Xanadu for the stage is a send up of the movie version from the early 1980's. And this is the TV commercial that Ben and I worked on to promote the show:
It's fun, it's silly and it's 15 seconds. Ben and I loaded up the car, set up the green screen and shot a bunch of variations with two of Zachary Scott's talented actors. Ben acted as grip and sound man while I ran the camera. Creative Concept and Postproduction were done in-house at Zachary Scott Theatre by web marketing guru, David Munns.
Tech Notes: We used a Westcott muslin ChromaKey green background (10 by 20 feet) lit by four 500 bulb LED fixtures. The key and fill lighting was done with two 1000 bulb LED fixtures. The actors are backlit with two of the battery powered Fotodiox AS-312 LED panels, gelled with a weak magenta filtration. Both of the 1K bulb panels were covered with diffusion materials and the fill was further softened with a Westcott FastFlag diffuser.
We shot with a Sony a77 in the AVCHD 1080 60i setting alternating between the 16-50mm kit zoom and the 80mm Hasselblad Zeiss Planar lens on an adapter. Focusing was done manually, assisted by Sony's really cool Focus Peaking.
Ben was wrangling a Rode Videomic on the end of a no-name "fishpole." When I looked at the footage on a 27 inch monitor I was amazed at the quality. Even better, under controlled lighting, than my previous Canon 5Dmk2.
The theatre is also editing down a :30 second spot to follow up this teaser.
Ben and I will be at the dress rehearsal next week. I'm shooting stills for publicity and Ben will be shooting BHS ("behind the scenes") video for the web.
Just thought I share a little project with y'all.
Edit: Several people asked if I filtered the LED lights that were used as the main lights on the actors. The answer is no. I did a custom white balance at the beginning of the shoot and it seemed just right. As the sensors in cameras get better and better so too does the ability to do really good white balances; even with sources that have lower CRI's.