I’d add that you need to carefully manage the expectations of the band/client. They’ve seen a thousand expensive music videos and often propose a complex narrative, involving multiple locations and characters cast from amongst their friends, who will be volunteers with varying degrees of commitment/skill.
You might be early on in your career and keen for the opportunity, quite possibly even working for free.
The expectation of pace and fast cuts can require much more useable footage than a typical 3 minute ‘interviews + cut-away shots’ video. Maybe a few days of shooting. And the singer might expect to sit on your shoulder for the edit.
You’ll be working very hard for your beer!
Sometimes, insisting on a well-shot performance video of the musician in one location is the only way to stay sane. Or, be very clear with the band that you’re experimenting and they will get whatever they get and must trust you.
By all means use it as a chance to explore, but have some very clear discussions with everyone beforehand.
Hi Candice. You'll struggle to find a pro or semi-pro who will work for free in this way. Have you committed some time to watching Resolve tutorials on YouTube? There are plenty of useful videos there. B
I was in a similar position, trying to manage a clunky BMPCC rig for jobs that, really, just needed a traditional video camera. I got a C100 mk2 and life became so much easier, for the reasons Matthias mentions. Imagine, as a BMPCC user, being able to 'forget' about power, card space, monitoring, ND filters, audio... everything is right there. You'll miss the BMPCC image, but you can hang on to that camera for special projects with more time.
With respect, the lazy thinking happens when we assume that male-dominated industries simply show that men have taken an opportunity and women have not. I'm afraid University graduation just doesn't show what working life is like for men and women. Everyone can see that top jobs are usually awarded by men, to men - which is the point being made here.
I don't think it discredits the achievements of white men in the slightest to acknowledge that the film industry is much harder for other groups. And women-focussed awards/festivals aren't referred to (by most) as sexist because they are a drop in the ocean.
I don't think anyone else sees that either. The point is not that women should receive awards because they're women, but that there are numerous ways that women are discouraged from entering the industry or having key roles, massively reducing the chances of a female oscar-winning director.
If you're starting out and aiming to cover all bases, I suggest getting the best used desktop machine you can afford, keeping your camera/lens, buying a cheapo external monitor with waveform/false colour, then setting yourself a series of weekly/monthly projects to learn from. This might be volunteering with friends, local bands, shooting stuff in public, whatever.
Avoid gear reviews/tutorials online for a few months and, instead, soak up videos/posts about composition, colour, camera movement and exposure.
Go and find cool places to film. Public festivals, street performers, dance, people doing interesting things. And learn how to capture good audio.
After a while, you could have some important skills under your belt, know how to compose and expose shots in different situations and have a cool showreel.