Newby music, live venue promotional video shoot

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by johnmarnell, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. johnmarnell

    johnmarnell Guest

    Hello all,

    I'm a monster newb of the newbiest degree.

    I'm trying to shoot a music promotional video (of myself) largely by
    myself. I can't afford to do it with professionals, but I'm willing to
    spend the time and sweat to make it look as professional as I can. I
    want the video to convey multiple live performances, so my plan is to
    film myself at various open mic venues. Within these venues, I'll be
    multi-track recording the audio (I just bought some killer equipment,
    so hopefully I can use it to its full potential) and I want to use two
    cameras. Bear in mind, they'll be poor quality, run of the mill dv
    cameras (think Canon zr200's or something -- I'll have to borrow
    whatever cameras I'm going to use, by the way). With these limitations
    in mind, I'll start with the questions:

    I plan on using one camera for wider shots, the other for close-ups
    (mostly facial). What sort of shots / angles should I be taking? The
    live concert dvds I've seen have crazy sweeping, crane driven shots and
    behind the stage angles and what not. Given my complete lack of
    experience (and the lack of experience of whatever poor schmoes I rope
    into working the cameras) but not forgetting that I want it to look
    professional (therefore, "interesting"), what should my approach be?
    Should I use tripods on both cameras, or keep one free to switch
    locations and angles throughout a song?

    How can I account for the low lighting I'll most likely run into at
    these venues? Getting shots of the audience is not very important to
    me, so everything will be focused toward the stage, which will probably
    have some form of lighting.

    On these basic dv cameras, should I turn Auto focus off? Any other
    settings I should worry about, besides taking off the lens cap (I've
    heard that's important... ;)?

    As far as editing, what sort of transitions should I use, if any at
    all? It is my newb instinct to load it with silly rotating 3d cubes
    and lucas wipes, but I'll listen to you guys :) I've read I should
    edit on the beat and divide up lyrical lines or important sub sections
    -- that sounds like good advice to me. Should I use cross-fades? Bear
    in mind, I'll be cutting between different venues and songs.

    Since I'll be using 2 different, borrowed cameras, the pictures will
    look slightly different, any tips you can offer on making them look
    more similar (I'll be using Premiere 7.0 for post)?

    Any answers are greatly appreciated, and if you think of any other
    pointers you can give me, please share them as well. Thanks for

    johnmarnell, Aug 9, 2005
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  2. johnmarnell

    marks542004 Guest

    If you are doing a promo video to show potential clients or agents I
    would avoid the very fragmented presentations (lots of cuts / effects

    Cutting from wide angle to a closer view works well especially if you
    pick the right section of the music.

    I would probably fade out one song and fade in to a display card giving
    location and song title.

    You might need to color balance between cameras. I would leave
    everything on automatic. A camera operator on a handheld for closeups
    will let them move around and get some more interesting angles.

    You can add crowd shots from a different performance as long as the
    beat is fairly close.
    marks542004, Aug 9, 2005
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