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Published on Oct 15, 2009
This clip features Smiling Underneath. Ani DiFranco at the Rio in Santa Cruz October 13th, 2009. Shot hand held, above shoulder level, about 20 feet from the stage with the Sanyo Xacti HD camcorder. Afro guy and tall guy in front made for some interesting challenges. Could of got closer but then I'd be more conspicuous. Even if no one stopped me it would feel a bit weird pointing a camera at Ani's face the whole time. This was the third song I shot without a break (the other two songs before were Fuel and Nov 8th) and in some places you can see the camera giggle every time my heart beat. So irritating. Like a shaky hand you can't control.
Weird format. They removed the first 15 rows of chairs to create a pit. The rest was seats. Problem is that the Rio has a gentle slope so the standing folks blocked the sitters. This created this weird effect where there was a tight standing group in front of the stage, then some emptly space, then people scattered in seats. Kind of a continuity breaker. I had to shoot over the tops of peoples heads so instead of tucking the video camera tight into my chest area, I had to keep the camera elevated above shoulder level. When you see the camera start to shake, this is the shoulder fatigue setting in. At one point my heartbeat was making it shake because I was so tired. My shoulders are still killing me today even after some ice, herbal patches and ibuprofin. But hey, no pain, no gain. I shot 9 songs. I'll be posting them all, just takes along time. Enjoy.