/please/ | k8
Bristol based solo extraordinaire, Ellen Davies released her latest on Soundcloud last night. ‘k8’ displays a more optimisic side to her sound, showing there will be many intriguing turns to come from one of the hottest young musicians in the UK right now.
She has a gig too. /please/ with be lining up alongside Syron, San Zhi & Brolin for her debut live performance, in what must be the most interesting and highly anticipated gig in the diary at the moment. Catch them all as Neu and Old Blue Last present on January 23rd. Free entry too.
It’s so great to show this off; my very first music video that I shot, edited & directed for the incredibly talented Kat Marsh and her band Lionface! The track is called ‘Incinerate’ and you can download it for free from lionface.co.uk.
The shoot itself was a guerilla affair, with just myself and Kat roaming around Bristol, filming ad-hoc at whatever locations looked interesting and were well lit! I shot everything on my Canon 550D with a Steadicam rig (hired from my friend Adam Lincoln) which was an experience in itself! Having no prior experience using a steadicam, it took a lot of getting used to and put me in a bit of a flap to begin with, but in the end it came together! I had a ring flash on the end of the camera, set to ‘camera’ mode which acted as the main light source, and borrowed a gorgeous bunch of Carl Zeiss glass from work, so swapped between a few prime lenses depending on what shots we wanted to get!
We shot all the way through the night to meet the sunrise, but actually had to shoot the sunrise section twice, because the first time we did it, shot everything else in one go and stayed up to go to the location - we got there only to find out I’d left my SD card in the computer at home, and didn’t have a spare on me. After much MUCH swearing on my part, we went home and got some sleep! A week later we got up before dawn to capture the sunrise again and were very lucky in that the quality of the light and the colours were even better than before, so my idiotic mistake paid off and we got better shots!
I learnt a LOT on this shoot, at the very least to always check if I have an SD card! Hopefully it’s the start of many music videos, as I really enjoyed the experience, the ups and the downs! A huge thank you to Kat for the opportunity to make the video and for her utter patience when I made massive mistakes like the above! Another big thank you to the guys at Aardman for lending me such lovely lenses and to Adam for the crash course in operating a steadicam!
I’m definitely a big believer in learn by doing, and I’ve learnt a lot by doing a lot! Thank you Kat, I hope you guys enjoy the video and the song!
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