Just two days ago I started the production of my first documentary, “Achter Het Gordijn”. The documentary tells the story of a ballet ensemble that works hard towards their goal at the end of the season, the recital . Two days ago I had the first shoot, filming a ballet class preparing and practicing choreographies. I was really excited about the footage I got and decided to put a teaser up as soon as possible, to get my idea out into the world and also to be able to show all those participants what it is I’m actually doing all the time with that ‘photo camera’.

Slider setup

Since it’s basically a one man production without any budget, sometimes I have to be really creative because there’s no sound or lighting person to help me out. All the footage in this teaser was recorded on my Canon 7D with three lenses, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8L and the incredible Tokina 11-16 2.8 lens. Most shots were done on a basic tripod, for the slider shots I used a Kesslercrane PB pocket dolly with a Manfrotto 501 head – a great combination of you ask me! I put a Zoom H4n on top of the camera for reference audio but decided not to use it in post. I’m really looking forward to the next shoot.

Tele setup

I really like testing out new things so I decided to edit the teaser in Final Cut Pro X. The footage was shot with Technicolor’s Cinestyle profile, I used Crumplepop’s Tonegrade plugin to add lots of detail to the shots and then did some basic color correction and grading within FCPX itself. I then added the title sequence and credits, which were designed in Motion 5. I was really psyched when I found this piece of music so I bought and licensed it immediately. from a creative point of view, I really cut the video to the music, trying to sync the movements of the dancers to the accents and rhythm of the piece.

If you want more information about the project, you can visit the project’s dedicated website at www.achterhetgordijn.nl (in Dutch).