We discuss some of the finer, non-technical, details of the live session recording process and cover the all-important issues revolving around money and contracts as well as who pays who.
After filming over 300+ live acoustic sessions over 4 years, I can confidently say that I now know a thing or two about filming them. Yes, I have made hundreds of mistakes along the way, but hopefully I’ve learned from the majority of these mistakes and can share them with you so that you get a better idea of how to film a great looking live session.
We have recently been featuring 360 virtual reality videos on Reload Sessions. These videos allow the viewer to see a 360 degree view of the shooting location; a truly immersive experience. With Facebook and YouTube integrating the technology into their video services we thought it was a good time to share a bit of insight on how we film these videos. Here are a few things we've learnt along the way.
In October 2015, we got our hands on a selection of camera backpacks. A few weeks later we were heading out to a shoot in South East Asia, allowing us the perfect opportunity to test the new bags. The two bags that made the final cut for Thailand were ONA's Camp's Bay and Langly's Alpha Pro. Here, I compare the two - taking into consideration space, quality, design and value - and give a verdict on which worked best for Reload Sessions.
Mogami are a brand renowned for their excellence in cable construction and audio fidelity. Recently they sent us a collection of cables, including the custom blue-cased XLR lead which we're very excited about. The XLR cables come with Neutrik m/f connecters and which provide a no-nonsense and durable microphone lead along with a 5 metre reach , so robust in fact that the Mogami offers a life time warranty on their cables; with their slogan being 'Cable for life'. We were also given a few right angled instrument cables too which we've not yet seen on Reload Sessions but along with all of the cables provided by Mogami we're looking forward to making them a regular in our kit-list.
Check out Mogami's UK website here.