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Gall Boys

First established in 1962, selling caravans and manufacturing their own Kedron brand for 12 years, Barry Gall and his family came up with an idea - to take one of their caravans for a test run over the Kimberley’s and film it as a way of showing areas that could be experienced with an off road van in tow. Glen Gall came to Videopro to ask for advice and to upgrade their Sony consumer Hi8 cameras. Since this first meeting in 2004 the Gall Boys have continued to come back to Videopro for all their production needs.

The challenge

First established in 1962, selling caravans and manufacturing their own Kedron brand for 12 years, Barry Gall and his family came up with an idea - to take one of their caravans for a test run over the Kimberley’s and film it as a way of showing areas that could be experienced with an off road van in tow. Little did he realise that this simple idea would quickly transform into something bigger.

None of the Gall Boys had any formal camera training and following the success of the first two films they wanted the ability to create more professional looking films. Glen Gall came to Videopro to ask for advice and to upgrade their Sony consumer Hi8 cameras. Since this first meeting in 2004 the Gall Boys have continued to come back to Videopro for all their production needs.

In 2009, planning their eighth DVD, the Gall Boys decided to embark on their toughest adventure yet, to travel across the desert outback of Western Australia. This time, they wanted to shoot in full HD and needed to ensure that they had the best equipment and skills required for the job.

The Solution

Videopro supplied The Gall Boys with six cameras; all which were full HD and solid state. Their previous cameras recorded onto tape and the decision to move to solid state was significant as it would change the way the film was shot, backed up and stored in the harsh conditions that they would be travelling through.

The kit consisted of three Sony XDCAMs, three lipstick cameras, two Sony lapel microphones, two Sony shotgun microphones, one Matte Box, two Jet Led dimmable lights, three Laptops and two 2TB Mirrored drive pelican cases, along with a few other accessories.

The lipstick cameras were fitted into the front of each of the vehicles to allow the viewer to become more familiar with the characters and become part of the trip. This was a totally new camera format for the crew. Videopro production specialist Wayne Newton provided full training on the use of the new equipment including; use of the new cameras, how to transfer the footage from the SxS cards onto their laptops and backup drives and audio advice on microphone placement and audio levels.

Upon the Gall boys return from their trip, and in preparation to edit and produce the final Production, Wayne was on hand to assist with their questions regarding the edit of their first solid state HD production; from acquisition to release. The quality of the film was evident at their Brisbane premier where the projectionist commented that the film was of ‘Hollywood clarity’.

Glen Gall commented, "Wayne’s support and knowledge on how to use these new cameras, ensuring the footage was safe and stored well, and finally how to edit it correctly has been invaluable. His suggestions for the lipstick cameras along with coaching on how to make our audio outstanding, has just taken us to the next level. You can’t really mess around on these sorts of trips. We were miles away from anywhere and to know that we could always call Wayne for any sort of support has been amazing".

the technology

  1. 3 x Sony XDCAMs
  2. 3 x lipstick cameras
  3. Allen & Heath 24 Channel Audio Mixer
  4. 2 x Sony lapel microphones
  5. 2 x Sony shotgun microphones
  6. 2 x Jet Led dimmable lights
  7. 3 x Laptops
  8. 2 x 2TB Mirrored drive pelican cases

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