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#1 Bill Totolo

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 11:12 PM

The band rented a rehearsal studio for three hours and so I shot a music video for them in two hours and fifty nine minutes.

The challenge was to create some mood and texture without cringing over every stray light. It was a challenge.

I was the DP, Dir, Editor, etc, etc...

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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 11:34 PM

Cool! Did you keep that "graphic design" approach to the edit throughout?
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#3 Bill Totolo

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:01 AM

Thanks I needed that, Michael. I'm so foggy I've lost all perspective.

We wrapped at 1am, fell asleep around 2:30, back up 2 hours later for you-know-who, and back to the grind. Everything pretty much hurt for 24 hours. (Remember how you felt in NY after getting off the plane and working for 2 days straight in 2006?)

I'm only 1/4 the way into it. I think I'm going to get a little more traditional for the midsection and re-introduce the multi-panel thing toward the end... I think.

All those video streams are taking their toll on my poor old laptop. Might be time for an upgrade.

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#4 Bill Totolo

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 04:11 AM

Just a couple more screen grabs from the 3 hour music video:

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#5 David Auner aac

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 07:50 AM

Hi Bill,

I really like the look of this video. Will you share a clip when done?

Cheers, Dave
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#6 Bill Totolo

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 10:19 AM

Hi Bill,

I really like the look of this video. Will you share a clip when done?

Cheers, Dave



If it doesn't kill me (sorry, edited all night and up 2 hours later for my day gig).
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#7 David Auner aac

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:54 PM

Great! I know the feeling. Keep going, it's all gonna go away you know. :D And be confident to know that the result was worth it, from what we've seen so far!

Cheers, Dave
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#8 Bill Totolo

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 05:43 AM

$0.00 budget; 3 hours shooting; 6 day turnaround.

Not ideal conditions but I tried to use the limitations to my advantage as best I could.

Redlight Drive

Thanks for looking,
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#9 David Regan

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 01:34 AM

I liked a lot of the video, the 'graphic-design' look was nice. Whenever I see video's like this, with alot of post production stuff, especially with regards to reframing/cropping, I always wonder what the approach is in pre-production. Did you first come up with alot of your shots, so when you framed certain shots, you knew, 'ok this will be going into a small square portion of frame,' vs. 'this will be in a wider spaced frame' etc...? Or was it just finding it in editing? I've done a couple music videos and always feel that more pre-production would have been helpful, so I was curious as to how you went about this.

Nice Work.
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#10 Bill Totolo

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 01:02 AM

I liked a lot of the video, the 'graphic-design' look was nice. Whenever I see video's like this, with alot of post production stuff, especially with regards to reframing/cropping, I always wonder what the approach is in pre-production. Did you first come up with alot of your shots, so when you framed certain shots, you knew, 'ok this will be going into a small square portion of frame,' vs. 'this will be in a wider spaced frame' etc...? Or was it just finding it in editing? I've done a couple music videos and always feel that more pre-production would have been helpful, so I was curious as to how you went about this.

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Thanks for the comment, David.

I suppose a lot was created in post but it was very helpful to photograph the band in rehearsal a week before the shoot. This gave me time to go over my shot-list (so to speak), sketch a couple key images I wanted to grab, and think about the shape of the mattes that might work.

Of course everything sort of morphed as I went along to accomodate the actual material that I had after the shoot.
And I shot everything 4:3 to give me the most material to crop and resize during the edit.

I just got back in town and tweaked the frames and made everything a little more uniform:

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