04-Mar-2012 Lights… Camera… Action!

We’ve reached the end of the line for phonetic alphabet blog titles. No more word bending to include specific letters from now on – just cut to the chase.

The end of 2011 saw a bit of a departure for us from making simple record-perform-stop-trim-upload music videos (actually, it was never quite that simple), and we experimented with chroma-keying and lip-syncing to try and make our music videos more like mini productions:

1. ‘In Hawaii (In My Dreams)’ – our first attempt at chroma-keying, probably not the best example in the world of the technique but a promising start nonetheless. And, OK, we don’t come across as enjoying the experience… we were probably thking too mouch about the technology and forgetting to have some fun!

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2. ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ – our second foray into chroma keying, but this time we experimented with lip-syncing and combining hand drawn graphics with ready made images as well as trying out a few video effects (snow anyone?).

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Further research identified various ways of potentially improving the results – and we’ve been taking it all onboard and then looking at how we can incorporate some of the suggestions. One of the major elements is lighting – the chroma green backdrop has to be well lit (evenly and not too harshly) to minimise any creases and shadows in the material, the subject should be lit so as to stand out and at the same time not to cast too much shadow on the backdrop, and so on and so on…

We’ve therefore been investing in some lighting specifically for video/photo use, and we’ve also taken the heady plunge into basic stage/performance lighting – we’re looking to have gentle washes of colour to enhance atmosphere and focus, but without excessive use of lighting t-bars or gantries with par cans and spots… not a lot to ask you might think. But after months and months we’ve finally found something that might do the trick – LED panels that can either be floor standing or stand mounted with programmable colours, brightness, sequence and fade timings etc.

Now we need to spend some time playing with the kit, experimenting, making notes, more experimenting and then making real use of what we’ve learned… oh yes, not forgetting to have fun and enjoy the experience.

OK – silence on set – Lights… camera… action!

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