New Video — Behind the Scenes Filming a Music Video with a Panda + Sony A7R II


A few weeks back, I met up with my friend Henry to film a music video for one of his band’s tracks. The whole concept was an idea he’d had a long time ago; to film an inanimate object on a 1-take journey through cinematic surroundings.

The inanimate object in this case, was a panda called Geoff, and I vlogged our whole process of getting the shot. Check out my video below and then subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos like this!

I decided to film the whole piece on my Sony A7R II in 4K and S-LOG2, so that we’d have the highest quality available to work with in post-production. I’m not actually editing the final film by the way; I was just shooting it.

The key concept for the video was to capture the view through the wing-mirror of the panda hanging out of the car window. By shooting in 4K, we allowed ourselves a large resolution to potentially crop into, if the stabilisation were to need it.
As it turns out, the rig we setup was really well weighted and held a solid shot throughout the whole shoot. I was using my Manfrotto 190XPROB to sit in the footwell of the passenger seat and made good use of the centre column which can spin horizontally.

We filmed the whole session along Kewstoke road in Weston-super-Mare for its cinematic woodland appeal along a cliff edge. It was extremely quiet at about 7am on a Sunday morning and we’re both hugely pleased with the results.

You’ll be able to see the full video to Henry’s band Cautioners at some time in the future when their album is finished and released. I’ll link to it here when it’s available!

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