Music Video Production
Music Video Production

Starlight Music is an agency that represents live bands for premiere weddings and events all over the world. In the summer of 2021, Starlight filmed its a new promotional video. But, instead of taking the conventional approach and filming a music video for each band with pre-recorded music and rehearsed lip-sync'd performances; Starlight Music insisted that they market themselves authentically by capturing each performance live.


When you shoot a music video, you have a lot of flexibility. The music is always the same because it's pre-recorded which means you can do multiple takes of a single performance and stitch the best parts together later. Filming live is much more challenging because in order for the a take to be useable, everyone has to be perfect in a single take. That means the singers and musicians have to hit every note, the video production team has to hit every mark, and all of the equipment has to work otherwise, the whole take has to start over. As such, the performers' and crew's stamina was a constant concern. It was critical that each performance was captured correctly in as few takes as possible. 


To add another level of challenge, 10 bands needed to be captured in 5 days and on 3 different stage sets. This meant that there was little room for error and re-shoots. Global's team knew they needed to capture each band precisely and quickly in order for the production to stay on schedule. 

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"I would highly recommend Global to anyone...Everyone on the team genuinely cared..."

Evan Tyler

C.E.O. and President, Starlight Music

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Starlight Music Promo

Global's team filmed 10 bands over 5 days for Starlight Music's promotional video & website. Check out this excerpt from one of their bands! See more at: http://www.starlightmusic.com/band/the-blake-band-nyc-wedding-band

Conclusion

For this shoot, Global utilized four cameras in total. The setup included: two cameras on tripods, one jib, and one camera operator filming with a gimbal while riding a segway for a unique blend of motion and angles. All four cameras were feeding into a quad recorder that captured each camera's feed plus a live cut. Global's camera switcher cut between the four cameras as directed by the Starlight team. This gave Starlight's post-production team a rough cut to work from when finalizing the edits and reduced editing time. 


Global's experience capturing multi-camera live music performances was an assent to this production. For a video team that's used to capturing everything in a studio setting, a shoot like this could have easily been overwhelming. But, because Global's team has so much experience with live events, they were able to suggest methods and workflows to keep the production on-time and exceed expectations. 



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