A little more than a year ago I had the honor of recording the Arcata Inter-Faith Gospel Choir’s performance at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka, California. It was a spectacular show, replete with a live band, choreographed sequences, and the famous blues singer Earl Thomas opening with several songs. If you’re interested in purchasing the DVD then click here for more information http://www.arcatainterfaithgospelchoir.com/
Here’s a short song from the performance. It’s my favorite one from that evening.
I used five cameras on this show, three static and two moving, to capture the grandeur and energy of the performance. At the time it was the biggest and most complex live performance production that I’d ever managed. It was exciting. In the end I had hundreds of hours of footage to edit from all the cameras. Luckily for me there was no rush in post-production, so I was able to take my time and make sure that everything looked its best.
For me, there’s nothing like recording a live performance: the methodical preparation beforehand, the anticipation of the event day, the intensity of the moment once it’s begun, the unexpected developments, the fast & firm choices necessary to keep the production on track, and the release when it’s all over. It feels a little like shooting a wedding, which is perhaps why I love both of those types of gigs. Every production is different and new in some way. And it’s such a joy to be able to convey the energy and experience of the performance to the viewer who couldn’t attend the live performance.
Tip: When shooting a multi-camera event it’s helpful to employ cameras of the same make & model. Different makes & models of camera produce different “looks” to their image. By using identical cameras for all the angles it ensures precise color rendition in the final cut without excessive color correction in post.