Shooting this music video for artist Drew Kennedy was an amazing experience. We picked up Drew at McCarran International Airport and proceeded on a whirlwind tour through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas. Traveling for five days straight, we stopped in such diverse and colorful locales like Jasper, Flagstaff, Las Cruces, Marfa, and Marathon. Aside from the diversity of the American West, we were snowed on outside of Flagstaff, a great boon for adding to this story of a musician traveling alone.
The Grand Canyon was a treat for me, as it was my first time visiting. Outside of the amazing grandeur that was laid out before our lenses, there really was an element of danger considering that one wrong move could have spelled disaster. I know that I certainly become focused in shooting, but the constant nagging in the back of my head to make certain of my footing helped to keep me in a tight circle and avoid stepping off into thin air.
As for the technical process, we shot on a Canon 60D and a Panasonic GH2 that was hacked with Sedna AQ1. Some of the timelapses (portions of the Grand Canyon and the night timelapse) were done with the 60D in photo mode and the Canon intervalometer. I didn't have one for the GH2, so instead I relied on my "brute force" method and the GH2's ability to span clips for long continuous takes. We had a Canon tilt-shift lens for the 60D, and the GH2 used mostly the Lumix 14-44 zoom and a Nikkor 24mm f/2.0 lens. The moon shot was a combination of the GH2 in ETC mode and a Sigma EOS 70-200 f/2.8 zoom lens.
The GH2 footage was transcoded into ProRes via 5DtoRGB with the 60D footage receiving the same treatment via Final Cut Pro 7's log and transfer functionality. The final video was edited in Final Cut Pro 7.