It’s Wednesday night around 8pm, I’m watching Planet Earth II and I get a text.
“Can you shoot a yoga video? Quick turn around?”
“James meet Emily. Emily meet James.”
Several texts and emails later we had the details cobbled together and a location. Friday morning rolls around and we rendezvous at the location, I’ve got a truckload of gear and I’m ready to start shooting. The location is horrible, mirrors on north & south walls with west facing windows overlooking and hearing the highway. Scramble. Frantic phone calls. Another location, awesome! Lets take a drive and see it. Look good. Not available until Monday, I can make that work.
I arrive early Monday morning and carry all my gear inside in the rain. I start assembling lights, audio gear and cameras while the client does rehearsals with the other actor. I check audio levels and gaff tape a few moving blankets to the wall to quell the echo. I fire up the lights, check camera settings and focus, then almost start shooting with the GoPro that captured this time lapse in the background.
I rearrange my set, give some direction, hit record and shout, “Action” to sound official. The client/talent nail the whole thing in one take! I pull the memory cards and back them up to my laptop and we decide to break for lunch and shoot another take afterwards. We walk to the nearest Taco Stand on Cherokee Street and review the wide shot with notebooks in hand. I make a few suggestions, the client (who is also in the staring role) and actor discuss some things and we’re back in the studio. I decide to get some extra coverage with a fourth handheld camera and we start rolling.
Again, the talent nails it in a single take. Tear down, back up, pack up and back to the edit suite.
The footage looks awesome! Import, color correct each of the four camera angles and create optimized proxies of the 4k footage for editing.
Let the computer churn overnight.
I build a multicam clip with the audio and edit the footage down to a first cut that’s delivered to the client for review. The deadline for this video production is quickly approaching but I’m feeling confident. I watch the final two episodes of Planet Earth II and head to bed.
I get the feedback, it’s all good, only a few cuts for repetition and continuity. Time to sit in front of Final Cut Pro for a few more hours. I upload a version with timing and audio locked in for the score to be finalized by the music studio. I grab my Moleskine, plop down in front of my TV to review the footage and make notes on camera angles, framing and cuts.
Thursday (The Deadline)
The score is delivered at 1:00am, I drop it into the timeline and start rendering. I give the rendered file a final watch on my TV and realize I missed the cue for the audio, back to the edit suite, make adjustments, render, upload to Vimeo and email a link.
iPhone ping, 6:00am, client loves it.
I make some bacon, eggs and coffee with Agnes, then write this blog post.
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