Behind the Scenes: Music Video "Deep Dark Secrets" by Hollywood Anderson
Welcome to the first (real) Blog Post on my website! I'm going to try to keep these pretty relaxed, and interesting!
This was a really awesome shoot for me because of some of the very cool equipment that I got the chance to use, as well as getting to use the YouTube Space in NY...which was awesome!
Going into this video we knew we had the hard task of not only shooting under a script time schedule, but also shooting in a Studio.
Studio's can be literally the best thing ever, but can also be difficult to shoot in, just based on limited space and ability to be creative. So after going back and forth we decided to go with a very classic "Black Box" Look and feel to it.
The song has a very interesting vibe to it! A combination of the electric guitars and drums, with the soulful singing gave me the idea to use dancers, to bring the clean cut visuals of the studio and style, to a more organic feeling "expression" That sounds odd, but seems to be the best way I can describe it!
I'm going to take this moment and drool over some gear, so if your not a gear head...well hopefully you'll still find it interesting!
So basically we sot the entire Music Video on 2 (yes 2) RED Dragons, which are an absolute dream to work on. If your a fellow filmmaker or someone who knows about cameras, you know how nice the RED ecosystem is, and how beautiful the image quality is, but if your someone who is checking this blog out and not sure what equipment is right for YOUR project...you usually can't go wrong with the RED. It allows for so much flexibility later in Post-Production and just an incredible image quality.
Again for any geeks like myself we shot 5k 2.4:1 at 24fps (1/240th Shutter) and at 60fps for the Model's work, and 120fps for the Dancers work (all at 1/240th)
Of course no camera is anything without good lenses, and we were shooting on the Canon Cinema Prime Lenses supplied by the YouTube Space in NY (so was everything) For most of the time we were running handheld with the camera and lenses, and a very basic cage. Pulling focus was incredibly tough on these lenses, especially during dancing, but luckily with such a high frame rate, 1 second of in focus became about 5 seconds...so worked out!
We also used 10 Foot Rails with a slider (I'm not sure of the slider's name, but very much like a Shuttle Dolly from Kessler) This was great in giving some more smooth and dynamic shots that we wanted, especially in the wider shots!
Lastly we did also use a Canon 8mm Fish eye lens for some of the performance shots, which was a ton of fun, but was a little tricky considering how close we had lights!
Lights? Yes, we did use lights (massive sarcasm)
Ironically enough most of this was shot with the most basic lights you could find at the YouTube Space! Sometimes ease of use and basic equipment is just easier and better! We lit the entire Music Video with 2x 300-watt Arri Tungsten lights!
If I could go back again and do it, I would have shot with the 650-watt lights to help keep the ISO a bit lower (most was shot at 800) but considering a 5k image downscaled to a 2k output for YouTube will be fine!
We did use some TEAL and RED gels for most of the shooting, which gave us that very cool nightclub feel!
Most of the Dancing (by are awesome dancers Hope Ludwig and Emily Marks) was just lit with one Light up high, which gave some awesome lighting as well as cool lens flares when I wanted them.
Most of the Modeling type shots were done with "Classic" beauty lighting. We had a diffused 300-Watt Arri directly above the Camera with a teal gel, and one rimming her with a red gel.
I had an awesome time shooting this video, and I hope to work on a lot more in the future! Be sure to Follow Hollywood Anderson on Social Media, and be looking for this Video!
Also, if you are an artist/band and are looking to have a music video made, be sure to visit my Contact page and reach out to me!
Thank you guys for reading along, and I hope you follow more awesome Blog Posts to come!