Following an intensive few weeks of rehearsals all was in readiness for the scheduled filming of Ludwig’s new full length work ‘The Red Waltz’.
The stage was set with five cameras, four sets of lights, three caterers, two camera men and one clapper board operator … not forgetting the four talented dancers (Emma, Rhiannon, Cass and Tim).After a full run of ‘The Red Waltz’, it was then filmed scene by scene and captured from different angles by the five cameras. Seeing it performed in small sections didn’t detract from its overall ‘wow factor’ and still kept us totally engaged, engrossed and in awe.It was interesting to see first hand how differently the movement comes across on film and just how physical a dancer’s life really is.
Even with the stop start nature of filming the dancers maintained their characters and the development of the story regardless of the order of the shoot.
At the end of day one everyone was exhausted but happy with the footage captured and went home for a well earned rest.Day 2
Day 2 started with one of the camera operators bringing with him an early edit of footage from just one camera from day 1. Everyone was excited after viewing day 1′s results and hit the studio set for another big day.
The filming on day two had emphasis on close ups, capturing particular movements, expressions and some creative camera angles.Although the caterers under catered the sushi there was enough food and snacks to keep everybody’s energy levels primed and able to survive the two days.
Those of us who are not dancers continued to be amazed and impressed by the world of dance.
Cass now has the task as editor to select and piece together all of the footage from the two days – good luck Cass!
Can’t wait to see the final work.