Got a cool gig shooting concert footage?Awesome! Now, if it’s your first time, it can be intimidating to shoot such a scene. It’s easy to get overwhelmed because you have to take a lot of things into consideration – is it a big concert venue or is it going to be an intimate one? How much does it pay? What are your clients expecting? Are your friends or family members performing?
To give you an idea, you can choose how to shoot the footage depending on what you have. Here are five really cool options to consider when video producing concert footage.
1. Make Use of a Tripod
Although considered the easiest or the “laziest” way to shoot concert footage, there’s no denying that using a tripod makes everything convenient. A tripod shot is great for long stretches of musical performance – think high school talent shows or acoustic musical performances.
While it may not make for the most creative or even stylish way of shooting, it can work if you want to document the show for review purposes or anything like that. If you want to present the video later on, you might want to do something a little more pleasing, in terms of style.
2. Go Single Take
The great thing with the single-take shooting style is that even if this is so simple, it looks fun, spontaneous and creative. The idea of a single take video is to take one camera and shoot the footage in one go. You start shooting from the start and then move your camera around the band or musicians, highlighting the performers while focusing in or out.
Another approach is what they call a “La Blogostheque” style wherein you use a handheld camera and you show yourself arriving at the concert or entering the venue leading up to the performance then recording it. It’s a beautiful way of capturing a fun gig.
3. Shooting Work On Stage
With beautiful compact action cameras available today, you can now shoot concert footage while on stage. If you’re one of the musicians or know someone personally from the band, adding small cameras for POV shots would look amazing. Shooting footage this way looks professional and gives you plenty of options when it comes to editing.
If you have an option to use multiple cameras, give each band member a camera. Attach it to their guitars or their body so it can be static. Again, this gives you plenty of great options in cinematography, while letting you use various camera tricks, reveals and rack focuses.
4. Point of View Band Member Footage
As mentioned earlier, POV shots are perfect for an active musical performance.Action cameras may not have super high quality but they make for great shots and are practical for filming. Rock bands today love using sports kits or head mounts as they play on stage, giving their fans a unique experience during a gig or performance.
5. Get Creative with Social Media
If you attend concerts, chances are, you’ll see more cellphones in the air than people enjoying the concert directly. Love it or hate it, it’s how people consume things nowadays.
As a filmmaker or video creator, you can use this to your advantage. What you can do is track down smartphone recordings of the same show or concert and incorporate it into your editing. It can work as a stylistic break for your video. You can also have someone you know record the concert or parts of it using their smartphone and use that. Another option is to edit your footage to make it seem as if you took the footage from your phone. There are also stock footage performances you can use to liven up your editing.
Video producing or shooting a concert or performance can be exciting. It’s a great way to showcase your skill in capturing movement and sound in your videos. Test out which type of shots work best for you as well as your client, and always make sure that the end result is something you and your client are happy with.