Berlin VideoLypse

Ben Jacobson filming a chase scene on a rooftop car park, Berlin IStock VideoLypseEvery year iStockvideo invite a number of contributors to gather together to share experience and expertise, and to shoot some stock video clips.

We were honoured to be one of just eight contributors chosen to visit Berlin, the chosen venue this year. A key reason Berlin was picked is that it is the site of iStock’s European office.

The whole event was inspirational to us on many levels – from meeting both the inspectors and other contributors (it’s so good to put faces to names), to the very useful talk given by Getty’s European Footage Art Director, who has really got us thinking about taking our art direction to another level – and of course the shoots themselves. There were a large number of actors who stayed in role across a number of locations, with each contributor having four unique combinations each (the combinations often sounded like they were from Cluedo – e.g. “The Henchman with the Gun in the Private Club”). I took the brief to mean “clips that look like they are from feature films” and so was very glad to be shooting on my brand new 60D, which really helped provide the cinematic look.

Parkade

Here are two very rough ungraded edits from the first of my four shoots in Berlin in a car park (although it was referred to as a “parkade” all day – which I had to look up!). I edited them at 1am in Berlin when I couldn’t sleep!
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Many, many thanks to the iStockvideo team who organised and ran the weekend very professionally, dealing extremely efficiently with the issues that are bound to arise with an event of this scale. Thanks also to everyone in iStock’s Berlin office who were super friendly and helpful. And thanks to the other contributors and their assistants for sharing their knowledge and experience so freely and willingly.

For any iStock contributor who is serious about improving their approach to stock video, I can’t recommend trying to attend a future Video’Lypse highly enough.

Above photo courtesy of iStockphoto | mammamaart
Library music courtesy of Audio Indigo

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