Filming with The Chris Cleverley Trio

Filming with The Chris Cleverley Trio

In contrast to some of the short notice jobs that landed in the in-box during the last year, this shoot was a slow burner. I’d been talking to Chris on and off for a while about doing something, ever since he called into the Big Comfy Bookshop for a session and a gig. His performance of ‘But Thinking Makes It So’ remains one of my favourite sessions we’ve filmed at BCB…

Chris needed a set of videos to help launch his new trio. With Chris being accompanied by Kim Lowings (Kim Lowings and the Greenwood) and Kathy Pilkington (Said The Maiden), both renowned artists in their own right, getting a classy performance was never going to be a struggle. The only question was whether I was up to getting something cool on camera that would do them sufficient justice…

Chris wanted a parlour room feel to the videos so having found a suitable and close to home location (!) it was then just an issue of getting some light on the trio, pointing a few cameras at them and letting them do their thing. There was a glass door throwing in some ambient light from one corner of the room, but not enough for a clean image, so I rigged an LED panel up in the other corner. I pointed the panel up into the corner of the ceiling so that the light would just bounce and fill the room. Bouncing from the corner is something I occasionally do with speedlights when photographing to get broad soft light in a room; it’s not as easy with LED panels as they don’t have the same power, but in this case it was a small room so it worked ok…

The main technical thing I had to work around with this shoot was the pictures on the back wall and avoiding seeing filming my own reflection. Having a couple of static cameras was handy as it allowed me to cut in post at the points where I appeared in the reflection. There were a few points where the key light is visible in some of the reflections, but I’m less stressed about that in the bigger scheme of things…

Audio capture was just a couple of stereo mics straight into a Tascam recorder.

So that was it! A lovely shoot made all the easier by the lovely people we were filming and hopefully some videos that will help Chris, Kim and Kathy land some quality bookings in 2019. Promoters won’t go far wrong based on what I heard that day…

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