My first little music video, and what went into it! (WIP, so feedback greatly welcome)
So, a fellow student of mine has this band called Pink Pix, and they asked me to produce a video for a short, musical teaser they've made for their upcoming EP. I'm now done shooting and have the first rough cut assembled, so I thought I'd give you guys a look, and see what you have to say! I'll just put the video up front, and I'll give some more thoughts and insights about the process after that:
First off, a lot is obviously still missing. There's going to be a special transition in the beginning with that T-shirt, the edit is rough, and I haven't begun color correction/grading yet.
The goal for the video set by the band was to just have some nice to look at images going along with the music - nothing fancy like a story, plot, or deeper meaning, just the band members playing in their rehearsal room. So, I set out to do that, and make it as interesting as possible on the way.
I knew from the start that lighting and available time for shooting were going to be the biggest issues. The LED matrix and spotlights were great, but unfortunately they were fixed to the wall, I could only turn the spotlights a little bit each. So I took a desk lamp I had sitting around to cover the band members from the right, which actually worked better than I expected! That's basically all I had for lighting, I just used a bicycle flashlight in places to light up the faces. Should have done that in more places in hindsight, same with the strobe setting on the spotlights, which I now only have on the drummer.
The smoke machine did wonders in creating an atmosphere in that small rehearsal room together with the lights, and also greatly helped to make it less obvious that in fact all band members were shot in exactly the same spot.
One thing I started to suspect during the second shoot and that proved true while editing was that I shouldn't have been filming so much on tripod in the beginning. On the first shooting day (3 in total, each one just 2-3 hours) I had the camera locked down about 50% of the time, which resulted in lots of boring shots. The handheld shots turned out so much more interesting and gave me more than enough coverage so that I only used one or two seconds of tripod footage. Of course focus pulling got a little difficult with the handheld, especially as I only had the little camera display (Canon t4i, by the way) to check focus and the focus on the kit lens really sucks. I'm not really that satisfied with the overall sharpness of the video, but well it has to do now.
So yeah, that's some insight about what went into this video. Right now I'm awaiting feedback about the general style, before I work into the details. At the same time I wanted to post the video here to get some more feedback about what could make the video better from a filmmaker's perspective, so please, fire away with your criticism