Romansky knew the responsibility would rest heavily on her. To keep the shot in focus, she would have to react quickly to the action and needed a piece of technology that wouldn’t hinder her. She tested the new Chrosziel unit and found an immediate advantage. “Because the Chrosziel motors are so compact it’s perfect for a MoVI, which we planned to use for the whole shoot,” she explained.
Filming took place over two full days during the league’s finals in the South Bronx.
Romansky described her experience: “The Chrosziel unit handled Lomos better than other motors I’ve worked with. The motor could be underslung without much hassle, and didn’t slip off of the lens even though we were running almost non-stop.” She continued, “On other units, there’s a little bit of a lag between the wireless unit and the motor, but there was no delay on the Chrosziel. Every focus adjustment was instantaneous.”
And another thing that stood out? “The belt clip.” Romansky says, “Wireless units often come with lanyards by default. Once I saw the belt clip, it was pointless to use a lanyard. It’s a lot easier to handle a unit without having to worry about a lanyard swinging around your neck when you’re trying to pick up gear—out of the way but easily accessible.”
The film garnered Johnson a 2016 Young Directors Award nomination at Cannes.