Short post this week, as I just realized that I'd never shared the final versions of the scenes from Titus Andronicus that I edited from the performance recording done at Clear Creek Community Theatre in 2017.
For any new readers, last year Clear Creek Community Theatre selected Titus Andronicus as it's 2017 Summer Shakespeare production. It was directed by my brother Robert Leslie Meek, and I made an awesome teaser trailer for the show (which you can check out here). During the final weekend of the show, we recorded the whole show from beginning to end with three cameras (a Sony Ex3, a Sony F3 - borrowed from TPC - and my Sony A7s recording 4K into my Atomos Shogun Inferno).
Unfortunately the music rights the theatre has for live production don't extend to distributing recordings of the show, so the full production is only available to the cast and crew of that show. However, I was able to pull some really great scenes from the edit and have packaged them up as individual videos on CCCT's YouTube Channel.
I've embedded the ones we've pulled below - please enjoy (if enjoy is the right phrase to use for Titus)
One more project off the list! I've finally finished my edit of the Titus Andronicus production at Clear Creek Community Theatre from summer 2017.
It took a littler longer than expected, partially because it kept getting put on hold to work on other things, but I finished it the other day, and I'm glad to be moving on to the next project. Unfortunately I can't post the full show here, because of some rights issues with music. (The theatre has different rights/rules for stage than video), but they will be posting a few different scenes in the near future. However, I've got a sneak peak here for you all who follow the blog - check it out:
Along with the crazy couple weeks I've had at work, I've also had a few fun, but quick projects I did for Clear Creek Community Theatre that I thought I'd talk about a little bit:
First of all, there's the early publicity stills I shot for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] last week, which is the next show on the CCCT stage. The director, Steve Sarp, had an idea for publicity to put the Groucho Marx glasses prop on Shakespeare, I then suggested actually photographing the image on the Shakespeare bust that sits on the piano in the lobby at CCCT.
The pictures turned out better than I had hoped:
Wow, where did this week go? I really am going to try to do this once a week (as long as I have new stuff to talk about) - but I guess I need to get into the habit of doing that first.
Since my last post I have:
1) Made significant progress in editing the full recording of CCCT's performance of Titus Andronicus from this past summer - of course the full video won't be available publicly (music rights are different for live/vs recorded) but I do hope to pull some of the nicer scenes from it to post on Clear Creek Community Theatre's YouTube channel, and...
2) Gotten our 48 Hour Film Project Behind The Door posted to YouTube (click here to watch it) - I am really proud of how this turned out even though we didn't win any of the major awards. Its very impressive to see what we (and all the other teams) could pull off in just a weekend and it makes you think, "well why don't we take two weekends and make something bigger and better?" I've talked about this project so much in my vlog and in social media I've lost track of what I've said about it, I might give it its own blog post at some point when I've got more time to write (and think)
At work, I finished some 3D work that's in a commercial currently airing for Pinkerton Law - I'll do a separate post about that a little later. (after they get the videos posted online somewhere) and we've been up to our eyeballs in liveshot support. This week we've got 2 other studios shoots already on the calendar so it looks like busy is the name of the game right now - which is great because I like money, but then I'm not working on my own projects either.
More on what I've been focusing on in my "personal project time":
We shot a full recording of Titus Andronicus with three cameras: 2 cameras shooting mediums and close shots from the sides of the second row and one wide shot from the back of the house. Pretty much the same setup we used to shoot the recording of The Tempest back in 2014 (watch some of that here) with one main difference:
We shot the tempest with 2 Canon 7D's and one Canon 70D - 3 generally nice looking DSLRs, but they have some shortcomings in an environment such as this and you really feel it in post.
We shot Titus with a Sony EX3, a Sony F3 and my Sony a7s recording into my Atomos Shogun Flame - aside from the three cameras being a major jump in video quality period, the other big difference in how it edits is that those three cameras have timecode sync capability (though that forced us to shoot 30p instead of 24p, but that was a sacrifice I was willing to make)
What that means is from the word go all 3 cameras have been locked together and I've got matching audio and video to start with, rather than more steps/more time consuming workflow from Tempest in which I synced it all with pluraleyes, but then had to make single layer clips of the multiple clips from each camera (because the 7D's only record in 12 minute chunks) which I could then take into multicamera mode for "quick" editing.
Its part of why I sat on Tempest for a couple years before finding the time to finish editing it, the idea of syncing the three cameras and the audio and then finding a way to edit it all was just a daunting task. And then when I did sit down to work on it I think I logged about 3 weeks of editing time in it when all was said and done.
In comparison, I've been working on Titus for the equivalent of 3 or 4 days and I'm already fine tuning the edit - I hope to be done with it in the next few days so I can move onto my next project - a proof of concept for a different approach to the ghost hunting genre that I shot, hosted by Brian Treybig.
To wrap up, I leave you all with a picture I took on my iPhone from The Pixel Forest an installation piece that just closed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - it was a fascinating experience and executed beautifully. The hanging lights were synced to the video displays (4 nearly seamless projections) on the far walls and standing among them was a unique feeling.
You can see more of the pictures (and video) I took at the exhibit on my Instagram account @tomameek
Until next time - thanks for reading.
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Thomas Meek is an independent filmmaker living and working in Houston, TX