This is a video I directed for my friends The Cell Phones, a grind pop band from Chicago. I am a big fan of their entire It's Halloween EP, originally released in October 2010.
This was shot over the course of 36 hours in one weekend.
Shot principally with the following equipment:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105mm f4 L
Canon 28mm f1.8
Canon 50mm f1.4
Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro
Tamron 70-200mm f2.8
Sigma 15mm f2.8 diagonal fisheye
Also, the stomach cam was filmed using a GoPro HD.
Filming was done primarily handheld with some tripod and Glidecam 4000 work.
This was a perfect occasion to use the 5D, as about half the video was shot in extreme low light, often lit by just a handful of candles. It definitely gave the shoot a striking, unique look. The lens I used the most was the Canon 28mm, which is probably the best affordable lens to use when filming inside in low light situations.
Used all of the overcranking options I had, shot a lot in 30p with the 5D and then would slow the footage down to 24p. Also, shot some parts in 60p with the 60D then slowed it down as well. Made a CD with the song sped up by 125%, then again at 250%, so the band could be in synch with the music once we slowed the music down.
The band seemed to be very gung-ho and excited about the project, with the drummer Justin helping direct the special effects scenarios, while Lindsay and Ryan (the singer and bassist) took to art direction duties. Truly, this group could make a living on film sets if they wanted to.
Editing for this short film took a lot longer, I probably put somewhere in the range of 150-200 hours just in editing alone.
The dancing devil/effects sequences are in thanks to Ryan Harrison, a friend of the band's that is currently living a few miles away out in California. Some of the props used were thanks to horror author Michael West's secret stash, and a Devo energy dome was loaned to us by Indianapolis video maker Brian Dove. The rest of the props were picked up at various Party Cities and Michael's.
The mummy was created using a technique of covering a body from head to toe using duct tape and then cutting off the clothing and stuffing it, and then, of course, covering that with toilet paper. That was probably the most labor intensive shot in the film, but easily the most fun to actually shoot.
Any other questions, just ask.
This video was a blast to make, probably the most fun I've ever had in a single weekend.
Filmed in Humbolt Park.
Look for the The Cell Phones' bandcamp page, Facebook page, and blog. They are quite a feat to watch play, especially live.