Tuesday, September 29, 2009

**Music Video - 'Stalker' by Party At Drakes - UPDATED**

Recently I ran a music video workshop for local high school students at the North West Film Festival at Bingara. Over the course of 24 hours we shot and edited a music video for local band Party At Drakes and their song 'Stalker'.

The aim of the exercise was to show how quickly, easily and cheaply you can shoot a music video. Using two HDV cameras, we shot the band performing the song four times. To sync, we simply put a 2-pip (a one frame audio cue) before the song, burned it to CD and played the song on set for the duration of each take. Then you import the takes into Final Cut Pro and edit using the Multiclip function.

Editing using multiclip means switching live between each angle as the song plays. If your clips are all in sync you can have an edit done in the duration of the song. In the case of 'Stalker', we had an edit in less than three minutes.

The clip stars all-round champion Bryony Draper who danced more than any reasonable person should have to in one day. Louise Holder was one of our Stalkers. Party at Drakes is: Troy McLachlan, Ben Cumming, Garrick Troskie, Nic Asara and Daniel McLachlan. Can someone let me know the names of everyone else involved and I'll give everyone their due credit.


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