Earlier this month, we filmed the University of Auckland’s O’Concert 2016. It was the fourth year in a row that we’d filmed this event, so we were pretty keen to do something different. Fly a drone over the crowd, perhaps? That idea was shot down. “Too dangerous,” they said, “Some kid who thinks he’s cool will throw his mate’s jandal at the drone. It’ll fall on someone and injure them.” So, no drones then.
In the end, we decided to keep it simple – using a handheld rig for maximum mobility and a sense of movement and immersion. The shots have a sense of vibrancy and life that you just don’t get with static setups. Keeping it simple also meant thinking about the purpose of the event – it’s for students to have a good time as they start their University year, so we needed to show that. It’s easy to get caught up trying to do fancy technical things and complex camera moves, but, often, people are way more interesting than a fancy camera move. So we aimed to capture a spectrum of emotions – ecstasy, anticipation, feeling ‘on fleek’. Next year we’ll need to think of something different… maybe we can convince them that drones are okay.