A year ago we were asked to shoot a multicam, high-energy rock concert for the band Separate Ways. Working within a no-budget scenario, I used what was available to me which was a Canon XA10, 2x Canon 5D MkIIs, Canon 60D and a GoPro. We also had my Kessler Pocket Jib and a DIY dolly. As I plotted out the shoot, I realized to get a the fast pacing that they wanted, we’d need more footage than we would get just from 4 or 5 cameras. This caused me to suggest recording the rehearsal. By doing this, we were able to go onstage and get closeup shots we wouldn’t have been able to get do during the live concert.
See our entire process in the video below along with the diagrams and final promo.
The Separate Ways Experience from Creative Edge Productions on Vimeo.
On the post production side I’m curious how you handled synching the rehearsal and the live performance given the timing differences. Did you slice and dice the rehearsal cameras so you were only synching small bits? Otherwise any continues running cameras might drift out given the variance in timing between the two performances.
Hi cseeman. I did the post work on this promo. The way I approached the editing was to sync all 4 live cams and then do a multi-cam edit as my “base”. I then used the rehearsal footage in the spots I feel where they have the most impact. So yes, the rehearsal cams were usually used in smaller bits. Although the band is pretty tight with their craft so drifting is fairly minimum and I didn’t have too much trouble with most shots. There are even some spots where I’m using a clip from a completely different part of the song, or even a clip from a different song. What was more of an issue than the sound sync was the lighting sync. Unfortunately the lighting guy didn’t use the same programing for the rehearsal and the live performance, but Tony was able to make it all flow well with some creative color correction. Since the lighting was so colorful, you could change a green or blue shot to purple to match the previous shot and no one is the wiser because it looks like it naturally fits the environment of the concert.