What I love most about being a freelance director of photography is traveling to new places and attending events I would usually not attend. On Thursday I got a call from an old friend asking if I could come by to shoot him and his drummer at a bar. Seeing as the only other thing I would be doing is playing Xbox, I grabbed one of my roommates and we were off to a local bar.
Kyle, from Soundscape is a passionate DJ with a vision. He is accompanied by his drummer Chris and really know how to get a party going. Chris is a very talented drummer and Kyle had some killer mixes. If you have the chance to check these guys out live, I would.
I started getting my gear together at home and I realized that I would not have the space to use a monitor and full shoulder mount. I stripped my set up down to a body, two lenses (30mm 1.4 and 17-50 2.8), Z-finder, and side hand grip to add stabilization. Getting through the crowd and around equipment would be difficult and I wanted to be as compact and quick as possible.
I wish I had more time to tap into the sound board to get a high quality soundtrack. The sound was just recorded through camera and as you will hear in the video, doesn’t sound great. The purpose of the video was a test to see if this would help with promoting Soundscape. For the next event, I will tap into the sound board with the H4n and sync that with the performance. I am happy with the shots I got and feel that the speed of the video works and makes it interesting.
Let me know what you think!