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Bryce Douglass
Concert Filmmaking and Exposure and color question
on Feb 3, 2017 at 4:05:25 am


I have been filming for about 10 years. I know lots about lights, color etc. I am experienced in Documentary FilmMaking. Recently I've found a love for shooting Concerts as my friend is in a band and he asked me to film a few of his bands gigs. I really enjoy it but have a few questions.

1. Is it best to film in Manual Focus or Auto Focus when I have a second camera setup that I'm not operating?

2. How do I properly setup the exposure and white balance with the stage lights always changing brightness or color with colored lights?

I've searched quite a few concert videos from professional filmmakers from MTV, Disney etc and some are right on the money and others aren't.

Here is some examples I found where the color or brightness doesn't always match from camera to camera. How important is it that the brightness and color be perfect from each camera?

(please don't judge the music as I'm just looking at camera work here)

This clip starts of with a wide shot with bright faces but then the closeup of Joe Jonas has his face all blue. Shouldn't the closeup be the same color as his face is from the wide shot?

Here you have a wide shot of the drummer and face is more blown out compared to the rest of the cameras. Wouldn't it be better if the wide shot didn't have the face brighter than the rest of the cameras?

Just don't know what is supposed to be correct. maybe both of these is wrong.


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