Well, normally one wouldn’t promote this sort of thing. After all, it takes quite some time and planning to do a music video…
But, as Abi Moore remarked, ‘if you want something done fast, ask a busy person”.
I’m not always this busy, but in the week before a trip planned to the US, I found myself with 3 scheduled shoots and one edit that absolutely had to be done before I left.
Then Abi messaged me urgently.
She needed a music video by the end of the month (when I would be gone).
She had sent me the song. A very nice song, though a sad Christmas song as it were.
I asked for the lyrics, got them, glanced it over and said, ” Come on over tomorrow. We’ll shoot you singing the whole song whilst driving a few times and then some more at our neighbor’s Steinway piano, a few additional shots in town, throw something together and see if we need anything else to polish it off.
So we did just that one evening.
For the night scenes I used the Sony HXR NX30. All hand-held, of course, though I utilised a bean bag on the car’s dash for most of the car shots.
For the piano scenes I used the NX30 and the X70; X70 on a tripod and the NX30 handheld.
And, for the first time ever, I found it necessary to add stars to a shot using an FCPX generator and FCPX color controls and shape masks to take down the white sky to a darker gray.
Also, for the first time ever, I added snow to a shot, using the Pixelfilmstudios plug-in. Two layers of snow–the foreground layer to which I added yellow as if lit by the foreground yellow light from the doorway. That was surprisingly easy.
Who says you can’t produce a music video in a couple of days cheap as chips?
You’ll be the first to see it as I’m only publishing it here.
(Best to watch in full HD, as it’s a rather sad–and therefore somewhat dark Christmas story.)