by Nino Leitner | 22nd June 2016
EDIT: The recorded webinar is now available for free to stream on the Sony Pro Europe website. Head over to watch the 1-hour conversation in its entirety! Ever since the heydays of MTV in the 80s, music videos have been a creative experimental outlet for musicians and filmmakers alike. Budgets vary incredibly, probably more than in any other field of film/video production, but financial constraints can sometimes even spur creativity. I will be hosting and moderating a webinar discussion live from Sony’s Pinewood Studios facility in London on July 6 (in about two weeks), and the guests will be independent DOP Tom Swindell who has been busy shooting many music videos over the years, and Mike Marchlewski, who is an in-house DOP and project manager for Sony Music’s production team. from our music video production “Those Goddamn Hippies – Drift” – photo by Tony Gigov The format is not unlike our ON THE COUCH talk show series, with the difference that it will be streamed live and the audience will be able to take part in the discussion via live questions to the panel. Sign up here on the Sony site to join in on July 6 at 14:00 (BST) / 15:00 (CET) / 9 am (EST) or to gain access to the recording afterwards (this will be available only about a week after the recording). The discussion will last a total of 1 hour. Here is what we will be covering in the webinar: • Look like a million dollars: shoot attention-grabbing music videos on real-world budgets • From storyboard to screen: conveying your artist’s vision • Master your art: which cameras and lenses work best • Telling a musical story: schedules, locations and shot lists • Capture a great performance: taking care of lighting and audio • Making the cut: break into the industry and get your work noticed Last but not least, here are three music videos from Mike Marchlewski (Sony Music), Tom Swindell and myself: Music Video: ‘Florrie – Real Love’, Sony Music Music Video: ‘Kes – People’, provided by Tom Swindell Music Video: “Those Goddamn Hippies – Drift” – directed by Nicola von Leffern, DP: Nino LeitnerRead more
by Nino Leitner | 27th June 2015
On July 14th, Sony hosts another free live webinar from their Pinewood Studios facility in London, this time covering a topic that occupies the mind of many of our readers: How can you actually make the break in the film and video industry in this day and age? (You can sign up for the free live webinar on the Sony website.) Similar in structure to our ongoing ON THE COUCH talk show, I will be the host and talk to a range of professionals from different tracks of the industry. The guests: Toby Dale from YouTube: With a representative from YouTube joining the discussion, we will talk about the opportunities and challenges in making money through posting regular content on YouTube – what are the revenue streams? What do audiences engage with? How do you tie in sponsoring to your content? We will also talk about the YouTube Space, the first-grade production studios that YouTube offers to their most prolific content creators in several large cities around the world, including London. How do you actually manage to get access to the YouTube Space for your productions? Trailer for “R£DI$TRIBUTORS”, feature film directed by Adrian Tanner, shot entirely on the Sony A7s. Director Adrian Tanner: Adrian is a director and recently finished his film R£DI$TRIBUTORS, entirely shot on the Sony A7s. Adrian will tell us about the production and how he got where he is now as a director – and how he manages to survive successfully as an artist in the wolf pit we call film industry while still retaining his artistic integrity. Southampton Solent University: Craig and Ben from Southampton Solent University’s Production Programme will join the discussion and tell us about the current education in film and how it ties in with an industry where many people start to work without a formal education. What can a film studies course do to prepare them better for what awaits them than actual “learning on the job”? They talk about how their production programme gets students to work on real-life jobs as part of their studies. (By sheer coincidence, Southampton Solent University is where I personally spend my exchange semester during my film and media studies about 11 years ago. Talking about learning on the job vs. learning in university should make up for a very interesting discussion.) You can sign up for the live webinar by clicking here. You will be able to submit live questions to the discussion. A recording of this webinar will be posted online at a later date.Read more
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