Filming and editing a highlights video from a music festival
Recently, I was commissioned as a cameraman editor to produce a highlights video by Shodement, a Marketing Agency and Artist Management company, for the 2017 Global 12 Music Festival taking place at Cargo in London.
Cameraman editor brief
My brief was to produce, film and edit a series of artists’ interviews and performances. As a cameraman, I was to film a varied range of shots from the live stage performances and general view’s (GV’s) of people enjoying the festival from around the venue throughout the day. As an editor, I was then to edit together the footage into a 3-minute highlights film for uploading to the Global 12 Music Festival YouTube channel.
Filming musician interviews Frequency 21 magazine
On the day of the event, I was teamed up with Leo Baldi who was going to be interviewing all the artists on behalf of the Frequency 21 music magazine. After arriving early at the location, we started filming the interviews around noon, spending around 10 to 20 minutes with each artist. To help record good quality sound, I gave Leo a Sennheiser stick microphone with a transmitter-receiver linked to my Tascam DR60 audio recorder. I also used a Sennheiser directional microphone on a tripod as a backup source for the audio. In between interviews, I also filmed a range of general views of the venue and everyone enjoying the day.
Filming on the Cargo live stage
Inside the venue, each of the artists had a booked slot on the Cargo live stage. As I was to deliver an edited highlights film, I was free to move around the stage filming a range of different shots that best suited each performance. For some of the performers, I was able to get up onto the stage to film the best angles. For other performers with more musicians, I had to be content with filming at the front of the crowd and sides of the stage.
Event streaming by Encode Live
The day’s musical performances were being lit and their sound mix produced by Cargo’s technical team. The event was also being streamed live on YouTube by Vincent Lane from Encode Live. After speaking with Vince, he was happy to give me a copy of the stream video files so I knew I would have a good copy of all the sound and a great wide angle shot from all the performances to supplement my footage in the edit.
Starting the post-production process
After returning to my Central London edit suite after the event, I copied the media off the camera cards onto my Promise RAID 5 hard drives and backed everything up onto a separate RAID 5. Once all the media was saved, I created a new UHD 25P Avid project and AMA linked all the day’s media files into that project. I then edited the media together into a sequence in filmed order so that I could then transcode that sequence into Avid friendly DNxHR media for editing. At this point, I could see that, over the course of the day I had filmed 4 hours of interviews, GV’s and live performances. I left the transcode running overnight so that it would be ready to edit the next day.
Syncing up the audio to vision
To start the edit, I first synced up the Tascam audio recordings to the camera recorded media using PluralEyes v.3.5. I then went through each interview editing all the best comments together. I had been supplied with an additional audio track to edit which included some parts without vocals so I started to edit the best artist sync lines into those non-vocal sections of the music track. Once I was happy with the audio edit, I then painted in the best of the other shots that best portrayed the music festival and artists’ performances. A few days after the event, I met up with Vincent who was able to transfer the stream files onto a hard drive for me. Then, once back at my editing base, I was able to transcode those so that I could also use them in the edit.
Delivering the final edited promotional video
After a few days of further editing, I sent a version to my client Shodement who wrote back to say they loved the edit. A few detailed changes were required along with some logo additions. The final edit of the highlights film was then quickly signed off and uploaded to YouTube.
It was a happy and friendly crowd at the Global 12 Music Festival with a great vibe. I really enjoyed the creative freedom that I had been given on the filming day and had a lot of fun exploring different angles and shots from inside the venue. I loved editing together all the best shots that I had filmed, as well as some of the stream shots that Vince had given me, into something cool and funky. I love working with music so for me working as a cameraman editor this was a great gig for me.