What a crazy day this was!
This was such a challenging project. Normally, when I shoot a dance video, it's in a reasonably controlled setting, and we can do as many takes as we need to in order to guarantee I have all the shots for the edit. This time? Not the case. Groov3 organized a dance flash mob at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, CA, and they were only doing the performance twice. That gave me two chances to get the shots - and that's it.
I had to think on my toes, so I decided to play it safe. They were doing the performance at two different locations - on the floor, and on the stage. The floor was a great place to shoot because it gave the Osmo lots of mobility, so that's where I shot the first performance. Of course, because it was a run-and-gun situation, there were a couple moments where I missed the shot and didn't get the camera where it needed to be on time. For that reason, I really needed coverage for cutaways, so on the second performance, I got to as high of ground as possible and shot the stage from above. There was no way I was going to get that same mobile coverage that I got on the floor because of the intense crowding around the stage, so the stage shots were wide and static.
The edit of these two angles were a little disappointing. The floor shots were so exciting and dynamic, but the wide shots just kind of hung there like dying fruit. I was nervous to submit this to the client, Groov3, but I had done the best I could do under the circumstances. Ben from Groov3 was a little disappointed, but Ben is a dream client who was totally understanding that there was just one of me and there was a lot going on. He ended up suggesting we collect phone footage from people who were at the event to make the edit more exciting. He also suggested experimenting in the edit to make the stage area and the floor area look more connected, which I accomplished by creating the artificial whip pans. I also suggested putting that "Rec" graphic on the phone shots so the difference in quality between the phone shots and the Osmo shots looks more intentional. The result is what you see above!
Major thanks to Groov3 for always providing me with exciting projects and being such a great collaborator!