Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

Editing Everybody Dance in Line video

Posted by Phil On January - 15 - 2012

Finally finished filming. Now just completing the rough cut edit, which has to be finalised as soon as possible to be ready for MIDEM, The Music Industry Festival in Cannes on the last week of January.

So I’m just waiting for it all to export and render.P1010212

On one hand having a lot of footage is good as you have a greater choice of shots, but converting from AVCHD to Apple Pro res 422 take ages, then there’s logging and sorting. Several of the locations I had planned to use grounds.. proved impossible to get access to at this time of the year. Managers were (perhaps understandably) more interested in going for promotion or avoiding relegation than allowing a bunch of dancers, singers and actors onto their pitches.


And a well known educational establishment that promotes itself as industry friendly and keen to hire its facilities, still hasn’t replied to my urgent email and phone requests from well before Christmas.  (No’s not an educational establishment I’ve worked at ..if you’re wondering.. Smile


So what with one thing and another, a lot of my carefully considered plans had to be changed. But that’s the name of the game really.  Plan as much as you can, but be prepared with backup plans B and C. Try to stick to your original ideas, but be flexible, take advantage of luck, happy accidents and the unexpected.


However this does mean that you can be left with a lot more footage than if things had gone to plan.

I’ve just realised that the term footage is very dated now. I suppose I mean Gigabytes …doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though.


I digress.   I ended up with over 300 files.  I think.. I can’t be bothered to count.

So having to sync up most of them to the music track I again tried out Final Cut Pro Multiclip. I ought to get on well with it as it mimics the process of live vision mixing , but somehow it doesn’t work for me and I’ve ended up using about 30 video tracks. I’ve been told that it not good working on that many tracks, but it works for me.

over 350 cuts in a 4 minute video. Phew!



It’s finished exporting now back to work

Preview of latest video Now Everybody stand in line

Posted by Phil On December - 30 - 2011

“Now Everybody stand in line”. It is a new single by L & O, featuring the artists Valentine and rapper Dretonio. with a great dance to go with it.  We’ve got more filming to come, but here’s a sneak preview of the studio sessions

Hectic few days ahead filming music video

Posted by Phil On December - 18 - 2011


girls dance video Portsmouth

Filming tonight  at a club in London, then onto studio in Henley for all day shoot with the dance crew. Then Tuesday in Portsmouth.   This is the girls on  a rehearsal shoot. Can’t tell you what the music track is yet. I’m sworn to secrecy

A day’s recording in River Studios

Posted by Phil On November - 11 - 2011


Gary working with Olli from River Studios on the music track. We’ve got two more days in the studio, some work with the choreographer, then I’ll write and we’ll shoot the video.