Y'all, this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but when Kenny “LaMar” McGowan sent me his amazing Canon EOS 5D Mark II music video he did for Chris Anderson this afternoon, I had to reach down to pull up my socks. Especially when I read: “I am a musician producer by trade and have been using Final Cut Pro off and on since the first version came out. I've used my video chops to help several up and coming music artist to promote themselves as part of my production package. The Canon 5d Mark II is without a doubt an amazing camera and it's probably the best thing smoking for independent film makers. It has opened up a huge opportunity for great movie makers. I did mostly everything myself with the some help from another very talented camera operator. I edited the video myself. I still have alot to learn. Video and music is my love and I'm so grateful that I live in a time of this amazing technology.”
So I asked Kenny to tell us a little bit more about the making of the video.
“What can I say about the Canon 5d Mark II that hasn't been already said, “It's a Killer Camera” one of the best pieces of gear I've bought so far. It made shooting the Chris Anderson music video very fun and for the first time as a videographer I felt confident in what the end results were going to be. Being able to use different glass for different shots was amazing. I occasionally used rails and a follow focus.
Most of the time I used my 5d Mark II with a descent tripod head (Bogen 501) and a heavey duty tripod stand. The manual controls were great and the timing for that added feature was just right for this video. I used Apple's Final Cut Pro 7 for editing and did most of the coloring in FPC 7 with a touch of Magic Bullet Looks. It would be nice if it had auto focus for Dolly and Crane shots. I did not have a focus puller for the Dolly shots and I had to use a different camera for those shots. The quality was not the same in those shots and I much rather had used the 5d Mark II but, when I was shooting solo I had no focus puller and it made it next to impossible to stay in focus while using the Crane & Dolly shots. However with a small crew at hand you could easily pull off Crane and Dolly shots with a bit more ease. I'm sure someone out there has had amazing results from Dolly & Crane shots with the Canon 5d mark II.
I have no major complaints about this camera and would highly recommend it to any one shooting music videos or short films. There is so much room to grow with the Canon 5d Mark II until I might find myself buying another one at some point. The the price for the camera is wonderful and with some money invested in some good glass, you can't go wrong.
Kenny also said this on the youtube post: “The song FEVER was produced by Kenny “LaMar” for an up and coming 21 year old singing artist by the name of Chris Anderson. Chris' influences include Bobby Darin, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble just to name a few. Chris Anderson's latest video FEVER, was also Produced & Directed by his music producer Kenny “LaMar” McGowan. Michael Buble recorded FEVER on one of his earlier albums but never produced a muisc video of the song. The arrangement is similar to Michael Buble but with a bit more funk in the groove tank. We hope you enjoy.”
Our thanks to Kenny for sending us this planet5D first look!