We recently welcomed videographer, Alex Green, from Focusrite and Novation to film a music performance. The arrangement was created live in the studios to demonstrate the release of a brand new Novation product. At Copperdollar Studios, we love to see how videographers and other creatives use the space. Don’t forget to give Alex’s amazing video a watch – you can find it at the bottom of the blog!
Hi Alex! Please could you tell me a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a videographer for Focusrite and Novation, I’m 21 and live in Buckinghamshire and work out of our HQ in High Wycombe. I started working for Focusrite as a Tech Support Engineer when I left school at 16 and whilst studying Music Technology. I’ve always had an interest in video and photography and started working with the company videographer on Focusrite and Novation shoots whilst working in Tech Support gaining experience on shoots etc. I then took a job as a video editor and now videographer working in our Creative department who output video for both brands.
What sparked your curiosity in videography and how did you start working with Novation and Focusrite?
I was given an opportunity out of school to work in the Technical Support dept over summer holidays as work experience. I was then offered a part-time position whilst studying. I was always out and about with cameras and mainly into photography. I then took a real interest when the opportunity to work as a runner and then B cam on video shoots were given.
What was the project you were working on at Copperdollar Studios?
The project we filmed at Copperdollar studios was for a new Novation product release the SL MKIII. A MIDI keyboard and controller. The video was our main performance/promo video to be used for the launch of the product.
How did you first hear about the studios and what made you choose it as your location for this video piece?
We work with -CALC- (Chris Calcutt) closely for videos. He’s our EMEA Product Specialist and also a talented synth wizard. He lives nearby in Brighton.
What did you find different about Copperdollar Studios from spaces you’ve used for your videography in the past?
It was easy to get into and set up in a clean clear space. We had the options of a few feature walls to film against as well. It had a nice natural light as well.
How did you achieve the more technical shots seen in the Novation // SL MkIII – Performance?
We brought a big overhead pole that we can use a clamp and a tripod head to attach our Canon C200s to between two large C Stands. We also used a variety of tripods and sliders. We had a lot of camera gear and audio equipment to make this shoot work!
How do you think Novation’s video content seeks to inspire musicians and producers?
Novation’s video content I think shows peoples what is possible with our products, sparking ideas and inspiration for their own projects. Whilst also giving knowledge and education into our products.