Dave Mullen Jnr

New York City

I shot a bunch of video in New York on a recent visit with Maria (who’s in the film, a lot). I’ve had little experience with shooting and editing but wanted to give it a go, especially as i’d just bought a Canon 6D. I used my 50mm f1.8 lens throughout which gives it that nice shallow focus. I’ve since upgraded my 50mm lens to the f1.4 which is much sturdier and has a smoother manual focus ring.

I edited the video with Adobe Premiere Pro. I should’ve used a simpler program because all the tools and options are a bit overwhelming for a first-time user. It took a few tutorials to find my way around.

My idea was to make the video up of clips that lasted exactly 32 frames each (shot at 24 fps, each clip is 1.5 seconds long). I experimented with longer / shorter clips but 1.5 seconds seemed perfect. It gave the video a good pace without cutting between clips so fast that you can’t see what’s going on.

The song used is Daydream by Beach Fossils. There are a few reasons why this song works; it’s upbeat and energetic, the lyrics are relevent (to us) and the band are from Brooklyn which is where we spent most of our time.