Sunday, 17 May 2009

Back in the Saddle

I finally received permission from to use one of the moby tracks from the website as backing soundtrack for my short art experiment.

It's a two minute film cobbled together from a selection of shots I got from the first exterior test with my 35mm adaptor. It was a bit of a filmschool flashback editing it together, and playing with the image, I could imagine it going down well if I'd made something like that back in '94. Plenty of "art" in the editing, and although I don't really consider it anything other than a joke, it's kind of fun to do.

Still, at least it's a bona-fide completed project, albeit simply some test footage thrown together! And it counts as pretty much the first personal film project I've made in over a decade.

My equipment roster was boosted this week with the arrival of my 'shrigg rig' a sturdy metal framework and rails set specifically designed for use with smaller camcorders like the HV30 I use with my 35mm adaptor.

The rig has already had it's first outing, as I spent part of this weekend shooting part of a promo video for a local musician.

After doing the moby video, I thought it might be good to try and do some other music video projects, so I responded to a post on 'Shooting People' and got in contact with a local musician who has a couple of great songs he wants videos for.

I got all my equipment out, dragged the lights down from the loft, unboxed the tripod for the first time and headed over to an industrial space in Streatham to spend the morning lighting my first location for over five years.

Nerve wracking, and potentially embarrassing, but in fact it all went pretty well. I had some ideas about what I intended to shoot, but in the end we went with a fairly simple set-up.

This first shoot was really just meant to be a test, but in fact I reckon I got some pretty usable footage out of it. The test will be how well it edits together, and that'll be a task for this week.

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