The First Shoot (1/3)
As you probably know, a few days ago, I released the finished video for Creatives Uncovered. It was a journey and a half for the first live shoot. In all, I think I did well for the situation presented, but I still think that I could have done better in some cases.
The first thing that was evident was the amount of people in the premises. It wasn’t evident at the door, but as soon as we entered that narrow hallway used as a photo expedition, it was immediately obvious that no virtually no clean shots would be taken that night. As we continued through to where the catwalk was, the second thing we noticed was that there were a lot of videographers and photographers present.
At around 1:30 in the video and right here…
Also in the many catwalk clips, you can clearly see the amount of fashionable looking people standing next to the catwalk. They can make the shot messy from where I was standing, but at least they can act like a reflector…
The crowded venue presented a conserable problem. It was almost impossible to get a shot of a singer or a piece of art without catching someone else. Other than spoiling the shot, the amount of people made me reluctant to step closer to the subject in case I get in their way. This being the first real live shoot not only in video but also photography, I had no real confidence to film at a closer distance. I did notice my improvement throughout the event though, and one time, I was against a wall, and someone was leaning on the wall and looking at his phone. At that moment, I got a pretty good shot of him and the background. Unfortunately, that never made it into the final result, as did many other clips taken.
After taking a quick scout-out of the whole venue, we were unsure of how to continue. Before the event, ignorant of what situation we would find ourselves in, we had thought of many shots of many things. But as soon as we stepped into that door, most of those thoughts had escaped from our minds, as we found ourselves overwhelmed by the crowd and unfamiliarity of the whole place.
Since we had two cameras (one 600D and one 50D with magic lantern), we decided to split up and film as much footage as possible before the actual fashion show. One thing we knew before the event was that we would probably need to split up, so there was no problem in doing so. I think we made the right decision, there was no real reason to stay together with two cameras, and the more footage the better.
Soon the crowds started to pile up next to that catwalk, and we thought that we should probably set up before it was too crowded to.
I guess that ends the first part of our shoot. The next part will be on the actual fashion event! YAY!
I have a habit of splitting a long recount into parts, I hope it helps with the monotony of so much text, because it certainly allows me to do my homework too. Other than that it is another sign of my ridiculous outlook on content creation.