Last August, I was contacted by the band The Agonist to shoot one of their live shows and make a music video out of the footage. When they said they would be playing at Heavy MTL, the largest Heavy Metal music festival I immediately jumped in at the opportunity. Not only was I going to be able to shoot a great metal band play live but also get a free VIP pass to the rest of the festival! Constraints with the press passes only allowed one cameraman to get in with the band to cover the show, so I packed up my Canon 5d MarkII and a 70-200mm (2.8) lens and got ready for the shoot. As a production team, we would have usually shot a live show with at least 3 cameramen, especially when the footage would be for an actual music video, but you’ve got to work with what you’ve got, and that was me and my camera. After shooting The Agonist play their set at the festival, I used my shiny VIP pass to get into all those areas the cool people go and ended up shooting many other bands that were playing that day. I was able to get on-stage and backstage access which allowed me to capture some great footage of these musicians totally rocking out. Only bands I couldn’t get too close to were Slipknot and Marilyn Manson… I got yelled at a few times, trying to stick around the backstage area with my camera. Apparently no one was allowed to shoot the real famous guys up close (except a few privileged photographers) and I learned that stage managers can get insanely irritated when a videographer tries to sneak his way by unnoticed with a camera. Oh wel… at least I tried haha.
So here are two videos I shot that day. The first was is the newly released video Panophobia by The Agonist, shot with one camera, one lens and a simple monopod.
The second video is what I put together with my best shots from the rest of the festival; a short trailer for Heavy Mtl. Check it out! Let us know your thoughts on the videos and don’t forget to go like our Facebook page! KEEP ROCKIN’
PANOPHOBIA Official Music Video
HEAVY MTL Trailer