I shot a video.

Helen Earth Band – (We All) Talk With Knives from One Bad Landing on Vimeo.

Trying to revive the blog. I’ve been struggling to keep a hand in creative projects since leaving Sayvinyl. Working with the Helen guys has been awesome. They came to me with the video concept of running split screens and bouncing to tight shots of whoever’s part makes sense to highlight at that point in the song. I dug the idea, because I’ve never really shot video before… The concept is very approachable for someone who thinks like a still photographer. All the shots we’re locked-off. Almost all of them were fixed focus. My job was just to find interesting composition and light. I’m happy with how it came out.

Technicals? We shot it in a practice space that’s probably 9′x12′ or so. Used a black sheet, and a white sheet.. Two wacky daylight-balanced video lights that we stuck in umbrellas or behind gobos in the corners. The white scenes are two lights behind the subject in either corner, blowing out the background.. we used a reflector to light the guys. Dark scenes were usually a single light near the floor left of camera in an umbrella to give an outline, again with a reflector to wrap it around. If you notice the light flickering/shimmering in some scenes… That was us shaking/tickling the reflector. I was really afraid the shots might look sterile, and I thought if I gave a bit of texture and movement to the light, it might feel more like there was really something going on in the room.

Oh, and we shot the whole thing on a 5D Mark 2, and a 50mm 1.2L. Worked out really well for this.

I’m working on another video with the Helen guys now, and I’m really excited about it. It’s a lot more ambitious than the Knives video.. Much more of a short film. We’re a little more than half-way done shooting it, but there’s still a lot to do… it’s getting there, though.

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