Blackmagic Design camera creates a cinematic, slow motion backdrop for Mumford & Sons’ recent appearance at the iHeart Radio music festival in Las Vegas.
Although the rise of LED technology has seen screens become an essential creative element of concert and festival productions, some artists, including the British indie-folk band, prefer the focus to be on the live performance, with some clever staging and lighting to help lead the atmosphere.
“Other acts on the bill included Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Def Leppard and Chance the Rapper, so it was important to stand out visually and create a unique identity for the set given the diverse lineup,” says the show’s director, Steve Price.
“We decided to keep things simple with a classically beautiful ‘analogue’ aesthetic, with some slow motion, based around nature and people,” he says. “Time was tight as we were also in the midst of a US tour, and I needed to get back to the UK to pick up kit.
“I needed a camera that was capable of 120fps, that also wasn’t too bulky for a one-man shoot. That brought me to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K which allowed me to travel as light as possible, while still being able to produce the stunning image that I like in Blackmagic’s larger cameras.”
Having already got footage of the band and crowds at previous shows, Price focused on capturing dramatic desert landscapes and charging horses. “I filmed the horses in 120fps using ProRes HQ in film mode, and it looked incredible on screen. The band saw it at sound check for the first time and really loved it.
“Some manufacturers did get closer to that over the years, but I feel Blackmagic has finally got there with its Pocket cameras. Not so long ago this kind of shoot would have been impossible at short notice, but now I’m at a point where I can confidently just go out and shoot anything, knowing the footage will not only be beautiful but easy to work with.”
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