Turnaround time: More than a day but less than a week
Description of story
This was a video to accompany a story on a community choir's founder, who will be performing his last Handel's "Messiah" after more than 30 years as the conductor and director. The paper wanted us to run the story before the actual performance -- to preview it -- so I interviewed him and shot their dress rehearsal.
I'd love any editing and camera work suggestions, and/or strategy. We shot one song, one take, with three cameras. So there was 5 mins of b-roll from 3 cameras to work with. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Gear used in production
5D Mark II
Zennheiser wireless lav mic
Final Cut Express
We needed to get a song in real-time, so I talked a co-worker into helping me. We had three cameras total. I set up a baseline wide shot from above on a tripod. She shot from below, mostly trained on the director, but also got some side shots of the choir and orchestra. I started from above to get some shots with a third camera (and so that I could hit record on the baseline camera) and then ran downstairs to float and get some different shots. Both of us kept the video running for the entire song so that in the end, all three could be synced. I did that in Final Cut just by matching sound.