Filming Paul Brandt’s “I Was There” Music Video – Part 4 of 4 – Action and Editing

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 12, 2011 in lighting, music video, video |

This is Part 4 of 4 of my experience filming the music video for Paul Brandt “I Was There”

You can also view Part 3 – Real Characters,  Part 2 – Video Gear and the 7P’s, and Part 1 – Nashville

I had plenty of video portraits and moments for the music video but I really needed some hockey action!

We spent a day on a back yard hockey rink in Fort Saskatchewan and also spent a day renting out an arena to get some more action shots.

All of the characters in the film had to sign a model release so just shooting generic footage of a random hockey game wouldn’t work. I left all of my set-up action shots for the arena shoot.

The last day of shooting was street hockey which really brought everything together.

The Journal's Ryan Jackson and Amanda Ash film pond hockey at Clayton and Crystal Amos' acreage near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. for the official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" in Edmonton on December 4, 2011. Brandt's song is the official anthem for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and the video, directed by the Journal's Ryan Jackson, will be played before every game. All the characters in the video are real Albertans who embody the spirit of grassroots hockey.

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The Journal's Ryan Jackson films pond hockey with the help of young Sawyer Amos at Clayton and Crystal Amos' acreage near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. for the official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" in Edmonton on December 4, 2011.

Left to right. Christopher, Amanda and Brayden Bellamy pose to be filmed by the Journal's Ryan Jackson the Jubilee Recreation Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. for the official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" in Edmonton on November 29, 2011.

Hockey fans Christopher, Amanda and Brayden Bellamy pose for a photo at the Jubilee Recreation Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. on November 29, 2011 (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Amanda Ash unloads camera gear at the Fort Saskatchewan Hockey Rink.

We made use of the whole rink!

One awesome thing about the Panasonic GH2 was how light it was with a 20mm f1.7 lens.

he Journal's Ryan Jackson sets up an overhead camera for the puck drop scene at the Jubilee Recreation Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. for the official music video for country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" on November 29, 2011.

Overhead shot with the GH2 on a pole.

The Journal's Ryan Jackson films a puck drop scene with (left to right) Tyler Mrkonjic, Stephen Petruk and Steven Canduro at the Jubilee Recreation Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. for the official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" on November 29, 2011.

The Journal's Ryan Jackson films Tyler Mrkonjic's parents Frank and Kathy with the City of Fort Saskatchewan town council sitting in as extras in the background at the Jubilee Recreation Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. for the official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" on November 29, 2011.

Filming the brother referees.

Directing the proud father and son.

Directing the main character Tyler Mrkonjic.

My Zacuto loupe was too big and heavy for the GH2's viewfinder so I used a Rotolight 6" Articulated Arm to hold it up. Worked great!

Here was my "data cart" with 27" 1080p monitor and 4TB hard drive.

Gear cart. This thing was a huge timesaver.

Frame grab from my GoPro mounted on a hockey stick for street hockey.

Street Hockey. The narrow street and trees made for a nice clean yet suburban-looking background.

My shot list for street hockey.

he Journal's Ryan Jackson mounted a GoPro video camera on a hockey stick for the street hockey shots for the official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" in Edmonton on December 10, 2011.

Trying to squeeze in some shots of old timers hockey.

A screen shot of the hundreds of video cuts made in Final Cut Pro of the official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" at Limbo Editing Services in Edmonton on December 11, 2011.

The Journal's Ryan Jackson in the editing suite with Adam Kidd, owner of Limbo Editing Services for official music video of country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" in Edmonton on December 11, 2011.

Colourist Joe Owens with Presto!Digital Colourgrade colour balances and grades the final version of the music video for country music star Paul Brandt's song "I Was There" in Edmonton on December 15, 2011. Photo by Adam Kidd.

The first viewing of "I Was There" at the Edmonton Journal newsroom. It was my first time having a real audience.

All the people involved in creating the "I Was There" Music video. Left to right. Top to bottom. Adam Kid, Paul Brandt, Ryan Jackson, Shane, Deanna Smart, Amanda Ash, Sandra Marocco, Barb Wilkinson, Donna Christensen and Taryn Melnyk pose for a photo before Paul Brandt's concert at the Jubilee in Edmonton on December 12, 2011.

And the final result!

Also check out Amanda Ash’s audio project The Faces of I Was There.

In conclusion this project was an amazing, challenging and rewarding experience. I met dozens of inspirational people from around Alberta and also made a new B.F.F. Amanda Ash.   The Edmonton Journal and Calgary herald ran photos and Amanda Ash’s stories ran front page.

One of the most rewarding moments though was when they played the video on the big screen in the Saddledome during the bronze medal game and people stood and applauded!

Check out edmontonjournal.com/paulbrandt for more stories and also check out more behind-the-scenes photos.

Good times!

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1 Comment

Monica
May 29, 2012 at 5:20 am

A college buddy of mine is a video game tseetr and he has seen and played the NCAA version. According to him, he was playing UND vs Denver when all of a sudden a bonus round popped up. Gwoz got up on the dasher and started pacing back and forth. You get 3 shots to knock him off. If you do, then Gwoz gets sent to the press box while some bald tool with a cellphone ear piece pretends to coach the team. It’s very realistic from what I hear.


 

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