It all started in February this year. Well, as I remember, though most likely before then. If relative to next years live DVD filming, which pre production has just started on, then it most likely started in 2014. I distinctly remember a sleepless night in Sydney, Australia, when I planned the now finished Dear Diary series and plotted my camera positions for the Live DVD shoot coming up on the UK Tour at the O2 Arena London.
Today, the live DVD and the 'On Tour With The Vamps' DVD are both available to buy (and, should you wish to get them both, this is the best deal getvamps.com.) Going back to the beginning, I flit in and out of post production on DVD's for weeks on end due to my other obligations such as the bands YouTube/Vevo channels (of which we have averaged a video every 5 days for three years and amassed over 200 videos to date), photo shoots, press bundles and international videos for the bands record labels across the globe.
It means I have to keep organised, and to do that I am invested in the Apple iOS & OSX platforms heavily. From my iMac at home in my edit suite to my Apple Watch on my wrist each device is mainly geared towards the work side of my life. Some of my favourite and essential apps as a filmmaker / photographer are :
- 2Do - This is a GTD style app and it really does help me stick to schedules and get things done. I have quick look smart lists such as 'Outstanding edits' and 'To film' allowing me to quickly glance and see what I have left to complete. It also shows my calendar within the app to allow me to schedule my edits and filming days without leaving the app.
- Fantastical - My calendar app of choice, I prefer how it looks to the Mac Calendar as well as the ability to write things like 'Filming at Brads house next Wednesday at 2 pm for 2 hours' and the app pulls all the info out of the sentence and makes a new diary entry with the correct date, time and duration.
- Evernote - My digital brain. So much to remember all the time from so many different projects, it's great to have somewhere I can dump all my thoughts, notes, emails and more, tag them to a project name and then come back to them when I'm ready.
- Dropbox - This is where I store everything I need while i'm away on tour. Synced on my iMac, Macbook, iPad and iPhone so that whenever I, or anyone on the team, need a photo or video file I can just grab the link and send or download it.
I'll do a more detailed piece on apps soon, but those are my essentials that I open regularly everyday. Filming for the tour documentary started at rehearsals a few weeks before the first date of the tour in Glasgow. I needed to shoot enough footage to cover the Dear Diary daily videos and the documentary. I also knew that once the tour ended, even though I didnt need to have the DVDs ready till mid September, I needed to be organised ready for the edit as I wouldnt have time to start tillafter the US tour and that was 3 months after this tour finished. So I didnt have to go through all the footage again, when that time came, I made a strict plan to make sure all footage was named, keyworded and even in and out points selected on favourited clips in FCPX after every show day. That meant really late nights, sometimes beyond 4am, but I knew it was worth it, and when the time came to edit, I was really happy i'd put that time and effort in. It's something i've stuck to since, and will continue to do so until I have a better idea!
If you've managed to pick up the DVD's i'm really greatful, and so are the band! I hope you enjoy them both as much as I enjoyed making them!
On Tour With The Vamps & The Vamps Live At The O2 (Directed and Edited by Dean Sherwood) available at getvamps.com