SVG films ‘TNA Gut-Check’ contestant at Killer Kowalski’s New England School of Pro Wrestling

SVG Camera @ Work

This week, SVG was hired to produce a video at the New England Pro Wrestling Academy, home of Killer Kowalski’s school of pro wrestling. The shoot starred an 18-year-old contestant of the “TNA Gut Check” challenge that airs on Spike TV this year in late September. The shoot was a mostly handheld demonstration of this young wrestler who began his career at the very early age of 13, and it included interviews with his parents, trainers including Brian Fury, and then brief but sensational wrestling demonstration.

SVG chose a handheld camera on a stabilizing shoulder rig for this shoot to provide a certain action look that matches the pumped-up atmosphere of the wrestling center. Like many of our shoots, we used a combination of lavalier and shotgun microphones, but also a zoom microphone for ambient sound.

Shotgun Mic Setup

The promotional video for the young wrestler is now being sent off to the producers of the TNA Gut Check for final editing and distribution this month. The shoot was flawless, and the imagery was excellent due to the great amount of natural lighting that we had access to from the large windows of the center.

The producer was very pleased with our work, which he was able to see through an external Full-HD monitor that was attached to our camera for both focus pulling and for video previews to our clients. All in all, the shoot could not have gone more seamless. The director had a clear plan, and SVG had perfect execution.