Even the Canon HDSLR the 550d (T2i) is finding it's way into music videos – example: “The Rebel” by The Amateurs – this amazing music video that was shot on the Canon Rebel T2i/550D (reviews) for less than $1000 – we had to get more info for you!
the Amateurs music video
Chris Stone BTS
Chris Stone sent along this behind the scenes info!
“‘When I was first approached by The Amateurs to direct a music video for their track ‘The Rebel', I thought that the song really sounded like a modern Bond theme. It had the energy and drive of 007, so that's what we decided to do… a homage to all of the James Bond films.
After two months of planning, storyboarding, casting and location scouting all over the UK, the shoot finally began. The first two days were spent with the band getting all of their performance shots in an old steelworks, just outside of Sheffied. It was tough work having to shoot around all of the machinery but the compact nature of DSLRs made it possible. At one point, sparks almost set fire to the guitarist's trousers!
The production then moved on to the beach sequence. In the final video it looks like the sunny Caribbean but in truth it was shot in Lllandudno in North Wales on possibly the coldest day of the year. Both of the actors were freezing!
A large local hotel was transformed into a Monte Carlo casino for all of the poker and hand to hand combat scenes. All of the extras and the casino tables were found through requests sent out on Facebook. Mark Johnston, who has worked on such big movies as King Arthur, choreographed the fight scene in the morning and it took 3 hours to shoot it… it only lasts 16 seconds in the final video.
Two locations were used for the villain's base that the spy destroys. My uncle's brewery in Burton-On-Trent was used for the gigantic silver vats and intricate pipework when the spy plants the bomb. The rest was filmed in a secret nuclear bunker that we got permission to film in. The bunker was my favorite part of the shoot as we got to race a jeep up and down the massive tunnels with an army of Russian soldiers chasing us. To top it all off, Matt our SFX expert set off the biggest explosion of his career, as Richard (the spy) drove out of the bunker at full speed!
The next day's shoot was for the end credits, which are a big nod to the titles from ‘Goldfinger'. Kaz Preston, our chief make-up artist, did an amazing job of painting our model (Michelle Chalmers) head to toe in silver. We then projected imagery that we had shot that week onto her to create the effect.
The last day was spent filming an Aston Martin DB9, which was kindly provided to us by a private owner. Richard (the spy) actually got to drive the car for two hours. We were also allowed to clamp the camera to various parts of the car (because it's so light) to get all of the angles required.
In terms of kit, we used only what we already owned; a mini-jib and car clamp from Hague, a glidetrack shooter and a tripod! Where possible we shot with available light, all other lights were either cheap worklights, torches or borrowed from friends. Only one modern lens was used, the Tamron 17-50mm, as well as several vintage lenses including a Helios 44-2.
Thanks to Chris Stone for sending this in! What do you think?
(Photo credit: snap from the video)