Sunday, October 08, 2006

We Don't Check Our Cameras at the Door

Jeff Pulver posts about video I shot of his favorite band, The Jeff Pulver Blog: Herding Cats: "Bootleg Videos" from Fall 2006 VON Party:
"It turns out that when Steve Garfield and Chris Brogan came to my Fall 2006 VON party at the Roxy last month, they forgot to check their cameras at the door, which was a great thing since they were able to capture some of the music and atmosphere from the party in the video clips highlighted below."
I replied:
Hey Jeff,
In your post you say, "they forgot to check their cameras at the door".

Not gonna happen.

Our cell phones are cameras. There's no stopping it.

At a recent Nokia event in NYC Gnarls Barkley was on stage and security was making people with 3CCD miniDV cameras stop filmimg. But along side of them were peole with Nokia cell phones capturing video at 640 x 480 at 30 fps. And it was obvious that they were shoting video because they were panning from left to right with their cellphones.

Check out this link to Chuck Olsen's video footage Soundtrack Of Our Lives. It's more than just video of the band. It tells his story about being hassled about taking video.

Here is Chuck quoted in the NY Times about it:

""There's no economic motive," Mr. Olsen says in titles that appear on the screen like a news crawl, noting that the viewer is not being charged for the video. "The point is to capture, and share, fantastic, fleeting moments."

The twist is that Mr. Olsen used his stolen images to make what might be one of the best music videos of the year, which could easily have been shown on MTV as an advertisement for the band. But not all vloggers are interested in making video that could be televised."
"The point is to capture, and share, fantastic, fleeting moments."

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