The holster is arguably the most important piece of kit you will ever buy. I prepped my camera and drove with Instructor Zero to his shooting facility where I had half expected an easy day of filming. It’s a damn holster for crying out loud. How tough can this be? Little did I know what I was in for.
The day started with Instructor Zero warming up using his 1-Shot-Drill. Endless methodical extractions followed by a single shot and re-holster. After about a hundred rounds and after having filmed multiple angles Zero exclaimed “Now we are ready to start.” WHAT? You mean all this time you were just warming up? Fine. Let’s do this.
After a quick smoke break we get right down to business. I was witnessing a level of care and consideration for something as mundane and overlooked as the holster. I come from a video production background so I would have been satisfied with “getting to the point” – that is, to show a visual representation of a concept. But Instructor Zero wasn’t having any of it. “This takes time man”, he said, looking a little frustrated at me. You see, as Instructor Zero’s primary camera man one of my frustrations has always been his tolerances for perfection and doing his best. For example he might be attempting a shot in under 1 second – well its not enough to get .99 or .75—-he will keep going until he feels he has reached his best for the day. Not for any other reason than to push his limitations and challenge himself.
For me, as a production guy, as soon as he hit .99 seconds I’d be like “Mission Accomplished. On to the next thing.” Not Zero. He cares very little for what MY objectives are. For this same reason he is never satisfied with simply demonstrating a concept or tactic…”I need to show proof that it works man. Otherwise, it is useless. It is just a theory, like everything else. You need to show it works. Film the target and me at the same time please or this is useless.”
Zero and I have had a few fights and arguments during filming. Like I said, he cares very little for production schedules. He cares about doing his best and he cares about getting it right. After a full day of what I had half expected to be an easy day of filming Zero walks up to me with a smile, seeing that I was visibly upset at not completing MY objectives in trying to complete a full video in one day, and he says “Man…this is just day one. Let’s go Pinoy, I get you a beer.”
And with that, all is good. The more I film with Instructor Zero the more I realize that he is like no one I have ever worked with before. And despite having differences during filming, at the end of the day, he is one of the best friends you could ever have. On that note, here is the video. Enjoy.
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