The thing about festival video productions

18-07-2018

If you have a festival, you have an aftermovie, although that’s what is expected nowadays. On the first productions I did speed was key, to deliver the video as fast as I could. And still, it’s one of my key values, but why did those “delivery” days go up from within 24 hours to a week… It all has a story to it.

One of the questions most asked; when is the aftermovie going to be released and why (not only with my own productions) does it sometimes take so long for some aftermovies to be released. And it’s easy to say: the bigger the festival, the longer time it could take that the video will be released. Let’s take the last big productions I did, 2 weeks ago: We Are Electric Weekender 2018.

About 2 months before the festival even starts, preparation begins. Mostly in the form of an audio edit and making sure the branding of the festival gets translated into a video/visual production. Especially the audio edit takes up allot of time. Not only finding the right tracks that give the right feel, but the most time consuming part: clearing the tracks at the labels/managements for promotional use. Unfortunately I really need those 2 months to get everything in place. And it doesn’t give any guarantees that you’ll be settled during/after the festival, because in this particular case I used a song from Eric Prydz in my mix… which cancelled during the festival. You can guess, the delivery date is already pushed back because we needed to find a new track which also needs to be cleared.

Pre-production is key in a production on this scale, were world renowned artists are on the billing (for reference: Martin Garrix, The Prodigy, Justice, Paul Kalkbrenner). Making sure every “wish” the client has gets fulfilled and making an extensive call sheet for the whole media crew is a necessity to know which artist to shoot, which your not allowed to shoot, some artist allow you on stage, some don’t. Even during the festival things can change like the wind with some artists. The bigger the artists, the harder it gets for production. To give an example, I literally got permission 1 minute before showtime of one of the headliners, making my way from the production office to the mainstage… It’s a rush though! Also, don’t forget that I often also need an “okay” from tons of managements after they have seen the footage that you want to publish, which can take days and is completely out of my hands.

All of those things just stack up, from artists, managements to labels… and not to forget, the client/festival itself all have to be okay with that one edit you deliver. And I’m doing medium sized productions to a visitor cap of 75.000 people. I don’t even want to know how the major players like Tomorrowland are production wise. So the next time you're waiting impatiently for that aftermovie to arrive, think again… there’s allot more to it then meets the eye…

35mm stories - #6 London

23-06-2018 Canon A1 - Kodak Ektar 100

This right here is a special role for me. The first day I arrived in London I snapped some shots that I normally would never take. Spoke to random people, asked some nicely, and I got so much in return...

The thing is, I always had this social/communication barrier. Never really wanted to bother people or didnt dare to ask them. Something snapped in London and I started asking people if it was okay to photograph them. And the people here really surprised me with there kindness. And for some reason, people also started to randomly start talking to me.

Like Vlad, he owns The Old Diary, a small coffee shop on Conway Street. We had a nice chat, gave me some delicious coffee and I snapped some photos while they did their thing. Cruised around London, and like Barcelona, saw it in a total different perspective this time. Skipping all the touristy stuff and just explore.

Special shout out to Bayeux for developing and scanning my first roll while I'm still visiting the city. The quality if way better them I'm used to in the Netherlands. If you're in London and you need film developed, now you know where to go.

35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London
35mm stories - #6 London

Going viral... just a little

15-06-2018 Gopro Fusion

I wanted to have this camera for a while, and when I got assigned to a big video production for where I could use it, I ran to the store and bought it: the Gopro Fusion.

And what do you do when you have a new camera? Right, do some tryouts. The thing is: my first tryout was strapping it onto a quadcopter and fly it around in a local park. ShaggyFPV and ThomasFPV helped me out with some super sweet chasing action and the video was basically shot within an hour.

The stitching of all the footage took 1 night to render on my Macbook Pro, and also the editing (read: choosing the camera angles in post) took me about 2 nights. A "normal" edit would be done within an hour, so it's pretty intens.

Allthough I knew this could get some traction in the media because of the different angle, I wouldn't have thought it would be picked up this much attention. The famous Dutch video site Dumpert picked it up with a 134.943 views as I type this, VKMag, another big platform, also picked it up. Now it's going overseas and it got featured in a American show called "Right This Minute". Checkout the item below.

Strange and funny how things can go. You put hours and hours into shooting and editing a roadtrip to Barcelona, but a video that you've shot within an hour goes viral... Oh well, looking forward to the real production where I bought this camera for, it's gonna be epic! You'll just have to wait for the result untill mid-July.

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