From dancing with a toy kiwi to getting a bucket of water tipped over him, David has managed to capture the fun of the 2017 World Gliding Championships, attracting thousands of views.
The decision to make him the front man grew organically out of the fact he was travelling with creative director Craig Walsh.
“My reaction to all this is minor embarrassment,” David said.
“Given that all I’m doing is blathering on in my usual immature style. Craig’s the one that puts it all together and produces a seamless and professional quality product at the end of it.”
Craig works for video production company Kor Creative in Auckland, and his business partner is Steve Wallace, a New Zealand competitor in 15m class.
“This week was the first time I ever saw a glider so it’s all very new to me, but the subject matter didn’t really matter, it was more about telling the story of what was happening with the New Zealand pilots,” Craig said.
“It’s been great, I filmed the opening ceremony, some practice days and four or five competition days.”
The filming starts at around 8.30am each day, when the gliders are prepared, polished and filled with water ballast.
“I didn’t even know they had water, I knew nothing about gliders,” Craig said.
“I was surprised how small the cockpit was. It was a big learning experience.”
After that it’s down to the grid to film the launches, then back to Team NZ base for more editing until they return to the strip for the landings, and edit into the night.
It often takes Craig until midnight to finish a video, but the results seem to have been worth the effort.
“Walking out on the field we’re getting people from places like Poland and Germany saying ‘great videos, love your work, keep going’ so it’s working,” Craig said.
“I love what I do. I take anything and tell a story with it. My role is to get likes and shares, and if I’m not getting likes and shares I’m not doing my job.”
Craig has used three cameras; a GoPro for cockpit footage and aerial shots, an Osmo for “nice, steady tracking shots” and a Canon C100 with three different lenses. He edited on Adobe Premier.
“Walking out on the field we’re getting people from Poland and Germany saying ‘great videos, love your work, keep going’ so they're working," he said.
“His videos are absolutely fantastic,” said David, ahead of Craig's departure on Saturday.
“He’s set the bar extremely high and I thank him so much for now leaving me in the lurch to produce my own extremely inept summaries of the day.”
You can see Craig and David’s work on the Gliding New Zealand (NZ) Facebook page.