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Let Them Rock!

Posted by Meredith Kain on March 14, 2016

This year’s Leap Day was a very special one for a group of young musicians….


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On February 29, the non-profit Let Them Rock held a fund-raising showcase to help raise money for music education, and Crews Control’s Doug Plumer was there to capture it all.


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“I was told it was going to be a run-and-gun shoot from the start,” Plumer said. “And it was!” The shoot involved footage from the performance of the young musicians, awards presentations, and interviews. Plumer was faced with a huge challenge of capturing all the footage in a short amount of time with only one camera – and he got it!


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“I went with a Sony FS7 for this shoot,” he said, “and a variety of lenses. I used a Canon 18-55mm f2.8 for the run-and-gun shots, Sony 28-135 f4 for stage footage, and a Nikon 50mm f1.2 for interviews.”


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With so much going on, it was a challenge for Plumer to capture everything, but he rose to the occasion beautifully. He was able to scope out the scene early to find on-stage and backstage angles, a quiet place back stage to light up for interviews, as well as a prime tripod spot at the front of the stage for audio. Plumer’s audio tech was familiar with the house mixer, and was able to utilize it for exceptional audio.


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As the night unfolded, Plumer said it was clear that he was witnessing some of the most incredible young musical talent in the country. The highlight was a drum off between veteran drummer Mark Schulman (of Foreigner and Simple Minds fame) and a young protégé.


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“It was a great night for a great cause,” concludes Plumer, “it was amazing to be able to capture video for such a fun event.”


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