Hi, How’s the sound? May



How’s the sound? Maybe you could do a short piece, 5, 7, or 10 minutes dissolving from one O.K. clip to another. Do you have any cutaway footage, e.g., outside shots of theater, crowd shots in or outside of the theater, shots of flyer advertising the event. Can you get back into the theater when its empty and shoot some footage that will contrast with any crowd shots you have? Can you get some shots of your friend watching your raw footage and passing out on the floor. That might not be much fun today but in five years you both might get a laugh out of it.

You are not the first one to mess up on a high profile gig. I got an end of year gift two years ago from a work collegue, Jimi (Hendrix) Plays Berkeley. When I finally got around to watching it, I couldn’t believe how UNDER-whelming the camera work is in this film. On the other hand, it is highly educational on how NOT to shoot and edit a concert. Check amazon.com and see for yourself. Typical comments refer to “horrible camera work” and “shaky head shots.” The sound portion however was taken off the sound board and so gets high marks overall. If your sound is O.K., that might be a starting point.

I would be surprised if you can’t do your own Jimi Plays Berkeley with this project!

It’s not the end of the world, don’t sneak out of town, keep track of lessons learned, and get ready for your next shoot. It WILL be better next time. Just practice with those manual controls so that you can do it in the dark without looking.

Good Luck!

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