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I just love the images and style of this piece! It really grabbed me. Looked like it was shot on film.
“I just love the images and style of this piece! It really grabbed me. Looked like it was shot on film. Not sure why I felt this. Was the sound recorded live, or done in post? Any image adjustments you care to share? Brilliant! Thanks for this.”
First off, the sound was prerecorded for this video. So it was recorded to give the best quality and then Steve sang along with the playback during each take.
If you want to record a live session …and only have one camera, then record the whole of the performance, preferably onto a separate recorder, then replay back from this audio recording as the singer/musician sings/plays along with it, as you film the other angles.
In editing I linked and lined up the 20 (!) shots we filmed for the first number. Easy and automatic with FCPX multicam feature. So I then had 21 tracks ( including the prerecorded music track) to intercut. We had far fewer tracks on the later numbers,as we were limited for time.
The film look..
“It looks like it was shot on film” Well this may have been because of a variety of techniques.
I shot on the PanasonicGH2 at 24 fps progressive, which I haven’t used much before. I have usually shot 1080 interlaced, as I’ve been wary of the potential for flicker in moving camera/subjects. ( I used to shoot a lot of 16mm film) So this will have certainly reproduced the same effect as film.
I also lit it with strong back lighting. So as I filmed from the right, we keep the left light brighter and reduced the right. Moving to filming from the left, then the left light is reduced and the right increased.
This can be difficult though if the camera moves. We were filming using a moving jib, which as it moved in, tracked from the right hand side to the left hand side. So what had been a strong dramatic back light became a flattening front light.
This limited the amount of movement I could use. We also had the problem that as soon as we arrived, the rain stopped, the sun came out and was clearly visible through the curtains on the left hand side of the studio. So I had to shoot most of the performances from the front or left hand side.
Editing – Image adjustments
The Tonegrade plugin produces a sort of HDR effect. It simulates the properties of high dynamic range (HDR) photography, with an expanded range of detail in both highlights and shadows creating the dramatic stylised image I wanted.
The final song had a different treatment. It was heavily desaturated
So it all seems to worked out well. Copies of video DVD are now with promoters down in the warm Greek Islands.
We filmed a studio session last week with Steve Wood to promote his Michael Buble act, which he’s taking to the Greek Islands this week (lucky him, it’s a lot warmer there)
..and it was nice to be working indoors for a change. We shot four numbers in 6 hours. ..but we spent 2 hours of that rigging the jib and lights. In the end we only used three songs in the final edit.
In this sort of video, it’s not selling the music or the track, so I believe there’s no need to have any sort of story line or exotic location shots. It’s designed to sell the performer ..to show their personality and performance skills.
Here’s the video.
I think if you don’t have a big budget, then less is more effective, so we filmed in a blacked out studio with strongly dramatic backlighting.
Roy Perkins shot with his GH2 as second camera, Jude was rigger and lighting and Rachel Stephens was production assistant. ..and photographer.
She got some good shots as we worked.
Steve was really pleased with the results and he’s off with the results to Rhodes in two days time. …lucky him. 🙂
Technical stuff: more details here
We used a simple set up with three lights and Jude handholding the fill light. We were using a 12 foot jib and found that we got shadows on Steve’s face with a fixed fill light, so Jude dodged around the jib with a battery LED light.
I shot on my Panasonic GH2. I had concerns about having to use autofocus on the jib, but the focusing of 14 -140 lens worked perfectly. You have to use autofocus on a jib, unless you have full remote focussing.
In addition to the Panasonic zoom I also used my Pentax 50 mm 1.8, and my new SLR Magic 12mm 1.6 lens and the Lumix 14mm 2.8 when I did a few Steadicam shots.
I was surprised that the 14mm Lumix produced an annoying strange intense green flare spot when shooting into the lights, but I took the green out of it in FCPX.
I used some fairly extreme grades in the FCPX colour grading as I wanted to go for the dramatic look.
Date :4th Nov 2012
Venue: LT1, Southampton Solent University
Tickets: Free but booking required
Join writer, Ken Hammond, DP Phil Peel and others involved in the production for a Q&A following this film.
Lecture Theatre 1
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace