Videolog pick: Archive Live in Athens

If you haven’t yet checked out the video above please make sure you watch it in HD full screen!

I dedicate this post to all those people who were denied shooting a concert on DSLR video cameras. We all know the problems that come with DSLR on a stressful live shoot like a concert. If you miss a moment you’re f….d to say it nicely and yet you have to swap cards constantly on all cameras. And did I already mention loud low base and rolling shutter., If you haven’t experienced that I’ll leave it up to your imagination.

Well here’s a beautiful example of a person (James Tonkin) who dared to shoot DSLR on a concert and convinced his sponsors, wait, no, he didn’t have any sponsors. In fact Tonkin says: “It was all done without a record company: the band paid for it, and the DVD costs were funded by fans through a company called Pledge Music.”

James Tonkin is also featured on the Canon website
Here’s a small rip from the site:

Tonkin reveals: “I’ve always adhered to trying to create a very filmic look, so when the Canon EOS 5D Mark II appeared it was a ‘light bulb moment’ for me. I was working on an album campaign for Robbie Williams and showed his management some EOS 5D Mark II footage and said, ‘look at this it’s stunning’. For the rest of that year [2009] I filmed everything for him with an EOS 5D Mark II; a 20-minute companion DVD for his [Williams’] album, a podcast series and various ‘Making Of…’ projects. I also remember thinking, ‘wouldn’t it be great to shoot a live gig with these cameras?’.”

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James Tonkin’s website

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