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#1 Jason Duarte

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:09 AM

Hi everyone!

I'm going to be shooting a short documentary this week about an up and coming DJ. I will be doing an on camera interview with him as well as filming at one of his shows.

I'm looking for any interesting shot ideas you guys might have and/or any lighting advice.

Anything helps!

thanks!

(Shooting on Canon 60D)

Edited by Jason Duarte, 07 December 2010 - 02:11 AM.

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#2 David Carstens

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 03:08 AM

A variety of LED lights running off batteries will be quite handy, as the venue will likely be quite dark and traditional lights would be difficult to rig (often way too crowded) and kill the ambiance. Some Roscoe litepads would be ideal to tuck/velcro behind a speaker or even the DJ's laptop/turntable, at least giving you a constant rim or fill, which you'll likely need to check focus since I'd imagine you'll be shooting quite wide open on the 60D.
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#3 Stephen Floyd

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 01:37 AM

Whatever you do, get to his show early, so you can find any outlets you may need and make sure the owner will let you film on the premises. This will also give you a chance to find an angle you like and stake it out before the show starts.

Otherwise, I’d say stick to high angles for wide shots and get a lot of low angles for the up-close shots. Some wide pans of the crowd, too. Also, get some insert shots of the environment during the show, in case you need something generic to cut to during editing. That’s what I’d do for a documentary.
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