On May 1, 2006 in the southern Germany village of Feldafing the townspeople raised their new "Maipole" near the Bahnhof station. Bavarian towns do this once every four years. The weather was great and I was fortunate enough to capture the preparations and pole raising that morning. I used my DVX100 as the primary camera (tripod mounted - 97% of footage) while my wife used my JCV DXGR77 on a Steady-Cam mount to get B-Roll footage. The 5:36 minute feature was edited on Vegas. This is the first time I've put together a feature using footage from the DVX100 and a consumer grade camera and, although I did some post color tweaking on the B-Roll footage, a keen eye can still see the difference between the two cams.
The Oompah band music on the first half of the presentation was recorded using the DVX100's internal microphone. I was very pleased with the sound quality. Music in the second half, where the actual pole raising process is shown, was canned.
Something that makes this feature somewhat special is that the May Pole was raised using only manpower and pole jigs, the traditional Bavarian method. This requires a lot of bodies and plenty of beer-muscles. No crane was used to hoist the 3,000kg pole upright. This traditional pole raising method is a disappearing art in Bavaria, as new German laws will require the use of cranes for safety.
You can view a DivX clip of the feature at: http://www.christiangeology.com/video/maypole.html
An Flash 8/mp4 copy can be seen at this link: http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2724621