This Is Why We Play.
I made this Parisian Jewels of the Court video for La Coupe des Mousquetaires & La Coupe Suzanne Lenglen because Louis Vuitton produced a new trunk for each trophy to be transported. LV is not a sponsor of the tournament, but like the World Cup and other soccer league trophies, they have given free-of-charge these stylish cases to Roland-Garros. It’s a French brand paired with a French brand. It seems a win-win for both parties.
This video is a quick, simple highlight filming static objects as engagingly as possible.
Players walk from the interior of the clubhouse onto Centre Court for the high profile matches at Wimbledon. While it is shown on television, the inside of the All England Club is not open to regular ticket holders. There is a strict dress code and a finite number of club members with a very long waiting list. Invitations to the Royal Box are given to celebrities, heads of state, members of the royal family, military personnel. This is all decided by the Chairman of the club. This past year, during one of his last days as the Prime Minister, I watched David Cameron get booed by Centre Court then recede into the clubhouse balcony for afternoon tea. It is a very elite place.
For this video I arrived early one day before the club was open. The communications team at the Broadcast Centre received special permission for a video tour. I wanted to be prepared. I used the Sony A7sii with a Metabones adapter. This enables the use of Canon glass on a lightweight Sony mirrorless camera. I put the Sony on the MOVI M5 with the new Canon 11-24mm lens. The lens is the widest rectilinear lens available. My intent was to portray the space in a manner not seen on ESPN and the BBC. This meant wide floating shots showcasing access most fans will never get. The trophies were shot with a variety of lenses. The MOVI was used again with a 50mm f/1.8 Sony lens to get that parallax motion with the background completely blurred. A Macro was used on some of the finer details. The trophies against the perfectly manicured grass is to me, the ultimate sight and site for tennis.