Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

How to make a half million hits YouTube video.

Posted by Phil On May - 31 - 2012

Now Everybody Stand In Line by L&O Featuring Valentine & Dretonio is now on ITunes, Amazon and HMV and the video has had probably 750,000 hits in its various different versions.

So it all started on a local football pitch and we ended up being interviewed by ITV News crew outside the Emirates Stadium and number one in the US dance charts.

Here’s a “behind the scenes doco” of the football, studio recordings, video shoot and news coverage of Now Everybody Stand In Line Football Anthem by L&O. + preview of new Ibiza mix.

Filmed in River Studios, Meadow Farm Studio and Liquid night club.
featuring producer/football manager Gary Louca, singers Dretonio, Valentine, Chris Todd and dance crew & sound engineer Olli Daddarn
Camera crew Mike Peel, Jude Peel and Robin Wheeler.
BUY the track and whole package of club hits NOW AT iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder/now-everybody-stand-in-line-ep/id500556074

 

The music video was all shot on a Panasonic GH2 with Pentax Super Takumar 1.7 lens and the Panasonic 14-140 zoom lens.

The making of video was mostly shot on a little Pansonic TZ7 camera.

Evening Standard article on Stand in Line video

Here’s a great article about “Stand in line”

Phil   AKA …”one of the guys doing the music video ”  🙂

Filming a flashdance doesn’t go to plan

Posted by Phil On March - 10 - 2012

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To promote ITune sales of Gary’s “Everybody Stand in Line” I suggested running a series of public flashdances.  .. One was scheduled for last weekend.

Well I don’t know if you remember the weather, but after a gloriously hot week, on the Sunday it was absolutely pouring down. Even the motorways were flooded!  …which was a problem as not only would the dancers all get very wet, but there was no- one on the streets to see it!

So at the last minute, the location was moved into a nearby shopping centre.

We had permission for the dance in the street, but not inside the shopping mall.  So it wasn’t very long before the security guards pounced, but not before I got some great reactions from the watching crowd.

I think it’s important when filming something like this not to just concentrate on the event, but also to film the reaction to it. So I hand held two cameras, pointing in different directions.

Not easy to keep two steady and composed, but perfect camerawork doesn’t really mater for this sort of thing.

I also tried out Final Cut X for the first time. I haven’t used it before for a complete edit, as I hadn’t dared risk using an untried system and by all accounts (initially) flawed product on an important project. I have however spent many hours reading up the FCPX process, so I thought it would be easy.

Woo.. was I wrong. I found it really hard as it is so different to FCP.   The background rendering is wonderful and I can see many advantages, meta tagging, inbuilt Color rendering etc. but it’s a steep learning curve.

I was only trying it out on a small project, but I can see why full time professional editors initially reacted so adversely.  It’s not really the same program at all.

Anyway here’s the video. Sorry.. the title is a deliberate and shameless attempt to attract Youtube views using “Sexy” and “strip” in the same title,  but it does seem to have worked as it’s had over 300 views in 3 days.  The next plan is a London one with help of the Pineapple dance studio.

Now Everybody Stand in Line my latest music video

Posted by Phil On February - 2 - 2012

OK here’s the final edit of my latest music video.  It seems to be doing well as it’s had over 100 250 500+ hits on YouTube today.

Now I have to do a US version, (as it’s called Soccer over there) then a Spanish one.

 

 

The colour grading was a long process. The green, orange and yellow shirts, glasses, red card, flesh tones, football, purple watch strap and  grey background were all matted out separately in FCP Color secondary corrections.But I think it’s made a big difference. Over 350 separate shots. Mike did a lot of work on it.

The Panasonic GH2 was great though I can see that it not so good if your underexposing at lower light level.

Filming in the infinity cove studio

Filming the night club scenes

Editing the video