Shooting Musical Events
When you get to editing you will discover things that you might not have thought
about while shooting. You usually need good music tracks that are complete songs.
Live music with important people talking. Because you also hear music you will
need that song complete either from the mic on the person talking or splice
in music from another track or camera, which is harder to do. If you are limited
to one camera, editing will very hard.
Option: a camera on the key speaking person all the time for some coverage of
them and a complete sound track of the music. You can cut away to anyone even
if they are talking or to a band if you can cut in on a beat and use very short
Option: a camera or sound recorder only on the band. You can get a clean track,
but will not get enough hub-bub to be believable. You won't be able to cut in
any sync sound if there is music also going. (Hub-bub is mingled voices with
no distinct one.)
Record a hub-bub track without music if you can featuring no one. It can be
mixed with a clean band track in editing.
Remember that picture cut-a-ways can used anywhere relevant.
In editing I build a music and picture track first considering how many desired
actions and cut-a-ways I have to make a good edit. Then I see what will fit
where. I almost always use two cameras and sometimes a sound recorder for important
solos, choir or band numbers. A VHS deck with Mic In can be an unattended 2-hour
sound recorder. Cassette decks won't record over 45 plus minutes unless they
have instant reverse.
SHOOT LOTS OF CUT-A-WAYS. They make a program more interesting and can solve
a lot of editing problems.
If the group has records, CDs or tapes you can get them for a cleaner track
or do a non-sync edit if nothing important is being said.
Consider reprising an action if it is important and well covered. If the tape
is for people's enjoyment, make the most of memorable happenings and don't worry
as much about strict continuity of the event.
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