John Mayer shares “A Life In The Day” – his Canon EOS 5D Mark II video

by planetmitch15 Comments

For the 5 of you who may not know, John Mayer is a musician and it is intriguing to me that he put this Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) video together of a day in his life. It is a unique view into what it must be like to be a musician out on tour and to me (a guy who doesn't travel well), it seems to be a darn hard life – even tho it can be glamorous at times. In researching this story, I also found this post on John's blog which I think sort of backs it up… “What It All Comes Down To – Was handed this letter at a meet and greet on my last show of the tour…”

John seems to be quite the photographer as well… if you look around in John's blog you'll find lots of interesting photos as well as this chart of the ‘stages of a photographer'

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“A Life In The Day” from John Mayer on Vimeo.


Filmed on May 5, 2010, a mostly first-person chronicle of the day's events leading up to a performance in Wollongong, Australia. Shot on Canon 5D mkII with 50mm 1.2 and 24-70 lenses.

We don't get any info about the editing – I wonder if John edited it himself… what do you think? (Let us know your thoughts in the comments below)

(Photo credit: snap from the video)

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      1. sorry, for the “crap” ops maybe impolite… I was in a hurry … You are a little sensitive no?;-)
        But like in planet 5D words to other work I suggested to go in this site
        – “it is good, but not good enough to enter this site” .
        Or is it good just because it is John Mayer ?
        The story goes nowhere, a film for me is a story. A documentary is more what this is… but again an uninteresting one.

  1. See, I feel different about this piece. To me, it’s interesting to see what people do with their HDSLRs. The world has a fascination over celebrities and being able to see a video like this shot by a celebrity is pretty interesting for the most part. The fact that JM actually knows how to operate a Digital SLR caught me off-guard.
    We may not be able to call this a documentary but I actually enjoyed watching it.

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    Well, interesting comments so far. Not sure I understand why some of you think this is bad… it tells a story, I feel it is artistic and very well done.

    But then again, that’s what makes the planet go around – not everyone likes the same things.

    Thanks to everyone for taking time to comment.

  3. I have to agree with Ellsworth. I love to see pieces like this that give you a behind the scenes perspective.

    “Crap” is a useless comment unfitting on a professional forum.

  4. It’s always interesting to see the world from the perspective of another person. I think theres much more to it than what the previous comments have said.

    The best image quality, the largest mega pixels, the lowest noise, the most steady, the best technically done film isn’t the best. The succesfull film is the one that tells what it’s made to tell. Technical stuff helps tons, but they exist to make the film success in a most optimal way.

    I think if you are not sensitive enough you won’t get the sense of this short film, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. I enjoyed it.

    Anyway, the other question is, why is it here? well, obviously because it’s intriguing to see what a famouse singer does in another art that isn’t his speciality. Morbid? sure, no big deal.

  5. not a thing of brilliance, but a couple of things i took away (which i’m more or less parroting from earlier comments)…

    – while not shocked by any means that JM knows his way around new tech (if you follow his blog and [now deceased] twitter account, you know he loves new toys), it was nice to see he also knew his way around a HD-DSLR and knew/knows how to use it.

    – a good collection of things from start to finish of a day of touring. not overtly self-indulgent like i’ve seen others do. just a quite, self-meditation of going through a day in his life.

    well done, i say.

  6. I think what I like best about this piece is that it gives you a sense of the place and the person and uses natural sound. Too many videos knock out the ambient noise and replace it with music which, for me, a lot of times takes me away from the visuals. Interesting that a musician chose the sound of his environment for the soundtrack. I actually saw this somewhere else a while ago and didn’t care for it much. Having re-watched it, though, it’s a nice little slice of life and I appreciate that it doesn’t try to be anything more than that. There’s some lessons to be learned here.

  7. I like it. Gives a sense of place and his day. It’s not a masterpiece but it shows how others use the 5DII to make short movies.


  8. I somehow doubt John posted that to receive our praise or disdain. It just seemed like a guy that wanted to share with anybody that was interested, a day in his life. I found it very interesting to see the day from his perspective, and I didn’t feel the need to judge the quality of his video. Maybe it was his first one. How bout’ “hey, that’s cool that a huge star wanted to shoot some video and post it!”

  9. The road can be a lonely place sometimes.

    I think John captured that quite well, although I’am sure their are parts of his day that would balance that up a little.

    Thanks for the effort.

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