Web & Social
We’ve long been lovers of Green Man Festival – we think it’s been Wales’ best music festival for 20 years. So when they asked us to work with them on creating their Festival Highlights and Live Session films in 2018, we obviously jumped at the chance. We’ve been their go to video production company ever since.
Every year we combine our in-house team with a rabble of talented freelancers, creating a large team capable of covering all major aspects of the festival.
“They approach every brief with fresh energy, creativity and dynamism and foster a close and collaborative working relationship.”
We split into two teams: the first shoots the highlights film. On the surface this may look like we send out a couple of camera ops and let them shoot what they want. In actual fact, it’s a tight operation pulling together Green Man’s most popular acts and events in an almost minute by minute schedule. The challenge is always making sure we capture enough beauty shots of the festival and surrounding landscape while the sun is shining – sometimes an elusive shot to capture in Wales’ Brecon Beacons!
The second team shoots the Green Man Sessions, a series of 18 + live performances shot over the weekend at the Green Man Record Store Tent. These sometimes secret acts see the cream of the Green Man crop playing a short, intimate show. We shoot with two camera operators, directed by a live editor over comms. Live sound is captured by sound engineer and producer extraordinaire Steffan Pringle, who mixes and masters the 18 tracks post-festival. Check out the Wet Leg’s session that has had nearly 1,000,000 views on YouTube.
The days following the festival see our editors hunkering down to put together the initial highlights film in just a couple of days, so that Green Man can share the results with festival goers and their huge social media following. Seeing the responses from people on social media always gets us tearing up.
The next days go toward the many session edits; though live-edited in situ, there will be the odd shot that needs re-cutting before we give each session a stylish grade. Once mixes and edits are complete, we supply Green Man with a range of clips for us on socials too, to drip feed to the Green Man family.