Covering the filming of BMTH's new video showed me again why I love this job so much. As part of a film crew you get to see locations that the public often hasn't got access too.
We shot in an disused warehouse in East London's trendy district Shoreditch. It was one of the spookiest places you can find - apparently Jack the Ripper killed his first victim there - ideal set up for the dark and twisted feeling of the video.
The darkness was definitely the biggest challenge for me. Having to shoot video and photographs with so little light available I was forced to use my bright 50mm f1.8 and my Canon 60D on the highest light sensitivity setting (ISO 6400) almost throughout the entire shoot. This resulted in very grainy images and shots with a very shallow depth of field. Often the grainy-ness can be a problem but I think here it really worked in favour of the style of the whole shoot.
Also using a lens with such a restricted focal length means you have to zoom a lot with your legs as they say - meaning you gotta get physically really close to your subject or quite far away to allow the framing you want - which in a small intimate space can be very tricky or impossible even.
But I realised the trickier something is the more it inspires you to think up new ways of shooting and that can be really refreshing.
Here is the making of video I filmed and edited. The guys from Jaegermeister - who is a sponsor of the band - seemed really pleased and used it as world exclusive promotion for the actual video which you can see below this one.
The video directed by the super talented Stuart Birchall was just nominated for best video by Kerrang Magazine!!