on two different cameras. 70% was on shot on a Canon 7D at 60fps at 720p, and then Conformed to 24p. 30% was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II.
Two lenses were used, the Canon 16-35mm F/2.8 and Canon 70-200mm F/2.8.
As far as Camera settings go, it was all shot at a 30 shutter, at a F/2.8. The ISO for most of the shots was 1600.
There was absolutely no color correction of any of the images, or any filters of any kind applied to the footage in the video, everything is straight from camera.raw.
To get the smooth "flying shots", I filmed those with a Glidecam 4000 HD. Here's a link to where you can buy them if your interested or want to learn more.
I always get asked camera/technical questions, so I started a blog just to answer a lot of common questions, so check there first if you have any questions, and if you can't find your answer there let me know and I will do my best to answer it.
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