“Achter Het Gordijn” – Music Rehearsals

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Yesterday evening felt very special for me as a filmmaker. After a first meeting, lots of phone calls and emails I could finally visit the music rehearsals at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Composer Wilma Pistorius writes beautiful and completely original music for the film. The footage really comes to life when you hear the music being played by the musicians and you realize how much it actually contributes. I think it’s really special that this music is written especially for this documentary film and that it fits the footage of the dancers perfectly. I’m really excited about the results but I can already tell you it’s going to be awesome!

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“Achter Het Gordijn” – The Big Show (Saturday)

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Saturday started with a dress rehearsal, the perfect time for us to adjust the settings of our cameras, take photographs and shoot some backstage footage! The main camera for the documentary footage shot backstage was the 7D in a ‘run&gun’setup with a Canon 35mm 2.0 lens and a Zacuto Z-finder. Jessica used a camcorder for additional footage.

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I put a Zoom H4n on the overview camera to do a 4 channel recording of the sound (stereo room and stereo from the mixer).

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“Achter Het Gordijn” – The Big Show (Friday)

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Friday, the day before the big show weekend – dancers, technicians, teachers and volunteers are busy making preparations. We went down to the venue to do some camera testing.

Since we will be doing a multicam registration of the show as well as shooting backstage footage for the documentary, preparation and packing took quite some time!

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We use three  XDCAM cameras that had to be set up properly beforehand.

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