Earlier this year, the Procam Take 2 Projects team provided equipment, crew and support to Driift for three consecutive live shows by The Smile, a new band comprising Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, and Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner.
The trio performed to a seated audience at Magazine London, with each set live streamed globally across three time zones and captured by Paul Dugdale (Director), Amy James (Producer) and Brett Turnbull (DOP).
Having worked with Driift previously on live events including Glastonbury Festival: Live at Worthy Farm 2021, for which Paul Dugdale recently won a BAFTA, the PT2 Projects team was brought on board to provide a multi-camera cinematic look. 8 ARRI Alexa Minis and an ARRI Amira were rigged with a range of ultra wide lenses including 2 vintage Nikon 6mm and 8mm Fisheyes and an ARRI 9.5-18mm T2.9 UWZ, creating a visually striking look not often seen in a musical environment. Other lenses used included 8mm, 10mm and 12mm Zeiss Ultra Primes, Canon CN7 17-120mm zooms, a Canon CN10 25-250mm, Fujinon Cabrio 19-90mm, Tokina 11-20mm, Angenieux 15-40mm EZ-2, and an Angenieux Optimo 24-290mm.
The Projects team provided technical support in the form of Technical Managers, Guarantee Engineers, Vision Engineers and a team of assistants, working across the 24 hours of the shoot, to fully ensure all technical aspects ran smoothly. The cameras were strategically placed so as not to block the view of the audience, with a Steadicam on stage for short bursts of time and a Procam Take 2 Protruck Engineering Vehicle serving as an external monitoring area.
The gig began with a poetic pre-recorded reciting of William Blake’s The Smile by Cillian Murphy and highlights included a rendition of recent single The Smoke, a new version of Radiohead’s Skirting on the Surface and multi-instrumentalist Greenwood playing both a harp and piano simultaneously. The band have since announced they are heading off on a UK and European tour this summer, with their debut album A Light for Attracting Attention due to be released on May 13th.