Life on the road can be an unforgettable journey for an upstart band looking to break it on the international market. For bands several years into their careers, it can prove to be a strain on the very fabric of their being. It all depends on how wasted you get along the way.
Following bands on tour is always a challenge. By filming absolutely everything and anything that happens on the road, we aim to tell the story of trials and tribulations of life as a touring band, and all of the successes as well. Pack the car (if you’re lucky, the van) and let us start writing your story in the chapters of our tour diary.
- Live multi-camera, single camera and audio recordings for the entire tour, including travel filming, filming at gigs and all backstage and behind the scenes footage. We also cater for video recordings at outdoor events.
- Front of House mixing for the gigs on tour (if required)
- Audio mixing of the gigs in post-production (if we are given individual stems from each instrument including drum microphones. We can also improve stereo mixes if they are provided)
- All video and audio services that will take your project form start to finish, including editing, colour correction and grading, audio cleaning, mixing and mastering (for further information on these services see our Video and Audio specific pages)
To provide you with a free quote, we require the following information at least 4-8 weeks before the event:
Tour Plan –
- A massive undertaking – We will need to know the ins and outs of the entire tour from start to finish, including all itineraries, timings, venue locations, hotel bookings and the like, so that we can effectively plan our shots for the duration of our time on the road
Live music events –
- Site reconnaissance – Can we assess the venue in advance of the event? Failing this, can you put us in contact with someone at the venue who may be able to give us the information we need? This will aid us in planning how we will shoot the event
- Access – Can we film on stage? Can we film backstage? Can we film the band/artist before and after the gig?
- Audio – Will the gig be recorded by the in-house sound engineer or do we need to record it?
- Filming specifics – How many members are in the band? Have you got a stage layout diagram and technical specification that you can send us? This is for us to be able to determine how many cameras we will need for the shoot, as well as give us ample time to plan our shots for the event
When dealing with high profile bands and solo artists, we need to know if we have the correct permissions at every stage of the job. This is of the utmost importance at the filming and editing stages.
We need certain permissions from:
- The venues, whether indoor or outdoor, ensuring that we can film there for the events we attend along the tour
- The sound engineers at the venues, to use the recording of the gig (if applicable) for the video
- Performers or artists, as they must be made aware that we are to be filming intimate ‘behind the scenes’ situations and agree with it in advance of the tour
- The management of the bands, artists or any other kind of performer (this is particularly important when clearing content for release)
- Any other people in the chain that we require clearance from when reviewing footage and transcripts of the tour