It’s been a while since I’ve shot music videos, but when Mika Kurvinen wanted to shoot a small video for Alavala, I was ready to rumble. There was no real budget, so we decided to shoot only in places with existing light. Adding a small led flashlight and an iPad mini, we had our light equipment ready. We shot the video with my Blackmagic Pocket camera. The special effects were created on my kitchen table with a bowl full of water and by throwing in anything we could find from my kitchen. It was a fun night! Color grading was carried out with Petri Falkenberg / Grade One. Thanks, Petri!
When I was asked to shoot a music video for Suvivirsi, an old Scandinavian chant, I was intrigued of the plan to shoot a cinematic story with a taste of nostalgy. A new musical arrangement of Suvivirsi was done by Antti Vuori, who was also about to direct the video with Vuokko Hovatta performing. After a short conversation with Antti, I wanted to be onboard. It’s quite seldom in Finland that you have a possibility to get a decent budget for a music video and it’s more or less volunteer work for everybody. In the long run it’s not right for anyone working in the business, and it doesn’t help things to evolve either. In this case, budget allowed us to concentrate on the story, and get a small crew with a good equipment to do the job. To capture the video, I relied on RED One MX with Zeiss High Speed lenses, smoke and in few locations on 12kW Dino lights. Check out the short making of -video as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdqGqH9Sois
It’s been a while since I’ve shot music videos, but when I got an inquiry if I was interested to shoot two days cinematic scenes for director Antti Vuori, I was very happy to join in. The big plus was a reasonable budgeting that allowed me to have an excellent crew (Gaffer Aki Karppinen, 1st AC Teemu Koivisto) with me and tools that were needed to accomplish the shared vision. And judging the material of the first day, I think we got some really nice, contrasty shots. In my lighting, I relied to three 12kW dinos gelled with a full straw and a locations (below is one of them) filled with a smoke. Works like a charm, at least to me. And in my opinion, RED One MX, that I shot the video with, is still an excellent choice, at least over the Scarlet.
We shot this video together with Teemu Niukkanen, the artist and the cast in October, and oh boy, it was a one music video shoot to remember. One has to watch it by themselves and make their own conclusion of the story. For all you techs out there, this was my first shoot with Blackmagic’s Cinema Camera (Read more here).
We shot some night time cruising last month with director Olli Koivula for Jontte Valosaari. “Tuleen” is a music video that I had a pleasure to shoot blending urban colors and play with the darkness.