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Fireworks: The Process of Making a Music Video... Part 10

Day 5:

41 Rolls shot today.

On our last day we ventured out to The Lighthouse. The walk was great. The location was amazing. It was a great way to end the shoot.

The sky was bright blue and nearly cloudless. The remaining rolls of Portra 400 would more than likely have been overwhelmed with a 3-stop overexposure if not for the Polarizer filter that I taped on the front of the LomoKino. 1 2/3 stop worth of light that I didn’t have to worry about.

I grabbed a couple of wide shots while Kyle and Lesley-Anne got ready. The barnacle covered volcanic rock is going to look amazing on film. The small patches of grass and little purple flowers that carved out an existence in the little hollows of the rock added some unexpected color to the scene.

The Sun gave us a nearly perfect side light. Kyle sat on a set of concrete steps in front of the lighthouse. The names of several kids who’d made the journey before us littered the wall behind him. Brilliant.

We opted for a nonlinear shot sequence instead of the ordered moves that we had done previously. Starting on a medium wide, moving to a medium close, back to a medium wide, to a close up, then a close up of the guitar, and so on.

The vocal sequence went very well. The sun remained, but the temperature dropped dramatically and a bracing wind came in from nowhere. All of us were chilled to the bone. We finished the vocal sequence and Kyle quickly changed into warmer clothes.

We grabbed a couple shots of the patches of flowers before we began the walk back.

For our last bits of B-Roll, we opted for some pieces of rocky shoreline and close-ups of the bits of the costume. We laid the main neckpiece of the costume along the edge of a bit of exposed rock and shot the length of it. It fluttered in the breeze and will look great. This was a great project that I'm happy to say was shot on film.

The film will be shipped to LomoLab in London for procession and scanning. we'll get it back in about 6 weeks. Then the mind-bending edit will begin...


That’s a wrap! 5 days, a dozen locations, 2 LomoKino cameras, 168 rolls of Kodak Portra film, a LOT of work and a great collaborative experience!