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Monday, 19 September 2011

Dance Video Bodyshop for Laura Ann.

Dance video Bodyshop for Laura Ann was a great project involving 14 dancers and a whole load of rehersals, location scouting and more.

Laura-Anne wanted the video, she is a professional choreographer and dancer based in Manchester, she travels with her work internationally.

Since the age of 16 she has been working alongside the likes of, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, George Micheal, Pink, Katy Perry, Geri Haliwell, Jagged Edge, Mario & Omarion. enough to say she is a good dancer, experienced and open to new ideas.

I wanted this video to be light well with a slight tone, so it was captured with low contrast and a custom picture profile, knowing it would then only need minimal processing to achive the overall clean look.

We are not shooting any kind of RAW format here so tolerances for adjustments are low.

Dance Video Bodyshop for Laura Ann by Jason Harry

While I am on with all the pre production Laura is busy with rehearsals, we keep each other updated to make sure were on track.

Test shooting the workshop left gave me a sample from which to slice a section and work a jpeg image to perfect the adjustments required to the footage before the day of the shoot. I prefer to work this way to leave out any nasty surprises at post production and not get the look, think I could go into melt down otherwise.

Dance Video Bodyshop for Laura Ann by Jason Harry

Lighting the space used was easy, its a high end bodyshop right, so these guys don't work in the dark, pushing extra fill light from the front was going to be the order of the day.

Dance Video Bodyshop for Laura Ann by Jason Harry
Camera used Canon EOS 5d mkII

We had a small window to shoot the video, on the day of shooting from beginning to end we were in, set up, footage taken from two main locations, promotion shots made, and take down in two and a half hours.

To get the footage we worked the main sequences three times to make sure we had it right, that's the deal.

So arn't we cool doing the shoot in a short time, the EDIT oh my, three solid days for the main dance sequence plus another day or so making the beginning and credits.

Post shooting before edit, review to footage, identify the good footage to be used, then the order to run.

Editing sequence start at the beginning and sequence the movement to the audio, a tricky task.

Dance Video Bodyshop for Laura Ann by Jason Harry

Thanks to the fourteen dancers, the makeup artists, PROSPRAY for letting us shoot there.

To Laura and myself high five... making this video was an undertaking but a blast.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

London Fashion Week Debut then some.

Straight off their debut at London Fashion Week label JEREMPAUL had secured meetings with buyers in London.

For those not familiar with the brand designer Khulekani Msweli won the FDC Avant-Garde Designer of the Year Award, a testament and acknowledgement of his quirky surrealist-inspired creations, this young talent has been tipped to take the couture fashion world by storm.

The seasons look book I was to shoot consisted of around 24 pieces.

At short noticed I was asked to produce their look book, having just returned from their show we quickly arranged the shoot in Manchester.

customised stand by Jason Harry

At the same time we produced some small vidoe files for each outfit that could easily be placed in any website as an individual item or as a whole for the collection.

The example below is one of the video's produced for JEREMPAUL, produced to work with the look book.

Two jobs in one session.

The individual files are small, around 1mb in size.

Short deadline, multiple media, all in a days work.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Dubfire at Sankeys.

Asked to cover the visit to Manchester by uber talent Dubfire to the venue voted Worlds finest Club Sankey's, my original plan was to capture a number of promotional shots.

Dubfire is the stage name for Ali Shirazinia, he left the comforts of a storied career as one-half of Grammy-winning duo Deep Dish in order to pursue new life as a producer.

Deep Dish are well known for providing house or dance remixes of tracks of famous stars such as Madonna, Cher and Gabrielle

customised stand by Jason Harry
Camera used Canon EOS 5d Mark II @ 3200 iso hand held.

The image above and below can be found at www.jasonharry.com in the abstract section, a 32" by 24" framed print of the image below is displayed in my loft studio.

customised stand by Jason Harry
Camera used Canon EOS 5d Mark II @ 3200 iso hand held.

When the Dubfire set started the atmosphere and the performance was really one not to be missed, so i captured it in a series of photographs.

The video has been made from some 1,500 photographs taken over the 3 1/2 hour set, they haven't been modified and almost entirely dropped in the timeline in the order taken.

The experience at Sankey's was an audio visual treat for all the Dubfire fans and Sankeys faithful that were in attendance, for those who missed it...

turn the lights off, turn your speakers up, press play.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Khasan Brailsford and Kylie dancers at Sunshine Studios

Khasan Brailsford and more of Kylie Minogues dancers at Sunshine Studios Manchester

In April this year I did portfolio work for Khasan Brailsford, he is a professional dancer based in LA.

customised stand by Jason Harry

At that time he was in Manchester on a world tour with Kylie Minogue.

customised stand by Jason Harry
Khasan Brailsford and Tre Holloway on set @ the Loft Studio Shoot

We had only a few hours to make a studio and location shoot, I have to say the amount of outfits they brought was erm impressive.

Below is the video with the Kylie tour dancers at Sunshine Studios