NVS Promotions is responsible for the running of two medium sized, well-recognised European music festivals, Outlook Festival and Dimensions Festival. Both Events take place in the now renowned Fort Punto Christo, a 19th Century abandoned Austro-Hungarian Fortress, while opening concerts for each festival are run in a 120BC Roman Amphitheatre in Pula city centre.
2017 is our third year working with NVS Music but our first year being tasked with the primary film crew responsibilities. Our brief this year was to change up the delivery format and style of film from previous years. We were tasked with producing eight short videos (30 – 60 seconds), along with a full aftermovie highlights (approx 5 minutes) for each festival (Outlook and Dimensions). In total 18 videos across the two weeks on location.
Three months before the events, we had a concept meeting with the clients to brainstorm ideas, delivery methods and budgets. In the following weeks we developed a method statement, call sheet and job breakdown for all the staff to work from.
Due to the size of the two festivals, the complexity of the brief and the busy schedule, we took a relatively large team of five. This included four camera operators and one photographer. The specialist production capabilities built into this team were: 2x gimbal operators, 2x super slow motion camera operators, 2x drone pilots, 2x hyperlapse specialists. This enabled multiple staff capable of operation on a range of production equipment allowing us to split the team across multiple locations around the festival site.
The post production process was a complex task. We had to turn around a bulk of the small edits while on site, this meant at least one person editing each day, and the final videos and the aftermovies to be finished once back in the UK. Each aftermovie required analysis and gradings of nearly 50 hours of real time footage, this in itself is the longest task. Following this, we consult with the client on music genre and selection before beginning the edit process. Each video took roughly four days of actual edit time, and a further day for client changes, grading and audio mastering.