Music Video Roundup

It’s been 8 Months since the last posting. Goes to show we’re really working doesn’t it? We admit, it’s been busy — full time on Tomorrowland since the summer — but we did do some CMT music videos on the weekends. Who needs weekends anyway? The above pyrotechnics were done by BrantFX on Wes Mack’s video for One More Girl – “Love Like Mine” featuring up and coming: Carly McKillip and Britt McKillip — who have been turning eyes across Canada as a young sister duet. The other two video are for Wes Mack — “Our Soundtrack” & “Duet”. The second one is a collaboration with Carly McKillip. We enjoyed working with DOP Jan Klompje on all of theses videos and look forward to working with him again soon.  

Gord Bamford, “Put Some Alcohol on It”

[media id=45 width=600 height=370] This music video for Arkadia Picture was shot on 35mm Film on a houseboat in beautiful Sycamouse, BC. Produced by Alex Galanis and Directed by award winning Stephano Barberis with cinematographer Ron Williams C.S.C. The video echos the sentiment, “When life is rough go sit on the lake and put some alcohol on it”.  You heard it from Gord Bamford and his band. Happy summer.

The Higgins, “Free Like Love”

Factoring in 41 years of inflation since Woodstock ’69 LOVE has somehow managed to stay free in Canada suggests, The Higgins, in their first single from their second album, Dreamers Like us, which is scheduled for release in Spring 2010. [media id=33 width=600 height=330] Official music video for “Free Like Love” by The Higgin. Directed by multiple award-winner Stephano Barberis and produced by Arkadia Pictures Inc. Scroll down for a technical lighting summary of the setup. Lighting Summary: We rigged the stage for cinematographer Ron Williams C.S.C with a 4×8′ softbox above the band. The rig consisted of 3 blondes and a frame of 216 diffusion. It was built with pipe and burtons from a goalpost allowing it to “pendulum” down so the angle of light would be less overhead and more in the eyes of our talent. Due to the weight of the rig our goalpost consisted of three 20′ schedule 40 pipes (1 1/2″ Aluminum) joined together into a triangle formation using Modern Studio Equipment mini-truss brackets. We cranked the rig up in super-crank roller stands (12.6′ max height). The wheels on the stand allowed us to roll the entire rig closer to the camera to make the lighting more frontal for the closeups. Of primary concern to Ron was beauty lighting for the band’s two female musicians. In addition tot he softbox over the stage we filled from over the heads of the crowd using a 10k fresnel through a 6×6 frame of half grid cloth. We used solid blades and flops to cut most of the spill off the crowd so it would project over their heads into the eyes of our band. There was also two tungsten units on the ground through diffusion frames to fill from below the stage in front of the band because that was the direction they would look down at the crowd. These units were hidden from camera between the crowd and the stage on the ground. Technical Notes: If doing a similar rig consider using a specialized truss lifting support from the theatre/live event industry in place of super-crank stands. They are usually load rated much higher then super-cranks and some of them can go upwards of 20′ in height which would be a huge asset if the stage was any higher (compared to 12.6′ for a super-crank stand). Also consider using real truss for less sag across the span. We used ropes and pulleys from the truss of the studio to safety our rig but if you didn’t have access to a lift to get up there you’d certainly want to make your truss more rigid.

Nobody Says No to Jessie Farrell

Official music video for “Nobody Says No” by Jessie Farrell. This is the second single and video off Jessie’s new album Good, Bad & Pretty Things (604/Universal). Directed by multiple award-winner Stephano Barberis and produced by Arkadia Pictures Inc. Cinematography by Ron Williams C.S.C. [media id=29 width=550 height=410]

Arkadia Pictures: Doc Walker/Greg Hanna 35mm

We have discovered two more videos by premiere 35mm country music video production company — yes this is probably our 15th one with them — Arkadia Pictures the collaborative duo, director Stephano Barberis / producer Alex Galanis. As with all of Arkadia Picture’s beautiful country videos, much of the magic in the cinema is brought out by senior Technicolor Creative Services colorist Gary Shaw in a 2K film to digital transfer session. The details are extracted from the 35mm work print. The end result is delivered digitally to the TV networks. The film latitude and the extensive digital timing allows us to get by during the shoot with more available light and less time consuming setups then typically on a feature film shoot. This helps offset the huge time constraints of trying to cram an entire narrative story and live performances into a single days shoot. [media id=24 width=425 height=245] Above: The charming (dare I say sweet) “If I Fall” by Doc Walker — cinematographer Ron “Rocket” Williams presiding. Below: Another timeless combination…girl’s and power tools!  Greg Hanna – “It’s a Man’s Job”: [media id=23 width=425 height=245] The first was filmed with an Arri 435 by Rocket and lit with a 6k HMI Par and some custom string lights. The background was a 20×20 painted backdrop suspended on location in a barn. The second video was filmed by producer Alex Galanis himself using an antique Arriflex 35 film camera with a rotating turret of prime lenses. We shaped available light with grip gear and did not require a movie generator or HMI for our interiors to produce a quality video on a tight budget