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Old Sep 17, 2012, 10:23 AM
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The One Man Blues Trio - Memphis Stomp

Hi all,

I wanted to share my first serious project, which I worked on with my director-friend Andreas from Immediate Art Ltd. It's a music video featuring our friend Johan playing his version of Memphis Stomp, a jazzy composition by Dave Grusin.

I was the DP and the colourist on this project, while Andreas was directing and editing. I'll outline our workflow below, for those interested:
  • Shot on my Canon KissX5 (600D/T3i), using the EF 50mm f/1.4 UMS and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lenses with Magic Lantern, Technicolor CineStyle picture profile and a battery grip
  • Takes were supported by a Velbon VideoMate II tripod and a DIY table-top PVC dolly, inspired by the Frugal Filmmaker
  • Edited on a Mac in FCPX and exported to an Uncompressed 422 10-bit file (~37GB)
  • Imported to Premiere CS6 on Win7 and CineStyle LUT applied using RedGiant's free plugin LUT Buddy
  • Color correction and grading applied using RedGiant Magic Bullet Looks II
  • Exported to uncompressed AVI (~55GB) - not sure why FCPX uncompressed was smaller there!
  • Imported back to FCPX for final titles and media export (FCPX only offers 16mbit h264 1080p, but that is more than enough for YouTube)

Things we learnt:
  • MacDrive is extremely useful when working in cross-platform workflow (allows read/write to OSX formatted HDDs)
  • FCPX on its own is not good enough to release beyond YouTube: no control over bitrate without external application called Compressor and no ability to import uncompressed AVI easily (MPEG StreamClip software to the rescue!)
  • take, re-take - rinse repeat - until you have much more footage than you think you need
  • shot-list planned to the second is a blessing (thanks Andreas)

Enjoy the video and please do offer any feedback that comes to mind - we would appreciate it greatly!


Watch here:
The One Man Blues Trio - Memphis Stomp (cover) (3 min 52 sec)
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 01:40 PM
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I enjoyed watching and listening it.

When you call it "The One Man Blues Trio", I kept wishing you'd made it visually more obvious that One Man did all the playing.
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Old Sep 18, 2012, 08:16 AM
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I enjoyed watching and listening it.

When you call it "The One Man Blues Trio", I kept wishing you'd made it visually more obvious that One Man did all the playing.
The director chose to portray it this way exactly for the opposite effect - that you can't tell until the very end, where you can see multiple Johans playing together.

Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment
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