I just had the pleasure of shooting this dance video with Jordan Malixi - and I am SO excited about this one. Normally when I shoot these dance videos - it's all about coverage and editing. I shoot the choreography from as many dynamic angles as I can and get the most high-impact shots that I can, and then I stack up all the takes in Adobe Premiere and build from there. This shoot, however, was different. On this video, we shot for quality over quantity, and always rolled camera knowing exactly where the shot would be placed in the final edit. You know, like grown-ups do. It was a LEVEL-UP experience!
Major props to Jordan Malixi on this. The whole sequence in the jungle gym was invented on the spot thanks to Jordan's Jackie-Chan-style ability to improvise within his environment. It was a blast to work with someone with that amount of creativity.
This video turned out as well as it did because of how much thought was put into in advance AND how much thought was put into it on the spot.
I hope I can keep this momentum going!
So excited to see that Groov3 has just released the video I shot and edited for them on January 1st! On the first of the new year, dance school Groov3 had their annual event "Dance Dance Resolution" where students got together on the rooftop of the Ricardo Montalban Theater to dance their guts out for fun and fitness!
Crazy bit of trivia about this video - Notice how they’re all wearing headphones? That’s because this was a silent disco - i.e., there was no external audio, because they didn’t want to disturb their neighbors. All the music was coming through the headphones and the headphones alone. Which means when I was editing it - THERE WAS NO SCRATCH AUDIO! I had to piece together, like a puzzle, which pieces of choreography went with what parts of the song. It was an insane editing challenge that know one will ever know about by just watching this video.
Not to mention, you'd be surprised what a workout this was for me as the videographer. After the class was over, I told one of the instructors that I was exhausted. He looked me square in the face and said - "YOU'RE exhausted??" I don't blame him, I wasn't the one dancing, but I was moving the entire time. Every time you see that camera move, I was moving - and the final video is a fraction of what was actually shot. I was literally in bed with a heating bad after this! I am so, SO out of shape. Maybe I should sign up for a class!
What an experience, and what a challenge! I can't wait to shoot for Groov3 again! If you live in the LA area and you enjoy FUN, be sure to check them out: www.groov3.com