MANCHESTER BASED FREELANCE FILMMAKER | VIDEOGRAPHER | CAMERA OPERATOR | EDITOR
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Rock 'n' Roll
Monday, 11th January 2016
It's a new year and what better way to kick of 2016 than with a Pantomime. And before you start, oh yes it is.
For the first video production shoot this year I made the short drive up the M1 motorway to the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds to film their annual Rock ’n’ Roll panto, which this season was Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
I first worked with City Varieties in January 2015 filming last years Rock ’n’ Roll pantomime, Dick Whittington, so I was delighted when I was invited back to capture this years performance.
The City Varieties is a beautiful venue, steeped in history and achieved national fame as the venue that played host to the BBC’s television programme The Good Old Days between 1953 and 1983 and it is the last surviving music hall in Britain.
The show itself was fantastic and its an honour to work in such a stunning venue with a host of talented actor/musicians, lighting, sound and set designers.
Picture courtesy of Jason Salvin - Lighting Designer
My camera setup for this gig was a basic 2 camera / 1 camera operator configuration. Camera 1 was the Canon C100 MkII. This camera was positioned in the circle next to the sound and lighting engineers. The camera was locked off capturing a wide shot of the whole stage and also a stereo mix feed from the sound desk.
For camera 2 I used the Canon XF105, capturing Mid shots from a position Id taken up in one of the boxes. I also used this camera to capture ambient sound using a Rodes NTG-1 mounted to the camera.
The purpose of filming was to capture the show for the archive, also providing each cast and crew member with a DVD of the show for keepsake. Editing of the show was completed in Final Cut Pro X with authoring of the DVD taking place in DVD Studio Pro.