Go with me behind the scenes as we explore the work of video-focussed creative agency Spinning Clock, constructing a dream-world out of a medical lab in a work of operatic science fiction.
Shooting on set is always an interesting experience. You tend to be working with a team a highly talented people all with a very specific set of skills and job to do, a very creative environment. You also tend to be working in a fluid environment because with that many moving pieces and each with their own problems to solve, small delays can add up and you can soon find yourself in a time crunch feeling the pressure. A good producer goes a long way to smoothing that over though.
Any member of the crew feels the pull of the work as you bring it all together, but working as the still photographer on set is definitely a unique position. Your contribution isn’t directly to the work itself. It is creating a complimentary piece of work to go alongside the primary piece. You are there to document, support & publicise.
In that position, you have to find ways to capture all the most interesting parts of all the action, from all angles, and at all times, to fully cover all that is going on. But the key part here is that you have to do so subtly – without distracting the talent, silently – not screwing up the audio, and invisibly – not getting on camera.
Luckily on this set were were dealing with many scenes that would be set to music later so worrying about the audio wasn’t too bad. But there was also a lot of shooting down long narrow corridors which limited shooting angles, or in rooms with lots of reflective surfaces which also meant needing to be hyper aware of where you positioned yourself.
For this project we shot for 2 nights in a row, roughly 6pm through to 5am, in a university medical lab. It was long and tiring, but so much fun.
As you can see we got to do some really fun shots for this one. I’m not sure you’d be able to piece the story together from these small glimpses so I won’t give the story away. You’ll just have to wait for it to come out. I’ll link to it because the chances that you have heard off the end client and would see this naturally in your day to day life is gonna be pretty slim unless you work in a pretty narrow set of industries.
Working with Spinning Clock is always a good experience for me because they are a team of highly creative individuals that love to take on fun and creative projects, or at least to take on projects and make them fun and creative just because you are working with such fantastic people on set.
Until next time, hope you enjoyed these shots.