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Nous Invicta does it’s first Acoustic Night.

On April 2nd 2012 I went to film an acoustic night consisting of Performing Art Students at Coventry University. The acoustic night was shot in Coventry at the SU’s Square One.

People included:
Tom Neary – Camera 3

Thomas Barnes – Camera 1

Alex Chance – Sound

Dicken Richards – Camera 2
The day started at around 3pm when myself and Tom Neary went to Square one with 3 Sony Z5’s and 3 Tripods. Upon my arrival I had a chat with the Event Organiser Gabrielle Mir-Hosseini about what was going on and what we were going to do and film. Alex Chance was already there sorting out the sound for the evening which took along time to sort out. Myself and Tom then discussed where each camera would go and made sure that we would not be in the way of the audience and likewise them not being in our shots.
We had to move a few tables around so we could get in our prime spots in order to get the best shots of the performance. The biggest problem was where to stick Camera 2. The camera that would supply the shots directly in front of the performance. The best thing to do was to get some staging out, raise it up so it was about 5 foot off the ground and then put the camera on the staging.This made sure that the crowd wouldn’t get in the way and also that the sound desk was also in line with myself and the staging so also had to rise above that.

The lighting also proved to be a huge issue. The lighting had to be good for the show but also good for us to film in. A long time was spent on trail and error to sort out the best lighting. The main problem was that the lights that would be used were not spread wide enough to cover the whole stage. This would turn out to be a problem in filming. The problem was that the microphones had to be evenly spread but the light was different for each microphone spot and in one case the light only covered half of the space it should have. There was only so much that we could do so sorted it out the best we could.

The event was due to start at 8 and by 7 everything was set up and ready to go. Some performers managed to get a few run throughs which did help us in for the main show as well as them.

Thomas Barnes then joined us and went through everything that was going on, what I wanted from everyone etc. and got ourselves in position. What was wanted was to film it and then edit it like it was done as if it was a live tv show.

The show went on for around 3 hours with 26songs and here is a song from that evening edited and sounding amazing.


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