As a filmmaker living in New York for the first time, I'd grab my Canon 7D and shoot footage of what was going on around me, to try and take in all that was happening. To try and capture the sense of community I felt in a place so large and diverse.
The HDSLR was a great tool for this. It allowed me get in among people and crowds but at the same time not draw attention to myself.
It seemed like a never ending project and you could stay filming life in New York for a long time. But eventually I put my camera down and started to edit. Here's the end result, it's a bit rough and tumble but that's life in the Big Apple I guess.
Turn up the volume or put your in earphones for the beautiful song 'We Don't Eat' by Irishman James Vincent McMorrow.
For those who asked these are the lens I used:
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG RF
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A music video for "Animals", the 2nd single to be lifted from the forthcoming debut album "Family" by Cast of Cheers.
The concept of the video was based around 16 VCR players and 16 Televisions. Each band member was divided into four and each section was filmed playing back the song. So each member had four videos of themselves playing back the single with the camera fixed on a different part of their body. This footage was then put onto DVD and then transferred onto VHS.
The televisions were then positioned into a stack of 16 and each was connected up to a VCR player. Each VHS was put into its relevant player and rewound to the start. On the day the band and crew all looked after two video players each. Once the camera was rolling there was a countdown for everyone to press play on their VCRS at the right time. As each VCR was different, some had a different reaction and playback time and so this all had to be taken into consideration.
The chorus shots were made by using a Splitter as I wanted the chorus to be a little calmer than the verse in terms of visual. The splitter took one image and was able to send it over all 16 televisions or rather 15 as the bottom right television exploded during the first days shoot. All animal footage was available online from freeanimalvideos.org which was handy.
The camera used for the shoot was the Canon C300. The videos concept wasn't ever going to show the cameras capabilities off to it's full extent but one of the major benefits I felt was how it handled the wires and bits of equipment that appeared under the televisions and on the ground. When shooting gigs or videos on a 7D using the same Tokina 11-16mm lens I sometimes find that when there are thin wires or railings in shot they can pixilate and appear to be moving. The C300 eleminated this straight away.
Another big perk of the camera is the colour it captures. This was filmed on Cine 2 mode and I was so happy with the colours and clarity that the whole video is basically ungraded. The only shots that have a slight grade are the tv guitar and behind the tv's sections. Everything else appears as shot on camera. That made editing very smooth and enjoyable. It also tied in nicely with the whole concept of the video which was to make a seemingly technically flawed format such as VHS work for us. I have no doubt there are people skilled in after effects and various other program's that could effectively have faked this video and made it without the use of one VCR. It was my intention however to film everything in reality so that there was basically nothing to do in post other than order the shots.
Director / Editor : Babysweet
Producer : Dan Matthews
Technical Manager : Daniel Perry
Stage Managers : Daniel Perry and Hannah Vincent
DOP : Gregg Houston
DOP Assistants : Eliot Bushnell and Jason Hawthorne
Production Assistant : Eliot Bushnell
Stage Assistant : Matt Livingstone
Runners : Ken Plas and Hannah Charles
"MOVIE OF THE YEAR" - Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST FILM" - X-Dance Film Festival, SLC 2012
"BEST PICTURE" - International Freeride Film Festival, France 2011
"BEST FEATURE-LENGTH MOUNTAIN FILM" - Banff Mountain Film Festival 2011
"BEST FILM OF THE YEAR" - Adventure Film Festival, Copenhagen 2011
"PEOPLES CHOICE" and "BEST SKI FILM" - Fernie Film Festival, BC 2011
"BEST SKI FILM" - Adventure Film Festival, Boulder 2011
"2012 CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD" - Mountain Film Festival, Telluride CO
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" - ESPN Fan Favorites 2011
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" - International Freeride Film Festival, France 2011
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" - X-Dance Film Festival, SLC 2012
"BEST DOCUMENTARY" - IF3 Film Festival Montreal 2011
"MOST INNOVATIVE VISUAL FX" - IF3 Film Festival Montreal 2011
"AMBASSADOR OF GREEN" - X-Dance Film Festival, SLC 2012
"FULL THROTTLE AWARD" - Kye Petersen, Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST NATURAL AIR" - Kye Petersen, Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST POV" - JP Auclair, Powder Video Awards 2012
"BEST EDITING" - Powder Video Awards 2012
"The best movie in skiing."
- Jamey Voss, ESPN es.pn/pPxkbQ
"Like listening to a Zeppelin song."
- John Stifter, Powder Magazine: http://bit.ly/nl0JiT
"The Sherpas are firmly in the lead of a new wave of filmmakers that are changing the face of ski films for good." - Leslie Anthony, Skier Magazine: http://bit.ly/mVaYsy
"By the end, as I headed out from the screening, trying to walk straight after being pummeled by what I had seen, the only thought going through my head was that the trailer did not do its movie justice." - Mark Quail, skistarmovies.com/review/all-i-can
The Sherpas are proud to present All.I.Can: a two-year feature film project that fuses our passions for riding and exploring the mountains with our potential to help the environment. The film strives to unite global mountain culture and bind us together as the leaders of a revolution. We must be inspired to do all we can for the environment, and we must learn how to take that first tiny step in the right direction.
Multi-award winning Directors Dave Mossop and Eric Crosland journey to Chile, Morocco, Alaska, BC and beyond with riders Kye Petersen, Mark Abma, Eric Hjorleifson, JP Auclair, James Heim, Chris Rubens, Mike Douglas, Dana Flahr, Rory Bushfield, Ian McIntosh, Lynsey Dyer, Alexi Godbout, Matty Richard, Chad Sayers and more.
Music: "Blood Theme", by Data, from the album Skywriter.