I was asked to join the live recording session of Spiritbox’s “the Mara Effect” to capture some behind the scenes footage, both stills and video. The session took place in Cobble Hill at Silverside Sound, owned by my good friend Lucas McKinnon, which is one of my favourite recording studios I’ve ever been to. Needless to say, I was delighted. This music video in particular was shot by Dylan of Versa Films in Saskatchewan. Dylan is quite the talented cinematographer & director and had flown all the way out from Saskatchewan to capture another epic video for this talented group of musicians! This is my little story of Spiritbox at Silverside sound…
The song itself is comprised of several parts – three to be exact – and ends up totalling over 16 minutes in length. An extensive amount of footage was captured to create the final product from Versa films, as it was shot on a single camera by Dylan himself. It was mesmerizing to watch the band perform live in such an intimate setting, as well as watch Dylan work his magic single handedly. Typically, a crew is required for a setup this labour and creatively intensive, but he managed to wear several hats simultaneously. This meant of course focusing on one band member or camera angle at a time, which involved running through the full 16 minutes for each individual person/shot. My favourite was watching them dangle a $5000 camera setup on a C-Stand 13 feet off the ground to capture the overhead angle of Ryan drumming through the parts of the song. Quite nerve wracking to watch it get set up, swaying back and forth as micro-adjustments were being made.
It was pleasure to capture footage for use behind the scenes as well as some still images. Alongside my digital DSLR camera I brought with me some expired Fuji Film and loaded it into my favourite film camera, my Nikon FM2n. I even prefer it to my more advanced and highly sought after Nikon FM3 as well as my automatic FE2, primarily because of it’s no nonsense manual functions that simply just works. I’ve dropped this thing, broken a shutter blade, pieces have fallen off, but it’s never skipped a beat. I’ve loaded numerous rolls of film into this FM2n and I think out of 1,000 frames I’ve only been robbed of 3 images due to components getting stuck or failing. Not bad when you’re shooting a 40 year old camera that’s been sitting in a box for the last two decades. But apart from it’s sheer ruggedness, my favourite aspect of the Fm2n is the simple to use and extremely easy to view red LED light meter which is extremely handy when using in dimly lit areas like on a behind the scenes music video in the dark.
Here’s a few images from the roll of expired FujiFilm out of my FM2n
It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in a recording session – from my previous days as a freelance music producer and recording engineer – and I thoroughly enjoyed my return, although this time it was with a camera instead of a microphone. Special thanks to Spiritbox Music, Dylan from Versa Films, Malcom Owen-Flood, and Lucas McKinnon of Silverside Sound for having me. It was a blast.