At one point on the shoot we had to reroute straight into an Indian restaurant as we were about to get mugged by a low life walking the streets who took a liking to my camera!Read More
I've just arrived in Lima, Peru for the start of The Vamps World Tour, South America leg. Was a long old day travelling with two flights and an airport stay of about 3 hours in Miami, pretty much didn't sleep for 24 hours. Did sleep when I got to the hotel though! First morning/afternoon here me and James decided to go for a trek just outside the city.
It was an eventful journey which I filmed for the start of the first episode from down here, so won't say too much, but it's safe to say our driver had no idea where he was going. I filmed on my Sony A7RII with the Sony 16-35mm F4 lens and the XLR-KM2 recording audio. I almost didn't have this mic for use here as when I opened up my camera bag after transit it had snapped clean off at the mic holder. Luckily I had some Gorilla Gel Glue with me, and combined with a bongo tie it was fixed within a few minutes.
The show was great. Atmosphere wise one of the best i've ever been to. Unfortunately due to how small the stage was I struggled to film with the Movi in the fashion i have been, but managed to get a song, there just wasn't room on that stage. My glue came to the rescue again, fixing Connors sunglasses! I ventured out with Glyn, security, to get some vibe shots of the city for my edit. Keeping it 'touristy' with my RX100 IV camera so I fit in and don't draw too much attention.
The next day we arrived in Chile. The flight was pretty great, LAN airways have a really nice fleet of new planes, I've never had so much space. I slept the whole way, feeling the effects of my cold kicking in and when we arrived at the hotel I went straight to bed for an hour to relax some more. It wasn't until a few hours later I realised how beautiful the view was from my room, so i setup my tripod/camera and Lens shade and took some photos and a timelapse before bed.
Show day in Santiago, Chile and the cold is at full power right now. It hurts moving my eyes, not just my limbs! James and Joe are going on a walk around the Andes and I'd love to go but need to get better. I think at present i'd make about 10 steps before becoming a wheezing mess!
The show in Chile is great, apart from a brief pause when power to the desks goes, it also features, for the first time i've ever seen a kind of sitting room area on the side of the stage. We make the most of it, and when I say we, I mean the tight seven. Myself, Fin, Joe and the band all eat a KFC order which is delivered to the 'live lounge'. In between songs the band come over and sit down when they can and eat (well, apart from James of course, who tucks into bottles of water instead of chicken drumsticks).
The tour ends after trips to Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. By the time we are ready to head home i've finally shaken off the cold. Here's a few more photo's from the tour and the episodes from South America. Apart from mine and James' trip out in Peru I think one of my favourite parts of the videos is the 9 minute opening to the Brazil video. That's one long take on the Movi and about as close as I can get to the band for that long, you can see it in the video below.
Over the course of the tour I have put together just over an hour's total footage nearing half a million views on the bands YouTube channel & here's each episode from the series.Read More
I am now three episodes into what looks like around an 8 Episode YouTube Documentary for this years tour. It would have been nice to have started this in Australia / Asia back in Jan/Feb but because the band needed a DVD for the I Found A Girl single release that couldn't happen. The plan with it is to make the 8 episodes (I say 8 it could end up being anything from 8 - 12) and then release a longer version with a bunch of unseen stuff around Christmas, i'm guessing that would be a DVD though i'm pushing for a digital version of it most likely on iTunes. As for what was filmed backstage in London, that'll be a little extra on the Live DVD I just Directed at The O2 Arena for the band. Anyway, onto the episodes :
The third episode was entirely shot on the new Sony A6300 and my Freefly Movi M5. It has the worlds fastest Autofocus tracking system in video mode and though it misses a few times (which if you watch very very closely you can see, it is in the whole 'mind bogglingly' good! The only problem I need to solve is if I have the 10-18 f/4 Sony lens on the camera the lens protrudes top and bottom and i'd end up damaging the lens if I mounted it on Movi. So at the minute I have the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 on at all times but thats a great lens anyhow, so not too worried. Have had some great feedback on social media on the series so far so thanks to anyone who's taking the time for that!
Sing it Belfast. You were LOUD tonight. This is awesome, and I know how much it means to the boys when they hear you sing with them, one big party. Tech info for those that care : shot on the @freeflysystems #Movi M5 with the @sonyalpha A7SII and 16-35mm F/4 Sony lens. Framed through an @smallhd 502 monitor with amazing immersive sound coming from the awesome @rodemic #SVMX microphone, which I love on this setup. Longer version will be in the second episode of the tour series, check out the first one on the bands YouTube channel that went live today. Not sure when the second episode will go live maybe at the weekend 👍🏼
I'll be updating my Flickr with a few photos at the end of the tour. All taken on the Sony A7RII. Here are a few for now and there are more on my Instagram too.
Up and straight to the laundrette to leave them to deal with my washing from the recent trip to America. Back at the office I delve into my day's to-do list and start by sorting and sending a bunch of photos across to the merch team. Included are some recent ones (outtake above) and some 'pre-signed' Vamps photo's as well (out takes below) and even some Instax scans
I grab a coffee and think back to how much I enjoyed my coffee this day. Within 10 minutes I have made a Dunkin Donuts ground coffee order, amazed and excited by the fact it is available in the UK. My next job requires I go back into the Live At The O2 DVD project. It's not on my main edit drive anymore so I fire up Disk Tracker and within seconds I am told it'll be on Drive 10 in my archive.
Archive drive 10 loaded up for one of today's tasks
I store the footage on naked 4TB hard drives that slot into a USB 3 drive bay. Once the project opens up I go about pulling out three songs from the master edit file that are being uploaded today to the bands YouTube channel. I chop them up, compress and upload. I flick back through them to check they are ok. This is a DVD that, maybe by luck, had zero change requests from anyone. My first pass/first cut was also my final cut. I wish that happened for every project! I am very happy with the DVD and messages like this one below further enhance my happiness about it.
Incidentally, here are the three tracks from the live DVD should you wish to watch...
That done I head to see some family and enjoy catching up briefly over a cup of tea before heading back to carry on the days work. Before getting home I stop off to pick up the Laundry, and get some fairy liquid, only...I forget that's what I'm there for, and end up buying some waffles and ice cream which I'm both happy and annoyed about when I remember back home. I jump into the Poughkeepsie and Albany edit from this day and have a clean 4 hour run in which I finish including grade (it's uploading to YouTube while I type this), here's a few screenshots from the video.
The band also posted this photo on their Instagram that I took a few months ago, today.
Sydney video is finished and a link to sent to management and label people to view and advise if its good to go live or needs changes around 7am. Then I sort some footage out for Coca Cola I shot at the show backstage and put that on a memory card for them to collect. I pack ready for the airport and then get the OK on the video, so I put that live (see below). We get fast tracked at the airport, going in the back door and coming out into the lounge which is awesome as I hate security/check in.
Flight to Melbourne is good, we head straight to the venue, I film and take some photo's only stopping for food around 5pm.
Back at the hotel, Brad rings me asking if I've brought my nail clippers.
Wake up about 8 AM feeling rubbish but happy that I had a good sleep. Feeling drowsy I check my emails, and then fall back to sleep, waking up again around 10:30 AM. Get a shower, put the kettle on and some toast. Then I prepare my desk and apply screen protectors to my iPhone and iPad, which for the first time ever, happens with no bubbles.
Around 4 PM I set this video live on the band YouTube...
In the evening we head to the Nascot Arms Thai Restaurant, which as always is awesome.
Merry Christmas, share the love x
Since I woke this morning I have done nothing but edited, stopping occasionally for a drink or to play with our cat Imogen for a few minutes. Been a really productive day though. Two videos edited and a bunch of stuff sorted for the next week. I'm a day late on linking to this new video I shot and edited in New York City recently. I shot the 'B Roll' purely incase I needed it on my 'time off' whilst on our recent trip out there. After I completed the first edit of the video, which was all performance, I was asked if I had any 'old shots of New York I could use' to make it feel a bit 'different'. One thing i've always believed in is to get more coverage than you need. That's why when the guys ask if i'm going out for dinner, or if I want to go see a film or maybe just go play volleyball or something, I 90% of the time can't, I want to, but I need to be filming, I need to be getting footage, I need the coverage. Anyway, i hope you enjoy the video...
Haven't written here for a while, that's a mix of being busy and planning on being busier. The next two weeks are pretty hectic and it's unlikely I'll get many chances to write so in between two edits I thought i'd write a little about the past week...
First off, we flew from Madrid to LA via London. It started great. On Delta's Inaugural flight from London to LA the Captain came and moved me (being the only member of the party in economy) into First Class. Awesome. For the 12 hour flight I now had a chair that would massage me and turn into a flat bed. This meant I slept for 7 hours of the flight, and for the other 5 watched a film (Let's Be Cops : Brilliant) and enjoyed the service upgrade. Then, straight back to earth, literally, in two ways, my luggage was, for the third time this year, lost. Four days later, and after i'd been told they were in LA but lost inside the airport somewhere??!! They arrived at the hotel... Rather than rabbit on, here's a few photo's from the trip so far...
Here's three videos from the trip as well, the boys cover with girl band Cimorelli and two signing videos for the launch of 'Meet The Vamps' in the US.