A.J. Foyt tribute music video requires quick turnaround

Niche Productions of Dayton, OH, recently shot a music video for Kenny Brack’s “Legend of the Speedway,” a song honoring famed racer A.J. Foyt’s 50 years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his five historic Indy 500 wins.

Director/DP Allen Farst, executive producer of Niche Productions, shot the video on-site at the Speedway with Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPRO P2 HD camcorders. One camcorder was used handheld, the second airborne in a remote-controlled heli-cam from Dayton-based Perfect Perspectives Aerial.

Farst and Brack’s band, called Brack, had three days to shoot, edit and complete the rock video. Essential props included the five vintage racecars with which Foyt won the Indy 500 (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977, 1999), along with his original helmets, goggles and racing suits. Turn four of the Speedway served as a backdrop while Farst shot Brack and his band performing their single “Legend.”

On day two, working in the basement of the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum, Farst shot green-screen work with contemporary racer Tyler Walker, who resembles Foyt as a young man.

Farst shoots with 8GB cards, and uploads to either his Apple MacBook Pro or Lacie drives. He edits in Final Cut Pro, and on the Brack project used Apple’s Shake to assemble composited scenes.

For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

See the music video at www.brackmusic.com.