What is the best method? (A) I don’t know. We all have our own opinions because we all have our own interests, but my first choice is the Canon 5D Mark III. It’s a fantastic piece of kit. You have a great image sensor, excellent autofocus with manual aperture, good AF assist. The manual controls are wonderful, and the menu system is very clear. If you get a lot of photos done a day (and I’m always looking for a better photo workflow) you won’t have problems using it.
What software are you most frequently using to shoot music videos? (A) The only application I use often, but with less than a 5% success rate is Anamorphic Lens, because it can do panoramic shots and if we are in a scene that would need to be shot in one take, I feel comfortable making a Pan-Tilt + Zoom to take in both the scene and the band.
If you could only shoot music videos and create music videos for other mediums, which would you use and why? (A) Honestly, I’m a film-maker with the ability to turn a film to music. I used to shoot everything from television and music videos to animated commercials. I’m also a fan of the short-cut tools from Premiere, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop. After I finished filming a music video, I can switch gears to another medium and create a video with less than two hours of editing and color correction!
Which is your favorite music video of all-time? (A) We filmed this video for an album called ‘Lux’ which was released in January/February of 2005.
The video is a parody of the song that I had my band, Lava Eyes, perform called ‘Famous People’ which was available for download on the web. I was a fan of the song and wanted to create a parody with one of the band members. We filmed this song in my car and had friends and families walk with us for the experience. The scene is a classic rock look and feel – it was shot live and we shot that scene for nearly two hours.
What’s the best lesson learned about being a music video editor? (A) There’s a lot of different aspects to the video editing process, but I think shooting is definitely an important decision. I shoot with a DSLR and an Ipod. I use Premiere Pro, Capture One, and a bunch of other digital editors but
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