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Here is a new video I edited that reveals some of the experience behind the scenes of Jay and Mie Mie’s concept video.
If you want to learn more about their project or watch the original film, click here.
I’m happy to announce the launch of Legaci’s latest YouTube cover of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars feat. Summer Breeze! It’s been too long since the last video I’ve done for them, and this is the first one I’ve done since they were picked up to be Justin Bieber’s official background vocalists and go on tour with the teen pop monSTAR himself.
It’s been such a privilege to watch these guys from their humble beginnings doing gigs in high school to now touring the world, rightly exposing their vocal talent for their fans worldwide (and for the industry to take witness).
As you can imagine, their time at home is minimal (and precious), so I’m really glad we were able to collabo for their new cover. But what makes this video extra sweet is that we have all 5 members singing in this one (yeah JayMillz!) as well as Amiel aka “Summer Breeze” on the acoustic. Their rhythm and harmonies… smooooooth as ever. Just watch and enjoy:
See more of Summer Breeze at:
Shout out to @RickyA and @David_Yanez for helping with the cam ops!
I love shooting concept films because it allows me to use my film background to create something entertaining and unique for wedding couples. Long gone are the days of the dull 15-minute picture slideshows… instead, I take the couple through the whole filmmaking process and create an entertaining and unique film that tells their story.
Making Jay and Mie Mie’s concept film was a fun and rewarding process. They had seen my other films and expressed a lot of interest to have one of their own for their big day. I had known Jay for a long time, and I was happy to get to better know Mie Mie through this production. We had a meeting and learned about their real story… along with some of their personality quirks, and that was all we needed to get started.
We shot this film in two full production days and several short pickup shoots. It was an exhausting task, jumping around from location to location (watch credits for all the places we shot!) and working around with the entourage’s limited schedule, but everybody was super cool to work with and were open to the lines and situations we gave them (which was understandably hard to do without knowing the full context of the film). Even through the long hours and multiple takes, Jay and Mie Mie soaked up every take with laughter and shared these moments with the rest of their entourage.
Congrats and thank you to the newlyweds as well as the rest of the entourage for their patience, understanding, and open-mindedness to the scenes we shot. It was another one of those projects that fully came together in the edit room. I think we created an entertaining film that captures their story along with a lot of people’s signature traits. It was very well received at their reception.
Technical Specs: Shot with Canon 550D, 17-55mm f2.8 IS, 50mm 1.8, and Nikon 85mm 1.8 @ 1080p 24fps and 720p 60fps. Azden SGM-1x and Zoom H4n for audio.
So, my good friend Micah asked if I could shoot a little something for Legaci’s cover of Ne-Yo’s “Mad.”
Legaci has a growing YouTube audience and so far have only used their consumer cameras and even isight to record their vids. They’ve also only recently upgraded to using Micah’s professional studio mics to record their performances, which undoubtedly resulted in outstanding audio, but strangely paired with, well, YouTube quality footage. In comes Neshe.
So we set up one saturday at the Ejanda residence in their infamous living room. I arrived an hour earlier than expected and saw that they had made a nice setup themselves. Three studio mics, monitors, keyboard, MPC, and laptops to record the session through ProTools.
I did a basic lighting setup, using two of my 1000w lights with diffusers and full blue correction. There wasn’t much space and the light coming through the windows would steadily change, so that was a bit of a pain to deal with.
We had three cameras set up, two of my GL1s and a center camera using Abad’s Canon HD camcorder as the wide shot. I had Claire on the tripod cam and me on the handheld. I basically had all cameras rolling then gave them the go. Before each take, Chris begins with a clap for slate and syncing in post. I believe it took four takes for LGC to finish their rendition of “Mad” with satisfaction.
I captured the HD footage that night, having never worked with HD before. What a PAIN. Final Cut does not recognize the .MTS file that the Canon HD camera records in. I had to go through iMovie, import the huge HD file, then export out of iMovie into a .mov. Now, it was a recognizable movie file, but still in widescreen dimensions. I used MPEGStreamclip to convert it to SD so it will match my SD footage.
One thought occurred to turn my SD into HD but quickly diffused that idea once i realized the amount of HD space that would take. Not only that, but it would have a “thickening” effect on my footage because it would be pushing it down to match the widescreen format.
The HD footage looked different of course from mine. Color was different. This stems from the fact that my GL1s have 3-chips but the HD camera that was used only has 1-chip. But I tried to match them as best I could. I used a 3-way color corrector on my footage to kill the reds and reduce the highlights and saturation (if you think it looks reddish now, you should’ve seen it before i ‘corrected’ it; they were bleeding love!).
Jenn and I spent all of one friday night going through the entire song to select what angle was good for each part of the song. In my first cut, I was angle-changing crazy. And even though the dissolves help, it was just too much going on. I made another edit with minimal edits, but after watching that and then watching the first edit again, I saw I was missing out on some good angles.
So, it was a time-consuming process of watching each angle of the vid as it played and not making any cuts until i knew exactly where and when i wanted to cut it. When I found a spot i liked, I would playback a few seconds before and time my cut to my planning. I did this for the whole song, watched it, and thought it was good. Then as I became more critical, I started changing/adding/deleting edits, which when doing this to a multiclip that is already edited, is a bit of a process, because the previous cuts will stay. So, I would have to delete a series of cuts ahead of the area i was fixing, so I have some room to ease back into the rest of the edit.
We finished late that night and I sent the cut to Micah. I felt pretty confident in it. When I watch it now, I am not distracted by the cuts; I am more focused on their performance, which is what matters most. The guys liked the video but were being overly critical of themselves, in my opinion. There were talks of a re-shoot (ahhh!!!) or maybe ADR (which would be quite difficult too) but after Micah played around with the mixdown, everybody was happy.
The video has only been live for 1/2 a week and it has reached over 10,000 views! It is being very well received. I’m really excited for them to get increased exposure and build their fanbase so more and more people (the “right” people) can discover them.
NOTES for future shoots:
- give Claire better angle
- have someone do very smooth pans for the wide shot so it’s not completely still
- practice the song so you know who will be singing solos
- have a fourth camera? to get a few more instrumental CUs
- maybe use their consumer Canon camera instead of Abad’s HD camera so the footage is shot natively in SD