From Behind the Lens: Making Jeff Callery’s “Long Days”
When we heard the news that we would have the opportunity to work on a music video for “Long Days” by Jeff Callery, the entire production team immediately went to work. The ideas in our minds quickly unfolded into visions of scenery, camera settings and angles.
We are very fortunate to have the best tools in the industry to produce our projects. The Arri Alexa can record images in a similar way celluloid film behaves under a scanner. This means the camera has 14 stops of exposure latitude. This helped us tremendously with the consecutive overcast days we endured. We were left shooting with fog, clouds and rain. With the Alexa we were able to gather enough information in the blacks to easily push them into warmer and brighter tones in post production to recreate a bright day.
Here are a couple of examples of the work we did during post-production to enhance the picture’s colour:
The team worked so well together that this terrible weather was only a slight inconvenience. We each had our assigned tasks; however, everyone kept an eye open on the final composition. When the entire team is crowding around the field monitor you know everyone has full attention to detail. It was a great feeling knowing we were all part of a team that was dedicated to capturing the best images possible.
The plan was to shoot the entire project at 48 frames per second instead of the usual 24. This meant that Jeff had to play twice as fast so we could match the vocals and guitar strumming in the post-production phase when slowing it down to 50%. Back in the edit bay, the entire team was in awe as we watched the raw unedited clips. The talented Jeff Callery never missed a beat and the clips synced up perfectly to the master track.
- Robin Leveillé
Take a look at the final product: