Uploaded on Sep 29, 2008
This is one for the books!
I always get great audience response when showing and telling a lighting class about this shoot!
BIZZY is a Grammy winning rap artistthus his record label wanted to spend zero money on this videomakes sense so far?
The shoot was scheduled, but there was no storyline. Suddenly they wanted to shoot at night in urban alleys, all handheld. OKbut it was pouring buckets when we arrived at the studioand that is when I found out that I had absolutely zero crew! No one! No crew, no lights, nothing..
They did ended up having 2 roadies [yeproadies!] help me with the camera casesand the guys did rig a Vari-Beam rock and roll style lamp in the grid. No AC or loader. I said I would not do the shoot in the rain with no help with the camera gear [I was the DP, operator, AC and clapper/loader]. I hadnt even a changing bag!
So, we shot in the studiowhich was just a big room with a black curtain, no props besides a microphone.no art department, nothing.
Not much to look at for an entire 4 minute video!
I was having no help from production since besides the director there wasnt anyone
So, trying to be the ever resourceful DP [and my thoughts were if you are going to work for free, you might as well make it something for your reel!]I looked around and saw some clear plexiglass panels used to mute drums during audio recordingI had the roadies set a few of these 6x8 clear panels behind the artist and one in front of the lens [as a shoot-thru], but these were to clear to make an interestingwhat could we do to these plexi sheets to give the set some flair?
The answer: the liquid hand-soap in the mens restroom!
I grabbed a glob of the stuff and smeared it onto the plexi-panels both in front of the lens and behind the artistbeautiful!!!
With the vivid colors and patterns of the Vari-Beams backlighting this smeared mess, the set became really cool, and the foreground shoot-thru worked well as if it was some sort of weird swing-tilt lens.
This produced some striking images, yet the music video suffered from lack of forethought and planningbut the director did a nice edit.
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