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I shot: Kasabian

Welcome to the first ‘I shot’ of the site.  I’m still undecided about the title but I’ll go with it for now.  Sure you know what I mean anyway; one week it’ll be ‘I shot…muffins’ which doesn’t have the same ring about it but that’s the beauty of my job at the moment; there’s no shortage of variety!

So yeah, Kasabian.  I was tasked with shooting and editing a few very quick bits to use at V Festival this weekend; their intro and outro messages, basically.  An early start and flight to Belfast to catch up with Serge and Tom before their gig in town that night.  Myself and two P.A. guys got settled in the very swanky Malmaison where we were shown to our rather well-appointed suite where we presumed the shoot would happen:

Waiting for Kasabian in Belfast

All very dark, moody and perfect for the shoot.  Trouble was, the shoot wasn’t happening there.  But it’s a lovely hotel, especially if you like black and purple, so I’d recommend it if you’re in town.

The actual location was an even swankier country hotel outside town, the Culloden.  Lovely place; according to our cab driver it was where England stayed when they last played (and lost) there.  Trouble was it wasn’t nearly as evocative for the shoot as the Malmaison but that’s life.  I’ve realised over the years that just when you think something’s sorted, you often have to resort to Plan B and get over it.

Tom and Serge were top blokes as always although understandably preoccupied by a poltergeist which they (or Tom, at least, if I remember rightly) had witnessed at the hotel.  Anyone who’s about to see them at V are in for a great night (nothing new here because they’ve always come up trumps whenever I’ve seen them, I’d say the best British band of the last 10 years); I’m paraphrasing what they said to P.A. but it was along the lines of ‘it’ll be like everyone’s Christmases, New Years and birthdays all rolled into one’.

The shoot done (I’ll stick one of the vids up after V)

Kasabian's Tom and Serge in Belfast, August 2010

and conversation briefly turned to Soccer AM and Gordon Smart’s recent car park effort:

Gordon Smart's Soccer AM effort

Can’t embed the video, you’ll have to watch it via The Sun here

Pretty impressive by anyone’s standards, but I’m with Serge, it wasn’t a patch on this:

I haven’t watched the show since I left but I doubt anyone’s going to knock Serge off that particular perch; he did it in his rockstar shoes and all.

I digress, but that’s about it.  I’ve since been editing the videos in time for them to get them ready at V, although I won’t be there to see the fruits of my labours as I’ve got a big job on Monday so can’t risk it; I’m off to see the boys tonight in Brixton instead.

For those who are interested in kit and stuff, I used my Canon 7D with the Canon f2.8 17-55mm lens, and recorded sound via a Sennheiser shotgun mic into my new Zoom H4N recorder.  We couldn’t use lights as we had to travel…light…but as you’ll see from the vids when I post them, we could just about get away with it.

Hello

Hello!

Thanks for stopping by.  After months of saying I was going to get around to doing this, I’ve finally done it.  It’s by no means finished; I’ve got to get a showreel up and more example videos, plenty more links and then there’s the blog to think about, but it’s a start.  As I’ve said on the ‘Resolution Who?‘ page, what I’m trying to do with this is have a half-portfolio, half blog site thing going.  So hopefully I’ll be able to pick up new work from it but I’ll also come up with interesting stuff to blog about.  I think I’ll start with splitting the blog into pesonal/random stuff and more digital media/social media-based topics but I’ll see how that goes.  I’m pretty new to blogging so if you’re not and you’ve got any tips for me it would be great if you could comment or send me an email and of course bookmark/RSS me.  I’ve already lined up a few people I want to talk about and I’ll stick something up every time I do something of interest on a job (one to follow shortly) and of course I’ll post stuff I find on Twitter or elsewhere.

To those of you who know me from Channelbee, I’ll be sticking up what videos I rescued before I left, certainly the ones I had a hand in, on my YouTube channel.  Gradually.  We may have a music issue but I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that.

I’m going to crack on but should be posting again shortly.

Neil