(Beastie) Boys on Film
22-03-06 Seleccionado por: karaoke kamikaze
por Eric Steuer
To make their new concert movie, the Beastie Boys distributed Hi8 videocams to 50 fans at a 2004 show in New York City - and asked them to record everything they saw. MC Adam Yauch then combined his favorite bits from the 100-plus hours of footage into a feature film, Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! We asked Yauch to rap a bit about the experience.
WIRED: Where did you get the idea for Awesome?
YAUCH: One night, I was prowling around on our Web site's message board and found a phonecam video clip that someone had taken at one of our shows. It was really grainy and shaky, but I loved how it was shot from eye level and showed a personal take on what was happening onstage. I thought it would be cool to apply that approach to a full-length concert film, so that it actually feels like you're watching a concert and not some big, overblown MTV video.
How long did it take to get the project off of the ground?
I was on a mission - it was about three days from the time I saw that clip online to when we shot the film. We had a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, so I posted a message on our site asking people to send me their seat numbers. I used a seating chart to map out the 50 positions that would give us the most coverage and best angles in the venue.
Where did you find that many Hi8s in just three days?
Most places don't have that many analog video cameras in stock. So we bought a couple from one place, a couple more from another, and so on. In addition to the Hi8 cameras, our friends were shooting six Panasonic DVX100A cameras.
And our live show included other cameras: two surveillance cams on the DJ booth, another at the top of the truss looking down at the stage, a rig with a computer hooked up to a series of cameras that created a bullet-time effect, two beta cams - one at the back of the room and one handheld up front - and a Sony PD-150 with a wireless transmitter. The opening helicopter shot was done on a Panasonic 720p HD VariCam.
What'd you do with the Hi8s when you were done filming?
We put them back in their boxes and returned them for a refund. This is low-budget filmmaking, after all. Plus, what the hell am I going to do with that many camcorders?
How long did it take to edit the film?
My editor, Neal Usatin, and I worked on it for about a year. There are more than 6,000 edits in the final product.
What were some of the coolest moments?
There were lots of little personal moments. I especially think of one close-up shot a guy took of his girlfriend lip-syncing to one of our songs. And there's footage of some kids sneaking backstage. You're seeing pretty much exactly what the people who were there saw.
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