Okay so this blog post has been sitting in my to do list for a wee while now. If you are a regular here or have read any of my other posts you may have noticed that I dont seem to blog all that often. I know, I know, I suck. Well its not my fault entirely! you see, some of the projects I work on include behind the scenes on set photography and as a result of this it often means I cant publish any material until a certain date (usually when the production/video has been released to the general public) However, some of my clients are a good bunch and occasionally let me leak a sneak peek image providing it doesn't give the game away and spoil the impact of their production. This post is all about a recent music video I travelled up to Auckland to cover, it was directed and produced by the fantastic Stake Ltd who are supported by one of the best/nicest crews I have ever had the chance to meet.
Tyree is probably best known as one of the members of the group Smashproof but has recently been making strides as a solo artist. His new single Take Me Away (feat. Scribe and Five A) is probably out now and you can check out the PG13 video here. My sources tell me theres a R18 version on its way soon, when that drops i'll post a link here or on Facebook.
Shooting on a set is a lot harder than you might at first think, you quickly realise that the only person who cares if you have everything you need to get great images is you the photographer. Its not to say people dont care, they are just focused on creating a completely different end product and everyone works like a well oiled machine so you are often left at the bottom of the pecking order. This means you have to adapt your shooting style and approach to fit in and most importantly not get in the way! One of the positives to shooting on a music video set is that you dont need to worry too much about the camera shutter noise because the whole thing will get dubbed with the music in post. Shooting on a set where audio IS a requirement is a whole different kettle of fish. Unless you have a soundproof box for your camera (they do exist solely for this purpose!) or a REALLY REALLY quiet shutter release then you are pretty much resigned to shooting in between takes. Great for those candid down time shot but you often miss so many great shots of the actors deep in character during a take.
Anyway I digress.... The shoot went really well, people were responsive and open to my portrait ideas and were a breeze to work with which is so much less stressful when shooting portraits with limited time and an assistant director watching over your shoulder counting down the clock. I even got time to take a ride in one of the vintage cars - they wouldn't let me drive though :(
Below is a small collection of some of the photos I took during the shoot, there are some BTS shots in there as well as some portraits I managed to grab in between takes. Hopefully this gives you an insight into what its like to shoot behind the scenes!