Behind the Scenes of Jared Evan & Taryn Manning “Bass Is Low” Music Video

Recently I had the chance to work with talented actress Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black, 8 Mile, Hustle & Flow) on a short film/music video for music artist Jared Evan. The concept was a slight narrative mixed with surreal fantasy elements set in a dark, maze-like atmosphere.

Panasonic GH4 + Metabones Canon FD Speedbooster

Other than a few handheld shots for the intro, we stayed primarily on the Varavon Birdycam Gimbal with my Panasonic GH4 + Metabones Canon FD Speedbooster and a Canon FD 20mm 2.8 lens.

Actress Taryn Manning using the Panasonic GH4 + Varavon Birdycam2 Gimbal combo

Without focus control or the luxury of time for lens changes, we went with a wide angle fluid look. The camera was always moving on the Birdycam Gimbal, from side to side, strafing performance shots, low to high panning shots and following shots. It was so intuitive even Taryn got in on the action.

varavon birdycam
Varavon Birdycam2 Gimbal

Music Artist Jared Evan lit by the F&V LED Lite Panel

My favorite scene by far was a front gimbal tracking shot as Jared walks backwards down an aisle flanked by 20 foot steel shelves. We also had an F&V LED Light providing fill from another aisle casting strange and mysterious shadows on his face. As Jared backs into the exit, Taryn finds him and together they run towards a massive light source at the end of a tunnel. We then track them from behind as they run into the light.

product information button runplayback F&V K4000 LED Light Panel Kit

Panasonic GH4 + Metabones Canon FD Speedbooster + Varavon Birdycam2 Gimbal + Aputure V-Screen VS-3 7″ Monitor

It was a great shoot and actually my first time using the Varavon Birdycam. Here’s a few tips I discovered when shooting entirely with a camera gimbal.

1. A wireless follow focus option.

2. A wireless video option such as the CMR Radian Pro.

product information button runplayback Camera Motion Research Radian Pro – Unicast Wireless HDMI Set

3. A tether support such as an Easy Rig Mini to provide hands free camera adjustments and save time having to set it on a stand.

product information button runplayback Easyrig Mini Camera Support

4. At least two Varavon Gimbal Power 16V batteries when running a full 10 hour day.

Varavon 16V Battery

Check out the final video and hit me up with any questions about the Varavon Birdycam Gimbal in the comments below.

  • chilltowntv

    This really looks great!

    • Rik

      Awesome thanks for watching. This was shot a few months ago and was the first time I used it in a professional setting.

      • chilltowntv

        It really does look great. Question: What follow focus (wireless) would you use with this? Is it an option for the Birdycam II?

        • Rik

          I didnt use one on this shoot I just had to keep a high f stop. I’m looking for a wireless follow focus option tho. Once I find it I’ll post.

          • chilltowntv

            Thanks! Looking forward to that one!

  • Mark Arica

    Another favorite Rik! I loved that little bit you did before the actual song starts, very filmic! and that’s why I love your work. I tried doing the same with a recent video I did, where the video is longer than the actual song. One day I want to go Michael Jackson status and bust out a 10 minute video for one song! lol

    I like the simplicity of things like very minimal locations yet you still make it eye catching with a nice story. I look forward to seeing more music videos especially for Jared Evan!

    • Rik

      Thanks Mark! I figured since we were featuring a well known actor, it would be ideal to create a brief yet intriguing intro to draw the viewer into the world. Jared and I have done some pretty fun videos, this one is my favorite –