Beautiful sunrise this morning. Here we are on the Northumberland coast looking towards Bamburgh Castle at around 06:00.
Camera : Canon 5DII, Canon 17-40L & Nd4.
Might be another one coming soon
It’s all a bit top secret at the moment, but the ever prolific Jason Kyrone paid a visit at the weekend armed with a can of Irn Bru, six apple pies and two lovely new songs. Saturday night was a bit rock ‘n’ roll as we were recording and filming until about 3am, however, we got some really nice stuff – all filmed in our new top secret session location. The sound files are with Mr. Kyrone for a bit of tweaking so…Watch this space! And if anyone would like an apple pie – let me know.
Here’s a quick still (yes, I’ve gone a bit Llewyn Davis)
Here’s a very sweet and beautiful song by Tasha Blackmore – “Don’t Leave Me”. This was filmed in November last year and from what I seem to remember a lot of chocolate was consumed on the day of the shoot. It helps relax the vocal cords so I understand. One day I’ll have to treat everyone to my John Cooper-Clarke impression. It’s like he’s in the room. No, really.
The original idea of the shoot was just to do a simple one camera, live take of Tasha performing the song, but then it seemed like a good idea to get some different angles and shots but sync’d up to the vocal take we had already in the bag. I think it worked quite well.
Camera : BlackMagic Cinema Camera (EF Mount)
Format/Codec: ProRes 422 HQ
Lenses : Canon F2.8 24-70L & Canon TS-E 24L
Lighting : Dedo Lights
Mics : SE Electronics 2200 (Vox) & Rode NTG-4 (Guitar)
Sound Capture : Via a Canon XF100 (didn’t use the video)
Mix : Not my expertise at all but I think I added a little bit of compression & reverb
Playback : Through the living room hi-fi
NLE : FCP 7 & graded in MB Looks
Dust : M-Dust plugin
All in all it came out very nicely and for once no-one got wet feet, hypothermia or dysentry. Result!
Hyperspace may refer to:
In the ceaseless search for glamorous music video locations, we investigated this place recently. It’s lush and in a prime location. And the roof is good. Anyway, we liked it so much we made a little video of it. Quite why there was a little glass bell on the window sill I have no idea. Thoughts of “The Blair Witch” project were going through my head as I tramped my way around, however, luckily, I wasn’t forced to stand in the corner although I will admit my nose did run a little. What a place though. So, if any musicians would like to shoot a music video here – let me know. A full health and safety has been performed
…it was cold, windy but ultimately rather elemental. In the water, surfers were fighting the failing light to catch the last wave of the day, while up ahead, the castle switched its lights on. Bamburgh Castle that is, in Northumberland – looking out on some of the finest beaches in Britain. Back home, with wet feet & a bowl of soup I’ve got the sudden urge to listen to some Michael Nyman. A draughtsman’s contract it is. Great music…never understood the film…although it looked gorgeous. Before the digressions take over and we start discussing Schrodingers cat or the gordian knot, here’s the castle. Might be another one tomorrow.
Here’s another shot from Las Vegas, this time one rather more ‘traditional’. Featuring New York New York, the MGM Grand, the Monte Carlo, a stretch limo and a taste of the sheer madness of the place….I just love the fact that Vegas turns the superficial into something extraordinary. It takes sunshine, gambling, hotels, shopping, food, drinking & shows to a glitzy & crazed yet thoroughly imaginative, well done and quality level. I won’t be going again though. I’m trashed
Shortly before Christmas we were engaged by two fellows – “Local Hero” Joe Hendry & “Agent to the Stars” James R. Kennedy to produce a music video for a song about Insane Championship Wrestling called “IC double-me and you”. Having a lifelong fear of burly men I can’t say it was top of the list of my priorities given it was a few days before Christmas (when buying M&S discounted Prosecco obviously is) however…When the song was sent over the night before the shoot it was plain that it was a hit and it was important to be involved. I can truthfully say there was no threat of legal action from Mr Kennedy. The shoot itself was quite easy – although keeping back the hordes of inquisitive onlookers & autograph hunters did prove troublesome – still that’s the price of fame I guess.
- Storyboard & Shot list : Prepared at Starbucks 20 minutes before the shoot
- Shooting time : Around three hours
- Cameras : Blackmagic Cinema Camera, GoPro Hero 3 (slo-mo) & Canon 5DII (wide-angle)
- Lens : Canon 24-70, 70-200 & 17-40
- Edited in : Final cut Pro (around 3 hours)
- Graded : Magic Bullet Looks
- VFX : Dust ‘n’ snow by M-Dust
- Locations : Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Waverley Station & a bar at the back of the station
- Titles & compositing (as in above) : Motion 4
All in all the video came out rather well. Here it is – enjoy!