Project Call

Consider this my version of the LazyWeb

I have an idea for a video, but I’m lacking the equipment and a band to appear in it (Alan?). It’s a very simple idea. First film the band with a static video camera doing a live performance, no-one between them and the lens. Then they perform the track again, only this time there are half a dozen or so people with phonecams, digicams, whatever, taking shots of the band members and equipment from various angles. This would probably need to be done twice to get a good crop of images. Finally, get all the photographers to take shots, again from various angles, of the band posing. These shots could be collaged together, David Hockney style.

In post production the still images could be laid over the video in an ever changing collage that never fully obscures the video. For example, a close up of the singer could be pasted on top of them, stay there for a few seconds and then disappear. Meanwhile, an image of the drummer striking the high hat or whatever is pasted over them for a few frames every time they do just that. And so on.

This is a smaller scale version of my plan for a film (it’s on the list), which would be to have a small number of tracking shots (one long take if possible) with reverse angles being captured by handycams and appearing in boxes around the screen.

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  • alan

    Have band…so that’s one part of it sorted out.

    Bear in mind that often bands record the video to a recording of them playing (so in fact they’re miming). That way, everything’s in time with what people expect to see and hear. Am prepared to try for a live recording as well though, but be prepared for the song to change speed.

    Anybody got the right equipment for it. I can get hold of a Hi8 video recorder or two. But would be better if it were all digital.

  • Ian

    Miming’s cool. What I really meant by the ‘live’ performance was one without the photographers hovering around, taking shots and getting in view.

    I’m going to see if I can find any free/ open source video editing and effects software, though I doubt there’ll be any. If all else fails I could use a video to bitmap converter, work on each frame in Photoshop and then recomposite later. Which would take forever, of course.