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Static Holiday Sessions: behind the scenes

by David Morris Published: December 21, 2010

Final Cut Pro timeline of Static Holiday Sessions edit

I caught wind of this idea last Monday, an email from PR ace Rob Crissinger to entertainment guru George Lang:

What would you think of coordinating a small “Static Christmas Concert” at Blackwatch Studios in Norman. It would be a one-hour taped show where performers sing their favorite Christmas song in front of a live audience of family and friends. Performances could be interesting pairings: Matt & Joe Stansberry, Sherri Chamberlain & Graham Colton, Daniel Walcher & Skating Polly, Dr. Pants & Jabee, etc. doing their take on a Christmas classic.

Now that’s a great idea.
Some emails were exchanged. George and I met. I then met with the advertising crew with thoughts of a sponsorship. We called Jonathan Fowler at Fowler VW in Norman on Friday morning. Jonathan immediately saw the value and cool factor.

Crissinger worked the angles for a venue over the weekend. We landed on Urban Roots in Deep Deuce, just north of downtown OKC after learning Blackwatch was booked on Monday. The artists were already scheduled, it made sense to switch venues instead of trying to reschedule 12 artists.

On Monday morning my crew included David Jones, Todd Fraser and Kyle Roberts. Billy Davis created some Static Holiday Sessions animations to use in post production.

We began shooting just after 11 am and had five videos shot by 1 pm. Cami Stinson and Cara Black recorded “Silent Night” with organist extradonaire around 3 pm.

I left the footage compressing overnight Monday: we shot about 32 gb using three Canon 7D cameras. We captured the audio using two Zoom H1N recorders, there was no audio board. We had a light kit, but mostly relied on the good natural light the Deep Roots Studio provided. Pretty bare bones set up.

Including an introductory video by George, we had seven videos to edit Tuesday. Monday wasn’t a day off by any means, we still had our day jobs of the usual OPUBCO video production both in studio and field, including crew off for the holidays.

I finished the final video, Cami Stinson and Cara Black, around 9 tonight. Created a quick pre-roll for Fowler VW of Norman.

And watched the social media take over.

You can watch all of the videos at static.newsok.com, including the Holiday Sessions and the previous sessions recorded by Tanner Herriott. We debated using the black and white look (removed the saturation, reduced the black levels some) that Tanner used, or going with the color. Finally we landed on staying with the look that Tanner had used.


by David Morris
Director of Video
Dave Morris serves as Director of Video at OPUBCO, where he's worked since 1996. Morris spent two years as a sports reporter for The Oklahoman before transitioning to online efforts. He has 15 years of digital management with Oklahoman.com and...
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