I recently had the chance to shoot a live music video for one of my good friends, Shylo Sharity. I had the Sony FS7 for a few months now and haven’t really pushed the camera to its limits. I also really wanted to do a Oner. I have recently been inspired and been enjoying Ryan Booth's work from SerialBox. Ryan has shot a few live music videos and I love his style and the rawness behind each video. This was something I wanted to capture with Shylo. There was something freeing about limiting yourself to one camera, one lens and one take. I enjoyed the simplicity of it. The simplicity of just walking slowly around her in the space, focusing on each moment and its framing, opposed to completely over shooting the scene. There was something organic about capturing a moment this way and that was what I was going for. For me, this made for the perfect test to finish a project in 4K. Here is a look at the finished video before I get into the details of the edit and the shoot. The 4K version is at the bottom of the page on Shylo's Youtube channel.
Shylo and I planned to film three songs. My first choice for this shoot turned out to be our last location...on the bridge and walkway. As it rained for a good part of the day we had to find an alternate location. This led us to filming in a walkway with graffiti covered walls under a train bridge. This location was far from ideal for sound. After shooting two songs the sun began to peek through the clouds. just before it began to set. We packed up the truck and quickly drove over to our original location on the walkway. The sun’s location, just prior to setting, provided Shylo with a beautiful backlight. We started rolling on our first take. We were in the last 20 seconds of the song and sun went down behind some buildings. We only had one take and thats the one we used.
Now lets jump into the technical side and post details. I shot this live recording with the Sony FS7 with the metabones EF adapter and my Canon 35mm 1.4. I used the frame rate 23.98fps at 3840 x 2160, with the 2.35:1 guides on. I planned ahead to finish the video at this aspect ratio (3840 x 1600). I also shot in the glorious 3 slog.cine. I used one of Philip Blooms LUTs (Tottenham), applied at 86%. I normally tend to mess with the highlights and shadows as the new Lumetri window that now comes with premiere makes it so easy. However this time around I was quite pleased with the outcome of the LUT itself. The overall video was 3:09 in length at 1.9gbs in size. I know vimeo does not yet support 4K viewing but it is capable to download the 4K and 2K file. Shylo also has her own Youtube channel which supports the 4K. I was anxious to complete a project in 4K and see the results on Youtube. There were some obstacles with working in the 4K format. The obvious would be the rendering and exporting time. Audio wise, we had a boom mic (Rode NTG2) mounted on a c-stand and Shylo had a lav under her jacket. The lav was running directly to the the FS7 and the Rode NTG2 was running to my zoom H4N. The audio is a mix between the two sources. Overall I am extremely impressed with the end result.
Here are some BTS photos from great Donny Fung.