This was my first project working with Craig (Marketing Director~Meet & Jam), and as with every new client you work with. You learn allot.
Initially, the aim for this project was extremely simple, but as this was the first of what I can only assume many session videos for Meet & Jam. We had to develop a format from scratch which isn’t an easy task!
Due to the broad, and uncertain direction for the overall idea of the project, I was mostly left to my own devices, with a few key pointers as to what Craig wanted me to cover, but the rest was left down to my own creative thinking. Which can sometimes lead to a rather sketchy development, as most of the idea’s are ‘theories’ and you have to experiment spur of the moment, adjust to the circumstances and mostly improvise.
Craig had organized a date for the band to be available, which he then worked scheduling me and the rehearsal room to. The dates were thrown around a number of times due to band availability, but all was handled well as a result.
I had ordered a new camera body just short of two weeks before the shoot, and I was relying on the fact that it would arrive in good time for me to be able to use as a primary body for the Meet & Jam session. But due to a few short comings with lens’ and such with the previous camera body I was going to use, I was left without a suitable range of glass for this camera! I was forced to then go out and hire a lens for the secondary body, for it to arrive on the morning of the shoot. I used lensesforhire.co.uk as I usually do, so had confidence in the fact that it would arrive in time!
First and foremost, I don’t recommend messing around with new gear just before a shoot, especially if it’s for a client.
Secondly, buy 1st class special delivery always!
Come the day of the shoot, would you believe it. The hired lens arrives prompt and on time. But the 5D Mark III & bought lens also arrive on the dot! Should this have happened a day earlier, I wouldn’t have had to waste £80 odd on this hired lens which I barely even used! (24mm 1.4 II~Absolutely stunning lens, by far one of the sharpest out there).
Ryan and I both hopped on the train to London St. Pancras early, so we could initially find the venue, and also get a bite to eat prior to shooting. We ended up finding the Premises Studios in Hackney (Hackney Rd.) on time, and got setup, but had to wait almost 2 hours for the whole team to arrive due to traffic! Frustrating but what can you do?!
Either way, Ryan and I had time over our traditional american diner lunch meal, to discuss the different techniques, shots and takes we wanted to achieve in the video. Which saved allot of time (that we didn’t have) on set later on.
We got everything shot, before the time slot ran out, and had a great laugh with Craig, and the band members from the Semper Teens! I find it really enjoyable to work with musicians who you can see straight away have a true passion to make and play music.
Big thanks to Ryan Barnwell for a massive helping hand lugging gear to and from the shoot, and of course, operation of 2nd camera on set!
I hope to be working on more (slightly less) hectic projects like this in the future with Meet & Jam no doubt about it.
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Here is the final product!