Mimi O’Halloran writes and sings her own material and recently released an EP ‘Eyes That Cannot Be Mine’ (which you can listen to, or buy, on Bandcamp).
She was up for the weekend and we decided to make a film clip for one of the songs on her EP, ‘Montpellier’. Mimi had lived in Montpellier and had some clips on her phone which she wanted to include in the film. She knew she wanted something atmospheric and we both wanted to do something quick and easy which we could finish that weekend.
With no crew, budget or planning (!), the two of us set about making a music clip. Luckily there was a fair at Crystal Palace and a French-looking café, everything else we did in and around our house. I shot handheld with ambient light and/or a tiny LED camera top light. It was all quickly cut together in FCPX over a bottle of wine (French, of course) and posted on Vimeo that night – enjoy!
Camera: C300 Mark 2
Lenses: Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8; Canon EFS 17-55 F2.8 is USM; Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM; Samyang 24mm T 1.4 Cine Prime
Notes: Shot with an odd selection of mostly wide and fast lenses, most shots taken in extremely low light and at 120FPS. At that speed the camera is coping with less than a quarter the light per frame and the cropped sensor turns a 50mm into the equivalent of a 100mm lens. We left the grain as it was straight out of the camera as we wanted a grungy look. The Canon log footage was coloured using Levels and Curves from Nattress and FCP’s built-in colour filters.
Mimi plays live around the Deal/Kent area and is a fantastic live performer. The EP was recorded as live. You Tube has loads of her performances, old and new, here are a few I like…