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Old October 29th, 2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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Blind approach to Music Documentary

Hey everyone:

I know it's an odd title, but as you read this, you'll understand.

I have 2 shoots set up on the same day for a music documentary I'm working on for a solo artist.
The first shoot would be the interview itself of the talent, and the 2nd shoot would be his solo performance
in a old fashion theatre.

I was able to take my crew to do a walk through, so we'll know how to prepare for accordingly, so that's squared away.. However for the 1st shoot, that is not the case.

The only thing I know know is that the interview will take place at the performer's house. We're unable to set up time to do a walk through (talent is on the road) I won't know till the day of the shoot how the set shot up, and what the lighting is set. So he could have us shoot at his den, living room, heck maybe the kitchen. So I won't know if the room will be big enough for me to incorporate 3 cameras, The added kicker is that because it's short notice, there won't be any crew, it'll be just me handling the shoot. Luckily I have someone as the host to interview the talent so I can focus the tech end. Because his performance is on the same day of the interview shoot, I won't have as much time to film, so the set may have to be really quick so that I spend more time capturing the shot.. His schedule is wildly unpredictable so this may be the only chance I have to shoot the interview....

So my question is, with limited information, resources going into a shoot blind, what would you do to prepare prior to the shoot.

Thanks!!

Robert
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Old October 31st, 2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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I would take some props in case there is not a suitable background. I would suggest someing like a table and perhaps a vase or some other type of decretive item that you can show in the background. I would also take a green screen set-up if you have access to one. If there is not room for your usual 3 camera set up, just ask some of your questions from different camera angels. If the area is to small, I think the subject will understand that your normal set up is not an option. Just make sure that what you do capture, is captured well, including the sound.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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Thanks Kevin:

It's funny you say sound, for that's the one thing I know I have covered, it's the other things that remains a mystery. My hope is that he has a music studio at his home, so that we can capture interesting musical props/ memorabilia in the background so the back drop would be nice. If not, then at least where ever her works his music we can catch something similar in that vain.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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Robert:
Just a word of caution when incorporating memoribilia in the background. Just make sure that its not something that you will have to get a license to use (such as a famous persons image). You dont want to get the perfect shot and than cant use it or have to blur it out. Good luck with your shoot.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 10:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reminder Kevin.

I did hear back from the performer, and learned that instead of shooting at his home, the interview is moved to the theatre where he's playing. At least I know we'll need to bring lights, not sure it'll be in the dressing room or out on the stage, but at least I have an idea. And that I was able to get another crew person to help me set up, so that's a little relief. At least I know the theatre manager is cool about doing filming in the theatre, so that's another relief.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 07:13 AM   #6
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I'm sure you know but just in case, an empty theater may result in boomey audio.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 10:33 AM   #7
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Just an update I was able to borrow a Loew Light kit, and held the interview on the theatre. The talent showed up a little late, so that bought me more time for some more crew members to come in to help set up the lighting and the shoot. The one thing I couldn't control was the 2nd shoot which was the performance (I couldn't bring additional lighting), so we just did what we could with our camera settings to compensate. Otherwise I think (knock on wood) the shoot went well, & just a lot of footage to pour over with.

Thanks again everyone for all your help.

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