Case Study - Event Videography with Major Lazer
Hey everyone uh Sam here gonna be going through two different videos with you. One is from Major Lazer show at Coachella and another is the cold water songs promo video that I did with him in new york. So Here's The Major Lazer Coachella Weekend to Recap 1st. Alright, there you have it. Uh that was a big shot. I mean you can just see from all the people there is a crazy show to film, definitely one of the bigger ones. So breaking this down more or less on the drive in. I had seen this, uh huh you know this big billboard and decided that I should probably get you out of that. So I got off the freeway, went back ah eventually found it again, got the shot and as I was out there I sort of noticed, well it's Coachella Valley and we have the windmills and all this stuff. So I got a couple of shots there. I did, you know, shoot this all in the ace of nests, you can see this big old hair or piece of dust or something on my sensor that when you're shooting on those smaller cameras, it's really ...
easy to miss that at times and uh you know, it's for social media and all this, but it's still a little bit embarrassing. Um and for this concert, you know, it's really easy to just focus on the show. But what I realized is that uh you know doing this other stuff, you know, so leading up building it up is really important. So driving in, got some shots, had them getting out their cars, you know, there's so much footage of them walking in all this. But I just did quick cuts to sort of move along the edit. And then it's nice because it's them walking, stopping for a second and then walking on the stage. Uh a big part of this really is you know, I shoot all this footage and then in the editing room just find the shots that match the pacing in the field. One really think one thing that I loved here was a sunset show and so I was able to have the mountains back here with the sky and them all in the same frame really helped separate them from the background. That's just not, you know, a dark night sky back there. Um And I I tried as much as I could. I love having at least two people in frame doesn't always happen, but I just think it makes for a more dynamic shots when you when you have multiple people in the frame. Um And yeah, so just running around constantly getting as many different shots. They actually had a second show. So I had tons more footage from that as well. And you know, this for the most part is all a seven S. I did have my larger chemo with me but being at a big festival like this, I didn't want to really take it out too much. Um So for the most part all this footage was a seven s just smaller camera uh and just, you know, trying to get those great moments, getting everyone uh you know, taking the family photo, people jumping around capturing those little little nice moments with him dancing. Um and then, you know, obviously again the big family photo, but yeah, you know, one of the hardest things with concert photography is the lighting. It's all depends on the song that they're playing and it goes all over the place. And so I was constantly adjusting my, my lighting or my exposure settings trying to get it to match right. Uh which you know like right there, obviously I lost all details in the fireworks, but still it still looks like a cool shot. Had I been ready for the fireworks, I probably would have stopped down a little bit, hadn't been more of a silhouette and really gone the details of the fireworks, but it doesn't always work like that. And again, I shot so much more footage than you see here. But for a minute long edit, that's really all you need or actually this is only a 42nd edit. So, alright, moving on. Uh this was a promo promotional piece I did for cold water, I'll get into the specifics after. But here it is, real Authentic. freezing cold water ma'am. Take some of this little girl, you guys want some water. There you go. It's gonna make your hair even more glamorous and I like that, hold on here, it's hot out here. Hey, I got you got to choose life. That's right, get refreshed agua. Hey you want some water? Go for a long one. Yeah man, he got an Ego, I want to catch one of these like yo give me this, give me this, give me this, give me this, give me that, give me that, take that the streets heard about this product that we got. So business is booming. Yeah, so this was you know, obviously very different, still working with the same band uh but a very different, you know, type of video that they asked me to make, Someone had the idea, oh well you know songs called Water, we're gonna be out in new york, it's gonna be crazy hot. I think this was in july middle of summer and I said yeah, you know let's get them on the street corner handing out water that's easy. Ah They only had a 30 minute time slot for this though because they were going between radio interviews and all this stuff and then we had to go straight to the concert which was on the other side of of the city. So get them out of their interviews, put logs on all of them, you can actually see, you know, if you look close enough so there you can see chris's lovelier uh coming along his back and then wes you can see it right there just right on his chest and you know, this is typically something I personally prefer to hide, but it was so quick that we just sort of had to make do. Um I did have a sound guy that I found out there. He came on, loved all of them and then he was sort of controlling the audio levels while I was farther back with millimeter lens. Uh just trying to keep track of where all three of them were catching these sort of funny moments of them going up to random people handing it off. Uh and you know, there's a whole team of people behind me, but I basically said, you know, everyone stay back here, let them just interact with people on the streets. Um and people, people reacted well, you know, people were letting them come up and give them water and especially in a city like new york, it was just such a great group of people in this moment when he goes up and takes the guys soda and gives him water was was just genius. Um but you know, minutes, one camera, three microphones in and out. Uh and then just going through the edit and having those three channels of audio was huge because you know, wes is here talking to this guy, the other two guys are talking to other people. Uh and so if I wasn't able to separate those, I couldn't use the audio, but because ah because he's on a different audio track, I was able to do that. So, um, it made it made a huge difference being able to separate those out. And you know, when wall she fires giving his thing, I'm able to get that and then uh, you know, I could get the meat clean and separate and still sound good and all that stuff. So, Uh yeah, that's sort of shows, you know, the type of work I do. I did 100% of, you know, directing, editing, shooting of both these videos, both for the same band, but obviously very different types of work. One is covering this big epic event. The other is just having them do this sort of fun promotional piece. So hope this was helpful. And I'll see you in the next lesson. Thanks.