I was originally summoned to shooting a music video for Liam after receiving many positive comments from himself and others, on a straight forward one-take-shoot of him playing solo at a local music venue and bar some months ago. Liam came to me asking for a music video soon after the gig and he informed me of a recording studio booking @SoundArc in Shefford, Bedfordshire. He invited me to come down and shoot some footage of him and the other guys (and Gal) perform and record three songs; Down To Dannys, The Ride, Too Many Babies.
For the weeks leading up to the ‘big shoot’, I had time to get an idea of what I wanted the shots to look like, and what sort of feel I wanted to portray throughout the video. All of which was blown out of the window due to uncertainties of the location, performers, definite song choice and many other aspects. This was ‘as to be expected’ though as shooting in a legitimate professional recording studio was of course a first for me!
Although it was pretty stressful trying to organise my travel and whereabouts amongst other issues, most of those factors were soon forgotten about when I walked into a control room full of lovely people (Only one of which had I briefly met before) who were really grateful for my presence and to be filming them (Likewise).
The gear I took to the shoot was minimal, though, plenty for the environment. I am happy I took the time to analyse the situation and really think about what I need and needn’t bring on the shoot. I contemplated about taking a slider dolly, though now looking back, am glad I didn’t due to lack of space and set-up time between takes.
As this was my second non-linear music video shoot, I was still unsettled about which was the best way to go about filming the performance. Luckily before the shoot, in my preparation time, I had set aside a list (a long, long list) of things that I would change or do different to my first music video. I merged those idea’s with the filming of Liam’s song. Here are just a few of the things I had written down;
focus more on the vocals, capture at least two if not more full track run through’s of each performer at different angle / perception, steady but fluid moving tripod shots, more intimate with the shot, tighter angles, adapt camera movement to tempo & actions of song.
All of which came in handy as you will be able to distinguish from the final cut of the music video, so I will definitely use this technique more in the future for further projects.
After the recording process had been completed, I took the opportunity to go through the footage myself over a bacon roll, and Dr Pepper. This was a really key thing to show me whether I had the correct amount of footage per performer that I was looking for. In a few cases, I did not. So after enjoying my lunch break, I headed back into the studio with first Jamie and Jack who performed the rattle and drums beats from the studio’s booth, and I was able to capture another two run through’s of each and at different angles. I repeated this process exactly the same for the Bass guitarist.
The shoot took place between 11am to dead on 6pm 3rd September 2012.
It was a pleasure working with everyone on the day! Including the studio’s sound guy (Chris). Everyone was very entertaining and made the day allot more enjoyable as opposed to just continuous filming.
Thanks again to SoundArc Recording Studios for the studio hire!