Ecuador - Music Video For Laeto





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Uploaded on May 21, 2009

Something a bit different this time - a music video. Watch it in HD if you can, and careful if you suffer from motion sickness.

Laeto is a 4-piece independent rock band from Scotland that has been active since 1998. The track 'Ecuador' is from Laeto's 3rd album, available now. http://laeto.co.uk

The promo was shot mostly with a Canon IXUS 60 (SD600 in America), using the burst mode. I also used a Canon G5 for a few shots. No video cameras were used to make this film. I had some 2gig SD cards to store the photos, the little easel you see in the film, 2 tripods and a photo copy stand for the "video wall" shots. Oh, and some Christmas lights. The panning time lapse with done by attaching the camera to a clockwork egg timer - http://www.flickr.com/photos/27117703...

I used the burst mode on the camera with a bit of string and a button, tied around the camera to keep the shutter button pushed down. The CHDK firmware hack really helped me, with controllable intervalometer for time lapse and more control over the ND filter, very handy for blurry shots in daylight - http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK

There is minimal post production in this video. Colour correction, some speeding up/slowing down and repositioning of the frame to straighten and reformat the frame for widescreen. All the picture in picture shots were done with actual print outs or the images in a slideshow on a monitor

The song is 5 minutes long, which is 7500 frames at 25fps. But with various shots being shortened or not being used I estimate that I've taken 60,000 photos to make this promo, over the course of almost 2 years. I can tell this because the picture counter on the camera (IMG_0001, IMG_0002, IMG_9999 etc.) has reset to zero about 6 times since I started this video.

I printed an estimated 500 photos - http://www.flickr.com/photos/27117703...

Thanks to Laeto for being incredibly patient with me over the long production of this video, and Gabriel Lee for ideas and help filming

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