Last night our friends at Zendesk asked us to do a photo booth for their “Ballrs” event. Not only did they ask us to do it in video but they also wanted it to be in super slow-mo! We’ve had plenty of experience in doing photo booths and slow-mo photography but never both at the same time! BUT we were confident that we could pull it off!
For the shoot, we decided to go with the Sony FS700 Super 35 Camcorderand shoot at a super slow 240fps (10x slower than normal speed!). We thought about going with the RED Epic but we figured 4 hours of slow-motion video would be too much of a hassle to data wrangle.
Zendesk also didn’t really need stills pulled so dealing with the 5K resolution would of been overkill for a video that was going straight to the web. Regardless, 1080p from the FS700 still looks great! I used the F&V K4000 LED Panels to light the booth and for glass I used the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II with Metabones Speed Booster to give a Full Frame View.
To make the video even more fun, I asked my assistant Scott Mason to hand people props that would look great in slow-motion like bubbles, confetti, party-poppers, silly string, and much more. Our creative participants weren’t shy and it didn’t take long until they started using their own props.
When we hit post-production and editing, we just loved how well it edited to dubstep music. I’m convinced that dubstep and slow-mo is match made in heaven.
Overall, we had a blast shooting and editing the video booth. Everyone had a great time filming and we had a constant stream of participants. It also got really messy quick!
Typically you might experience flickering from LED lights, but the F&V K4000 LED panels performed very well despite this high speed setting. The lights operated for over 4 hours on just V-Mount batteries.
F&V K4000 Daylight & K4000s Bi-Color LED Video Light Panels