It’s not everyday that I find myself in a club, even more rare is being there to film. I used to shoot a lot of music events back in the day, but quickly realized that making money in that side of the industry is not very guaranteed. All of that being said, a couple weeks ago my friend Justin Trawick reached out to see if I had any interest in filming his show at DC9 the following evening. So we packed our gear up and after a quick old man nap, headed out to the city, with my nine year old in tow to assist the process. The majority of the show was pretty straightforward, filming one static shot, with some b-roll stuff filmed on my iPhone 11 Pro Max. The last song was a bit different, Justin moved the band down off the stage and onto the floor, circled around a small table, a Tiny Desk, if you will. This recording would eventually become their entry video for the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts. Justin asked the crowd if they could all film the song on their iPhones, which they would then send to me for a edit using the footage from the crowd. Crowd Sourced content at its core!
The song, recording, and audience participation was wonderful! We ended up getting about seventeen people who sent in their footage, which was then cut into what was essentially a multi angle cut of the performance. The editing process was an interesting one, requiring some crazy processing power to keep the whole thing flowing. Justin and I spent about eight hours together laying the video out, and I spent close to another ten hours getting everything just right. Here is the final cut, which I will link from Justin’s YouTube, which you should subscribe to, HERE.