One of two documentary shorts about the improvising sculptural percussion trio known as "The Birdman, The Baron and The Bat"
The 3Bs are Tony Orrell, Steve Hubback and Matt Nolan. We make and play our own instruments, which are deliberately also very visual as well as sonic.
We formed for a concert at the Bath Fringe Festival in 2008. As this felt like quite a unique and unusual thing, I thought it would be good to film the concert. For this, I enlisted the help of videographer Andy McCreeth. He was assisted at the concert on a second camera by Shorn Rah. A 3rd and 4th camera were set up, static and unmanned.
Andy and I edited together a complete video of the concert. This took an amazing number of hours! Lots of late nights and a final, all-weekend big push. Andy also shot some background footage of Steve and I working to create some of the instruments we played, of our one brief rehearsal and we also spent an evening mostly talking nonsense on the sofa in a semi-interview.
The edited concert footage and all the background footage (about 6 hours in total) was given to Simon Power with a pretty open brief to create a sub-4-minute documentary. He came up pretty amazingly quickly with this and a second version, one slightly longer at about 5 mins and one slightly under time.
Andy and I sent a little feedback on these two drafts for Simon just to make some minor tweaks and Andy also spent some time working on colour correction (as best was possible with the different footage shot in quite different lighting scenarios)
All Andy's cameras used for this were Sony MiniDV and Shorn's was a Canon. Everybody used Sony Vegas Pro editing software.
Since then, I've bought my own camera, now two cameras and the entry-level version of Vegas! It's catching...