I am the worst cameraman in the world.
Or at the very least, in America.
A friend on Facebook tipped me off that there would be a Battle of the Bands at the local college. Its been a while since I’ve been to a band battle. Matter of fact I used to be quite involved with the local music scene when I was in high school, but fell out of the scene when I went to college. I decided this would be a nice exercise in seeing how I would fare in recording live concert events.
It was a learning experience to say the least.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqMktXS1lVw%5D
First band up is a group of High Schoolers calling themselves “Aggro”, they mostly did covers. I actually cut one of their Nirvana covers cause the video was pushing past Youtube’s 15 minute limit (there’s a way to extend it, but I didn’t feel like messing with that with my channel being so young). I took a vantage point on a stone bench thing. In hindsight it probably would have been better from the other angle, but oh well.
You’ll probably notice right away that I have Camera ADD. I wanted to try to make the videos interesting with various zooms and pans, but I think I failed at that.
There was a friend of the band filming them who decided to set up shop right next to me on my stone bench thing, so if there’s another video floating around the Internet that looks almost the same as this, that’s why.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeQFhEvcO2Q%5D
Soul music! I liked these guys. As you may notice, I moved over to the ground. I couldn’t see the keyboardist due to the amps, and no one was standing there anyways. Everyone was off to the sides. Fact, I didn’t have to edit this video at all beyond slapping the flag in front and converting it to the appropriate formats. Nice and easy.
I don’t know who won (it rained and some of the later bands had to cancel), but I voted for these guys. I have a soft spot for soul music. And not spending a bunch of time cutting up videos in WMM.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfTdsae4SBU%5D [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFRlHl5Iu3U%5D
More indie rock, with original songs this time! Like the first band West City Avenue had a long set, but I didn’t want to cut any original songs so I split it into two. There was also a Red Wolves mascot running around at this time for some reason. I don’t know why, made for some funny random moments, though.
Also, a group of ladies with a fancier camera than mine set up shop next to me, so if you see a similar video to these two floating around the Internet and possibly in better quality, that’s why.
There was a band that played after them called Silent Secrets and I did shoot some footage of them, but I’ll be honest it didn’t turn out good. People starting standing in front of my camera, and for some reason I decided to run to a stone bench thing while the camera was running, and it was a worse angle than before. I have some standards when it comes to my film shooting, and my camera battery was running low. My apologies, Silent Secrets. Another time, perhaps?[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWkRNLwspA%5D
The girl side of this band is the aforementioned Facebook friend that tipped me off about this event in the first place, so I wanted to make sure I got her and her boyfriend’s full set of songs. Alas, this is around when the camera battery died. I tried to fight it a little at the end, but only so much you can do with a dying camera. You missed like a song & a 1/4.
And yes, I did charge the battery to full before leaving.
I don’t know exactly was up with the focus in this video, but I think I’ll make a note to turn off auto-focus should I ever record at night with flashing lights in the future.
Oh, and those girls with the fancy camera showed up next to me AGAIN. Who knew the field of local music concert filming was so competitive?
A metal band played after them, but it started to rain during their performance and the rest of the show was canceled. I left early so I don’t know who won (go Soul House!)
All in all this was a nice learning experience. Things I learned include.
- Be prepared for anything. Dead battery, rain, dancing red wolves…
- Complete strangers like to hug me. And my camera.
- Never pay $7 for outdoor buffet at ASU.
I may record future events like this if there’s a demand for it (or if I just feel like it). In completely unrelated news my gaming vlog is still a thing that is happening randomly, just so you know. /shamelesssidepromotion
Keep rockin’ folks!