Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oh what a night!

Wow.  I don't know what it was but Lucy's Lounge was full-tilt boogie this last Monday night at Open Mic.  We were lucky enough to be there with our cameras and it was magical.  Our new Canon 60D HD footage really looks incredible.  Some of the people had been there before but many were new to us - and the pressure was on for these musicians as our cameras were suddenly crawling all over them.  The team posted much of the raw-footage on private youtube links for approval and we hope to be posting at least a few videos from the night soon.

Tonight, while we waited for the high-sign, we took a trip over to the Duck Inn, in Mamaroneck NY to hang out with Dave and the jammers - a tasty set of Zeppelin ended the night.  I gotta say, it rocked - very hard.  Big hug to my new friend Maria.  Here are a few stills from the Duck Inn from the 60D.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Buried In Blue Promo Clip

Check out the latest clip from FlyMusicMan and FLYfx.  Tom Dowd's band, "Buried In Blue" is a local favorite around here and this clip is a snippet from a magical night at Pete's Salloon in Elmsford, NY here in Westchester - or as we like to call it, Freshchester.  Enjoy this tasty sampling of Buried In Blue!

This clip was cut exclusively from footage shot with our new Canon 60D with a 50mm 1.4 lens.  We had two other cameras rolling, our old friends the Canon Vixia and the trusty GoPro2 but decided to go with a "film style" (one camera) type of edit to create this montage using just the 60D - because the 60D footage just looks so darn good.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A great website for Musicians.

Hey y'all,

Check out this website: - I subscribed to their daily email updates and I gotta say, they are jam packed with useful tips for the working musician.  I highly recommend it - I love the daily email.  Check it out!

And if you want to linger on the site you can find literally hundreds of things to read and learn.  Tips on everything from using social media to recording tips to legal issues.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The response has been incredible!

We just wanted to give a shout out to all the local musicians that have been so incredibly enthusiastic about what we are doing.  It is quite frankly surprising how interested and excited everybody has been about  the raw footage clips and selected HD stills we have brought back to the venues where they were captured.  We look forward to finding out where this journey will take us and could not be more excited about the response!  We are truly grateful and we feel very blessed to have been accepted so openly.  Thank you all so much!

Here's a handful of stills from our HD video cam, a Canon VIXIA HFG10.







Monday, February 6, 2012

Chris Fox & Mojo Monde - New Video!

Hey Everybody!

Here is the latest contribution from flymusicman - a new video for Chris Fox & Mojo Monde featuring Mike Bram on drums.  We had a hard time letting this one go - it was too fun and we wanted to keep tweaking but Monday morning was approaching fast and we had to get back to the real world.  We hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it.

Special thanks to Lucy's Lounge in Pleasantville, NY for letting us shoot there and to our good friend Artesia for letting us use her camera - and extra special thanks to ALP Productions for bringing in their big cameras to round out our 6 camera shoot of this amazing night of music.

Stay tuned for more videos, tips and behind the scenes stories as we continue our journey here at the flymusicman blog.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Chris Fox & Mojo Monde on tap! Stand by...

Here's a sneak preview of a frame from Chris Fox & Mojo Monde's upcoming video.  It promises to be an eye popper! 

Another Cobert Operations video: with Special Surprise Guests!

We had a great time shooting a few songs from this performance of Cobert Operations.  I was still learning what we could do with our cams at this point and had spent the day trying to figure out a better hand-held scenario.  This is the shoot with the wooden spoon as a stabilizer that I spoke about before.  Not a great way to go but an improvement none the less and the best I could come up with in a day since the first shoot, believe it or not I tried dozens of techniques.    Still it was way too shaky to watch - soooo, to try and make this amazing performance survive without causing seasickness - we decided to kick this one up a few notches by stabilizing the heck out of it in Autodesk's Flame.  Because of the sheer bulk of stabilizing needed, we employed the Furnace Plug In "Steadiness" and found various settings that seemed to work well enough - and left it at that - so it didn't turn it into a two-year project.  You can clearly see motion artifacts in the form of wobbling and smear in a lot of these shots - but believe me, they are much better this way.

That night with the wooden spoon led to a much more intensive search for the best method to get nice handheld footage.  Wait to you see what we stepped up to next.  Put it this way, my wife wants to kill me.  Ok, enough about me, check out COBERT OPERATIONS!!!!  WOOOOO-HOOOOOO!!!!!

Actually, our stabilizing insanity has already been revealead on our parallel blog, "The Fly Camera Dude" - here's the link.  How fun is this?!  OMG!

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