Music Documentary: Animal Portraits!

It's been a few busy weeks getting ready for Cannes after what happened at Filmapalooza but I somehow managed to find time to turn what started out as a camera test into a mini documentary. When I first upgraded to the Sony F3 as my main camera for video work I joined the band Animal Portraits while they recorded some singles. At the time I was just shooting some B roll footage for them while testing out the limitations of the F3. With this footage laying around I thought why not make something out of it?

So we gathered up all at a warehouse, decorated the set with some wood pallets, and started setting up gear. I Brought along the new Sony A6300 as the second camera to test out as well. Since we also were shooting some portraits the light I decided to use was an Alien Bee B800 Strobe. Now for the video we used the 100 watt modeling lamp and had the strobe in a medium softbox with a grid. That may not seem like a lot of light but the low light sensitivity of these cameras is impressive requiring little to no noise removal, even though both cameras were shooting at ISO 3200. 

Lighting setup for our interviews, using a single Alien Bee B800 in a softbox with a grid and a bounce card.

Lighting setup for our interviews, using a single Alien Bee B800 in a softbox with a grid and a bounce card.

So we shot for a bit asking the band members questions and took it to the edit bay. At this point is where the story is really crafted as footage was cut down to the final piece. Both cameras were shooting in Slog (Slog 3 on the A6300 and Slog 1 on the F3) and with a little tweaking to the A6300 and it comes close to really matching the beautiful skin tones the F3 produces. And here is the final piece: