the range of one shooting day we had to shoot four completely
was your job on Command Performance?
into consideration my great experience in music videos and concerts
shooting, the producer Les Weldon and Dolph Lundgren offered
me and my team to shoot the concert scenes in the movie. It was
not an easy task, because four different types of performances
had to be shot in different style, different lighting, etc. but
I think that the final result is quite good.
did you get involved in the project?
invitation came from Nu Image and to be more precise from
Les Weldon and Danny Lerner. I have worked with them before when
shooting War Inc.. My task there was to shoot
the music video of Hilary Duff.
preparation did you have to do and how did you start working
with the director of the movie Dolph Lundgren?
gave my ideas about how the stage should look like, I discussed
it with the production designer Carlos Da Silva. After that I
made a proposal to Les Weldon and Dolph Lundgren for the lighting
effects, the way everything should be shot. What delighted me
the most is the fact that we had no controversial points about
the issues I proposed. After a few meetings with Dolph Lundgren
we were quite aware how we would like the concert to look like.
It is very easy to work with Dolph Lundgren, because he is open
for any ideas and he quickly sees the point of view of the opposite
Dolph had specific instructions to you and how he wanted the
concert to look?
wanted everything to look like a real rock concert and the most
important was to look like a real member of a rock band. He trained
for two months to become an authentic rock drummer; I worked
a lot on the close-up and the expression of his face while he
is playing. We used different types of lens from 6 mm
to 200 mm, which is peculiar for shooting rock concerts. In part
of the shots there had to be dancers to dance with Melissa Smith.
The dancers and the singer had to start working in harmony for
a very short time and to look like a team which has worked together
for years. I think we managed quite well with this task.
were the challenges of this project?
the time. Within the range of one shooting day we had to shoot
four completely different performers. The producers were delighted
to find that we managed to do it even without overtime.
did you coordinate with the director of photography Marc Windon
and his team?
fact we were separated in two teams. The lighting for the concert
was made by my DOP Silverter Jordanov, with whom I work together
for fifteen years. The interesting point in this case was the
coordination between the two teams, because while my team was
shooting the concert and everything that happened on the stage,
Marc Windons team was working with the main characters
and we were shooting simultaneously.
many people did you have in your crew?
including the dancers.
many cameras did you use (which formats) and did each one had
a specific function?
worked with five 35mm cameras, they covered the whole action
and in the different takes they were on different positions.
We used crane and steady-cam. There were two HD cameras on the
stage sending signal to two huge screens on the stage.
there continuity issues when filming a concert?
this case we had no problems, we knew, that the shots from the
concert will be interrupted by shots in which the bad guys rush
in the hall i.e. the action might not be consecutive.
That is why we rather shot as for a music video than for a concert.
are four artists and bands performing: did you try different
looks for each band? (D2, Melissa Smith, Irson, Piligrim)?
main difference we could achieve in the appearance was connected
with lighting and camera movement. For the two rock bands we
made the typical lightning and sharply moving cameras for the
rock concerts. The case with Irson was extra special because
she was singing a slow song, for which we made warm lighting
and very smooth movement of the cameras. We should do just the
opposite for Melissa, who had to be the star of the show. Everything
had to look much more youthful, in MTV style. The crane, the
dolly, the low point of view, quickly changing details, the disparate
change of lighting and background I think all of these
created quite different appearances of her performance.
you help out in editing the concert scenes?
used to edit everything I shoot on my own, but things here were
quite different. I suppose only short parts of the concert will
be used. If I was invited by Dolph Lundgren, probably I would
have participated with some ideas in the editing.