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  1. This just-released video by Sia is already being called by some the Best Video of 2014. And to be sure, it is really good. The choreography, the lighting. . .and the song isn't bad either. I'm looking to get others' opinions on how it's shot and edited, though. There seems to be something a little 'off' with these. In my opinion, Beyonce's "Single Ladies" is probably the best exercise in mixing camera movement along with choreography and creative lighting, as well as creative/appropriate editing. I was stunned when I first saw it, and am challenged/inspired as a photographer (and steadicam and jib operator) by it to this day. Some might not think comparing the two videos is 'fair', because of various factors like shooting on set v shooting on location, the genres of music, or what the directors were trying to accomplish. But being that dance and choreography are the main elements in both videos, I think it's fair, if just for example's sake. This video seems to be a little Videography 102: Get your wides, tights, and mids by cutting; and edit only for continuity of motion. Asking myself What would I do differently, I don't believe the video has to be a 'one take', but I would make a lot more use out of zoom, and move around a lot more, also trying to keep the dancer in-frame more, particularly on the closer shots. With editing, maybe there's a few 'rules' that should be broken. That's all I can say without getting gratuitous. I want to emphasize that I think this is good video (wouldn't be surprised if it won some awards), but would like some input from some of you in the know.
  2. I am planning to shoot a choreographed dance scene on a rooftop and am seeking any tips for shooting in an uncontrolled environment with a standard Canon 5D or 7D. Should i avoid harsh lighting and shoot after sunrise or before sunset? What budget lights or gels would assist? Also with dynamic shots can i still achieve nice sweeping pans left-right following the dancer without a steady cam apparatus? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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