Multi Camera Evaluation

First Draft of Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItEFW2HAj88

Initial Research

When researching and looking at other multi camera sequences, I found certain key features which I learnt and incorporated into my final project. An example of something I learnt was that the speed of the cuts went with the pace of the song. If it was a slow song, all the multi camera cuts would be slow and hold the frame for a while. If it is a fast song, the cuts will be quicker. Also, a lot of the shots are moving, e.g. on tracking cameras, jibs and steady cams. This was so the shots had more energy too match the song and give it more energy. I added this to my final film by in planning making sure we had some moving shots as our song is fast paced and upbeat. Also, in editing, I made sure the cuts were quick because this also matched the convention of a fast song.

Another thing I found in research is the colours used within the lighting on stage. In most cases, they use a spotlight on the main singer/band members. They do this because they will be more prominent in the shots/on the stage. Another thing I found was that if it was a sad song, they would use a lot of cold colour lights. For example, blues, greens and whites. They do this because it gives more emotion to the song. In happy songs, they use warm colours, for example reds, oranges and yellows. On the website: ehow.com there is an article on the importance of lighting. Although it talks mainly about plays, it transfers to concerts.  “Lights are the most effective way to set the mood or tone for a play or for any given scene. Natural light can give a sense of normalcy, while the use of gels in dark greens or purples can give a scene an unsettling, otherworldly feel.”(http://www.ehow.com/facts_5818232_lighting-important-theatre.html) In our multi camera song we used warm colours as it is a happy song. This will give a happy atmosphere.

 


 

Planning 

Planning and preproduction is very important when making a film. Luke James on his blog writes: “Pre-production is vital to all members of the crew. It ensures that the entire crew knows exactly what’s going on. If they need to know why we’re shooting in a certain way, or why we’re shooting in a certain place, they can see the entire process that we’ve gone through in order to get to where we are.” (https://lukejames7.wordpress.com/unit-1/unit1-why-is-pre-production-so-important/)

To start planning a multi camera shoot we first had to know the song. It is important to know a song before you shoot it because you need to know timings and the main roles within the band. I watched and analyzed different versions of the song. This way, I felt like I knew the song better and I could plan the song better.

Secondly, we got together in our group and we decided to give out group roles. It is important to have group roles when in a production because it means everyone will have something to do, and the tasks can all be given up. This means the group can be more organized and make sure everything can get done. My role was camera operator and we all took the role of running and grip. We decided for all of us to be in charge of our own equipment because it meant everyone could be responsible for one thing, rather then it all being on one person.

We then decided on where the cameras should be. Camera positions are really important because you need to make sure that all the band members are seen and that all the shots are successful. The first camera position we decided on was the wide shot. In a live music performance, there is always a wide shot. This is because it shows the whole band and gives an atmosphere of the whole performance. We decided to put the wide shot camera on a slide. We then decided on where the Jib should be. We decided to have it stage left. This mean we could have the 2 singers in the shot. It is important to have non static shots as it gives energy to the performance. We then decide on the static cameras which were on tripods. We also decided where the GoPros should be. We decided to put one behind the drums because this would get a good shot of the lights and the rest of the band. We also decided to put one on the piano to begin the hand movements of the keyboardist. We decided to do this because, although we had a shot of the keyboard player, you wouldn’t be able to see his hands and what his doing due to the shape of the keyboard.

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After this, we talked about lighting. The lighting is important to get right because of there is random blackouts or dark shots, you might not be able to see anything. Also, the colours and pace of the light change might not fit the energy/pace/speed of the song. We decided to use warm colours as this represented a happy atmosphere, which the song portrays.

The challenges we anticipated were mainly to do with timing. We knew that we would have little time, so we had to make sure we were completely organized and knew exactly what we were going to do when our time started. We planned really carefully what we would do from the minuet we got into the room.

Another challenge we anticipated was losing or not having the right equipment. This would of been a challenge because we had to work fast, and losing something can halt the whole production process. To make sure this didn’t happen, we made sure we had a table with all the equipment on. This is important because it meant we knew exactly where everything was when we needed it. Furthermore, we also anticipated the problem of batteries running out. This can be a problem because if a battery runs out half way through a performance, you can’t use that camera until you change the batteries. To make sure this didn’t happen, we made sure all the batteries in the cameras were fully charge. We also had spare batteries on hand that we’re also fully charged.

The 2 multi camera edits we did before the final multi camera gig influenced and taught us certain things, one thing it taught us was that we needed to try keep the same settings on all cameras. In our second film where we filmed a video of Kayla playing would you rather (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIee9AlNmHQ), we had 2 DSLRs and 1 handy cam. The problem with using one candy cam was that the fps and overall picture quality was completely different. Also, you can’t change the brightness and ISO on the handy cams. This meant we couldn’t even remotely make it like the 2 DSLR cameras. We learnt that it was really important in the final project to have the same settings as on the final edit for the video, it looked poor and unprofessional.


 

Production

I think the production was successful. I think this because when it came to filming, there were no major problems in production, which was due to our organization in the planning process.

Something that went successful was setting up. When setting up, we were quick and efficient. This meant we had more filming time and room for mistakes. Another thing that was successful was the samara positions. All of the camera angles were strong and we included every band member.

A problem that we had was that the GoPro behind the drums didn’t work. This caused a problem because we had no shots of just the drummer. However, he was in the wide shot so was in at least one shot. The GoPro didn’t work because we think it didn’t record. With a GoPro, it is hard to tell if the shot is right and if it is working as it has no screen. If we had more time, we should of recorded something, then gone back to the room and watched it. This way we could of seen that it wasn’t working. However, we didn’t have enough time as the group before us ran over there time.

Another problem we had was we didn’t have much practice time. This meant we only had 2 takes to do it in. This was a problem because we hadn’t had time to practice the lighting or make last minuet camera changes. However, in a real production, the camera team won’t have the time to do a full rehearsal if it’s a festival, for example Glastonbury.
Another thing that went wrong was the lighting. There was a random black out in the middle when music of carried on playing. We decided not to have any blackouts till the end because the stage would go dark and the camera wouldn’t be able to see anything. However, this happened in the first attempt. This meant, in the few minuets we had before the next shoot, we came together as a group and decided that we shouldn’t do that in the second one. In the second shoot, the lighting went much better after the feed back.

Furthermore, the jib camera was out of focus. This is because we set the focus to a certain distance. This meant when the angle or deist ace changed it went out of focus due to the depth of field. In the end, I didn’t use a lot of the jib shots because they were so out of focus. In my edit, I barely used the jib shots as they were so out of focus. However, they are fine for a quick cut to them. Next time, we need to make sure we use a lease with a wider depth of field.

Overall I enjoyed the shoot. I think we all got in well as a team and kept organized. This meant we could also enjoy ourselves whilst doing it. I think we coped well in the stress of the environment by communicating as a team and making sure everyone knew what was going on. This meant there were less problems and people were more focused.


 

Edit

I think multi camera editing is much harder then normal camera editing. This is because you have all the videos to compare to each other and decide which one is best. It also means there is more footage to watch and edit. This is more time consuming and takes longer to get right. However as it was an offline edit, meaning it wasn’t a live edit, it did mean we could get the right shots and take time to chose the best one.

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A key lesson I learnt about multi camera editing is that you need to make sure all your rushes are labeled and in folders. This is important because there are so many videos clips from different cameras to sort through, it’s easier if you need a certain one to search for it in the search bar on premier pro. I named all mine by take and shot type. This also made it more efficient to edit.

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Another key lesson I learnt was how to time multi camera videos. On premier pro, there are 2 ways to sync videos. One is putting in a marker on the same point in every video. The second was is by using sound. It important to know both ways as sometimes you don’t record sound and do it externally. However, sometimes it’s hard to get the same point on all videos.


 

My Evaluation

A key lesson I have learnt in this process is the importance of camera positioning. Camera position is important as you need to get the best shot as you possibly can with the resources and scene you have. The camera positions were important in this project as we had to consider every band member and if the camera was static or not. I can use this in other projects by setting up cameras in different positions in a scene and working out where it’s best to put the camera. Another key lesson I learnt was being organized in fast, stressed situations. Being organized was really important in this project because we were filming in a really short time frame. I can use this in other projects by making sure I am organized and ready for any anticipated problems that I might encounter.

If I was going to set up another multi camera shoot, I would keep most of the factors the same as we did a really good job. However, I would change what lenses we used and tried them out before the real performance. This meant we could of made sure the lens we used was perfect for the shot. Another thing I would change was the lighting. I would make sure it was someone who was skilled at lighting doing it. This is because it would look more professional and in time. If we couldn’t get someone, I would make sure the person doing it had more time to practice.

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One Response to Multi Camera Evaluation

  1. kendalcollegefilm says:

    This is very, very good work, Izzy. Well done! Once again, you have significantly lifted the level of your work across the spectrum of analysis, research, planning, shooting and editing. I’m really pleased. You’ve connected your research to your working practice, modifying your plans as the experience evolved and developed. You’ve finished with a strong product that uses the styles and conventions of multi-camera filmmaking to deliver a live performance, and reviewed it all with excellent clarity of detail. Superb work.

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