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Fashion Show Shoot
June 20, 2010, 3:15 pm
Filed under: General

Last Wednesday and Thursday I was embarking on another video production, with the same people from the costume show. This time it was for the fashion students who were putting a together a fashion show, naturally. Originally I wasn’t planning on being apart of this production, but the Digital Media crew needed an extra person. Again, this was a similar production to the costume show that we had shot previously, but less complicated. The big difference this time was not having to move cameras from a different position. The production, like the costume show, was going to be edited live through the vision mixer.

Vision Mixer

We were filming at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth, which is a nice intimate venue. There were four cameras in place around the arena area. Two cameras were  at the back, one of which was higher up than the other. The other two were at the sides.

This is a shot from where my camera was set at the front of the arena. You can see the other three camera set-ups in the room.

We did four shoots overall in one day. For the first three shows I was at camera one, which is at the front of the room. Then I had to switch to camera four for the final show, which was on the side of the arena. I was a little bit anxious about switching cameras, because I was confident about what shots were needed from camera ones perspective. Filming on camera four was a bit challenging as there was a limited amount of space. There were moments where I found myself having to lean forwards, which made me feel like I was going to fall off the edge. But nonetheless, I managed to get through it. Minutes before the show started, my talk back unit wasn’t working, so I wasn’t able to have any communication with Phil, who was working on the vision mixer. The talk back is an important part of the production as it allows the vision mixer to talk to all cameraman, so they know exactly was shots to have and when the shots are being recorded. Fortunately, Phil managed to reconnect my talk back, literally seconds before the show started. It was a real intense moment and I was panicking, because I had no idea what I was going to do without talk back.

The biggest difference we had this time round was the use of the electronic zoom mode on the cameras, which made life so much easier. The electronic zoom is controlled by two buttons near the front of the camera as opposed to having to use the zoom ring around the lens. This achieves a much more subtle movement when zooming in and out. You are also able to focus easier as the buttons and the focus ring are within reach of other so you can do both at the same time, which is a good technique to grasp during live filming.

I’m going to upload the rest of the photos on facebook at some point, so I’ll post a link to them on this post.


Costume Show – Video Shoot
June 13, 2010, 1:29 am
Filed under: General, Video

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, I was part of of a small team who were preparing to film a complex theatrical performance at Bournemouth’s Pavilion. Why was this performance complex? Well, this performance had four different locations, under one roof. It was our job (Digital Media Crew) to film all these scenes as the audience and actors move through each location. With five people operating a camera each, we knew that we didn’t have enough cameraman to be ready in each scene so we needed to plan out where each person needed to be in each of the four locations. We had eight tripods, which we positioned in all of the locations, ready to for shooting with.

Camera setup

We all had to be miced up so we could hear Phil, who was in control of the vision mixer. He would be giving us instructions throughout the filming, so we knew exactly what shot we had to have and when the shot was being recorded. It was quite an intense experience at times, especially at the beginning.

Vision Mixer

The video was going to be edited using a vision mixer which allows an editor to edit video live while the action is happening. The vision mixer has two screens. One screen displays all the live views of each camera  and the other screen is the preview of shot selected into the mix.

It was hard at times to get a good shot because of the varied sizes of the audiences at different shows. Some audience members were accidentally in a particular shot that had a character that I needed to have in shot. For this technique to be successful, you need to plan and rehearse everything before you actually do it for real. Although I’ve said it was bit hard at times, after we did lots of try outs, the filming became more enjoyable.

I didn’t get a chance to see a full recording of what we did, but it would be interesting to see how it turned out.

Laser Light Visuals
June 7, 2010, 1:01 pm
Filed under: General, Performance Video

On Saturday evening, I went to Bournemouth’s Summerball. I saw some really cool visuals they had displaying on the roof, in the electro-dance tent. So I decided to record a short video. Turn the volume down to a low level because the sound isn’t really pleasant to listen to.

I thought this may be relevant for next year’s performance video unit when we come to look at VJing.

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