Live at the Manchester MEN Arena Dec 2011
Client: Eagle Rock Entertainment via Hangman Studios/Hey Luke
Director of Photography: Den Lennie
Director: Gavin Elder
Producer: James Tonkin
Shoot Duration: 1 Day (with 7 days Prep)
Post production: 60 days
Format: Sony PMW-F3, Sony NEX FS100, Sony MC1p
This was a great project - The 2hrs shooting the gig on Dec 15th were exhilarating and very rewarding as a DP (I operated also), perhaps because we had one go at it so we had to get it right. The show was filmed over 1 night and not several as is often the case with a tour DVD.
Here's a track from the show that has just been released by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
N.B. please select HD from Settings at bottom right of video for best viewing experience.
(You need to press play to access this)
From Eagle Rocks' you Tube Page
Watch the Live Digital Premiere: http://bit.ly/KvVQKN Filmed at the MEN Arena in Manchester on 16 Dec. 2011, this stunning Duran Duran Live show is the combination of great music & amazing visuals which has been the band's trademark throughout their career. http://store.eagle-rock.com/duranduran/ Following the release of their acclaimed "All You Need Is Now" album, this concert combines new songs from that release with their classic hits. Whether in the studio or the live arena, Duran Duran are masters of their craft and this latest concert bursts with energy and oozes class in the way that only they can.
An Early review at Blu-Ray definition say's of the visuals
"A Diamond in the Mind is one of the rare concert videos to appear in the 2.35:1 widescreen format, but it still shows up on Blu-ray in the typical interlaced 1080i/60 rendering of its production in an AVC/MPEG-4 encodement. Not to worry, however, despite the quick camera movements, multi-colored flashing lights, heavy visual effects and very ADD-type edits, this is one of the strongest looking concert videos I have seen from Eagle Rock. Detail is sharp, contrast is strong, colors really pop, and there are little to no motion artifacts detectable.
"This is an excellent show, full of energy and filled with hits. If you weren’t able to get to see the show, recorded at Manchester’s MEN Arena in the UK, then this is the next best thing to being there."
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How we did it
I cannot take all the credit however because it was The director Gavin Elder (www.heyluke.com) and producer James Tonkin (www.hangmanstudios.com) who also edited the show and spent 60 days making that one night look as good as it does in the video below. Also without the support of the Band and their Manager Wendy Laister and of course Eagle Rock Entertainment we would not have been able to create such a cinematic production.
As with all great projects there were a huge number of people involved in making this happen.
Originally we'd been booked to shoot in Berlin earlier in the year but unfortunately Simon Le Bon suffered some devastating vocal problems and on medical grounds was forced to rest his voice until late September.
So when the band began touring in the UK we put it to the management that it would be great to shoot the gig in the UK. They agreed and some discussions were had about 3 possible outcomes. Traditional Outside Broadcast, 3D or our Cinematic proposal.
Ours proposal was unconventional in so far as we'd not have a gallery and we'd not be on director talkback. The Director Gavin Elder and producer James Tonkin would be operating cameras on stage and so we had to plan carefully each camera position and what shots each operator would be assigned.
We chose to shoot the gig primarily on Sony PMW-F3, and Sony NEX-FS100 camera's with on stage minicams Sony HXR-MC1P. The F3's were recorded internally at 35mb/s and externally on to Convergent Design Nano Flash ast 80mb/s Quick Time. This meant we'd have the necessary higher bit rate for HD Broadcast spec and a secondary back up using the camera's internal codec. Special mention here to my colleague Alister Chapman who we brought in to manage the camera profile and the technical camera configuration.
From a visual perspective we wanted a Cinematic look and so chose to use Cinema Zoom lenses on the main cameras - we used Angenieux Optimo 24-290mm and Arri Alura 45-250mm and 18-80mm. However on the two camera positions on the sound desk we had a throw of 120' to the stage and in order to get a hero close up we opted for an image stabilised Canon HJ40 with an adaptor from mtf Services.com. This did look different from the cine glass but the guys did a great job grading it to match the other angles in post.
We had tracks laid on stage, in front of stage , in front of the sound desk and 2 crane's, one on stage and on at the rear of the venue. The other camera postions were all on OConnor 2060 or 2575 heads. For me the only tripods that would handle the payloads and still give us control were from OConnor . We tried other heads but none of them gave the level of rigidity we required to allow for stable shots when the bass bins were at full output level and yet give us the ability to make very subtle camera moves during a ballad.
Monitoring We used TVLogic 5.6 inch monitors VFP-056W. These are great because of their size/weight ratio (they are really compact) yet deliver outstanding resolution and sharpness which is critical if you want to maintain accurate focus. The in built waveform also allowed us to maintain exposure
It was a great privilege to be asked to work on this show. Duran Duran were early pioneers of Music Videos and in 1982 their iconic track Rio was the first pop promo to leave the confines of a studio and shoot entirely on location. They did this with some style in Antigua. "It is one of the band’s most recognisable songs, and its famous music video, which is widely regarded as symbolic of 1980s glamour and excess. Rio contained one of the most iconic saxophone licks of the eighties, played by Andy Hamilton on Tenor Saxophone."(from http://www.last.fm/music/Duran+Duran/_/Rio)
If you would like to learn more about exactly how we planned, crewed and co-ordinated all of the gear and líasíed with the band, and client, we'll be talking in detail about that and also showing you how to plan, shoot and edit a music video in 4 days from August 14th-17th in London - not only that but you will be actively involved in producing a music video. This is a very small group hands on immersive experience with only 8 places available and we are 80% booked already.
Here is Ordinary World- one of my favorite tracks (visually) from the show